Call for Applications: Online Workshop on Funding Humanities Research

To be held via Zoom Saturday, 29 April 2023 (1pm – 6:30pm Georgia Time)

Georgian scholars have access to a range of domestic and international funding sources, including the European Commission’s Horizon2020. Yet international funding opportunities remain underutilized by the Georgian scholarly community. This workshop aims to change that. Workshop participants will be introduced to the international funding landscape and participate in sessions that aim to improve their grant writing skills. They will share their project ideas with other workshop participants and receive feedback that will assist them in preparing internationally competitive funding applications.

The five-hour workshop (to take place via Zoom) will be organized into five sessions:

1pm – 2pm: Introductions; basic questions to consider when preparing a grant application.

2pm – 2:45pm: What makes a successful application?  

2:45pm –3:30pm: What makes an unsuccessful application?

3:30- 4:30 BREAK

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Demonstrating impact; discussion of how to frame a persuasive impact statement.

6:30pm – 6:30pm: Finding suitable funding, successful grant management.

Minimum requirements: The workshop is open to any scholar affiliated with a Georgian university or working independently in Georgia. Advanced fluency in English and a PhD and/or PhD candidacy is required. Please come prepared to discuss an ongoing research project for which you will apply for funding during the next 12 months. Workshop capacity is limited to 10 participants, all of whom will be expected to attend the full workshop.

How to apply:

Please submit to the application portal ( ) a 150-200 word description of a research project for which you plan to apply for funding in the next 12 months. Also indicate the funders and funding schemes you will be applying to (at least one of these funding sources should be based outside Georgia).

Deadline: Wednesday, 19 April 2023 (midnight Georgia time)

Applicants will be selected based on their readiness to apply for funding and so as to ensure a diversity of career stages and disciplinary backgrounds. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Tuesday, 25 April.

Convener Biography

Rebecca Ruth Gould ( ) is the author of numerous works at the intersection of aesthetics and politics, including Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016) and The Persian Prison Poem: Sovereignty and the Political Imagination (Edinburgh University Press, 2021). She is Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, at the University of Birmingham, where she directs the European Research Council-funded GlobalLIT project ( She has served as panel chair of accreditation procedures for Georgia’s Higher Education Quality Assurance Department at Akaki Tsereteli State University and Tbilisi State University and has a deep interest in supporting Georgian Higher Education. She has been awarded funding from the European Research Council, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Independent Social Research Foundation, the Endangered Archives Programme run by the British Library, American Councils for International Education, Central European University, and the Van Leer Institute for Advanced Studies.

For questions about the workshop please contact Rebecca Ruth Gould at

This workshop is free and all accepted applicants are expected to attend.

Funding for this workshop is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.