The National Humanities Center is pleased to offer the 2020 Summer Residency Program to institutional sponsors. The Summer Residency Program will run June 1-26, 2020, and serves to facilitate progress on a research project for selected faculty.
Scholars from NHC institutional sponsor universities are eligible to participate in a four-week summer residency program intended to assist in jump-starting or making substantial progress on a current project. Summer Residents are provided individual offices in our quiet, light-filled glass building in the woods of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. They have access to their offices 24/7 during their residencies. Our renowned library staff assists Residents in procuring all books needed for their research by the time they arrive, as well as any requests during their time in residence.
Residents are housed in a hotel located near the Center and provided with continental breakfast and a full lunch from our in-house chef and baker Monday through Friday. Lunch in our Commons is famous for the vibrant exchange of ideas and synergistic discussions that inevitably lead to enhanced scholarly output.
Through this program, faculty from our sponsoring institutions can experience a concentrated period of supported research and scholarship in this world-renowned setting. Scholars who have participated in the Center’s programs have called it an “intellectual nirvana” and have often remarked that the contemplative space and intellectual community provided by the Center contributed significantly to the ultimate quality of their work, which includes over 1,600 published books.
Deans and department chairs might consider this opportunity for faculty to reward stellar mid-career or senior researchers, assist junior faculty members in progress toward tenure, help faculty in need of an opportunity to resurrect a long-term project, assist those in a transition from a service or teaching overload, use this opportunity as a recruitment or retention tool, or provide an opportunity for administrators to focus on their research.
The cost of a summer residency is $7,000 and covers housing, the above-mentioned meals, office, library, and administrative support. For local sponsors, whose faculty do not need housing, the fee is $3,500 per scholar. Residents are responsible for their own transportation to North Carolina and while at the Center.
Sponsoring universities establish their own internal selection process and communicate the number of scholars they wish to sponsor to the Center by December 1, 2019. We typically have more requests than we ultimately can accommodate, however, so space is awarded on a first come, first served basis. The Center will maintain a waitlist for those institutions who indicate interest after our capacity has been reached.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Please direct any questions to Lynn Miller, Scholarly Programs Manager.
About the National Humanities Center
Since 1978 the National Humanities Center has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating, and disseminating the very best scholarship in the humanities. One of the most prestigious independent research institutes in the world, the Center is the only one dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Its primary mission is its Fellowship Program, which brings up to forty scholars to the Center each year so that they may pursue their research in conditions of freedom, collegiality, and scholarly support. Books written by NHC Fellows have won numerous prizes, and the Fellows themselves have gone on to hold leadership positions in their colleges or universities, and in virtually every major scholarly organization in the humanities. Notably, 98 past NHC Fellows have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.