Rice Humanities Faculty
Visiting Speakers, Workshops and Conferences Grant Program

Deadlines: TBA

The Humanities Research Center offers competitive funding for in-person or remote visiting speakers, workshops or conferences.

Workshops or labs that are internal to Rice are welcome to apply for modest budgets to support their research undertakings. Faculty who are considering the launch of a major conference at Rice are encouraged to begin with a reading group to lay the intellectual groundwork for a more expansive project.

Multi-disciplinary applications across schools are welcome, but a humanities faculty member must serve as the lead applicant. Applicants from groups that conjoin schools should ascertain and pursue possibilities for cost-sharing with the partner school.

The HRC accepts proposals on any topic within the purview of the humanities and the arts under this grant program. If your project is related to the HRC's theme of Repair, we encourage you to submit your proposal as part of our Repair program at hrc.rice.edu/theme.


Faculty in the humanities are eligible to apply. Collaborations across departments within the Humanities are encouraged. Preference will be given to proposals that are likely to lead to further collaborations and/or that involve some graduate or undergraduate student participation.

Proposal guidelines:

  • Project title
  • Project type (symposium, lecture, workshops, or speaker series title)
  • Project description and budget as a single PDF (no more than 3 pages or 10MB):
    • Project description of no more than 500 words, including the following information:
      • ​​​project overview
      • whether you are planning for an in-person or remote event
      • projected event date(s)
      • the envisioned audience for the project (faculty, grads, undergrads, the wider public, etc.)
      • names and contact information of confirmed or potential participants/collaborators
    • Budget that indicates:
      • anticipated use of the requested funds
      • all funds sought or secured from other sources
      • to learn more about our recommended budget best practices, please consult the HRC budget guidelines document at https://rice.box.com/s/yz00vaak56nkfbuq93c5qf5tbrxla7sb (Rice login required).

Please note that the HRC does not administer grants, and we currently cannot offer staff support. We now ask that applicants submit a staffing plan outlining which staff member(s) will provide administrative support for the grant and the event (via the proposal submission form). We also ask that you secure approval from the head of the staff member's unit (e.g., department chair) to use the staff member's time toward the proposed project.

The HRC generally makes awards of up to $5,000. Under exceptional circumstances, the HRC will consider a higher award amount. Budgets should consider that HRC funds support numerous events each academic year and are in high demand. Sums approved for visiting lectures, workshops, and conferences will depend on the scope and size of the event proposed. Award amounts will also depend on the applicant pool and the availability of funds. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from units across campus in addition to any requests made to the HRC. Applicants for larger projects that envision budgets over $10,000 should consider funding from Creative VenturesClick here for a list of funding resources for faculty in the School of Humanities (Rice login required).

For events in the Spring and Summer semesters, please apply by the previous Fall deadline. For events in the Fall, please apply by the previous Spring deadline.


For more information, please contact Gabriela Garcia at gabriela.garcia@rice.edu.