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Summer Faculty Fellowships

Interfolio will open to accept applications on November 1, 2019. The application deadline is January 27, 2020.

Founded in 1987, the Institute for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and discourse in the humanities and the arts. The purpose of the Summer Fellowship program, now in its third year, is to support an intellectual community of tenured/tenure-track and lecturer II/III/IV faculty to spend eight weeks in residence in the institute. Summer fellows will pursue their research and participate in ten cross-disciplinary seminars coordinated by the institute's director over the course of the summer term. We seek applicants working in humanities research areas who demonstrate capacity to contribute to and gain from interdisciplinary exchange through the summer fellows seminar.

Summer Faculty Fellowship

Fellows will receive $6,000 in additional pay or research funds; each fellow will have the use of a private office at the institute and access to the resources of the Institute.


  1. Applicants must hold a full-time, tenured/tenure-track or a lecturer II/III/IV position with a 75% or more averaged appointment on the Ann Arbor campus during the regular (September – April/May) academic year. (Full time for Lecturer II/III/IV faculty is defined in accordance with MOU #3 of LEO-UM contract which states "Employees whose appointment effort during the fall and winter semesters averages at least 75% in both the fall and winter semesters.")
  2. Incoming, newly hired faculty, are not eligible to apply.
  3. Faculty who have already held a Humanities Institute Michigan Faculty Fellowship are  eligible to apply six years after the end of their earlier award.
  4. Faculty who will be a Humanities Institute Michigan Faculty Fellow in the current or following year are not eligible to apply.
  5. Faculty and lecturers may not hold a teaching appointment during summer term of the fellowship if awarded a Humanities Institute Summer Fellowship.
  6. Prospective applicants must consult with their chairs or deans about unit policies and expectations regarding leaves and fellowships before applying.
  7. Applicants must notify the head(s) of the unit(s) in which they hold funded appointments of their intention to apply for a Humanities Institute Summer Fellowship.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee looks for applicants and projects that will benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary nature of the group of fellows and the work of the fellows seminar. It seeks to achieve variety and balance in the disciplines represented by the fellows. 

Projects are judged based on (A) promise and significance of the proposed research project; (B) the humanities and arts content of the project; (C) the quality, significance, and breadth of the applicant’s prior work.


  1. Faculty fellows must be in residence at the Humanities Institute during summer term 2020.
  2. Faculty fellows must attend and participate in the scheduled two-hour Fellows’ Seminars. (The specific dates and times are determined at the first Fellows' Seminar.)
  3. Faculty fellows are required to present their work during one Fellows’ Seminar.

Application Process

Required Elements of the Application 

  1. Humanities Institute Summer Fellowship Application form (within Interfolio application portal).
  2. Curriculum vitae (short or long form)
  3. Project description (no more than 1000 words)
  4. Writing sample (such as articles or chapters of books no more than 6000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography) or scholarly work sample (creative work such as audio/visual aids or portfolio placed on a website with the URL provided as a file)
  5. Fellowship Acknowledgement/Application Signature Form signed by the head(s) of the unit(s) in which you hold funded appointments.
  6. Two recommendation letters. 

The selection committee will consider only those applications that are complete and that adhere to the specified word and page limits. 

The application deadline is January 27, 2020.

Applicants will be notified in early March, 2020.