Hilles Publication Fund accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Frederick W. Hilles Publication Fund.

The fund was established through the generosity of the late Frederick W. Hilles to assist younger scholars in the humanities at Yale with the publication of their original manuscripts. It is administered by the Council of Fellows of the Whitney Humanities Center.

Typically the fund covers such expenses as indexing, permission fees, reproduction of images, and copy-editing. Hilles funds are not intended for basic publication or manufacturing costs. Preference will be given to first-time applications from associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors. As funding permits, the council will consider applications from other faculty members (lecturers, lectors, and adjuncts) who have been members of the Yale College faculty for at least two years. No more than $5,000 will be awarded to any applicant for any one book. Submitting an application for these funds does not guarantee funding.

Authors or their publishers should apply only after the manuscript has been accepted for publication by a university or scholarly press, preferably Yale University Press.

Application letters should include a letter of application for the grant that also includes a summary of the manuscript; minimally two reports attesting to the merits of the manuscript, one from the publisher or editor, and at least one other from a recognized scholar in the field; a letter of endorsement or acceptance by a publisher that includes a breakdown of publication costs and the reason why a subvention is necessary; and a letter concerning any publication advances received from the publisher.

The council may seek further advice about the manuscript or the need for a publication subsidy. In some circumstances, applicants may be requested to submit a copy of the manuscript.

Applications and supporting documents must be received by April 1. Do not include any information pertinent to your application in the email itself — emails do not get submitted to the committee for review with the application. Send all materials, combined into one PDF file, to inessa.laskova@yale.edu.

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