University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Center


Funding Opportunities

The Lattie F. Coor Awards In Support of Teaching and Research in the Humanities and Fine Arts

Deadline: May 30, 2014

General Information

The Lattie F. Coor Endowment was created in 1992 to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of a former UVM President (1976-1989). In keeping with Lattie Coor's humanistic values, his advocacy of liberal arts education, and his interest in the relationship of the humanities and other disciplines, the Coor Endowment was established to encourage innovation and excellence in humanities teaching and research, with special emphasis on multi-disciplinary initiatives.

All full-time faculty [minimum of 0.75 FTE and 9 months] in the Humanities and Fine Arts are eligible to receive support from the Endowment. Faculty members in other academic departments and programs are also eligible for support of work that deals with the historical and cultural contexts and / or philosophical foundations of their fields of study.

Please note: as of spring semester 2014, administration of the Coor Awards is transitioning to the Humanities Center. A new set of guidelines for the awards will be published for the fall 2014 competition during the summer. In the interim, the following guidelines govern the spring 2014 competition.

I. Coor Faculty Development Awards in the Humanities and Fine Arts?

Deadline: May 30, 2014

Coor Faculty Development Awards provide support and enhancement of the research, subventions, scholarly or artistic activities of faculty in the Humanities and Fine Arts. Amounts up to $2,500 can be obtained from this source. Funding is by proposal and applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of members of the Humanities Center Advisory Board. In keeping with the spirit of the endowment, which stresses "special emphasis on multi-disciplinary initiatives," individual, disciplinary projects will be considered, but preference will be given to multi-disciplinary and/or collaborative proposals. Additionally a limited number of international travel grants (up to $500 per faculty member) will be available in this round of funding.

  1. Proposals must identify how the project will enhance the applicant's research, scholarly and/or artistic activity.
  2. Project summaries should provide clear and explicit information on the project's importance, methodology and expected outcome, taking into account an audience of non-specialists.
  3. Multi-Disciplinary/Collaborative projects should describe the nature of the collaboration and/or how the project crosses disciplinary boundaries in either outcome or methodology.
  4. Budgets should be realistic, detailed, and make the most of the funding available.
  5. Applicants are expected to have already utilized or otherwise committed available professional development funds before applying for a research award. PDFs may be used for expenses in the proposed project not covered by the award.
  6. In cases where there are more strong applications than funds available, priority will be given to applications from junior faculty.
  7. Lattie F. Coor Faculty Development Awards may NOT be used for attendance at meetings, conferences or symposia, nor may they be used for the purchase of computer hardware.
  8. Expenses for meals are NOT reimbursable by award funds.
  9. Awards may NOT be used for summer salary stipends for faculty or release from teaching time during the academic year.
  10. Recipients of Lattie F. Coor Faculty Development Awards in the current or preceding academic year are not eligible for this funding again.
  11. Eligible faculty may not concurrently apply for a RANSS and Coor award.
  12. Normally, faculty are not eligible to receive a Faculty Research Support Award (FRSA) and Coor faculty development funding in successive years. However, in unusual circumstances, a Coor application for research support in the year immediately following a FRSA award will be considered if there is compelling evidence that external funding will result from such an award.
  13. Faculty may concurrently apply for a Faculty Research Support Award and a Coor Faculty Development Award, but they will only be able to receive one award during the same academic year.
  14. Recipients of the awards will be expected to provide a brief written description of what was accomplished with the funds by September 15 of the academic year after the award was utilized. Failure to file a final report will make the recipient ineligible for future Coor Faculty Development Awards.
  15. Timeline for utilization of funds: All awarded funds must be fully expended by the close of the fiscal year in which the award is received. Unexpended balances do not roll forward into the next fiscal year cycle. Faculty who receive awards in the May competition must expend all funds between July 1 and June 30, the next fiscal year.
  16. If you are applying for professional development funds, please complete the appropriate application, including supporting documentation in Microsoft Word format, and send it as an email attachment to
  17. If you are applying for international travel grants, please complete the appropriate application and send it as an email attachment to To be eligible for travel grants, you must be presenting a paper at a conference. Applicants chairing panels or participating in workshops will not be considered.
II. Humanities Conferences, Programming, and Teaching

A portion of the Coor fund is available each year for larger Humanities programming efforts. These include workshops, conferences, symposia, and performances. The planning of such events and programs should be undertaken at least 6 months in advance and must be coordinated with the Director of the Humanities Center to ensure the highest visibility and campus-wide cooperation. An initial inquiry concerning this funding may be made by email to


  • Applicants must be faculty, departments or programs at the University of Vermont.
  • Events must contribute to the mission of the Humanities Center, take place on campus, be open to the public
  • All advertising must acknowledge the support of the Lattie F. Coor Endowment
  • Applicants may not receive Conference/Event Co-sponsorship funds and Humanities Programming and Teaching funds
  • Preference will be given to multi-disciplinary/collaborative proposals
  • After the Center gives initial approval for a project, formal proposals, with complete budget, should be sent via via email attachment to



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