DKU Health Humanities Laboratory Request for Proposals: Health Humanities Projects

Information Session

On Friday, March 19th at 10am (China Time) the Health Humanities Lab will host an information session via Zoom to give an overview of health humanities, the types of projects students and faculty might consider proposing, and guidance on the proposal development process.

Health Humanities Lab Information Session

Date and Time: March 19th, 2021 at 10am (China Time)

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The Health Humanities Lab seeks proposal submission for projects that focus on the interdisciplinary areas of Health Humanities. In our era of rapid globalization and interdependence, the sociocultural aspects of daily life create an important context for how we view and manage health among people and societies. A clear example: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions that cannot be addressed with science alone. As such, students and faculty are invited to submit project proposals to address an important health question that incorporates a humanities perspective. Proposals may examine this humanities-oriented question using methodologies from different disciplines.

Potential topics for proposals should concern aspects of individual or population health. Students who would like to submit proposals are required to find at least one DKU faculty member to mentor the project. Faculty who submit a proposal must incorporate at least one student role as part of the project team and teams featuring multiple student roles are highly encouraged. Proposals that include or consist of signature work projects are welcome.

Funding Amount

Maximum funding per project is 10,000 RMB. The project budget should adequately fit the scope of work being proposed and be well-justified. The proposal review committee may request a budget revision or additional justification.


All DKU students and faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Student applicants are required to identify at least one DKU faculty member, from whom they have received an approval for supervision. Faculty must propose at least one student role as part of the project team.

Proposal Format

The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages in length with single-spaced 12-point Arial font. The proposal should include “Title”, “Participants”, “Summary”, “Background”, “Approach” and “Budget” sections.

Title: should be concise and should give an overall idea about the project.

Participants: list all participants (students and faculty) and their roles. Faculty proposals must identify a student role, but need not identify particular students who will fill that role. The HHL will help faculty of accepted proposals find interested students to staff their projects if needed. Likewise, the HHL can offer some assistance to student projects in search of a faculty advisor, although students interested in submitting a proposal are very much encouraged to seek out faculty on their own.

Summary: functions as an abstract for the proposal. It should go over the nature, scope, and aims of the project from a broad perspective without going into much detail.

Background: is a section for you to discuss prior research on the issue directly related to your work. Here you should provide your motivations for conducting research or designing a project in your area of interest and include necessary information to understand the fundamentals of the issue. Please indicate in this section why and how the issue you wish to work on is a good fit for Health Humanities.

Approach: should specifically describe how you intend to work on the issue explained in the Background. You should include your procedure and methods here with explicit attention to interdisciplinarity where appropriate.

Budget: please specify the estimated cost of your project or research and identify the components. You should provide a brief justification for each proposed cost.

Project Timeline

Accepted proposals will be expected to be executed on one of two possible timelines: either during academic year 2021-2022, or over the summer in 2021. If your project team is interested in being physically in residence at DKU over the summer and the project you propose is designed to be completed in the summer, you may be considered for summer funding, which would include housing and board costs in addition to project funding (these additional expenses should not be added to the project budget). Indicate your interest by specifying that the project proposal is for Summer 2021. Otherwise indicate that your project proposal is for AY 2021-2022.


Submission will be through e-mail. Please send your proposals to Chi ZHANG ( and copy all affiliated individuals (students and faculty members). Proposals must be submitted by April 16th, 2021.

Criteria for Selection

Projects will be selected for support based on whether they meet the criteria introduced in this RFP, feasibility, clear fit within Health Humanities, and fit within the context of the set of projects the HHL supports.