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External Funding Connections

Refer back here, as this page is updated when new external funding opportunities are sent to the Humanities Institute. 

Humanities Without Walls

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded approximately $12,200,000 to the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to fund eleven years of an extensive consortium of sixteen partners in the Midwest and beyond. By leveraging the strengths of multiple distinctive campuses, the consortium, titled Humanities Without Walls (HWW), aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation. 

HWW makes possible two initiatives:

(1) Summer Workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who desire to explore diverse careers in which they can use their expertise and credentials, both inside and outside the academy. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HWW plans to host its first virtual, national Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop in summer 2021; the Application Procedures and Requirements can be found hereInterested doctoral students in the humanities should submit their applications to with the subject line “HWW Application” by 5:00 p.m. on October 31st, 2020.

(2) Funding for cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students pursuing research that focuses on a grand intellectual challenge. More information on a call for proposals is forthcoming; information regarding past research challenges and partnerships can be found here.

Penn State Humanities Institute is proud to be a founding member of the consortium, and to support the participation of our faculty and graduate students in research partnerships and workshop opportunities. Look for information via our listserv in fall 2020.

Visit Humanities Without Walls Main Page

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes 

For a list of fellowships, jobs, calls for participation, and other opportunities happening at CHCI member organizations, go to You can also follow the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes on facebook for up to date information.

National Humanities Center Application Portal Now Open

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work from all areas of the humanities are encouraged to apply.
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.
Located in the vibrant Research 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, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2020. For more information and to apply, please visit the link here.