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Faculty Research Fellows


The HI Faculty Research Fellows Program (FRF) for the academic year 2024-2025 is an exciting opportunity for faculty members in the humanities or those engaged in humanities-centered research projects. Application deadline: May 13, 2024.

The Faculty Research Fellows Program at the Humanities Institute within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin is an opportunity for faculty members l to advance their work and enhance their research skills. 

Key Benefits:

  • Single course release: You'll receive a course release to focus on your research. 
  • Up to $2500 in research funds: Funds can be used for research-related expenses such as travel, fieldwork, research tools, or research assistance (to be managed by your department's administrative staff).
  • Year-long program: The program spans the entire academic year.
  • External funding opportunities: You'll have a 1:1 meeting to explore external research support options. 
  • Accountability groups: Collaborate with peers and stay on track. 
  • External funding workshops: Enhance your grant-writing skills.
  • Shared writing hours: Dedicated time for writing and productivity. 

Application Requirements:

  • Project Description: Provide a 1-2 page description of your major project, book, or study for the year. Explain how the $2500 research funds will support your work. 
    Past Funding and CV: Describe your funding, leave, or support of the past 3 years. Include a current (up-to-date) CV. 
    Chair/Dean Documentation: Provide pre-approval from Chair or Dean for a course release in spring 2025. Note: Most course releases will NOT be reimbursed by HI or COLA.
    Working Plan: Outline your goals/milestones for August 16, 2024 to May 15, 2025

Timeline & Notes:

  • Application Deadline: May 13, 2024.
  • Course Release: The course release can be taken in Spring 2025 for this cycle only. 
  • Combination with Humanities Research Awards (HRA): HI Faculty Fellows and the Humanities Research Awards (HRA) are now the combined HI Faculty Research Fellows awards 
  • Eligibility: If you've been an HI Faculty Fellow or HRA awardee before, you can apply again after a 5-year period (2018-2019 or earlier are eligible). The FRF is limited to Tenure/Tenure-Track faculty at 100% full time appointments. Faculty from any college or unit are eligible to apply.


This is an excellent opportunity to advance your research and contribute to the humanities. Good luck with your application!  If you have questions, please email us: