Proposing an Academic Program
Each fall we send a Call for Proposals to faculty members at consortium institutions soliciting proposals for two kinds of graduate programs.
Ten-Week Graduate Seminars
We encourage proposals for seminars on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic strongly supported by the Newberry collections, for either fall or winter/spring term. Newberry seminars give faculty the opportunity to teach specialized courses for which they would not have enough enrollment at a single school, while students benefit from interaction with peers from a number of disciplines and institutions.
Instructors are compensated for teaching graduate seminars by negotiating release time with their departments. The Newberry is not able to pay travel expenses for instructors coming from out of the immediate area, though instructors are eligible to apply for consortium travel funding from their home institution.
One-Day Research Methods Workshops
These workshops provide participants with an introduction to valuable theoretical and methodological approaches and expose them to working at a research library, through the lens of a particular topic. They are open to students and faculty at any level.
We pay a modest honorarium to workshop instructors. The Newberry is unable to pay travel expenses for instructors coming from outside the immediate area; instructors are eligible to apply for consortium travel funding from their home institution.
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals are due by November 1 each year, for programs for the next academic year. Some years, our Call for Proposals specifies topics that will be especially welcome, to complement the themes of other programs we have scheduled.