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Twice a year, the Center for the Arts and Humanities invites proposals from Colby students for funding of original research projects in the humanities or humanistic disciplines. In the event that there are insufficient funds to support all proposals, preference is given to students majoring or minoring in the humanities or humanistic disciplines. Grants will range from $500 to $3,000. Funds may be allocated to cover any legitimate research expenses including but not limited to purchase of research materials, travel, food, and lodging expenses associated with data gathering. (Stipends are not covered under this program.)

Applications: When you submit your proposal remember that your audience (the Center’s Executive Committee) is unlikely to be made up of specialists in your field; aim for clarity.

Applications for JanPlan 2020 will be live on this DavisConnects webpage on September 25, 2019. Students will fill out a general application (please visit that DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials). Qualified applicants will then be asked to answer or provide the following:

  • Provide a brief abstract describing the project: (150 Words Max)
  • Research Design:
  • Describe the specific research question(s) to be examined: (150 Words Max)
  • Provide a brief literature review (consult with your faculty sponsor for examples relevant to your field) that indicates the significance of your research questions:         (250 Words Max)
  • Describe the methodology, including a clear indication of how data will be gathered and how variables will be defined: (250 Words Max)
  • Please provide evidence that you have the skills necessary to gather the information in this way, usually indicated by significant coursework. Please cite relevant classes: (250 Words Max)
  • If the project involves research in a foreign country, indicate and identify local contacts with whom you will work and locations of source material: (150 Words Max)
  • What is your timeline for data-gathering and writing? (150 Words Max)

In order to fund any project that involves human subjects, we need to know that it has been approved, or deemed exempt, by Colby’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The contact person for IRB is:
Professor Tarja Raag

Further information: Contact Megan Fossa, Program Coordinator, Center for the Arts and Humanities,

For questions about the funding application process, contact Scott Lamer at