Humanities Program Graduate Summer Fellowships 2017


Humanities Program

Graduate Summer Fellowships 2017

The Humanities Program is pleased to announce the availability of at least two summer fellowships for advanced graduate students. All graduate students who have entered candidacy during the proposed fellowship period, and whose research is in a humanities discipline or cross-disciplinary/intersectional humanities field, are invited to apply. Preference will be given to students whose home department or degree program is in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS).

Proposals should fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Residential Fellowship: awarded to advanced students to facilitate significant progress toward or the completion of dissertation writing.
  2. Non-residential Fellowship: awarded to advanced students to facilitate research travel/activity outside of the Northern California area, especially that requiring access to archives, interview subjects, data sources, or similar.
  3. Language Advancement Fellowship: awarded to advanced students who require language immersion or significant training to facilitate advanced humanities research in a non-English speech community or textual corpus.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Humanities Program Committee and ranked based on:

  1. The intellectual and scholarly merit of the proposal, as evidenced by the statement of purpose and letter of support;
  2. The potential of the proposal to further humanities research in general and in the candidate’s field(s), especially as the proposal increases the visibility or fosters connections involving the humanities beyond traditional areas;
  3. For non-residential and language advancement fellowships: the necessity and productiveness of the residency/field work relative to the project, as evidenced by the proposal and supported by the optional attached budget.

Awardees may not have dual fellowship/grant support.


Fellowship candidates should submit the following documents to Mandy Bachman (

** Please do not restate or summarize a dissertation or thesis prospectus **

  1. A statement of purpose and intent, in which the prospective awardee describes the research s/he is pursuing or intends to pursue during the fellowship period. Please specifically address the proposal’s congruence with the humanities and its humanistic scope, as well as the specific outcomes that will be achieved during the fellowship period (two pages maximum).
    1. For residential awards, the statement should include detailed information pertaining to the research and writing that will be completed during the award period, and how this research/writing advances the student’s degree trajectory.
    2. For non-residential awards, the statement should include detailed information about research activity to be conducted and its importance to the student’s research agenda.
    3. For language awards, the statement should include detailed information describing how the immersion/study experience will facilitate the students’ research, as well as detailed information on the proposed program.

Note: For (b) and (c), a tentative budget should be attached.

  1. Letter of invitation or admittance, if applicable, for projects involving host institutions, archives, or similar.
  2. One letter of support from the candidate’s chair/director. This should refer to the candidate’s ability to complete the proposed research and/or the necessity for non-residential research or language development, her/his intellectual promise, and the significance of the candidate’s research within the humanities.

Deadline: 30 April 2017