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Faculty Funding Opportunities

Funding for Humanities Research

Our University and College offer several intermural funding mechanisms to support faculty research, teaching, creative work, and other scholarly activities. In addition, there are numerous extramural grants and fellowships outside of the University of Utah that faculty can pursue, including for projects that may require extended periods of uninterrupted time, travel to other locations, and/or hard to obtain materials. Some external awards are also viewed as career milestones; for instance, winning a Guggenheim is one of the highest achievements in academia.

If you apply for any internal or external grants or fellowships, please let the COH Office Research know, so we can document it as part of your Researcher Profile. All submissions – whether successful at obtaining funding or not – are of merit and are evidence of research activity for your professional record with the University of Utah.

Types of Funding Available

There are two primary types of funding that faculty generally pursue: fellowships and grants. Both can be unrestricted in what they will fund or may allow for only certain expenses – it all depends on the specific funding mechanism. Other types of funding often of interest to faculty include prizes/awards as well as funds specifically for travel, conferences, and publication. To find funding specific to your needs, Humanities faculty are encouraged to conduct a custom funding search.



Grants generally provide faculty with funds to pay for direct costs (such as travel, equipment, or data collection) of research, project planning, or implementation. Some grants can be used to buy out time for the faculty researcher and/or student assistants.


Fellowships provide faculty with time, funds, access, and space they need to undertake projects (including conducting research, writing, or engaging in other scholarly pursuits) often by offsetting or replacing salary.

Residential Fellowships

Residential fellowships – often referred to as “in-residence” – provide faculty with a change of location to focus on their work, access to certain special collections, or the opportunity to live and work at a particular institution as part of a community of scholars.


Last Updated: 5/9/24