Is my project in the humanities? 

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a useful description and guide: “the term humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” Humanities projects awarded support use creative, qualitative, and/or interpretive rather than quantitative approaches (though a combination of quantitative methodologies with other approaches is not disqualifying). Applicants are responsible for demonstrating the project’s engagement with the humanities.   

I am working on a creative/artistic project, does it have to involve research?

Yes. A creative project is eligible to receive support if the proposal clearly articulates or demonstrates the role of humanities research in the process of conception and production. If you are curious about what this means for your project, just contact us and we'll set up a time to meet. 

Are instructors eligible for research support?

At this time, research support is limited to tenure-track and tenured faculty only.  

Can I see examples of successful proposal narratives?

The Center’s application reviewers largely follow the evaluation criteria used by the NEH, so check out the sample narratives they have posted.  

Why are fellowships flexible? 

In order to accommodate the diverse needs of everyone working in the humanities, the Center works closely with the College of Liberal Arts to ensure research fellowships can offer targeted support for specific research needs determined by applicants in consultation with school directors. In coordination with schools, support will be provided for a particular use or a combination of uses. Examples of potential uses for fellowship funds include but are not limited to: archive research travel, a one-course or two-course release from teaching duties for sustained focus on a writing project with a clear publication trajectory, fieldwork equipment, production expenses for multimedia projects, etc. Fellows are offered use of office space at the Autzen House when available, and all fellows participate in the Center’s scholarly community, lunch seminars, interdisciplinary activities, works-in-progress lectures and other events. All fellowship awards are dependent on available funds.  

Do I need a signature from my school director or dean?

No. We work closely with schools throughout the process of coordinating research support, and this former requirement is no longer necessary. 

Do I have to submit my application materials online? 

Yes. In order to expedite the distribution and review process, all applications and proposals should be sent to [email protected] with the last name included in the document title. Specific instructions are included in the application. 

If you don't see your question here, contact Research Program Coordinator Joy Jensen via email at [email protected].