The center prides itself on its efforts to promote research and learning in the humanities. One way that it does so is through its one-semester Faculty Fellowship Program. The program is designed to provide a supportive environment for innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and research.
The center also endows several grants to encourage academic exchange among the university community. One-year and three-year Faculty Seminar Grants are awarded to tenured or tenure-track Washington University faculty who propose to lead a seminar on a particular topic. The three-year seminars provide an informal environment for attendees to share their own thoughts and work concerning the theme. One-year faculty seminar grants hold to the same principles over a shorter amount of time. Reading and Writing Group Grants, renewable annually, are awarded to tenured or tenure-track faculty and Washington University humanities graduate students to create reading groups structured around a particular theme.