Grad Student Details and Application
The following eligibility requirements apply:
- Students must be seeking a terminal degree in a humanities program at Penn State (i.e., Master’s candidates on track toward the Ph.D. are not eligible);
- Proposed projects must be directly related to work on a degree-required thesis or dissertation;
- Students must be in residence for the duration of the grant period;
- Students may not teach or be significantly employed (more than 8 hrs./week) during the semester of residence;
- Students in the College of the Liberal Arts are eligible for this award as well as for the Dissertation Semester Release; accepting one will not render an applicant ineligible for the other at any time.
- Summer Residency Students must be enrolled for the summer, and must follow the STAP procedures found at
Students are eligible to apply at any point in their studies, though a strong preference will be given to students nearing the completion of their terminal degree. Proposals that are interdisciplinary in outlook, methodology, media, or scope are especially welcome. Students with projects in the social sciences are eligible to apply if their projects have important implications for the humanities. Students on Federal aid should be advised that their Federal package might be affected by the stipend award. Please note: Graduate students may only receive one semester of residency from the Humanities Institute in the course of their studies at Penn State, though they may have a residency semester PLUS a Dissertation Semester Release through the Center and institute Fellows Program with the HI. Further, Graduate Students are eligible to apply for Fellowships/Residencies from any of the Centers or Institutes associated with the College of the Liberal Arts (HI, REI, CHI). However, applicants who are awarded fellowships from more than one center in a give academic year must only accept one award during that year.
Proposals will be evaluated and recommendations made to the Director by members of the Institute’s Advisory Board. Awards will be announced by mid-March 2023 for Summer Residencies and April 2023 for Fall and Spring Residencies.
Final Report and Acknowledgements
Grant recipients will be asked to submit a report on their project no later than thirty days after the end of the residency period. In addition, recipients will be expected to enter the Graduate Exhibition in the Spring following their residencies (for more information, visit http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/exhibition/). Appropriate acknowledgment of the Institute’s support must be given in all theses, dissertations, publications, and other activities related to the residency project.
Application Procedure and Requirements
Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
All materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023 for Summer Residencies and Monday, March 20, 2023 for Fall and Spring Residencies. All files for items 1-3 should be combined into a single PDF document. All applicants will receive an email receipt; please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not hear back within one week.
- Cover page with applicant’s name, student ID number, department/program, contact information (including campus address), project title, expected date of defense and graduation, and preferred semester of residency (Summer 2023, Fall 2023 or Spring 2024). Please note: The Humanities Institute will honor semester preferences where possible, but may not be able to grant all requests.
- Description of and rationale for the project and a timetable for completion (not to exceed four pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)
- Curriculum vitae (limit to three pages)
- Formal notice of approval from the graduate program director or officer (this need not take the form of a full-length, formal recommendation) AND a letter of recommendation from the student’s project advisor or director should be emailed to email@example.com by the deadline, with a subject line that indicates the Graduate Scholar Program and the applicant’s name.