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UConn Humanities Fellowships are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities. Visiting Humanities Scholars, UConn Humanities Scholars, and UConn Graduate Humanities Fellowships are year-long and allow for time and space to research, write, and collaborate on work that extends and celebrates humanities scholarship. Take advantage of the time and space UCHI fellows are afforded as well as UConn’s research facilities, archives, special collections, and museums with ideal proximity to Hartford, New Haven, Boston, and New York City.

Fellowship Opportunities

The UConn Humanities Institute invites applications for residential fellowships. Fellowships offer a stipend, office space, and all the benefits of a Research I university. Just as important, we offer community and time for scholars to write, argue, engage, and create.

We invite and welcome fellowship applications from scholars in all disciplines and encourage applications to articulate clearly the project's value to the humanities. Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients are expected to produce scholarly articles, a monograph on a specialized subject, a book on a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, or other scholarly tools. These fellowships do not support projects to study teaching methods or theories, surveys of courses and programs, or the preparation of institutional curricula. These fellowships cannot be deferred.

UCHI offers residential fellowships each academic year in three categories:

• Visiting Humanities Fellows (external)
• UConn Humanities Faculty Fellows (internal)
• UConn Humanities Dissertation Scholars

Eligibility

UCHI Visiting Scholar fellowships are intended for scholars with a significant record of scholarly accomplishment. Applicants with a Ph.D. or terminal degrees in their field must have held their advanced degree for at least four years. Independent scholars—such as writers, museum professionals, and artists—need not have a terminal degree to apply, but must have an advanced record of professional accomplishment. Independent scholars with terminal degrees must have held that degree for at least four years. Former UCHI fellows are welcome and eligible to apply for fellowships five academic years after completion of their UCHI fellowship (i.e. 2018-19 fellows are eligible to apply for 2024–25 fellowships).

Application

Applications for 2023–24 fellowships must be submitted via Interfolio by February 1, 2023.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

• project proposal (3 pages)
• bibliography (1 page)
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) (2 pages)

Applicants must also request three signed letters of reference submitted directly by the referee through Interfolio.

All application materials must conform with our application guidelines.

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UConn Humanities Faculty Fellows

UConn Humanities Faculty Fellows will retain their regular appointments and salaries with R-T-D (release from teaching duties) status. They will be released from departmental and administrative duties, but they will retain responsibility for the supervision of graduate advisees. Applications follow the NEH form so that, with revision, they can be readily adapted for submission to NEH and other external fellowships. UConn Humanities Faculty Fellows will have an office and are expected to be in continuous residence at UConn for the term of the award. They are expected to participate in Institute activities including bi-weekly internal teas, colloquia, related scholarly events, and offer a public lecture on their research during the course of the fellowship year. Tenure normally covers an uninterrupted period of from nine to ten whole months. Ordinarily, fellowships run from late August (fellows may begin tenure August 15) through May. Fellowship recipients will not be allowed to defer a UCHI fellowship.

Priority is given to UConn faculty applicants who have not held a leave (sabbatical or other) in the 12 months preceding the academic year (September 1) of the fellowship. Former faculty fellows are eligible to apply for the academic year five years after completion of their UCHI fellowship (i.e. 2018-19 fellows are eligible to apply for 2024–25 fellowships). Finally, UConn Humanities Faculty Fellows are expected to acknowledge the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute in publications resulting from work supported by the Institute.

In addition to the UCHI Faculty Fellowship, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Connecticut, UCHI, together with the Faculty of Color Working Group of the New England Humanities Consortium, is pleased to accept applications for the UCHI/FOCWG Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship is intended for full-time UConn faculty members from historically disadvantaged minority groups and/or those whose projects specifically confront institutional blocks for BIPOC faculty. Interested applicants should indicate that on the application form that you would like to be considered for the UCHI/FOCWG Fellowship. Indicating that you would like to be considered for the UCHI/FOCWG Fellowship does not preclude you from being offered a UCHI Fellowship—indeed, any application for the UCHI/FOCWG fellowship is considered as an application for a standard UCHI fellowship. Criteria for successful applicants include, but are not limited to: quality of research proposal; strength of reference letters; and articulation within the proposal of how this project can contribute to a larger support network for faculty of color in the region and/or to understanding and addressing impediments to success for BIPOC faculty in higher education. UCHI/FOCWG Fellows are full members of the UCHI fellowship class and have all the same benefits and responsibilities.

Application

Applications for 2023–24 fellowships must be submitted via Interfolio by February 1, 2023.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

• project proposal (3 pages)
• bibliography (1 page)
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) (2 pages)

Applicants must also request three signed letters of reference submitted directly by the referee through Interfolio.

All application materials must conform with our application guidelines.

Apply

UConn Humanities Dissertation Scholars

To aid emerging UConn scholars, UCHI offers, with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Fellowship Fund, up to four residential graduate dissertation fellowships.

Humanities Dissertation Scholars receive a full academic year fellowship to enable dissertation fellows to concentrate solely on completion of their Ph.D. dissertation. Graduate students must have completed qualifying exams, the prospectus, and sufficient research by the start of the fellowship period so that they can complete the dissertation during the year-long fellowship. Students scheduled to defend in the Fall semester are not qualified for the fellowship. Teaching during the fellowship year is prohibited. Humanities Dissertation Scholars will have an office and are expected to be in continuous residence at UConn for the term of the award. They are expected to participate in Institute activities including bi-weekly teas, colloquia, and related scholarly events, and to offer a public lecture on their research during the course of the fellowship year. Finally, Humanities Dissertation Scholars are expected to acknowledge the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute in publications resulting from work supported by the Institute.

Application

Applications for 2023–24 fellowships must be submitted via Interfolio by February 1, 2023.

Applicants are required to submit:

• a project proposal (3 page)
• a bibliography (1 page)
• a CV (2 page)

Applicants must also request three signed letters of reference submitted directly by the referee through Interfolio, including one from their major advisor.

All application materials must conform with our application guidelines.

Apply