Book Subvention Requests

Recognizing that the cost of publication of scholarly books sometimes falls at least partially on the shoulders of the scholar, the Office of the Vice President for Research provides funding to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for creative and scholarly book subventions. These funds are prioritized for items essential to the production of the book such as obligatory press subsidies, permissions, or indexes. Generally, the maximum award will be $2,500. Cost sharing from the applicant’s department is encouraged. A list of previously awarded subventions can be viewed here.


The Book Subvention Program is open to full-time CLAS tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical faculty, lecturers, research scientists, research engineers, and other staff members for whom research, scholarship, and/or creative activity are assigned as one of their primary job responsibilities.


Subvention requests must be submitted to CLAS before the final manuscript goes to press.

Application guidelines

  1. Your Request: Write a letter in which you
    • State the title of the book and the name of the press that has agreed to publish it.
    • Briefly describe the book and its importance to the field.
    • Indicate how much total subvention funding the press has requested and the reasons the press needs the subvention. Indicate how much you are seeking from the College. Indicate any other pending or confirmed sources of UI and external funding.
    • Briefly explain why the press is an appropriate press to publish your book. Briefly describe how the press has advanced important scholarship in your field.
  2. Supporting Documents: Include a copy of
    • The contract to publish your book.
    • If the subvention need is not detailed in the book contract, a memo or a bill from the press specifying the amount and need (e.g., photographs, permissions, etc.) for the subvention funds.
  3. Department Approval
    • Email the request and supporting documents to your DEO (In PDF or Microsoft Word format) for approval.
    • The DEO should write an endorsement of the request, including:
      1. The departmental financial contribution
      2. The importance of the book to the field
      3. The importance of the book to your academic career
  4. Submission to the College
    • The DEO should forward the application materials to Allison Bierman, Assistant to the CLAS Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure (, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Office.