COLLEGE of LIBERAL ARTS HILLIARD ENDOWMENT
2013-2014 Application Deadlines
September 13, 2013 *, January 22, 2014, April 11, 2014
*Applications requiring a response prior to September 13 should be submitted directly to Dean Heather K. Hardy in the College of Liberal Arts.
History and PurposeThe College of Liberal Arts Hilliard Endowment in the Humanities provides support to bring scholars in the humanities and related fields to campus for public appearances. The Hilliard Endowment was established in 1972 from the estate of Emily Hilliard. The Endowment was originally named the Albert and Emily Hilliard Chair in the Humanities. Mrs. Hilliard's husband Albert had been a regent of the university, an attorney, and a leader in the Democratic party.
Since its inception the endowment has made it possible to bring many distinguished scholars and contributors to the arts and humanities to the UNR campus. These visitors have included poets Billy Collins and Allen Ginsberg, writers John Balaban, Hayden Carruth, Dorianne Laux, John Nichols, and Robert Pinsky, historians William Beezley, Geoffrey Eley, and Hugh Trevor-Roper, artist Wendy Ewald, photographer Galen Rowell, and Basque scholar Juan Avalle-Arce. The Endowment has also occasionally partnered with other humanities organizations to bring speakers to Reno.
ScopeThe College of Liberal Arts Hilliard Endowment funds residencies by visiting scholars of both short-term (e.g., one or two days) and longer-term duration. In the scope of the CLA Hilliard Endowment, the humanities are broadly interpreted to permit the fund to bring to the UNR community individuals or groups whose work enriches the human experience, particularly work that is involved with issues vital to the humanities. Work in other disciplines, so long as it relates in some direct way to the humanities, may qualify for funding. Hilliard visitors may be engaged in scholarly or creative endeavors, and may include but are not limited to academics, creative artists, critics, scientists, and inventors.
Visitors must give one or more public lectures while in residency. It is desirable that they also involve themselves with other campus activities, such as participation in classes and meeting with students and faculty on a more informal basis. The goal of their visit to the university is to enrich academic programs and contribute to the university's larger mission and the campus's intellectual life.
The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee may consider requests in support of conferences that emphasize the humanities or demonstrate a humanistic approach to their topic, particularly if sponsored by CLA departments or local organizations that regularly partner with CLA units. Preference will be given for funding of major speaking events such as keynote addresses, which must be open to members of the university community.
An application from the sponsoring entity is required, as is a follow-up report.
Application ProcedureTo apply for a grant from the Endowment, send a letter to the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee in care of the CLA Dean's Office along with the scholar's vita, a photo of the scholar if available (for publicity purposes), and any other relevant supplementary material.
The letter should include the following material:
a one-paragraph summary of the scholarís background and expertise in the humanities
a detailed description of all activities planned during the residency, including number and type of planned events, projected audience size for each event, type of audience for each event (e.g., students, faculty, members of a particular class plus additional members of the university community, etc.)
an itemized budget for the residency, including a request for up to $5,000 from the Endowment. Information about other funding sources must be included.
Priority will be given to projects with the potential to reach a wide and diverse audience, projects with a clearly articulated relation to the humanities, and those that offer new approaches, methods, or perspectives to the College. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have shown an effort to receive additional funding sources, co-sponsorship, etc.
Honorarium requests should be limited to $1,500 per individual. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and documentation will be needed.
Expenses not specifically and thoroughly documented will not be included in funding awards. Include estimates such as plane fare, hotel fees, etc. with your application in order for those expenses to be considered.
All applications should be routed through and approved by the department chair/program director before being submitted to the dean's office.
Funding requests will be reviewed by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee three times per year. In 2013-2014, the application deadlines will be September 13, 2013, January 22, 2014, and April 11, 2014; funding applications that require a response prior to September 13 should be submitted directly to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. †
Reporting and Acknowledgement RequirementsAll written publicity funded by the endowment must include acknowledgment of the CLA and the endowment's support, and the CLA and the endowment must be orally acknowledged prior to all public events.
In addition, not more than 30 days following the public event, the applicant must send a follow-up letter to the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee describing the visit, including the various activities of the scholar, size of actual audiences and reception given to various events, and the effect of the scholar's visit on the campus community.