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Humanities Grants 

The Humanities Center provides support for dozens of lectures, readings, symposia, and conferences each year. Grants are normally awarded on a rolling basis three times throughout the year.  In 2020-2021, however, the center will not offer this form of support due to budget constraints and the difficulty of hosting events this year.  If conditions change, faculty may be invited at a later time to seek funds for events in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The John W. Altman Program in the Humanities

The Altman Program is a multifaceted, yearlong exploration of a critical issue in the humanities. Each year, the program includes a large lecture series, a symposium, a faculty seminar, special classes, and intense research collaborations. Pairs of prospective Altman Faculty Fellows are typically invited to propose topics of broad interest to Miami's humanities community. In 2021-2022, however, the program will concentrate on Race & Racism. Once selected, Altman Fellows work with the Humanities Center Steering Committee to build a robust public program and assemble a diverse team of Altman Faculty Scholars and student fellows. Altman Fellows are awarded half-time teaching loads and $2,500 professional expense funds. Altman Scholars receive $2,500 in professional expense funds. Altman Fellowship applications are due Friday September 18, 2020. Altman Scholar applications are due November 15, 2020.

Humanities Labs

The Miami University Humanities Center invites applications for a new program that integrates faculty research and teaching in innovative ways. Humanities Labs aim to bring together faculty from the humanities and related disciplines in student-engaged research projects organized around a central theme. Embracing the true sense of laboratory experimentation familiar to the sciences, Humanities Labs will promote skill-building, hands-on experimentation and outcomes communicable to the Miami community and beyond. Applications are due November 6, 2020.


As humanists we are all well aware that the skills students learn in our classrooms are essential in the workplace. But students and the general public don’t always make that connection. Over the past four years at Miami, the College of Arts and Science, the Center for Career Exploration and Success, and the Humanities Center have organized two HumanitiesWorks programs, involving 20 faculty and staff, in efforts to address this problem. Please contact the director for more information about this program.

Junior Faculty Seminar

The Junior Faculty Seminar fosters community and cross-disciplinary connections among  assistant professors in the humanities and allied disciplines. To join, simply contact the Director of the Humanities Center.

Research Apprenticeship Program

The Research Apprenticeship Program supports humanities faculty research by pairing faculty with outstanding students to complete a research task. Faculty receive professional development funds plus 40 hours of paid labor from the student apprentice of their choice. Applications are considered on a rolling based beginning on August 28, 2020.

Scholarly Publishing Programs

The Humanities Center supports faculty authors through a variety of programs. In 2020, the center will offer a grant proposal workshop. A simple application is due by 6 p.m., November 8, 2020.

The Research Collaborative

Faculty are invited to propose innovative ways of working together across institutional boundaries. One team will receive $10,000 to support their project. This program will not be offered in 2020-2021.

Interdisciplinary Research Clusters

Numerous research groups meet throughout the year to share work-in-progress and discuss emerging scholarship. Faculty are invited to propose new groups or to join existing ones. Humanities Center funding is normally available to support a variety of activities by participants. Funds are extremely limited for 2020-2021.

Digital Research Fellowships

Each year, the Humanities Center and the Miami University Libraries offer one or more Digital Research Fellowships. Each fellow receives $2,000 in funding and substantial support from the libraries' Center for Digital Scholarship. Applications for 2020-2021 are due April 22 , 2021.

External Opportunities for Humanities Scholars

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