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Call for Proposals

Applications Closed


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to support public-facing historical projects related to the theme of “Turning Points” in history.

The Center will fund up to 5 projects that creatively engage with the broad range of questions, concerns, policies and practices raised by the study of how past turning points have affected the course of history, and how historical study can further public understanding of the present moment.

The Center is particularly interested in funding proposals that adopt a global approach and highlight issues of race, gender, power and structural inequality. We strongly encourage BIPOC and members of minority and underrepresented populations to apply.


Grants in the amount of up to $5000 (depending on scope, size, and need) will be awarded to projects that promote historical research, scholarship, teaching and public dialogue about “Turning Points” in history.

As the grant amounts may not be able to support a project in-full, our goal is to provide seed money and/or to help advance a project from conception to execution. The Center is especially committed to supporting work that may require initial funding to get off the ground.

The Center seeks to inspire a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples of the types of projects include: a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a digital timeline, a crowd-sourced syllabus, an educational workshop, a multimedia resource, a collaboration with local activists, and other creative ideas.


Applications are due to the Lepage Center by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 31, 2021. Applications should be emailed as a single attachment (PDF or Word document) to Lepage email and should not exceed 15 pages. Additional pages will not be reviewed.

Applications must include:

  • A project description, purpose, and its contribution to history in the public interest (1-2 pages)
  • A plan of execution, including deliverables, partners, and expected outcomes (1-2 pages)
  •  A proposed budget (1 page)
  • C.V. or resumes of principal participants (not to exceed 10 pages)

In evaluating applications, the Lepage Center will consider:

  • The track record of the applicant(s);
  • The importance of the project goals, the originality of the method and perspective, and the fit and relevance to the Center’s mission;
  • The feasibility of the proposal;
  • The capacity of the project to shed light on current events;
  • The articulation of an approach to historical thinking about the past that broadly fits disciplinary standards and perspectives (see here and here).

Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee with award decisions to be made by late September 2021.

A one-time disbursement of funds will occur in fall 2021.


Proposals are limited to scholars, researchers, historical institutions, and non-profit organizations in the United States. Global perspectives and transnational partnerships are encouraged.

While not limited to professional historians or history institutions, proposals that feature historians and demonstrate an approach to studying the past that broadly fits disciplinary standards and ethics of professional history will be favored.

Grantees should be amenable to having their projects featured on the Lepage Center website, social media, and other communications. The Lepage Center humbly requests that grantees acknowledgment its support in all their public-facing materials.


Grant awards are subject to federal, state and local tax regulations. Each grantee is responsible for reporting taxable stipend payments, and for remitting any tax due with their personal or institutional income tax return. For specific questions about your tax responsibilities, please contact the Internal Revenue Service, an accountant, or an income tax service.


For more questions, please email to


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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