Sallie Bingham Grant

The Sallie Bingham Grant is a monetary award granted to support a faculty-mentored student-directed reading series or full production of a play or plays by a historic female playwright. 


Four (4) $2000 grants will be awarded in the 2018-19 academic year, with an additional $500 stipend for the faculty advisor of each project.


Sallie Bingham is a writer, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist. Sallie’s first novel was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1961. It was followed by four collections of short stories; her most recent book, from Sarabande Books in 2014, is titled The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters. She has also published six additional novels, three collections of poetry, numerous plays (produced off-Broadway and regionally), and the well-known family memoir, Passion and Prejudice (Knopf, 1989). Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, New Letters, Plainswoman, Plainsong, Greensboro Review, Negative Capability, The Connecticut Review, and Southwest Review, among others, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Forty Best Stories from Mademoiselle, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and The Harvard Advocate Centennial Anthology. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Sallie has worked as a book editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville and has been a director of the National Book Critics Circle. She is founder of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which published The American Voice, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.



Applications must be co-submitted by a student (preferably, the director of the proposed event) who is enrolled full-time at a university or college during the semester of his/her/their proposed production or reading series AND a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors, in co-submitting this application, agree to oversee the allocation of grant monies as needed and act as a liaison between student creative teams and History Matters/Back to the Future.


  • Download and complete the Application Form.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Applications should be sent to
  • In addition to the completed Application Form, please attach any supporting materials and a brief letter of recommendation from the co-submitting faculty member. We will accept Word or PDF documents as attachments. Letters from faculty may be attached to the submission email or sent under separate cover. 
  • Submissions will be accepted between January 15, 2018 and April 15, 2018.