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Limited Submission Notice: Mellon Foundation Call for Concepts: Exploring Democracy, Environmental Justice, and Social Justice


Mellon Foundation


Through its Higher Learning grantmaking area, Mellon invites humanities-grounded ideas for research and curricular projects focused on any of three topics.

  1. Cultures of US Democracy:
    Projects that consider the circumstantial conditions that enable US democratic practices to flourish, including how those can best be achieved, nurtured, and sustained within an increasingly complex and fractured society.
  2. Environmental Justice Studies:
    Projects that focus on specific systems (such as food, water, or health), ones that engage interrelated systems in a given community/locale, and ones that come at this topic through discrete analytical or disciplinary lenses.
  3. Social Justice and Disciplinary Knowledge:
    Projects that best exemplify how specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields of study are equipped to reckon with issues of social justice, given the particular investigative and analytical methods they deploy.

For more information, view the full Mellon Foundation Call for Concepts: Exploring Democracy, Environmental Justice, and Social Justice solicitation.


$250,000 – $500,000, with durations of up to three years.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Three (3) applications per institution are permitted. 

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm.

Your white paper should include:

  • Project Concept
  • Demonstrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Demonstrate Humanities

If selected to submit a full proposal, PIs must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.

Key Submission Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 15th at 12pm – White paper due to We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • November 22nd – Anticipated date Internal Awardees Notified
  • November 30th – Registration Required by 1pm MNT
  • February 8th – Full proposal due to OSP
  • February 15th – Full proposal due to Mellon Foundation

Important Note on Requirements:

PI Eligibility Requirements: The Principal Investigator (PI) should be a faculty member or dean in a program or department in the humanities or humanistic social sciences, or the institution’s provost, and should have the support of the institution’s senior academic leadership.

PIs must complete the 2024 Higher Learning Call for Concepts registration form and submit the form by Thursday November 30th at 1pm MST.

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