Winter 2022 Supporting Diverse Voices Book Proposal Grants

We are excited to announce the third cycle of our Supporting Diverse Voices Book Proposal Grants and invite Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) scholars in the humanities to submit applications between February 7 and February 28.

Applications representing a wide range of nonfiction subjects and readerships are welcome, including books intended for a general audience, scholarly monographs, and textbooks. Applicable subject areas include the ancient world; art and architectural history; biography; topics centered on cultural exchange; global Indigenous studies and knowledge; intellectual history; Indigenous religious traditions and practices; literary studies and literary history; practical knowledge and skills in the art of education; and urban history. We are not considering works of fiction, poetry, edited volumes, anthologies, manuscripts requiring translation, or works currently under consideration with other publishers. This opportunity is open to previously published and first-time authors alike.

Selected grantees will work in close collaboration with one of five book coaches, receiving project-specific support on the preparation of a book proposal. The grant covers all costs associated with the process, with the Press endeavoring to pair grantees with a coach of their choice. The Press will also pair grantees with a sponsoring PUP editor who will work with authors and coaches throughout the process. Following coaching, grantees agree to give PUP the right of first refusal on proposals. For any projects PUP does not pursue, Press editors will mentor grantees on alternative possible publishing paths.

The Supporting Diverse Voices grants are integral to PUP’s commitment to supporting underrepresented authors at every stage of the publishing process, and to fostering the growth and longevity of a publications program that is diverse in representation, equitable, and inclusive—a goal we acknowledge requires direct and meaningful intervention. PUP launched the biannual program in February 2021. The first cycle was open to women, transgender, and gender-expansive authors in science and mathematics; the second cycle was open to BIPOC scholars in the social sciences. To read more about the grants and coaches, please visit

Eligible authors may apply directly through our website. Applications will open February 7 and close February 28, 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of decisions the week of April 18, 2022.

Related Resources and Reading

Racial/Ethnic Distribution of Advanced Degrees in the Humanities. Data from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

How Do We Get There? Accelerating Diversity in Slow-to-Change Humanities Fields. An American Council of Learned Societies discussion

Modern Language Association data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity

Insisting on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Reflections of a Latina Scholar (Who Is Also a Professor of Spanish) by Frances R. Aparicio in Profession

Diversity in Philosophy Departments: An Introduction from the American Philosophy Association by Eric Schwitzgebel

The Diversity of Philosophy Students and Faculty in the United States by Eric Schwitzgebel, Liam Kofi Bright, Carolyn Dicey Jennings, Morgan Thompson, and Eric Winsberg in The Philosopher’s Magazine

Race and Racism at Canadian Universities, Deirdre Mccorkindale in Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society

“Indigenous Ideals at University,” Wawmeesh Hamilton speaks with Hayden King in the Globe and Mail

Race, Ethnicity & Equality Report from the Royal Historical Society

“I’m used to being the only brown person in the room,” a Guardian article by Helena Pozniak about the humanities’ “diversity problem”