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GHI Great Influenza Centenary Project Grants

1918 - 2018: Great Influenza Centenary Project Funding and Support

This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the historic influenza pandemic (the so-called "Spanish Flu") that killed more 50 million people around the world in the early twentieth century.  

This public health catastrophe profoundly impacted human societies in every corner of the globe, affecting human life in fields ranging from medicine, science, politics, economics, and law to military strategy, humanities, literature, ethics, and arts.  Over the course of 2018, Georgetown University's Global Health Initiative will recognize this centenary by taking a distinctly interdisciplinary perspective that both (1) examines the 1918 pandemic from multiple disciplinary lenses across all our schools and campuses and (2) invites all of us to look ahead in considering the risks and impact of future influenza outbreaks from a variety of viewpoints.

To encourage interdisciplinary reflection on the centenary of the Great Influenza, the Global Health Initiative will offer financial support (up to $500), event planning advice (not execution), and communications assistance (through the GHI website, listservs, and media) to a limited number of faculty members, departments, centers, and institutes that wish to explore the 1918 pandemic from one or more disciplinary perspectives and/or consider the effects of a future pandemic when it occurs. We urge Georgetown colleagues to cast their views both to the past of 1918 and to the kind of future that such a pandemic could influence. Specifically, please note that GHI resources can be used to support a wide range of activities, including seminars, speakers, screenings, exhibits, media, arts, and other appropriate ideas. We are encouraging submissions to be creative and involve colleagues working across schools and departments. The Great Influenza Centenary Project will take place over the entire calendar year 2018, and activities may be organized in the spring, summer, and fall semesters of 2018.

To be considered, please submit a short proposal (up to 250 words) that describes the proposed activity, faculty (including affiliations) who are involved in the planning, and a proposed budget for the small grant award. Applications are welcome and encouraged from all Georgetown schools and programs. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2018.

The GHI website maintains a list of previous grant awards.

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