2024-2025 Flash Grants

Princeton University
Funding Opportunity
Date Posted
Monday, January 8, 2024

United States

Deadline Date
Monday, April 1, 2024

As Princeton humanists continue to experiment with forms of virtual, in-person, and hybrid scholarly communities, the Humanities Council affirms our commitment to supporting humanities scholars across the borders of their disciplines and beyond the University.

To this end, we have developed mini-grants for projects with the potential to renew or reshape scholarly communities or expand their reach. The “Flash Grants” will provide several grants of $500 to $5,000 for new, first-time projects designed and completed in the coming academic year.

A Call for Proposals will be issued in February 2024, when the application portal will be available.


Flash Grants will provide Princeton University humanities researchersfaculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows, research scholars, professional specialists, and administrators—with funding for smaller scale projects that start in or after June 2024 and finish by the end of May 2025.

Projects must develop innovative formats for transforming research and community, perhaps by drawing on lessons learned during the pandemic, in experimenting with or developing new forms of conversation, exchange, and interaction. The grants are intended to support Princeton humanities researchers as they renew communities on campus, or as they develop channels for engaging new audiences or collaborators.

We invite “outside-the-box” ideas that transform academic business as usual, reimagining its forms and communities given increasing, though still limited and unpredictable, access to in-person programming. We also encourage proposals that include new ways of engaging with Central New Jersey partner organizations.

These grants, supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant, are intended to be the primary funder and “initiating spark” for a first-time project. Ideas that can be transferred or scaled to other contexts will receive special consideration. Collaborations and joint proposals are encouraged.


Princeton University humanities researchers—faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows, research scholars, professional specialists, and administrators—may propose to lead a project, whether alone or with co-leaders. A co-leader may come from within or outside the University.

For each project, the principal Princeton University leader may submit a proposal of up to 1,000 words, along with an itemized budget from $500 to $5,000. Projects must begin during or after June 2024. They must conclude by June 1, 2025, when a post-project report will be due.

Proposals may include compensation for research assistants who are current Princeton University students, graduate or undergraduate. Other eligible project expenses may include course enhancement for interdisciplinary courses, external support or training relevant to the project, modest hardware and equipment purchases, and software or subscriptions. Such requests may not replicate available University resources.

Grants may not support travel for individual research or faculty summer salary. Grants are not intended to bring speakers or performers to campus for lectures or performances, or for the development of new websites (although grants may support new components of existing University sites or platforms).

Proposals should indicate a commitment for staff support from a University Department or Program to manage funds and all logistics.

As you draft your proposal, you may wish to contact staff at the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES), [email protected]. This office is ready to help you locate partners in the community, if you have not already done so.

The Humanities Council will support projects through our usual publicity and communications channels. To aid this process, successful applicants may occasionally be asked to write brief status updates, supply images, or suggest potential interviewees.

How to Apply

The application portal will open in February 2024.

Please contact Kathleen Crown, executive director of the Humanities Council, for guidance on preparing a proposal or questions about eligibility. Proposals will be considered as they arrive, with awards granted on a rolling basis.

Awards will be granted by early May 2024.


Council Awards 2022 Flash Grants