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About the Whiting Public Engagement Programs

The Whiting Foundation provides targeted support for writers, scholars, and the stewards of humanity’s shared cultural heritage. The Whiting Public Engagement Programs aim to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious projects to infuse the depth, historical richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life. The two programs are:

  • A Fellowship of $50,000 for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public.
  • A Seed Grant of up to $10,000 for projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development, where more modest resources are needed to test or pilot a project or to collaborate with partners to finalize the planning for a larger project and begin work.

APA Nominees

APA members doing publicly engaged philosophy may apply to be APA nominees for the Whiting Public Engagement Programs. The APA committee on public philosophy will select up to four applicants to go forward as the APA's nominees. The APA nominees will still need to complete the Whiting Public Engagement Programs application separately and get their institution's support, but they will have an advantage in the competition by having the APA's backing.


Applicants must be APA members. Current members of the APA committee on public philosophy are ineligible to apply to be an APA nominee.

From the Whiting Foundation website:

"To be eligible for either program, nominees must be full-time humanities faculty at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which we define as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years (that is, at or after the end of academic year 2014–15. This timing refers to the professor’s first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution). (Note that full-time adjunct faculty at an equivalent career stage are eligible.)"

Application Procedures

Applicants should apply to the APA with a short statement of interest outlining their public philosophy work and their curriculum vitae (combined into one PDF file). The application deadline is January 25, 2020.

Only members may submit applications; please sign in to access the application form.

To submit an application, fill out the application form.

Previous Nominees


Galen Barry (Iona College)
Aleta Quinn (University of Idaho)
Amy Reed-Sandoval (University of Texas at El Paso)

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