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Funding Opportunity from the MLA: Pathways Step Grants Application Open! (Deadline: 10/10/23)

Pathways Step Grants Application Open! (Deadline: 10/10/23)

Applications for MLA Pathways Step Grants are now open.


Made possible by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, the MLA Pathways program equips departments and programs associated with the study of literature, language, writing, culture, area studies, and related disciplines with the tools, networks, knowledge, and resources to help undergraduate students find success throughout their education and after graduation. The core goal of the Pathways program is to enable the creation of new structures of support, at the program, campus, and regional levels, for students in the humanities—especially students of color, first-generation college students, and Pell Grant recipients—in order to allow for fuller, more equitable participation in humanities study and the postgraduate opportunities it creates.


The MLA’s Step grants of up to $10,000 for a twelve-month period are intended to support individual faculty members or small, local teams developing ways to improve the recruitment, retention, or career readiness of undergraduate students. The deadline to submit a proposal is 10 October 2023. Would you please consider sharing this opportunity with your center’s network? To learn more about this program and submit a proposal, please navigate over to the Step grants page on the MLA website.


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