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Dear Colleague,

I write to remind you that the Whiting Foundation has invited the Modern Language Association to make nominations for Whiting Public Engagement Programs for pretenure, non-tenure-track, and recently tenured faculty members. Guidelines for the 2021–22 programs, which award $50,000 for fully developed public engagement projects and $10,000 for developing new projects, are available online.

Any MLA member who is not tenured or who has earned tenure since the 2014–15 academic year is eligible to apply for a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, which rewards and encourages humanities work that engages a community beyond the university. You can read more about the most recent cohort of Public Engagement fellows on the Web site. The Whiting Foundation also offers $10,000 Seed Grants.

The MLA may nominate up to four members for consideration for the fellowships and grants. To apply, please follow the Whiting guidelines for proposals, identify your primary MLA forum affiliation most closely related to the proposal, and submit your proposal to by 1 April. If more than one submission is received from the members of a given forum, we will ask the relevant forum executive committee to rank the proposals for the MLA Whiting Committee. The MLA Whiting Committee will be made up of Executive Council members and MLA members who are especially active in public engagement.

Please consider applying for these exciting opportunities.


Paula M. Krebs

Executive Director

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