Who We Are

front entrance to the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is unique: a free standing national resource devoted to advancing significant humanistic study and reflection and to making those insights available both inside and outside the academic world.

Through its Residential Fellowship Program, the Center provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought.

The Center’s Education Programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.

Through Public Engagement in the form of community lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and a rich multi-media library, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.

The humanities help us understand and interpret the human experience, as individuals and societies.

The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit organization, and the only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. The Center is supported by by the generosity of individual donors, grants from private and public foundations, corporate philanthropy, and institutional sponsors—universities and academic organizations whose partnership specifically supports the Center’s fellowship program and public outreach efforts.


Sponsors of the National Humanities Center

The Duke Endowment
Duke University
North Carolina State University
Princeton University
TUCASI
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Harvard University
University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Washington University in St. Louis
Wells Fargo
Yale University


  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Boston University Center for the Humanities
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Columbia University Division of Arts and Sciences
  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University
  • Davidson College
  • East Carolina University
  • Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Furman University
  • Hamilton College
  • Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Penn State Humanities Institute, Pennsylvania State University
  • Rice University School of Humanities
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts
  • Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences
  • The University of Alabama, College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of California, Irvine, Humanities Center
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, Humanities Division
  • University of Florida Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • University of Georgia, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Utah College of Humanities
  • University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.