Call for proposals: Sawyer Seminars

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited the UW-Madison to submit a proposal for the John E. Sawyer Seminars program. We have a good track record in this competition. The Sawyer Seminars program provides support for collaborative research on historical and contemporary topics of major scholarly significance. The seminars, named in honor of the Foundation’s long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, bring together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants.  This program aims to engage productive scholars in multi-disciplinary and comparative inquiry that would (in ordinary university circumstances) be difficult to pursue, while at the same time avoiding the institutionalization of such work in new centers, departments, or programs.

Each seminar normally meets for one year and provides support for one postdoc and for dissertation research of two grad students. The maximum grant is $175.

Deadline: Submit proposals to the provosts office by Wednesday, Feb. 12

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