Funded by the Leslie Center, Humanities Institutes provide an opportunity for scholars from Dartmouth and other institutions to spend a term working together on a topic of common interest. Activities vary but usually include some public lectures and regular meetings to report on work in progress. The Institute should normally encourage scholars from different fields to engage in scholarly production (the latter possibly including the publication of a book consisting of work by members of the institute).
The group will normally consist of (1) a Dartmouth faculty director (sometimes co-directors) (2) a Senior Fellow from outside the College (to be designated the William H. Morton Distinguished Senior Fellow) and/or visiting lecturers (3) four junior fellows from outside the college, who will each receive stipends of $7,500 (4) four Dartmouth fellows (including the Director(s), who will each receive a one-course relief (5) four Dartmouth faculty members other than the chosen fellows who will receive research stipends of $750 (6) additional Dartmouth faculty members admitted without Center funding. The Senior Fellow will receive a faculty appointment at a fee to be negotiated.
Proposals will be accepted only from full-time Dartmouth faculty members.
Selection & Deadline:The Leslie Center funds an institute every other year. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are due by February 1, 2015, and will be considered shortly thereafter. If you have questions contact the Humanities Center Administrator by email or at 603-646-0896.
A proposal from one or more Dartmouth faculty members should describe the topic, indicating its research significance and its potential interest to the Dartmouth community. Applicants should indicate in which academic term the institute will be held, and designate the likely Senior Fellow(s), if applicable, or invited speakers. Possible Dartmouth fellows should also be named, with some information about their credentials.
Applicants are encouraged to regard the term "interdisciplinary" as including not only the Humanities, but the Social Sciences and Sciences as well. Those brought in from outside Dartmouth need not be senior scholars; institutes may include graduate students, junior faculty from other campuses, and those without any institutional affiliation (independent scholars and artists). Institutes will be selected on merit, but criteria of selection may also include: degree of innovativeness; availability of co-sponsorship from other campus or off-campus sources; the involvement of faculty with demonstrated continuing interest or expertise in a particular domain; promise of continuing impact on the research or pedagogic undertakings of the college; breadth of interdisciplinary scope. Preference will generally be given to applicants who have not recently conducted a Humanities Institute and/or who have not already received substantial Center funding for similar projects.
Total funding Humanities Center Institute is a maximum of $160,000 and any funds not used in the budget year will revert to the Leslie Humanities Center budget. Any additional funding required for the institute would have to be obtained from other Dartmouth institutions.
Four fellowships, carrying a one-course relief, will be competitively awarded to Dartmouth applicants, who may be of any academic rank. Selections will be made by the Institute Director(s) and approved by the Director of the Leslie Center and by the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities. The Institute Director(s) will normally be entitled to one of these fellowships each. Faculty interested in applying should contact the Institute Director. Applicants who do not receive a fellowship may be awarded one of four research stipends of $1,500.
Four junior fellowships of $7,500 each will be awarded to applicants from outside Dartmouth. These fellowships will be advertised in venues including The Chronicle of Higher Education, and will generally be awarded to candidates with completed PhDs who may be currently employed in an academic institution or anticipating such employment. In exceptional cases, ABDs may be considered. Candidates in doubt about their eligibility should consult the Institute director.
Most Recent and Future Institutes:
Colin Calloway (Native American Studies), Multiple Narratives in Plains Indian Ledger Art, fall 2010 (2010-2011)
Last Updated: 2/16/15