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Apply for a Large or Small Grant

In 2012, St. Lawrence University was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation for a five-year project, “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning Humanities for the 21st Century,” with the understanding and belief that certain forms of knowledge can no longer be isolated, and that issues we confront today as humans compel us to think across traditional boundaries. 

The Crossing Boundaries initiative continues to seek proposals that reshape the structures characterizing our humanities curriculum to create meaningful integration and collaboration. Projects that forge connections among the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities disciplines are crucial to the grant. For our fall 2015 deadline, we seek projects that extend the core principles of the Crossing Boundaries grant:

Integrative learning: Projects that expand the space of teaching and learning beyond the classroom and provide opportunities for students from different courses to work together.

Intertextuality and multi-modal literacy: Projects that extend the form of "texts" students explore to include images, music, sound, printed texts, or digital media, and create opportunities for students to investigate and gain proficiency in a variety of representational strategies.

Collaboration: Projects, including hybrid and cross-disciplinary courses, that engage students and faculty across departments, institutions, and locations to foster in our students a greater sense of cosmopolitanism and global citizenship. 

Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation: Projects involving affinity courses (courses with intellectual or theoretical "affinities" planned with common activities such as speakers, gallery events, field trips, or workshops), linked courses (two or more courses with common interests and, ideally, common meeting times, that include opportunities for collaborative student work), and course clusters (a small number of courses connected by common themes or overarching questions).

Crossing Boundaries can fund small-scale projects of up to $2,000 and a limited number of large-scale grants exceeding $2,000. Both categories of grants can help defray costs associated with digitization; books, materials, software, collaborative project travel (but not student travel), speaker fees, and student researchers or project assistants. 


  • Small-scale grants: May be submitted any time between September 1 and May 15
  • Large-scale grants: Proposals due Monday, November 16, 2015


  • The main applicant must be a full-time faculty member, although visiting faculty may be project participants
  • Previously funded projects are subject to renewal limits; please contact the grant director or assistant director for more information.

Contact Judith DeGroat ( with any additional questions.  For more information on completed and currently funded projects, or to propose a grant, see

For more information, read detailed instructions for applicants.