Summer Research Grants

We are now accepting applications for Summer 2023 Faculty Research Grants (DEADLINE: April 3, 2023)

Applicants may apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to support humanities-related research. All Mason tenure track and term faculty members (on a 9-month contract) are eligible to apply, and applications from term faculty are especially welcome 

We welcome applications from faculty across the university; you need not be in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to apply as long as your project has a humanities dimension, or is humanities-related.  

Your application should include the following:  

  1. A one-page project description (and please indicate whether you have previously received funding for this project);
  2. Budget (with explanation if necessary);
  3. CV.

The budget may include travel funding, a summer stipend (so that one might not have to teach), and costs associated with book production (except for subvention), among other research costs.  

Please note that in any given year a faculty member may not receive both a CHR residential fellowship and summer funding. 

Please submit a SINGLE DOCUMENT PDF labeled with your last name leading (ex. Smith CHR Summer Funding Application) to before the deadline- Monday, April 3, 2023.  


If you are awarded a CHR Summer Research Grant, you will be asked to participate in a CHR event in either fall 2023 or spring 2024—we might ask you to present your work alongside colleagues in a showcase event (here’s the event we hosted for our Summer 2021 awardees) or call upon you to moderate a conversation at one of our public events. You can also propose an event or format of your own.  


CHR Summer Funding Awardees

Summer 2022:

Hyunyoung Cho (Term Associate Professor, English, Mason Korea) will receive support for her article-length project, "Birds and Bugs in 'To His Coy Mistress': Re-working Egyptian Solar Mythology in the Age of Bacon."

Heather Green (Assistant Professor, InterArts, School of Art) will continue work on (Never) Post-DADA: A Tristan Tzara Reader (1923-1963).

Amaka Okechukwu (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, CHSS) will hire a research assistant for her digital humanities project, "Black Belt Brooklyn: Mapping Community Building and Social Life during the Urban Crisis."

Cathy Saunders (Instructional Professor of English, CHSS) will complete the early stages of her project on the history of the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, including the creation of an Omeka-S site that will make key primary documents, including wills and associated inventories of enslaved people, publicly available.

Peiyu Yang (Term Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, CHSS) will finish work on her book, Triangular Translation: Gender and the Making of the Postcolonial World Between China, Europe, and the Middle East, 1880-1940.

Summer 2021:

Tawnya Azar, Term Assistant Professor of English, will be working on a book manuscript entitled, Digital Literary Culture  

Charles L. Chavis, Jr., Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and History, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, will be working on a Digital Exhibit and Discussion Guide which builds on his upcoming publication, “The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State.”

Kevin M. FlanaganTerm Assistant Professor of English, will be working on a chapter, for an edited volume, entitled, “Taste, Paternalism, and London Bohemianism: The Party’s Over (1965) through Censorship and Cultural History.”

Huwy-min Lucia Liu, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, will be working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Governing Death, Making Persons: The New Chinese Way of Death.