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The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations: The Office of Foundation and Corporate Relations works in partnership with Skidmore College's faculty, administration, alumni and friends to secure external funding from national, regional and local foundations and corporations for campus priorities and programs. The work that we do helps the College to offer new and innovative programs, support faculty-driven initiatives, expand the curriculum, enhance the physical plant and improve the quality of life for our community.

Office of Sponsored Research: The mission of the Office of Sponsored Research is to provide faculty members with the support and resources needed to fund and manage their creative, scholarly, and research endeavors. The Office provides high-quality services to the Skidmore community with the goal of increasing externally sponsored funding for individual faculty research while also ensuring compliance with College and sponsor policies and regulations.

AWARD HIGHLIGHT: Chinese Spaniards: Race, Migration, and Representation in Contemporary Spain

Chinese Spaniards: Race, Migration, and Representation in Contemporary Spain is the first book-length study of representations by and about Chinese and Chinese-descendent communities in Spain. The coronavirus pandemic and the media’s focus on the strain’s origin in China has fueled anti-Chinese sentiment globally. This discourse perpetuates the “yellow peril” of the nineteenth century, which framed Chinese migrants as a threat to western civilization, and highlights the need for a continued critique of how Sinophobia continues to condition representations of Chinese and Chinese-descendent communities today. In Spain, the Chinese were once a relatively small migrant group, but the community’s size and its economic and cultural influence has grown significantly in recent decades and can no longer be considered peripheral to mainstream Spanish culture. Chinese Spaniards studies how the depiction the country’s Chinese community complicates Spanish identity in the twenty-first century and links these representations to a longer history of racial discourse. The project analyses literary, visual, and cinematic texts to make two arguments. First, that transnational tropes associated with the Chinese—such as the fictional villain Fu Manchu—have been reimagined in Spain in ways that condition the reception of Chinese migrants. Second, it examines how a generation of Chinese Spaniards—including musician Chenta Tsai and illustrator Quan Zhou Wu—interrogate established notions of Spanish identity and play a central role in advocating for themselves and other marginalized communities. This project studies an ethnic community that has been generally overlooked by scholarship on race and migration in Spain, situating this research within a larger scholarly conversation about Chinese diasporas in the west.

PROJECT Personnel Profile:      MARY KATE DONOVAN


Mary Kate Donovan is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Skidmore College where she teaches courses on Spanish literature, cinema, and visual culture. Her research focuses on race, migration, and popular culture in modern and contemporary Spain and has appeared in journals including the Arizona Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, and Revista de Estudios Hispanicos. Currently, she is working on a book project that studies representations of the Chinese and Chinese-descendent in contemporary Spain.


Rolling Deadline

Wabash Center: Pedagogies for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Bringing Theory to Practice: No open grant competitions at this time, but keep an eye on their website for grant opportunities related to educating the whole person, civic and community engagement, equity and inclusion and innovation and change. 

Interfaith Youth Core: No open grant competitions at this time, but keep an eye on their website for grant opportunities related to curriculum development and campus innovation, all in the service of “creating the next generation of interfaith leaders on campus and beyond.”

April 2021

April 14

National Endowment for the Humanities: Research Fellowships

April 20

American Society for Theatre Research: Publication & Presentation Prizes

April 22 - July 1 (due date varies by program)

U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Education and Workforce Development Program

April 26

Whiting Foundation: Creative Nonfiction Grant

May 2021

May 4 (Letter of Intent)

Russell Sage Foundation: Social Science Research

May 18

National Endowment for the Humanities: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

May 20

National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiatives





The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the largest program of its kind in the United States, awarding more than 800 fellowships annually. Over 400 different types of opportunities are available to teach, research and conduct professional projects in more than 135 countries. Whether you are higher education faculty and administrators, or, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, and independent scholars outside of the academy, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has international opportunities to fit your needs and further your goals. More information can be found at

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022-2023 competition is now open. Application deadline is September 15, 2021.


From Science, 4/9/21: "Biden's first budget request goes big on science"

President Joe Biden today proposed huge increases for many federal research agencies as part of a $118 billion boost in domestic spending.

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From Science, 4/6/21: "Biden, Congress roll out big plans to expand National Science Foundation"

The idea of massively expanding the budget and mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help the United States out-innovate China is gaining political momentum in Washington, D.C.

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From National Institutes of Health Extramural Nexus, 3/25/21: "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Extramural Scientific Workforce - Outcomes from an NIH-Led Survey"

One year later, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our individual lives and communities. We have observed disproportionate effects observed in underserved populations, leaving them vulnerable to higher infection and mortality risk. These effects have led to an increased reliance on biomedical researchers and clinicians to offer public health solutions to this crisis. Within the research workforce, early-career scientists may bear the brunt of pandemic-related mitigation measures at institutions and limitations due to inability to be in the physical workspace.

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From National Institutes of Health Extramural Nexus, 3/9/21 (Guest post by Carrie Wolinetz, NIH Director for Science Policy): "Parenting in a Time of COVID"

Next week marks the one-year anniversary of NIH shifting to maximum telework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like employers and employees across the country, overnight we needed to adapt our entire enterprise and reinvent our jobs in the virtual workplace. Coincidentally, next week is also when with a deep breath and a big hug, I send my six year old back to school in person, masked up and excited to meet his 1st grade teacher in person for the first time. So it seems like a good time to reflect on what the past year has been like, juggling the demands of serving in the leadership of a government agency square in the middle of COVID response with the needs of two young children during this nationwide experiment in virtual schooling.

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