NEXT DEADLINE: October 2017 (specific day to be announced; competitions for both fall 2018 and spring 2019 semester)
NOTIFICATION: December 2017
The Washington University Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences is pleased to offer one-semester Faculty Fellowships for fall 2018 and spring 2019. The center is currently accepting applications for both semesters. Applicants are strongly discouraged from submitting applications for both semesters. Up to eight fellowships total (Open and First Book) will be awarded per year. Included in that number, up to two per year will be designated for a First Book Fellowship.
Those awarded the fellowship will be in residence at the center for the designated semester and will be relieved of all teaching and administrative duties for that semester. The Faculty Fellowship Program is designed to provide a supportive environment for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and research. The fellowships are open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty members in Arts & Sciences.
Updated December 2016
To provide greater support for research by junior and senior WU humanities faculty, who typically have fewer external opportunities for such support than their colleagues in non-humanities fields.
To generate a greater sense of community both in the center in particular and on campus in general, and to spark greater innovation in scholarship and teaching across disciplines among humanities faculty by providing fellowship support for projects that involve interdisciplinary sharing and exchange.
To enable the Center for the Humanities to become an important contributor to this sense of community by providing both a physical and intellectual environment for fellowship and research activities.
To facilitate the working relationship between humanities departments and the center and to aid in the wider communication about humanities research across campus.
To make known to the broader (non-WU) academic community both the fellows’ research specifically and the research profile of WU faculty more generally through interaction between fellows and their external guests.
To provide additional support for the mission of departments and for graduate education with the invitation of an external guest to give a public lecture and a workshop for graduate students.
One full semester of relief from teaching and service so that the fellow can devote his or her time to an extensive research project.
Funds for teaching replacement to the fellow's department.
An intensive, interdisciplinary intellectual environment in which the fellow can discuss his or her research with the other fellows in residence, other WU humanities faculty and invited guests.
A forum in which the fellow can communicate his or her research both formally (with the fellow’s lecture) and informally (with the monthly fellows’ luncheon) with other faculty and the WU community in general.
Publicization of the fellow’s research in center publications, allowing the fellow’s research to become more widely known on campus.
An office at the center equipped with a computer and office supplies.
Fellows must be in residence at the university and make use of an office provided by the Center for the Humanities during the semester of the award.
Fellows must give one informal workshop about a topic related to their research during the course of their fellowship semester.
Fellows must attend periodic lunch meetings to talk informally about their research and interact with one another.
Fellows must attend public workshops of other fellows and at least one other event sponsored by the Center for the Humanities during their fellowship semester.
Fellows must submit a short report giving an account of their activities at the end of the fellowship period.
Fellows may be requested to carry out additional duties as negotiated with the center’s director of research and grants.
Eligibility for Open and First Book Fellowships
All tenured and tenure-track faculty of Arts & Sciences at Washington University are eligible.
All fellows must be in residence at the university and at the Center for the Humanities for the term of the fellowship.
Additional for: First Book Faculty Fellowship
+ Aimed at assistant-level, tenure-track faculty who are working toward the completion of a first book project. (Candidates must be in the second to fourth year on the tenure track.)
+ The First Book Fellow's work will be the focus of a First Book Seminar, in which up to two leading experts and three to four Washington University faculty members discuss the fellow’s manuscript in a seminar context, offer constructive criticism, and help her/him plan final revisions before submitting the manuscript to press.
The deadline for application for both the fall 2018 program and the spring 2019 program is will be in October 2017. Applications must include:
Faculty Fellow Application Cover Sheet (see below)
A project proposal containing the following information:
- A description not to exceed 800 words of the applicant’s research project, which should discuss what the project entails, both in terms of content and of form, and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the term of the fellowship. Please note that the Faculty Fellowship is intended for a substantial, well-conceived project that represents an active moment in the faculty member’s research program.
- A statement not to exceed 500 words that explains the project’s relevance to the humanities and how it offers a fresh and innovative approach in the humanities or humanistic thinking. The successful applicant’s research proposal must not only demonstrate general intellectual excellence, it must also indicate an impact on humanities scholarship or humanities teaching.
- A current CV.
Two letters of recommendation in support of the application. One of the letters must be from an external faculty person, and one letter must be from a member of the WU faculty. Letters can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application cover sheet download: (link to application cover sheet)
The entire application can be submitted via email. Please send to email@example.com.
Winners will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of WU tenured faculty, aided by evaluations from outside reviewers. Announcement of the winners will be made by December 2017. If you have any questions about submitting the application, please contact Jean Allman, director, Center for the Humanities, at firstname.lastname@example.org.