Institute for the Humanities – Fellowship opportunities for graduate students

Humanities Institute Graduate Student Fellowships

The Institute for the Humanities, founded in 1987, promotes interdisciplinary research and discourse in the humanities and the arts. The central function of the institute is to form an intellectual community of faculty and graduate student fellows who spend an academic year in residence in the institute, pursuing their research and participating in a cross-disciplinary, weekly seminar. We seek applicants working in humanities research areas who demonstrate capacity to contribute to and gain from interdisciplinary exchange through the fellows seminar.

The institute has a faculty director and small staff who manage its programming and facilitates research by the resident fellows. To the core community formed by the faculty and graduate student fellows, we add several distinguished visiting fellows who typically join us for anywhere from one week to a full term.

Graduate Student Fellowship
The graduate student fellowship is ten months long (September 1 – June 30). Graduate student fellows are provided with a shared office and desktop computer at the institute’s home in the Thayer Academic Building.  Graduate student fellows receive a stipend (anticipated to be $32,500 in 2020-21) paid September through June near the end of each month. The institute pays each fellow’s candidacy tuition and all required fees for the fall and winter terms. Gradcare health insurance is provided for twelve months, if needed, September 1 through August 31.

If a fellow defends in the spring/summer term following their fellowship (2021), the institute will provide candidacy tuition for the defense and all fees except the registration fee (~$80). If tuition is elected in order to defend in the spring/summer term and the fellow fails to successfully defend the institute reserves the right to rescind the tuition waiver with the financial responsibility falling to the fellow him/herself.

Selection of the graduate student fellows is determined by a committee of U-M faculty, chaired by the institute’s director.

Please click here for additional details about eligibility, selection criteria, and the application process.

The application deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020 at 5pm.