Dedicated to facilitating and improving research opportunities in humanities disciplines, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center Fellowship Program demonstrates the university's significant commitment to and support of the humanities. The Humanities Center began its first full term of operation in academic year 2012-13, offering four faculty research fellowships to UT Knoxville faculty members and two dissertation completion fellowships to UT Knoxville graduate students. The faculty fellowships will increase to six, and the number of graduate student fellowships will grow to four by 2015.
O r i g i n s
A committee of department heads and administrators began work in 2009 to bring this exciting program to fruition. It was officially established in July 2011. We believe the benefits of the center to the university's humanities faculty and graduate students have already been considerable, and we are most grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost for their support.
P r o g r a m
The center offers its fellows amenities for sustained research similar to those they might enjoy at the National Humanities Center. The center has its own suite with offices for a director and support staff, individual offices for the fellows, a seminar room, a lecture room, and a common room. The period of residence for all the center's fellows is a full academic year. We expect all successful applicants to be in residence in the center during their tenure, as well as to participate in weekly meetings of the fellows. During the year, both faculty and graduate-student fellows will be encouraged to join one of the ongoing faculty seminars appropriate to their research topic, and reflecting the practice at the National Humanities Center, both faculty and graduate fellows will be expected to make public presentations of some portion of their current work.
E l i g i b i l i t y
While we realize that proposing a definition of the humanities is not going to satisfy everyone, we accept the definition of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The term humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following:
- language, both modern and classical;
- comparative religion;
- the history, criticism, and theory of the arts;
- those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and
- the study and application of the humanities to the human environment, with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Anyone whose research falls into one of these categories should consider applying for a fellowship.
Dr. Thomas J. Heffernan
Director, The University of Tennessee Humanities Center
Kenneth Curry Professor in the Humanities Emeritus
Departments of English and Religious Studies
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