CHSS Interdisciplinary Programming Support Fund 

"CIPS Fund"

Faculty and graduate student-generated activities of all types are at the core of the vibrant intellectual life of an academic institution. The ability of faculty and graduate students to access the resources to carry out activities ranging from inviting guest speakers to classes to planning conferences with international profiles is important for scholarly exchange, professional development, and our workplace morale.  These two areas of engagement (“global” and “interdisciplinary”), broadly conceived across the humanities and social sciences, continue to represent a key part of the intellectual center of gravity of CHSS, along with a commitment to publicly engaged scholarship as well as social and racial justice––in our research as well as our classrooms. We are taking this opportunity to reconceive the mechanism through funding the College is continuing to make small grants available from a pool of college funding for multiple kinds of activities related to the college’s signature strengths in the following areas: 

  • Interdisciplinarity, including but not limited to work that cuts across traditionally established disciplinary and sub-field boundaries and their canons and methods
  • Social justice, including but not limited to the engagement of in/equalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability
  • Global issues, including but not limited to a focus on cross-cultural engagements in the humanities and social sciences that reflect on broader global contexts, causes, and consequences, both historical and contemporary 


Beginning September 30, 2020 applicants from across the CHSS community may apply for “CIPS” funding in the focus areas of interdisciplinarity, social justice, or global issues. Funding is available in the following categories of activity:

  1. Support for conferences and events

CHSS faculty and graduate students (as individuals, groups, or departments) are invited to apply for up to $1500 in allowable university expenses to support scholarly, pedagogical and creative efforts in the focus areas of interdisciplinarity, social justice, or global issues.

  1. Travel Awards

CHSS faculty, staff and graduate students who do not have access to department/interdisciplinary program/university travel funds are invited to apply for up to $800 to present at a professional conference related to above themes. Travel recipients must follow all university travel procedures. 

  1. Course Support Awards

CHSS faculty, staff and students (as individuals or teams across courses) are invited to apply for course support ranging from $200 to $1000 (depending on scope of activity) to fund: 

  • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Production or access to course materials, such as original or multimedia resources
  • Enhancement of community engagement in courses related to the 3 CIPS focus areas 

For course support awards, funding will be available for 12 months after award.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted through the Qualtrics link at least six weeks in advance of the event. Proposals should demonstrate a clear relevance to one of the three CIPS focus areas CIPS (interdisciplinarity, social justice, or global issues).  The CIPS committee will evaluate proposals with the following in mind:

  • Presenting scholarly work in the focus areas in a publicly accessible manner 
  • Reaching audiences inside and outside of CHSS 
  • Quality and feasibility of the Proposed Activity
  • Distribution of funds across the college 

Those seeking CIPS funding are encouraged to also seek funding from other sources (including other sources of CHSS fundingterm faculty development grants, and University support such as  Curriculum Impact Grants

Preference will be given to those who have not previously received CIPS funding. Funding subject to merit, applicability, and availability of funds. The CIPS Fund will be renewed on an annual basis.

Faculty Review Panel

The CIPS committee will consist of a non-voting chair and 3 representatives from the constitutive departments or programs of Global Programs Committee and the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative (listed below) who will serve on a rotating basis.  

Global Programs Committee Members

African and African American Studies

Asia-Pacific Northeast Asian Studies 

Global Affairs

Immigration Studies

Islamic Studies 

Judaic Studies

Japanese Studies

Korean Studies

Latin American Studies 

Middle Eastern Studies

Russia and Eurasian Studies 

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee  Members

Cultural Studies

Film and Media Studies

Higher Education  

School of Integrative Studies

Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies

Women and Gender Studies