External Funding Connections

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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) Pre-doctoral Summer Workshops

The HWW summer workshop utilizes a cohort-based approach to assisting humanities PhD students with the development of their careers. Our principles emphasize student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their values. We have learned that centering the needs of each fellow results in empowered PhD professionals ready to tackle the world which awaits them post-degree. Our sessions intentionally layer foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within the fellowship cohort, and researching potential career paths. The workshop models effective strategies that enable our fellows to prepare for a successful job search today and for the career transitions which will come in the future.

Graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of HWW Summer Workshop Fellows (and friends!) from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”

Application Requirements

Interested doctoral students in the humanities should submit their applications to humanities@psu.edu with the subject line HWW Summer Workshop by November 1, 2021. Please combine and submit all application materials as a single PDF file. For more information, visit the 2022 Humanities Without Walls: National Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop website

(2) Grand Research Challenge Funding
  • 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 can be found here
  • Seed funding is available for faculty interested in exploring partnerships for Grand Challenge applications. Proposals should be in the neighborhood of $2-3000.
Applications should include 1) a description of the project the applicant intends to pursue including prospective collaborative partners, and 2) a budget proposing how the funds will be used to meet the project goals. 

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted, and should be sent to humanities@psu.edu with the subject line Seed Grant Application.

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 2021.

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 http://chcinetwork.org/opportunities. You can also follow the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes on facebook for up to date information.