Center & Institute Fellows Program

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Students eligible to receive a Humanities Dissertation Release may also apply to be designated a Center/Institute Fellow with a specific College of the Liberal Arts Center or Institute.  Students may apply to be a Fellow with the Africana Research Center, the Humanities Institutethe Rock Ethics Institute, the Center for American Literary Studies, the Center for Language Acquisition, the Center for Democratic Deliberation, and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.


Students will be designated as a Fellow with one specific Center or Institute within the College of the Liberal Arts.  Fellows will receive an additional award in the form of a $1,000 award to support their research and related activities, be affiliated with the Center or Institute and have opportunities to participate in (and in some cases even plan) some of its activities, share common experiences with others affiliated with the Center or Institute, and share work in progress with faculty and other graduate students.  In some cases, recipients of Center and Institute awards will be invited to use workspace in a Center or Institute.  In all cases, students will profit from stimulating research environments and gain recognition for their affiliation with a Center or Institute.  Precise activities will be specified in acceptance letters from the respective Center and Institute directors.

Please note that all Humanities Dissertation Release guidelines must be followed for participation in this program.

How to Apply

The Research and Graduate Studies Office will send out a call for the Center/Institute Fellows Program early in the spring semester. Students who wish to be considered should submit an application packet and an Information Summary Form (available from the Directors of Graduate Studies) to their department.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter including (a) a brief description of the dissertation project and its connection with the focus of the Center or Institute to which the student is applying; (b) status of the dissertation proposal; (c) a timetable for completing the dissertation; (d) a statement explaining the student’s interest in participating in the activities of the Center/Institute while engaged as a fellow; (e) a statement clearly indicating preference between a fall or spring release
  • A completed Information Summary Form
  • Verification memo from the Director of Graduate Studies indicating eligibility for a Humanities Dissertation Release for the corresponding academic year
  • A curriculum vitae (no more than three pages)

The Associate Dean will review submitted applications and send them to Centers and Institutes for consideration. 

Selections will be made by the Center and Institute Directors.  Those not selected for a Center or Institute Award, if otherwise eligible, will be granted a department dissertation award.

Notifications will be made by May 1.

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