Hall Center For The Humanities

Humanities Grant Development Office


The Humanities Grant Development Office stimulates external grant and fellowship activities and enhances the quality of applications by KU humanities scholars.


History of the Humanities Grant Development Office

The Humanities Grant Development Office (HGDO) was established as the Humanities Resource Center (HRC) on August 1, 1994. It represented a joint effort by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research and Public Service, and the Hall Center for the Humanities to promote the development of successful grant and fellowship applications by KU humanities faculty members. On April 20, 1998, KU appointed a full time grant development officer to expand and direct the activities of the center.  HRC’s name changed to the Humanities Grant Development Office when it became an integral part of the Hall Center on July 1, 2000. Today, HGDO covers a  wide spectrum of grant development services.

Mission & Objectives


Our mission is to stimulate external grant and fellowship activities and enhance the quality of applications by KU humanities scholars.

Our major objectives are to:

Increase awareness about sources of external funding by:

  • Conducting targeted opportunities searches for individual scholars.
  • Broadcasting email and paper tips about funding opportunities.
  • Connecting faculty with similar interests to build a base for collaborative interdisciplinary research.
  • Recruiting faculty to apply for specific initiatives.

Teach faculty and students how to develop competitive proposals by:

  • Working closely with individual scholars to develop competitive grant and fellowship applications.
  • Cooperating with other entities to distribute information about grant and fellowship development.
  • Presenting workshops on grant development.

Remove much of the drudgery from the process by:
  • Assisting with legwork on institutional proposals
  • Helping faculty find the numbers they need to include in their budgets.
  • Organizing complex proposals according to agency guidelines.
  • Submitting completed applications.
  • Assisting Fellowship Winners with the administrative tasks required to achieve Supplemental Salary Funding (SSF), if appropriate.


Humanities Lecture Series
Katherine Boo
September 16, 2014
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

2010-2011Hall Center Scholars



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