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Working Groups

We call for working groups for the Democracy Laboratory and for general humanities research. 

This program is designed to facilitate research anchored in the humanities; interdisciplinary research, broadly defined, is especially welcome. A group of two or more researchers--faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, or staff--may apply for funding. Working group funding may be used as a source for collaboration at any phase of the research process.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Working groups must include at least two members, including at least one UW faculty; the proposal must name one of those members as the principal investigator

  • Groups may submit proposals to support work on any topic with humanities content, but priority will be given to innovative collaborations that speak to general humanities work or the Democracy Laboratory

  • Working Groups must commit to publishing a Public Syllabus on their topic on Institute’s website by the end of their first semester. The Public Syllabus should be modeled on other documents in the genre, such as the #CharlestonSyllabus, available at Like that model, the Public Syllabus should include a range of resources for both specialists and the public, including peer-reviewed material, multimedia texts, texts for non-specialists, and public domain texts. The Public Syllabus should include full texts or excerpts of texts for the majority of items; links to books available in a public library should point to WorldCat

  • The Working Group will give acknowledgment to the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research in any promotional material for events, as well as any eventual publication, performance, or exhibition

Working Groups will receive $500 per academic year. If a group’s expenses exceed this amount--for events, access to resources, or the like--a group may submit a budget for additional expenses.

Proposals for new or continuing Working Groups will be considered on the 15th of every month.

To Apply: Please submit a proposal of no longer than one page, including the following information:

  • Name and unit of the principal investigator

  • Names and units of Working Group members

  • An abstract of the Working Group’s focus, including an intellectual justification for the project and an initial plan for the group’s work, including proposed events and plans for targeting specific publication, exhibition, or performance venues

For questions about proposals, please contact Scott Henkel, Director, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research at or

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