The Fellows Program at the Institute for Humanities Research provides faculty funding for research related to the annual theme.

Fellows may apply as individuals or as a team to engage in a year of research, to share their research with the academic community and to produce a strong application for an external grant.

Successful proposals for the Fellows Program will outline a rich scholarly project rooted in the humanities that has clear and feasible outcomes for the fellowship year and that has the potential to be funded by outside agencies.

Fellowships provide funds toward one course buyout (in the spring semester) for each faculty member as well as research funds of $2500 per faculty member.

2020–21 Theme: Recovering the Human(e) in an Age of Dehumanization

What does it mean to be human and humane in an age that undermines our humanity? Disruptions are manifest in technological, medical, political, economic, social, racialized, gendered and ecological areas of public discourse. Where are the methods, models and ways for being human and humane in the world together? How do the humanities recover the human(e)?

Application Guidelines:

The application deadline for the 2020–21 academic year is February 17, 2020.
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Current Fellows: Borders and Boundaries

Disciplinary, spatial, ideological, virtual—the boundaries we imagine, construct, and confront are multiple and multi-faceted. Boundaries exclude and include; borders connect and separate. Borders and boundaries are created by states and communities, by institutions and individuals; they shift and change over time. What functions do borders and boundaries serve? Who makes and guards them? Who confronts and crosses them? Who do they serve and who do they limit? How does our current attention to borders and boundaries in this age of globalization reflect new worries and how does it echo old ones? The 2019-20 fellows explore the theme "Borders and Boundaries" in their individual research projects. 

Calvin Schermerhorn | Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

20 Generations Short: The Making of America’s Racial Wealth Gap, 1619–2019

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez | Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication

Embodying 'Querencia' in the Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico Borderlands

Laurie Manchester | Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

From China to the USSR: The Return of the 'True' Russians

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj | Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies 

In Transit: Postwar Journeys of Jewish and Catholic Refugees from Poland (1940s–50s)

Miriam Mara | Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Literature and Food Sovereignty in Post Celtic Tiger Ireland

William Hedberg | Assistant Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures

Utopia in Translation: Literature, Travel and Encounter in Early Modern East Asia