Announcing cycle two, Supporting Diverse Voices: Book Proposal Development Grants

We are excited to announce the second cycle of PUP’s Supporting Diverse Voices: Book Proposal Development Grants, which will open August 2 and invite applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) scholars working in fields across the social sciences: economics, sociology, politics, international relations, anthropology, and urban studies.

Prospective grantees are welcome to submit applications for book proposals that will engage a wide range of subjects—from within any of the above disciplines—and a diversity of audiences, including books targeting a general readership, scholarly monographs, and textbooks. Both previously published and first-time authors alike are encouraged to apply.

Selected grantees work in close collaboration with a book coach, receiving direct support and coaching on the preparation of a book proposal. The grant covers all costs associated with the process, with grantees able to work with the participating 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.

PUP launched the biannual grant program in February 2021, with the inaugural cycle open to women, transgender, and gender-expansive authors in science and mathematics. The grant’s cycle two focus on BIPOC scholars is responsive to demographic data from relevant professional organizations indicating majority white representation at professional and/or graduate levels across social science fields.*

Across all academic specialties, the investment in these grants aligns with PUP’s commitment to a publications program that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive—a goal we acknowledge requires direct and meaningful intervention. The program, which initially included four coaches, will expand this autumn with the addition of a fifth coach, Helen Sword, an international expert on writing across disciplines.

Applications for the second cycle of the Supporting Diverse Voices grants will be open August 2–August 30 and available through our website. Applicants will be asked to specify their field, from among those listed above. Grant recipients will be notified the week of October 18. The winter 2022 cycle will focus on the humanities, with more information to be announced on our website in early January.

To read more about the grants and writing coaches, please visit

* Data Sources

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
American Economic Association (AEA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Sociological Association (ASA)
The Institute for Fiscal Studies