Funding Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

Fall deadline: November 1 for travel Winter/Spring 2022
Spring deadline: April 1 for travel Summer/Fall 2022

The Holtz Center is pleased to offer travel awards of up to $1000 to Holtz Center faculty and staff members presenting STS-related research at conferences. 

For the spring 2022 award cycle, the Holtz Center is also accepting requests for virtual conference funds.

Two cycles of awards are made annually.  Please apply by November 1 for travel between January 1 and June 29, and by April 1 for travel between June 30 and December 31.

To apply, please send an abstract of the paper to be presented, evidence of its acceptance to the conference, estimated budget (travel, lodging, and conference fees), a list of other potential funding sources and a CV to Sainath Suryanarayanan.

Deadline: April 1, 2021

The Holtz Center offers an annual Outreach Fellowship for UW-Madison Faculty and Staff.  The Holtz Center seeks, as one of its key missions, to promote public engagement with questions concerning the relationship of society and culture with science, medicine, and technology.  As such, we offer this fellowship to a faculty or academic staff member who proposes an innovative way to engage the broader community in matters of science and technology that have general social and political importance.  The fellowship provides the successful applicant with $5,000 in flexible funds.

Faculty Staff Outreach Fellowship Poster 2021

Faculty & Staff Outreach Fellowship Call for Proposals 2021

Recent winners:

2020-21: Malia Jones, “Dear Pandemic” social media science communications campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and upcoming podcast and translation.

2019-20: Caroline Gottschalk Druschke. The fellowship supported collaboration between the Driftless Writing Center and her team’s project, Stories from the Flood.

2018-19: Kata Beilin, Robert Lundberg, Alexandra Lakind, Nicole Bennett, and Tom Jones. The team was funded for their Displaced Horizons multimedia and music installations.

2017-18: Jessie Conaway. The fellowship funded Conaway’s work to increase participation in STEM fields by Native American students.

2016-17: Jenell Johnson. Johnson used the funds to conduct a statewide series of public deliberations about genome editing.

2015-16: Sarah Pfatteicher & Jeffrey Russell. This fellowship funded an interdisciplinary conference on ethical behavior the reached both campus and non-campus audiences.

2014-15: Lynda Barry.   Barry used using the fellowship to create and publish “Graphic Writing Inside Out: A Workbook” (GWIO) and to disseminate new methods for understanding and representing scientific expertise through a series of public workshops.

2013-14: Catherine Arnott Smith. Smith used the fellowship to fund a series of public forums across Wisconsin on privacy and electronic medical records.

Deadline: April 16, 2021

In the spring of 2014, the Holtz Center initiated a new program to fund thematic clusters to advance research, teaching, and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, and invited proposals from faculty and staff on the UW-Madison campus.  The goal of these grants is to forge new intellectual directions and thematic research clusters within STS, enhance and expand participation in the STS community at UW-Madison, and to build connections across disciplines.

Calls for the thematic cluster proposals will be issued each spring, and selected groups will receive two years of funding at up to $15,000/year, which can be used to fund any activities that fall under the purview of the Holtz Center, such as faculty workshops or conferences, programs for graduate students, support for creating new or revised courses,  outreach activities, or lecture series. The goal is to fund proposals that build community and strengthen intellectual connections across campus in a sustainable way. Proposals are welcome from any faculty and staff doing STS-related work on campus.

Thematic cluster poster 2021

Call for thematic cluster proposals 2021