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Faculty Fellowships

The UT Humanities Center offers Faculty Fellowships to qualified full-time, tenure-stream faculty in its nine affiliated humanities departments. A UTHC Faculty Fellowship is a full-year research release from teaching and service while in residency at the UT Humanities Center. All successful applicants are required to participate in the life of the Center by working daily in the personal office provided at the UTHC, participating in and presenting their work in once-weekly Chandler Seminars, and (if desirable) participating in ongoing UTHC faculty seminars related to their work.

How it Works

The Faculty Fellowship helps optimize research toward a significant investigative project by extending a faculty member’s already slated one-semester leave into a full year of concentrated research. That is, one semester of the Faculty Fellowship year is funded by the Humanities Center, while a second semester is obtained by the faculty member by using or combining

  • a faculty development leave
  • banked courses
  • a pre-tenure semester leave
  • a paid leave of absence
  • a zero teaching semester, or
  • a leave funded by an externally awarded fellowship.

To qualify for a Faculty Fellowship, faculty

  • must have a defined research project
  • must be eligible for leave through one of the avenues cited above, and
  • must have applied for an external, national fellowship for the same project in the immediately past funding cycle or provide concrete evidence of intent to apply in the upcoming cycle before the start of the UTHC fellowship. (Examples of such fellowships include, but are not limited to, the NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim.) External grant applications with deadlines after the Humanities Center deadline of December 1 will be considered provisional: no Humanities Center fellowship award will be confirmed until evidence of an external fellowship application is received. An applicant with questions should consult with the Humanities Center director.

How to Apply

Applications for Faculty Fellowships are due on December 1 of the current calendar year.

Full details of the application may be found here. 

Please contact the UTHC at 974-4222 or humanitiesctr@utk.edu with questions or concerns.

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