Academic specialization increasingly leads to isolation among scholars and the disciplines they study, resulting in misunderstanding and the erosion of common intellectual goals. We hold that this isolation is also a barrier to research progress on interdisciplinary questions situated between traditional areas of study. The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities is founded on the twin convictions that the fundamental questions that engage humanists must be informed by basic insights of science and that meaningful scientific inquiry in turn deepens with humanistic knowledge.
Thus, we are excited to announce the opening of our 2023/2024 academic year Franke Interdisciplinary Research Awards for postdoctoral scholars. This September, the Program plans to select up to three interdisciplinary research projects to receive funding of $3,000 each. We welcome proposals that advance our mission of fostering communication, mutual understanding, collaborative research, and teaching among diverse scientific and humanistic disciplines. Research proposals are required to have two faculty members from different departments/disciplines as intellectual mentors. Letters of recommendation will be requested from these faculty mentors for short-listed candidates. Awardees are required to attend up to two dinners in the fall of 2023 and the spring of 2024 and present their projects.
Please complete the following information and submit it, along with your application, to the Program’s Assistant Director, Ty Kamp (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 31, 2023.
Name of Applicant and Yale Affiliation:
Title of Proposed Project:
Faculty Mentors & their fields:
Budget with brief narrative justification:
Dates for Project:
Description of Project (no more than 1,500 words):
Note that all funded projects must cite the support of The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities at the time of presentation. At the completion of the work, a detailed summary of the work completed and outcomes is to be submitted to the Program.