Length: 1,000-1,500 words (not including bibliography)
Due: Th 12/1 in hard copy and via email (as Word attachment) at start of class session


Title of Project:

Project Overview: Describe the proposed project (in this case, the completion of a scholarly article that builds upon your conference paper) and its intellectual significance.  In order to do this, you should provide a survey or review of work already extant and published on your topic. You should explain the nature and value of your project’s contribution to this already extant, published critical work and scholarship. You should be specific about the idea(s), problem(s), or question(s) addressed by your project.

You should offer at least one, but no more than three, example(s) from your research so far on your topic that exemplifies your overall argument, the typical type of evidence on which your argument is based, and your methodological approach. (600-750 words)

Methods and Work Plan: Describe in specific terms (using word count, references and sources you’ve consulted, and case studies/arguments you’ve assembled) what work is already completed on your project. Provide information about what sources will need to be consulted and what case studies/theoretical methods/argumentative components of your essay will need to be written during the one month of funding. Explain what methods and materials you’ll use to achieve the project, including  Provide a specific timeline for completion of the project’s remaining individual components. (250-500 words)

Audience: Describe the intended publication venue for your completed article as well as any additional information on conferences where you might present components of the project. (150-250 words)

Bibliography: Provide a list of 10-20 sources relevant for your project, formatted in MLA format.

Using the above template, creating a funding proposal designed to help you turn your conference-version of your Frankenstein project into a 7,500-word article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

You may tailor your funding proposal to a real grant based on the list available on our course reserves page. You may also write for a theoretical funding program. Assume that this program offers an award in the amount of $3000.00, with the idea that you can buy out teaching or employment in order to devote one month of full-time work on your project and that you’ll have a little extra to spend on purchasing books or traveling to libraries or conferences to consult materials and other experts that will help you turn your conference paper into an article. The title of this imaginary grant is, “Wright State Literature Program’s Graduate Research and Writing Fellowship.”

Grading Criteria:

  • Are all components of the grant proposal present?
  • Is the project well-conceived, as indicated from details as small as the title to as important as the methods and work plan?
  • Is the proposal well-written, making use of active verbs, appropriate subjects, and consistent and recognizable key terms?
  • Is the project legible for an audience of digital humanitists? Is it sufficiently both creative and critical?

Some Sentence Models:

For Project Overview:

If awarded a “Graduate Research and Writing Fellowship from Wright State’s Department of English ,” I plan to use the funds to complete/travel/consult…

Previous work on [my topic] has X. For example…. Likewise…. Similarly….. Although this work has Y, it has not Q. My article will therefore make an important contribution in the field of Z by ….

For example [and here you can provide case studies from your project]

For Methods and Work Plan:

I am well-prepared to complete an advanced draft of “[Title of Project]” for consideration at [Title of Peer-Reviewed Journal] by the end of the award period. So far, I have written [number of words] on [topic]. For example, I have completed [the literature review / close readings / research on historical context / etc.] I have also consulted …. . During the tenure of the award, I plan to further this research by A, B, and C.

For Audience:

At the end of the award period, I plan to submit my article for consideration at [Title of Peer-Reviewed Journal]. [“Title of Your Project”] is, I believe, a good fit for [Title of Journal] because it has published previous work such as, [Author’s first and last name] [“Title of their Essay”] and Author’s first and last name] [“Title of their Essay”]. My project builds upon both [Last Name] and [Last Name]’s work. I also plan to propose portions of [“Title of Your Project”] for consideration at [Conference A], and [Conference B].