Become a Fellow at the National Humanities Center

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Over 1,200 outstanding scholars have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center.

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September through May. Applicants must have doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new PhDs should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States. The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age.

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NHC Online Application Portal

Portal opens July 1, 2016. Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents: 1,000-word project proposal, short bibliography, curriculum vitae, and a one-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the modules or components that comprise the project and their states of completion). Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. References will receive a prompt inviting them to upload a letter on behalf of the applicant. Applicants are encouraged to contact their references separately to alert them to expect to receive the prompt. Applications and supporting materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by midnight EDT, October 15, 2016.

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Location, Facilities, and Support Services

Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s many research institutes and universities. The Center’s award-winning building in the Research Triangle Park was designed to foster individual research and the exchange of ideas. Each Fellow has a private study and 24-hour access to conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, reading areas, a reference library, and an information technology workroom. The Center’s extraordinary library service delivers directly to Fellows all the books and research materials they need; IT support and copyediting are also available.


Fellowships are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. The Center typically seeks to provide at least half salary and also covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents. Independent scholars and scholars who do not anticipate sabbatical pay during their leaves are encouraged to apply. It is the Center’s aim to provide all fellowship recipients with stipends that meet their full financial need, even in cases where sabbatical pay or other outside funding is not available.

Cumulative Statistics, 1978–2015

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Areas of Special Interest

Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research. These include a fellowship for a young woman in philosophy and fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, and theology.


Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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