About the Grand Research Challenge

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Third Grand Research Challenge: Humanities Without Walls

HWW’s third Grand Research Challenge will require applicants to build a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution into their project design that is clearly communicated in their proposal narratives, regardless of the research topic or theme they focus on.

See the Request for Proposals

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The Grand Research Challenge provides grants of up to $150,000 over a two-year period for teams pursuing research with a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution.

What does humanities collaboration look like when it is multi-sited as well as interdisciplinary: when scholars from a variety of institutions and communities come together to partner not just in discrete research projects, but in the broader context of rethinking the direction of humanities research and education as well?

And what can humanities research and practice do to turn our attention to the most compelling and urgent questions of our time—global displacement, police violence, water and food justice, multiracial community-building, racial disparities in health, indigenous art and activism—so that scholars move continuously across that porous boundary between the academic and the world? How, in short, can we design a humanities ecosystem that is truly “without walls?”

Through modes of research partnership that are reciprocal and redistributive, collaborators will demonstrate that “humanities without walls” is not only a metaphor but also a strategic commitment to imagining and doing academic work more inclusively—with universal access, social equity and racial diversity always front of mind.

Resources for proposal development for this Grand Research Challenge include: