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Undergraduate Creative Collaborations

Applications for spring and summer 2024 are due 


Building Southern Intersectional Futures

Are you interested in Creating Southern Intersectional Futures through Creative Collaborations? Are you a creative person who could use some funding for your creative work? You're in the right place!


What the heck is Creating Southern Futures?

“Southern” here refers to the U.S. South as well as the Global South. “Future” speaks to the enduring need to envision new political, social, and cultural formations that might redress current inequities. For this initiative, we are looking for projects that are critical and intersectional by design, bringing to light the multivocal character of Georgia and beyond. Whose voices are underrepresented at UGA? In Athens? In Georgia? How can a feminist intersectional lens (looking at race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other identities) inform our creative questions and methodologies? 

What do you mean by "Creative Collaboration?"

Creative Project Proposals must be collaborations with local organizations and have public presentations of final products that amplify the multivocal character of our community and/or draw attention to pressing concerns. Community partners must be confirmed for accepted proposals to receive funding. IWS will consider proposals that do not yet have clear confirmation from the community partner IF the applicant already has an existing relationship with the potential partner (such as work or volunteer experience) but needs more time to confirm their participation. Projects might take the form of a public mural, a concert, a play or poetry reading, a movement workshop, or an art installation (among other ideas!). Community organizations might include parks and recreation facilities, the public library, community arts organizations and theatres, or local advocacy groups such as The Cottage Sexual Assault Center, the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition, or Athens Pride and Queer Collective.

How much money can I apply for?

Selected proposals will receive an award of $1000 per semester for up to two semesters, which can be used towards research expenses and/or to cover cost of living. 

What can I use the grant money for?

Grant money may be used towards research expenses (travel, software, books and journals, supplies, stipends, etc.) and/or to cover cost of living (food, childcare, housing, etc.).

How do I find a mentor for my project?

Use our handy “Finding a Mentor” guide to research, contact, and meet with potential faculty and graduate student mentors in IWS.

How do I apply?

  1. Review the grant requirements to see if you’re eligible and to brainstorm a project idea.
  2. Use our “Finding a Mentor” guide to research, contact, and meet with potential faculty and graduate student mentors in IWS.
  3. Download the proposal template.
  4. With your mentor's guidance, write your proposal, create your budget, and list your references.
  5. Have your mentor review and approve your proposal. Save your proposal as a PDF or Doc. 
  6. Email your proposal to 



Faculty and graduate student mentors will receive $500 per project semester, as an acknowledgement of their effort and time. These funds can be used for travel, research expenses, etc. and will be transferred to mentors’ departmental accounts. Email with any questions about this initiative.

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