Call for Proposals - Spring 2021 World History Center Mini Grants

The World History Center is happy to announce a call for proposals from Pitt faculty (including Appointment Stream faculty) and graduate students for research-related funding expenses for remote services such as digitizing archival materials, document scans for archival material, reproduction rights for images, and transcription and translation fees. Field of study is open; the applicant need only demonstrate that the proposed activity contributes to insight about the human past at the transregional or global scale. We will entertain budgets for requests between $250 and $1000. 

The application consists of a half-page letter of application and a CV. The letter of application should include the following:

  • A clear explanation of how the grant will contribute to the world-historical aspect of your larger research agenda.
  • A budget statement that enumerates costs related to the proposal (please note that if you are requesting document scans you should include a letter from the library or archive in question indicating that your request is consistent with their policies and costs).
  • Pertinent details about your proposed activity (for example name of library or archive; or name and information about transcription or translation service). 
  • Graduate students should have their main faculty advisor send a short email to in which they indicate that the applicant is in good standing and they support their research plan.

Please be aware that the WHC may not fund your entire proposed budget. Expenses must be incurred during the 2021 Spring and Summer terms.  Awardees are expected to write a one-paragraph report about their funded activity within two weeks of its conclusion.

Please submit applications electronically to WHC@PITT.EDU by February 22