Publication Subvention Grants

Publication subventions provide support for certain production costs that publishers are generally unable to cover. Subventions are available to eligible faculty who have already secured a formal publication contract for a book or journal article.

Award funds are transferred from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities to the appropriate department. It is up to awardees to work with their department to ensure that they are following the University’s policies regarding payments and reimbursements before any funds are expended.

Ongoing until funds are depleted.

Regular faculty including tenure-track or tenured faculty at the assistant professor level or above, professional library staff members and Artists-in-Residence or lecturers with continuing appointments are eligible to apply.

  • Priority will be given to tenure-track assistant professors (as this group of faculty has the greatest need to publish with the least amount of university resources).
  • The second priority is to associate professors and lecturers with continuing appointments.
  • Last priority is to senior faculty.
  • Specifically excluded from eligibility are emeritus faculty, part-time adjunct faculty, research faculty, visiting faculty, contributed service faculty, faculty whose contracts will not be renewed for the following year and faculty who plan to resign their appointments.

Recipients are limited to one subvention grant per year.

The maximum award is $3,000.

Application Instructions:

The materials described below must be collected into a single PDF file and sent via email to Megan Skord.

1. A description of the book or article.

Not to exceed four double-spaced pages. The description should be written in plain language, free of jargon, and be understandable to someone who might not have specialized knowledge of the applicant’s area of study. The description should be narrative in form and cover the following matters:

  • Conception and definition of the project. Explain the basic ideas or questions explored, the approach or line of argument taken, and the relationship of the project to the applicant’s immediate and long-range research or creative objectives.
  • Significance of the project. Indicate clearly and explicitly both the significance of the book or article and the scholarly or general audiences it seeks to engage. If the project is narrowly focused, the applicant should explain its potential implications for a wider community of scholars.

2. Proposed budget, itemized by categories of expense.

Non-allowable expenses include:

  • travel
  • advertising and promotion
  • dust jacket artwork
  • indexing
  • purchase of copies
  • cost of translating existing books or articles into a foreign language or republication of a previously published book
  • multi-author works for which the applicant serves as editor

3. A signed, current copy of the contract with the publisher 

4. A curriculum vitae

5. Other research funding.

List all current funding for the proposed project. Include source and amount, and if appropriate, grant number, project title, grant period, and direct costs for current and future years. If support is currently available to you from any other university or non-university source, explain why it may not be used for the costs of monograph production.

6. Previous support from the University Research Grant Committee (URGC).

Specify source, date, amount, and purpose of each instance of both faculty research grants and subvention awards.


Please email Megan Skord for additional information.