Humanities Institute

Grant and Fellowship Opportunities

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Sponsor: The Wolf Humanities Center

Deadline: 10/15/2017

Amount: $54,590 plus single-coverage health insurance and $3,000 research fund


The Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate and who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). Scholars are required to spend the year (late August–May) in residence at Penn.

For the 2018-19 academic year, our topic will be Stuff (see Call for Applications below). The Fellowship carries a stipend of $54,590 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents) and a $3000 research fund. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in either the fall or the spring semester in addition to conducting their research.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms.

Visa eligibility: International scholars outside of North America are appointed under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). Scholars seeking to hold an H-1B visa during the fellowship year at Penn are ineligible (no exceptions can be made). The Wolf Humanities Center reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.

How to Apply

NOTE: Applications must be submitted online through the Center's secure webform only. Postal and email submissions will not be accepted. Decisions will be announced in late December 2017, when applicants will be notified by email.

The programs of the Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2018–2019 academic year, we have set Stuff as the topic.

Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 2009 and December 2017 are eligible to apply. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2017 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2018).

During their year in residence, Fellows pursue their proposed research, are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting fellows, the Wolf Humanities Center aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty who do not yet have tenure. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.

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National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships

Sponsor: National Humanities Center

Deadline: 10/18/2017

Amount: Unknown


The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply.
Located in the vibrant Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, and superb library services deliver all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center's own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Applications are due by October 18, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

The Society for the Humanities 2018-2019 Fellowships

Sponsor: Cornell University - Society for the Humanities 

Deadline: 10/25/2017

Amount: Unknown


The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority.

From auctoritas to the author to authoritarianism, the question of authority – whether grounded in epistemological expertise, juridical power, rhetorical persuasiveness, creative innovation, divine decree, or political charisma – is inextricable from humanistic inquiry and critique. With authority, the power to decide, to authorize, to adjudicate, to rule, and to hold sway stands or falls – in science, law, art, oratory, religion, or politics. The Society invites scholarly projects that trace the consequences, crises, and possibilities of authority across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts. 

At stake in authority is who or what authorizes and bestows power, prestige, and influence. On what basis does authority claim to rule? Knowledge? Law? Charisma? Popular will? The sovereign word? Tradition? Moreover, each expression of authority calls forth its contestation and opposition. At times authority is contested within the same discursive sphere (e.g. different scientific paradigms or hermeneutic interpretations at loggerheads); at times, however, the opposition is based on another source of authority: religious law vs. secular law; scientific knowledge vs. political will; economic concerns vs. ethical concerns. At such junctures, the question then arises: who or what power adjudicates the conflict between appeals to different authoritative instances?

The Society invites scholars to explore the ‘ends of authority,’ understood as its purposes, goals, and ideals as well as its limitations, aporias, and paradoxes. Applicants could investigate the rise of authoritarianism across different historical and political or religious contexts, exploring its conditions, its appeal, its critiques. One could research the crisis of scientific authority, in which expertise itself is called into question on grounds that are impervious to scientific argumentation. Considering the death of the author, one could question what signs, strokes, words, tics, and idiosyncrasies determine a text’s or artwork’s ‘author’; what authorizes an original from its copy or fake; or the degree to which the authority of a few authors still determines research fields today. In the age of a superabundance of information, what differentiates ‘real’ (authoritative) information from ‘fake news,’ and how one can be interchanged with the other as an ‘equal’ source of authority?

The Society for the Humanities welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who are interested in investigating authority from the broadest variety of international and disciplinary perspectives.  

How to Apply

NOTE: Fellows should be working on topics related to the year’s theme. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2017. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. 

Collaborative Research Grant

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Deadline: 11/13/2017

Amount: $25,000-$100,000/yr.


In 2018-19, the Pembroke Center is awarding one-year residential  postdoctoral research associate positions to scholars from any field whose research relates to the theme of "What Are Human Rights? Imperial Origins, Curatorial Practices and Non-Imperial Ground". Fellows are required to participate weekly in the Pembroke Seminar, teach one undergraduate course, and pursue individual research.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their scholarly potential and the relevance of their work to the research theme. Recipients must have a PhD and may not hold a tenured position. Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. The Center strongly encourages underrepresented minority and international scholars to apply. 

The term of appointment is July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The stipend is $50,000 plus $1,500 for research expenses. Postdoctoral Research Associates are eligible to participate in the Brown University health and dental benefit plan. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Selections will be announced in March.

How to Apply

Contact Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist Vanessa Lopez

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

Sponsor: Humanities research Center - Rice University

Deadline: 12/1/2017

Amount: $55,000 


The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions.

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives. The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.

The position is for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Fellows receive a $55,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar, developing or continuing individual or collaborative research projects, and giving a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Fellows will also design and teach (or co-teach) a semester-long course, the topic of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.

How to Apply

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Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry: A Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsor: Washington University in St. Louis

Deadline: 12/4/2017

Amount: $52,575


We invite applications from recent Ph.D.s, D.Phil.s, or D.F.As (in hand by June 30, 2018, and, no earlier than June 30, 2013) to apply. In September 2018, the newly selected Fellow will join the University’s ongoing interdisciplinary programs and seminars. The Fellow will receive a two-year appointment with a nine-month academic year salary. Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their own research in association with a senior faculty mentor at Washington University. During the two years, they will teach three undergraduate courses and collaborate in leading an interdisciplinary seminar on theory and methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Applicants should submit, through Interfolio, a cover letter, a description of their research program (no more than 1800 words and accessible to those in other fields), a brief proposal for an interdisciplinary seminar in theory and methods, and a curriculum vitae.  Those who have not completed their doctoral work should indicate, in their cover letter, how many chapters of their dissertation are complete and how complete the remaining chapters are. Applicants should also arrange for the submission of three confidential letters of recommendation via Interfolio.  Please email us at with additional questions.

All materials, including letters of recommendation, should be submitted by December 4, 2017 at  (The application portal will open September 1, 2017.)

How to Apply

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Collaborative Research Grant

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities 

Deadline: 12/6/2017

Amount: $65,000-$100,000


Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel and archival research; field work; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.

Eligible projects include

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and
  • archaeological projects that emphasize interpretation, data reuse, and dissemination of results.

Information about Preliminary Draft Proposals

Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff review (submission of draft proposals is optional) no later than October 15.

What’s New for 2016

NEH will reject applications with narratives exceeding 25 pages.

NEH will reject applications with appendices exceeding 35 pages (except for applications for U.S. archaeology projects submitting information to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act).

Project directors and co-project directors are limited to one submission per application deadline, and may not hold more than one award at a time from the Division of Research Programs.

The project director must be the lead scholar and must devote a substantial percentage of time to the project, whether or not he or she is supported by NEH funds.

Projects that focus on tools, digital tools, databases, visualizations, and maps without proposing substantive interpretive scholarship are ineligible.

Archaeology projects that engage in data reuse are strongly encouraged.

No more than one conference may be proposed per application, and NEH funds will not support additional research activities by conference participants.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Collaborative Research program received an average of 127 applications per year. The program made an average of ten awards per year, for a funding ratio of 8 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from

How to Apply

All institutional applications must be submitted via

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