The UT Humanities Center administers a limited fund from the UT Office of Research dedicated to providing two kinds of subventions for the publication of scholarly books by tenured or tenure-line UT faculty. The intent of this fund is to help faculty defray expenses involved in disseminating the results of their scholarly activity through publication. This fund is for works that have been accepted for publication. It does not fund the preparation of book submissions; for example, it will not fund costs for copyediting or typing of manuscripts that have not yet been contracted by publishers. These book subvention funds also do not support the publication of textbooks or journal articles. Costs to presses or to editors of essay collections for reprint charges pertaining to previously published articles will not be funded under this program.
Applications may be submitted anytime during the year, and decisions will be made by the Humanities Center in a timely fashion.
- Publications Subvention
These subventions are for scholarly books contracted or accepted for publication that will not be published without support from the author/author's institution. These subventions do not require matching funds: they are funded as straight grants for the sole purpose of helping a university press or other publisher of scholarly books recoup publishing costs. The grants do not support press activities such as publicity or warehousing of books; they are meant to aid in the publication of a monograph from reputable academic presses that might be strapped in today's publishing economy. Each application must be submitted with the appropriate department head's recommendation and all other pertinent materials requested on the required cover sheet. Applications are reviewed for completeness, the status of the publisher and reasonableness of the publisher's request, and the quality of the project including the impact of the work on the field. The maximum amount of subvention is $1,650, though it is not guaranteed that full amounts of requests will be awarded.
- Three-way Match
These subventions are for manuscripts that have already been accepted by a publisher but that have elements needing funding beyond the publisher’s support--elements such as indexes, diagrams, artwork or estate permissions, or other manuscript preparation costs. The maximum amount of a subvention is $1,650, which is split between the Office of Research, the applicant’s department, and the College. The application should include a letter from the head of the author’s department stating that the department agrees to supply 1/3 of the full subvention request. The application should be submitted to the UT Humanities Center, which will review the request; applications are reviewed for completeness, the status of the publisher and reasonableness of the author’s request, and the quality of the project including the impact of the work on the field. It is not guaranteed that full amounts of requests will be awarded. Faculty whose departments do not offer equally split funding should contact the UT Humanities Center for more information.
All applications must be submitted electronically to the UT Humanities Center as one file containing the required cover sheet, all application materials, and supporting letters. Cover sheets are available at this site by clicking on the links above.
Subvention funding may be used only while faculty are employed by the University of Tennessee.