Part of the experience of being an early-career researcher includes learning how to transition from graduate student to scholar and peer. While much of the advice about this transition centers around issues of self-presentation, these blogrolls will focus on the changes in how one funds the work. Some of us are lucky to have monetary support from within our home institutions or live in states or provinces with government sponsorships for the Humanities, while others less so. In this five-part series, I list the current funding sources available for scholars of Renaissance literature—with a focus on early modern drama—divided into relative period of a “typical” career trajectory.
First, funding opportunities for graduate (US) or postdoctoral (UK) students.
This month, I continue to reflect on the academic book proposal process. In previous posts, I provided a bibliography of all the advice out there on this process, how to identify a book series as a means of narrowing your target lists, and evaluated some of the myths in circulation about book proposing. Now that I have my book under advance contract, I wanted to share some of the funding options available for the writing process itself.
There are two kinds of grants your might pursue while in the writing process. The first are fellowships or stipends to fund your time to write if you don’t have the option of pre-tenure sabbatical. (Full disclosure: I don’t.) The second is a newer beast, the subvention: grants to help cover costs of the material book production process.