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Lecture or Workshop


Please note: This program will be suspended as of Summer 2024. No new applications for funding will be taken at this time.

Suggest a visiting scholar to give a Humanities Institute lecture aimed at the broader academic community, or host an interdisciplinary workshop.

The purpose of this funding is to provide the opportunity for faculty to bring a visiting scholar to campus for a period that would include a public lecture as well as other activities, such as a workshop or seminar that would be of interest to a more specialized group, and/or participation in undergraduate/graduate classes.

We invite nominations for eminent scholars in any humanities field. The visitor will be expected to give a Humanities Institute lecture aimed at the broader academic community as part of the visit. The Humanities Lecture can concern the visitor’s research specialization, but we are especially interested in those whose work would appeal to a wide humanities audience. 

The HI will cover the equivalent cost of one lecture (i.e., travel costs/lodging/per diem, plus honorarium). We will consider requests of up to $5,000, but we expect faculty hosts to solicit other sources of funds to support the costs of the visit that go beyond that of a single lecture event.

HI Staff will support the visit by arranging specifics for the lecture/workshop, including venue reservations and the creation and dissemination of publicity materials.

Proposal Requirements

Up to 5 pages; submit as one document

  • Briefly explain your interest in bringing the visitor to campus
  • Explain the scholar’s fit for the criteria listed above
  • Explain other events the scholar would participate in during their stay
  • Include an approximate budget of anticipated costs (travel, lodging, per diem, honorarium, etc.) as well as other sources of expected funding
  • Additionally: A brief statement of support from appropriate Department Heads should be emailed to with the subject line “Faculty Invites Support”

Note on contributing co-sponsorships

A limited amount of funding is also available for distribution to support non-HI events. We will contribute up to $500 for well-planned events in the Humanities if exhaustion of department and other funds is demonstrated. Funds will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis, and the HI should be mentioned in all publicity materials connected to the event. Email with a brief description of the event planning in place, including other sources of funding, with the subject line: Funding Request.