The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College is accepting proposals for projects that will be funded during the 2021-2022 academic year in two categories: minor grants & major grants.

Major grant   After suspending Major Grant proposals last spring and this fall, the ILA has decided to consider proposals this coming spring (2021) for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Proposals will be accepted starting  January 19 ($2,500 to $25,000) for projects that will take place between June 1, 2021 - May 15, 2022. The Spring deadline for proposal submission is April 2, 2021, and decisions will be made by May 4, 2021. We will continue to consider Minor Grant proposals for the current academic year.  Anyone interested in applying for a Minor Grant should email Mary Crane to discuss the feasibility of what they are proposing.


Minor grant proposals do not need as much lead time and may be submitted in the same semester that the project will be carried out.

Innovations in Graduate Education proposals to pilot new programs that will improve graduate education at Boston College are due April 15, 2020.

Summer Internship for PhD Students: Boston College is piloting a summer internship program for PhD students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, and the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.  Given the current shortage of full-time academic teaching positions, these internships are designed to let PhD students explore possible non-professorial careers, learn more about how to make a transition to an “Alt-Ac” career path, and provide work experience that will facilitate such a transition.

CWBC Colloquium Fellowships in keeping with the CWBC Colloquium mission, are designed to advance women’s leadership by providing funds to help offset the costs of an unpaid summer internship that either (1) provide a position with an organization (or part of an organization) focused on advancing issues related to women’s leadership, or (2) promote the leadership skills of individual women.