Subvention Grants Program – maximum award: $5,000

Funding is available.

The University of Texas at Austin Subvention Grants program is designed to assist faculty authors in the publication of scholarly books. Frequently university and other scholarly presses demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. Subvention awards provide financial assistance to faculty members when departments and deans are unable to provide needed support.

In this era when university libraries are buying fewer books, university and other scholarly presses often demand that authors provide funds to underwrite the publication of scholarly monographs and books. The reason that such fees—called “subventions”—are required is that press runs are often quite small and very expensive.


  • Requesting author must be sole or primary author and currently appointed at The University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member. Preference is given to tenured or tenure-track faculty members.
  • Excluded from eligibility are staff, students, temporary faculty, individuals whose contracts will not be renewed the following year, or those who plan to resign in the current or subsequent academic year.
  • Individuals who will receive a cash advance from the publisher are not qualified.
  • Subvention support of more than once in a three-year period is subject to availability of funds and the applicant pool.
  • The author and publisher must agree to acknowledge the President’s Office of the University of Texas at Austin for the subvention grant in the acknowledgement section of the book.
  • Funds are only paid directly to the publisher; authors may not be reimbursed from the account.
  • Publications can be in any language and any discipline.
  • Artwork, maps, photographs, permissions and other special production elements are allowed.
  • Publication of textbooks, translations of previously published books or book reprints will not be supported.
  • Routine author activities, such as indexing, or page and reprint costs of articles in professional journals are not covered.
  • If the book is not published, the author is expected to return the subvention grant to the University.

To apply for a subvention grant, faculty authors should submit the following items via our Competition Space:

  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Pre-publication reviews (at least one). Examples include: manuscript reviews, questionnaire/anonymous reviews from outside critics.
  3. Formal letter of acceptance from a publisher.
  4. A statement by the publisher that a subvention of a specific amount is required and justification for that amount.
  5. Evidence (letter, e-mail, etc.) that the author has attempted to secure other funding sources of support for the subvention (e.g., the author’s professorship, discretionary funds available to the author’s chair or dean, etc.).

Authors may submit the items listed above in one PDF document as an attachment, using our Competition Space online form.

Apply here


Office of the Vice President for Research
Subvention Grant Program
FAC 426
Mail Code: G1400