How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences Raphael Brewster Folsom

Publication date:
12 Feb 2019
Yale University Press
184 pages: 210 x 140 x 12mm
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A valuable and engaging guide to applying for—and getting—grants in the humanities and social sciences

Scholars in the humanities and social sciences need money to do research. This book shows them how to get it. In this accessible volume, Raphael Folsom shares proven strategies in a series of short, witty chapters. It features tips on how graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty members can present themselves and their work in the best possible light. The book covers the basics of the grant-writing process, including finding a mentor, organizing a writing workshop, conceptualizing the project on a larger scale, and tailoring an application for specific submissions. The book includes interviews with nine of the most respected scholars in the country, each of whom has evaluated thousands of grant applications. The first authoritative book on the subject, Folsom's indispensable work will become a must-have resource for years to come.

Raphael B. Folsom is associate professor of history at the University of Oklahoma and author of The Yaquis and the Empire, which won numerous prizes including the Latin American Studies Association Social Science Book Award. He lives in Norman, OK.

"Hilariously self-deprecating and elegantly written, this 'manual' on How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences is strangely powerful. It draws on painful personal experience and the advice and expertise of nine senior scholars. Yet, it is also a cunning reflection on the virtues of self-awareness, stubbornness, and community." - Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, author of How to Write the History of the New World

"This uniquely valuable book helps make it possible for students and scholars to transform their love for their subject from something essentially inward and passive into something that puts their love into effect in the real world." - Edward Mendelson, Columbia University

“With its jeweled prose, sparkling wit, concision, and panache, this is a masterpiece of practical wisdom. It stands with Georges Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual and Strunk and White’s Elements of Style among the very best works of its kind. How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences renews our faith in the humanities: it is essential reading for one and all.”—Tom Conley, Harvard University