Musser Fund Grants 2018

GrantsThrough the Intercultural Harmony Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. New programs or projects in their first three years are eligible. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 17 – October 17, 2018. The geographic areas for these initiatives are Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wyoming, and limited counties in Texas.

WhatsApp Research Awards

GrantsWhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation. Grant amount: $50,000. Deadline: August 12, 2018.

WhatsApp will seriously consider proposals from any social science and technological perspective that propose projects that enrich understanding of the problem of misinformation on WhatsApp. High priority areas include (but are not limited to): information processing of problematic content, election related information, network effects and virality, and detection of problematic behavior within encrypted systems. The program will make unrestricted awards of up to $50,000 per research proposal. All applications will be reviewed by WhatsApp research staff, with consultation from external experts. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university or organization as an unrestricted gift.

Other research awards are also available from Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp). Each program has a different award amount, application deadline, and topic.

Musser Fund Grants

GrantsThrough the Intercultural Harmony Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides grants up to $25,000 to projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 19 – October 19, 2017.

The geographic area for this initiative is Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties only), and Wyoming.  

Lisle Global Seed Grant Program

GrantsLisle International offers a Global Seed Grant Program to support innovative projects which further the mission and goals of Lisle — improving intercultural understanding by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to share, work together, and learn from one another.  Grants of $500 to $3,000 are available to innovative projects that match our mission. These are quite competitive, but seem appropriate for many of the projects of interest to followers of CID.

  • June 15, 2017:  Deadline to submit Request to Apply.
  • August 15, 2017:  Deadline to submit a Completed Application Form.







WFI Grants Available

In our current global and national moment, questions of social justice are as vital to Communication scholars and students as they have ever been. For this reason, we at Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) are pleased to announce the CALL FOR FACULTY/DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS for 2017/18.

The WFI was founded on the principle that scholars, activists, and practitioners of communication have an important role to play in the creation of a socially just world. One of the ways that we enact this mission is through the annual funding of research grants. These grants support the work of Communication scholars across the world, work examining communication, its impact on the world around us, and its ability to create social change and social justice.

WFI Research Grants are available to faculty at any institution of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, and other doctoral-level scholars. However, eligibility to apply for the WFI grant program is limited to those in Communication or a closely related discipline. Although we do not limit our grants to a specific methodological orientation or subdisciplinary focus, all projects supported by the WFI have two things in common: they make communication the primary, and not secondary, focus, and they engage communication in terms of its impact on the world around us, its ability to create social change.

Applications due Friday, May 5, 2017.

Scholarships for Language Study

Intercultural dialogue assumes that participants can communicate in a common language. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has published a list of scholarships available for those who wish to study a variety of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.

CFP Engaging Together Globally: EU and Central Asia Grants

CALL: ENGAGING TOGETHER GLOBALLY: The European Union and Central Asia
European Commission Grant Opp ID: 164216 | Collaboration or Cooperative Agreement Program or Curriculum Development or Provision
Deadline: 02 February 2017 17:00:00

€1.5 million has been budgeted for this topic for 2017. The budget amounts for the 2017 budget are indicative and will be subject to a separate financing decision to cover the amounts to be allocated for 2017. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Coordination and support action: Funding rate: 100%. Participants may ask for a lower rate.

Specific Challenge:
In-spite of its undisputable importance as a region located at a strategic crossroad to the Far East, as a rich reservoir of natural resources and as an area of traditional trade relations with Europe, Central Asia has been rather neglected by the major global players in the post-Soviet era. Only in more recent years, the political and economic developments in the five countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – have received more attention. Challenges related to weak governments, abuse of power and corruption, divided societies, border disputes and ethnic tensions have led to increasing political and religious militancy and the creation of extremist groups which potentially represent non-negligible suppliers of forces to the radical political and religious movements in the neighbouring countries. Today’s relevance of Central Asia in general and to the trade, security and development strategies of the European Union[1] and other world powers in particular is, however, not reflected in the level of attention which the region is given from a scientific, social sciences and humanities point of view. Not only are Central Asian Studies less of a priority for European research centres, but European researchers in this field are also not sufficiently coordinated and their work is not adequately linked to policymaking.

Taking into account the need for a more intensive and properly coordinated research in the field of Central Asian Studies and the need for closer links to EU policy making, a network of European researchers will be created which, in cooperation with researchers from Central Asian countries, will:
• through mapping the current state of affairs in the field of Central Asian Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia, recommend relevant new forms and priorities for future EU scientific cooperation in social sciences and the humanities with the region;
• through mapping the current state of political, economic, trade, cultural and any other relations between the EU and its Member States with Central Asian countries as well as between Central Asian countries and countries in the rest of Asia, and analysing results of the existing measures and tools supporting them, recommend future priorities for European policy making. These recommendations should be prepared in close cooperation with any other relevant European and Central Asian stakeholders (e.g. local, regional and state authorities, not-for-profit sectors, representatives of businesses, etc.);
• prepare an awareness-raising dissemination and communication strategy for the promotion of Central Asia and its role for Europe, which could be used by a variety of stakeholders (e.g. education, media, EU public sphere in general).

