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Research and Fellowship Opportunities for Humanities Scholars

The links listed below lead to a variety of research opportunities for scholars of the humanities and related fields. The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute offers various fellowships and funding opportunities to both faculty and graduate students..


Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowships

Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowships

Humanities Institute Fund for Conferences and Symposia

WBFO Eileen Silvers Visiting Professorships

Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

Fellowships to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute

Research Workshop Funding

UB Libraries Special Collections Fellowships

Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo Research Funding

Humanities Institute Fund for Conferences and Symposia

The Humanities Institute (HI) announces matching support for conferences, symposia, and workshops related to the humanities and arts.  All UB faculty are eligible to apply; events must be held in Western New York.  Awards up to $2000 will be made until funds run out.  Awards will be granted on a rolling basis, up to two years in advance of the event. 

Successful applicants will acknowledge the Humanities Institute in all advertising for the event, as well as in any publications resulting from the conference or symposium.  Award winners must submit a one-page report – including attendance – within one month of the event.

HI will transfer funds directly to the applicant’s department.  Funds may be used for honoraria, food, lodging, travel, supplies, etc.  Unused funds must be returned to HI.

Send the proposal via email to the Humanities Institute’s Director, Erik Seeman <>.  Proposals must include:

  • Completed application form
  • One-page description of the conference or symposium, including prospective and confirmed participants, intended audience, and potential outcomes
  • Budget, justifying requested amount and identifying other sources of funding equal to or greater than the amount requested from HI

In addition, the faculty member’s Department Chair must also send an email to the Director indicating that s/he has read the proposal, approves the request, and understands that the department will be responsible for administering the funds.


WBFO Eileen Silvers Visiting Professorships


The Humanities Institute awards one WBFO – Eileen Silvers Visiting Professorship in the Arts and Humanities per year.

The Visiting Professorship program – funded by a generous bequest of alumna Eileen Silvers (BA ’70) and proceeds from the sale of WBFO – brings world-class scholars, intellectuals, and artists to UB for short-term residencies.

During their time on campus, Visiting Professors co-teach classes with UB faculty, present public talks and exhibitions, direct symposia and conferences, and otherwise engage with students, faculty, and the greater Buffalo community. 

The stipend ranges from $20,000-$30,000, depending on departmental contributions, and can include travel and living expenses.  Visiting Professors are expected to be in residence from three to six weeks or more; residencies may broken into two periods during the same semester.

HI accepts nominations on a rolling basis.  The HI Executive Committee meets annually in early December to choose among the most promising proposals, in consultation with the potential host department(s).

Send ideas about potential candidates or formal nominations to Erik Seeman (, Director, Humanities Institute.

Nominations should include:

              • The candidate’s name, rank, and affiliation; a cv is also helpful

              • A one-paragraph statement of the candidate’s influence on his/her field and the humanities and arts more broadly

              • A one-paragraph description of the proposed activities in which the candidate would take part, including possible time frames

              • A statement of whether the candidate has been contacted about this and how likely s/he is to accept a Visiting Professorship


Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

The Humanities Institute will award two $5000 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowships in 2014-15.  The Fellowships, developed with the New York Council for the Humanities, will involve a combination of training in the methods of public scholarship and work by the Fellows to explore the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with a community organization.

For the full announcement, click here.

UB Fellows will be part of a cohort of Fellows from the CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and Syracuse University.

REQUIREMENTS: The Fellows are required to attend a two-day orientation training run by the New York Council for the Humanities on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19, 2014. During the Fellowship year, the Fellows will research methods in the public humanities and develop a plan to give a public dimension to some aspect of their scholarly interests. As part of this process, Fellows will identify potential community partners for this work. The Fellows will be asked to present about the outcomes of their research and public work to the university community in coordination with HI and to submit a final report to the New York Council for the Humanities. 

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be enrolled Ph.D. students in a humanities field (broadly defined) at UB, and must be ABD:  they must have completed all coursework and oral exams by September 1, 2013.

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2014 to May 2015, including mandatory attendance at a two-day training in August in New York City. The stipend is $5000 plus travel funds to attend the August training and other Fellowship-related events.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including cv and references, by Friday February 7, 2014.  The cv should indicate when the applicant achieved ABD status.  The link to the application is here:

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by early April 2014.

Past Fellows

Fellowships to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute

The Humanities Institute provides support for at least two Ph.D. students to attend the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College, held annually in June.

The FAS Institute is a week-long workshop led by Donald Pease, a former HI Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence, and several other leading Americanists (in literature, critical theory, and history). Participating students and faculty present and discuss works in progress.

The fee for participating in the Institute, including housing and registration, is $695, which will be paid by the Humanities Institute for three successful applicants. Students are responsible for travel, meals, and all other expenses.

For more information about the Institute, go to: <>

To apply for the Humanities Institute subsidy, send application materials to Jinhee Song <> by April 29. Successful applicants will be notified by May 6. They then must apply to the Institute by its deadline of May 18. The subsidy is available
only to Ph.D. students who have completed their oral exams.

Application for the HI subsidy must include:
- one-page single-spaced description of the dissertation and the portion to be presented at the Institute
- two-page cv, including date oral exams completed
- letter of support from dissertation chair