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The Institute for the Humanities co-sponsors a wide variety of faculty and graduate student projects in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the broader university—all of which serve to strengthen intellectual and cultural life on campus and beyond. The events we fund through mini-grants must have a component open to the public, thus supporting our mission to bring the voices of the humanities to public life. Only University of Michigan faculty and graduate students can apply for mini-grants.

  • All Michigan research faculty, lecturers III/IV and LSA graduate students are eligible to apply for mini grants.
  • Applications may be made at any time and must include a proposal, a budget, and a list of other funding sources, actual and/or solicited.
  • The event must have a component open to the public/university community (no grants will be awarded to entirely closed workshops, courses, etc.).
  • Awardees must acknowledge the institute’s support in their publicity.
  • EGif (Electronic Gateway to Internal Funding) applications received after the event date are ineligible for funding. Please ensure adequate time in the approval process when submitting the eGif application.
  • Mini-grants range from $100 to $1500. Funding amounts depend on the scope of the project, community visibility, budget, and cosponsorship of other units, especially the level of support from the grantees home unit(s).

Funds will be disbursed within 30 days of receipt of the transfer request form.

*Please note: the Institute for the Humanities awards 30000 fund grants. Please inform your chief administrator or business office liaison of the need for a 30000 fund shortcode.

Applying for a Mini-Grant

  • LSA graduate students, lecturers III/IV and tenured/tenure-track faculty must apply through eGiF.
  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty, graduate students and lecturers from other schools and colleges should apply by email to institute director Peggy McCracken at