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Humanities Research Awards 2023-24

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2023-24 Humanities Research Awards competition. These awards are intended to provide resources to faculty and graduate students to complete innovative projects that intersect with the humanities. 

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE -- Deadline November 1, 2023 @ midnight


FACULTY Call for Proposals

GRAD STUDENT Call for Proposals


Faculty awards are for $7,000 and have a 2-year timeframe (January 2024 -- December 2025)

Student awards are for up to $2,000 and have a 2-year timeframe (January 2024 -- December 2025)


Tenured & tenure-track faculty and graduate students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy with humanities-focused projects and whose home department is within the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to apply. 

A faculty member's most recent HRA award must have been received prior to 2020-21. Faculty must also be full-time and actively employed at UT to be eligible, and must have qualified for promotion if up for tenure prior to being awarded an HRA.

Application Materials

A Word or PDF document with the following sections:

1) Descriptive Narrative: a) Summary/Abstract, b) Background, c) Methodology/Activities, d) Expected Outcomes (2 pages)

2) Budget table & outcomes timeline (1 page--budget not needed if faculty course release is requested)

3) Short CV (2 pages)

4) Previous awards received during time at UT Austin (e.g., HRAs, SRA/FRAs, external grants) and any other available research funding sources.

5) For faculty, if a course release is requested, please include an email statement from your departmental chair acknowledging a) awareness of the HRA proposal, and b) approval of the course release request. Please note that any course release must occur in fall 2024 or later to accommodate academic scheduling. 

Selection Criteria

1) Relevance of project to current humanistic inquiry in the project's field(s)

2) Quality of project regarding research questions, methods, etc.

3) Likelihood of project producing desired outcomes, especially regarding publication, dissemination and engagement

4) Overall contribution of the project to the UT humanities landscape

Please contact Jeff Meserve ( with any questions.