TOME Open Access Monograph Publishing Grant

Cornell University is one of 15 participating universities in the TOME initiative, which was launched in 2017 by the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of University Presses (AUP) to support the publication of open access digital monographs. TOME is designed to advance the wide dissemination of long-form, peer-reviewed scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members.

As a participant in this initiative, Cornell University is prepared to award one publishing grant per academic year to tenured or tenure track Cornell faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Funding for annual projects will be made available through 2024.) The baseline amount of the grant is $15,000 to support the publication of an open access digital monograph, with or without a print component, and is paid directly to the book’s publisher.

TOME initiative monographs funded by Cornell University »


To be considered for this Open Access grant, Cornell faculty members must have a peer-reviewed manuscript under contract with a university press or affiliated publisher on the list of member publishers in the AUP consortium currently ready to accept grants under the terms of this initiative. Books being published by Cornell University Press are not eligible for a Cornell TOME grant.

Application Deadline

The application window for books to be published in Fall 2022/Spring 2023 has closed. The next application periods are:

Publish dateApplication deadline
Spring 2023 or Fall 2023September 15, 2022
Fall 2023 or Spring 2024April 15, 2023
Spring 2024 or Fall 2024September 15, 2023
Fall 2024 or Spring 2025April 15, 2024

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, faculty should send the following documents to Mahinder Kingra, Editorial Director, Cornell University Press (

  • A cover letter briefly describing their book project, its intended readership, the publisher with which it is under contract, the name and contact information of the book’s acquiring editor, and the book’s anticipated publication date.
  • The introduction to the book and the peer reviews solicited by the publisher
  • A C.V.

Partial funding may be considered if the publisher or author have secured additional subventions explicitly intended for open access.