Any consortium submitting a proposal to this call should ensure a balanced representation of partners from countries in Central Asia.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Intercultural Harmony Grants – Musser Fund 2016

The LAURA JANE MUSSER FUND would like to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects.  Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focused on just one culture.

• Include members of various cultural communities working together on projects with common goals
• Build positive relationships across cultural lines
• Engender intercultural harmony, tolerance, understanding, and respect
• Enhance intercultural communication, rather than cultural isolation, while at the same time celebrating and honoring the unique qualities of each culture

• Need in the community for the intercultural exchange project
• Grassroots endorsement by participants across cultural lines, as well as their active participation in planning and implementation of the project
• The ability of the organization to address the challenges of working across the cultural barriers identified by the project
• Tangible benefits in the larger community

Only programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming may apply.

A demonstration of intercultural exchange between cultures
• Increased comfort in interaction between the groups and individual citizens addressed by the project
• Harmonious shared use of public space and community facilities
• Continued cooperation by the participants or communities addressed by the project

New programs or projects within their first three years
• The planning and implementation phase of a project
• Grants are typically in the $8,000-$25,000 range

• Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
• Organizations located within one of the eligible states listed above

Proposals will be accepted starting September 19, 2016 and must be submitted online by October 19, 2016. Funding decisions will be announced by February 2017.

To apply online please click here.

Sawyer Seminars Funding Available from Mellon Foundation

As part of their funding for Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation‘s Sawyer Seminars provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The seminars have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Foundation support aims to engage productive scholars in comparative inquiry that would (in ordinary university circumstances) be difficult to pursue, while at the same time avoiding the institutionalization of such work in new centers, departments, or programs. Sawyer Seminars are, in effect, temporary research centers.

Each seminar normally meets for one year.  Faculty participants have largely come from the humanities and social sciences, although faculty members from professional schools have also been key participants in a number of seminars.  Seminar leaders are encouraged also to invite participants from nearby institutions.  As the Foundation reviews proposals, preference is given to those that include concrete plans for engaging participants with diverse affiliations.

Sawyer Seminar awards provide support for one postdoctoral fellow to be recruited through a national (or international) competition, and for the dissertation research of two graduate students.  It is expected that the graduate students will be active participants in the seminars, and the seminars’ contributions to graduate education in the humanities and social sciences will be carefully considered even though they are not intended to be organized as official credit-bearing courses.

There is no requirement that they produce a written product.

Selection and Award Process
Institutions are invited to submit proposals for a Sawyer Seminar.  It is expected that university administrators and others will communicate the Foundation’s invitation and the particulars of the program broadly to the faculty.  Institutions are to decide through an internal process which proposals they will submit to the Foundation for consideration.

Proposals should describe:  (1) the originality and significance of the central questions to be addressed; (2) the cases to be compared (e.g., nations, regions, social aggregates, time periods) and the rationale for the comparisons that are selected; (3) the thematic “threads” that will run through the seminar; (4) the institution’s resources and suitability for the proposed seminar; and (5) the procedures to be used in selecting graduate and postdoctoral fellows. Additionally, proposals should include a budget and a well-developed preliminary plan for the seminar that outlines the specific topics to be addressed in each session and provides the names and qualifications of the scholars who would ideally participate.

After they are submitted to the Foundation, proposals are reviewed by an advisory committee of distinguished scholars. In a typical year, approximately two-thirds of proposals are recommended for funding. The panel has the option of recommending that proposals not funded but adjudged to be promising be resubmitted in a subsequent year. The seminars recommended by the committee are put before the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for its approval.

Following approval by the Foundation’s Trustees, funds are disbursed to the host institution. Past experience suggests that it can take a year or more to organize the seminars.


Maximum awards are determined with each competition and are included in the letter of invitation. It is expected that each seminar’s budget will provide for a postdoctoral fellowship to be awarded for the year the seminar meets, and two dissertation fellowships for graduate students to be awarded for the seminar year or the year that follows. The amount for postdoctoral fellowship awards and dissertation fellowship stipends should follow institutional practices. Travel and living expenses for short stays by visiting scholars and the costs of coordinating the seminar, including those incurred for speakers and their travel, may be included. The grants may not, however, be used for the costs of release time for regular faculty participants, or for indirect costs.

A few examples of past seminars:

• Tufts University, “Comparative Global Humanities,” Lisa Lowe, Kris Manjapra, and Kamran Rastegar
• University of California at Irvine, “Documenting War,” Carol Burke and Cècile Whiting
• University of California at Santa Cruz, “Non-Citizenship,” Catherine Ramirez, Juan Poblete, Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, and Sylvanna Falcón
• University of Illinois at Chicago, “Geographies of Justice:  A Scholarly and Public Dialogue Series about the Contested Terrain and Meaning of Freedom in the 21st Century World,” Barbara Ransby

#100andchange MacArthur Foundation grant

#100andchange is a MacArthur Foundation competition to award a $100 million grant for a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. The competition is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution, and competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

It would be wonderful if some of the people working on the issue of intercultural dialogue were to prepare applications!