Research Clusters

OSU Center for the Humanities
Research Clusters Program

The OSU Center for the Humanities invites applications for 2017-2018 Humanities Research Clusters. Applications for Winter/Spring 2018 support are being accepted on a rolling basis until Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Generously supported through a partnership with the OSU Office of the Provost, the research cluster program is designed to develop and promote research excellence in the humanities. It offers scholars with expertise in different disciplines the opportunity to explore a topic of shared interest in common and in depth.

Meeting space, organizational assistance, and discretionary funding up to $1,000 will be provided to groups awarded support by a subcommittee of the Center’s Advisory Board. Participation in clusters is open to OSU faculty, scholars from other institutions, and advanced graduate students. A variety of goals and configurations are acceptable, from works-in-progress or reading groups to teams with specific goals such as course or conference development. We encourage proposals that include creative cross-disciplinary collaborations or offer inventive means of engagement with issues of humanistic significance.

Continued support after the first year is possible with reapplication in spring.

EXPECTATIONS: Groups awarded support will

–Focus on a core theme 

–Include least 4 OSU faculty members, preferably from at least 2 different schools, committed to holding 6 or more meetings (at least 2 per term). One faculty member will serve as primary contact with Center staff.

–Provide a short end–of–year report describing the group’s activities and accomplishments and conveying how cluster activities shaped research progress. 

–Be eligible for up to $1,000 in discretionary funds to support cluster activities and objectives. Acceptable expenses include promotional materials to advertise a conference, speaker travel expenses, etc. Expenses for food or faculty travel are not allowable.

PROPOSAL CRITERIA (1-2pgs): Proposals accepted for review will

­–Name the prospective research cluster/theme and Identify a designated OSU faculty organizer responsible for communication with Center staff.

–Provide names and affiliations of at least 4 OSU faculty preferably from 2 or more schools or units, who commit to attend a minimum of 6 meetings.

–Describe the problem, topic, or theme the group will explore; identify and briefly explain the significance of the central research questions and/or approach.

–Identify the group’s primary objectives and prospective outcomes.

–Offer a tentative timeline of activities (i.e. number, length, and frequency of meetings).


Email 1-2 page proposals for WI/SP to us at centerforthehumanities@oregonstate.edu by Thursday, December 7th. Applicants awarded support will be notified at the beginning of winter term. A call for proposals for 2018-2019 research clusters will be announced in spring.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, contact us at 541-737-2450 or centerforthehumanities@oregonstate.edu.