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opportunities for faculty

The John W. Altman Program in the Humanities

The Altman Program is a multifaceted, year-long 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. 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 teaching reductions and a $2,000 professional expense fund. Altman Scholars receive $2,000 in professional expenses. Altman Fellow and Scholar applications are due Friday, January 26, 2024.

The Research Collaborative

Faculty are invited to propose innovative ways of working together for mutual or community benefit. Up to $10,000 will be awarded annually to support teams engaged in collaborative scholarly endeavors. Applications are due January 19, 2024.

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 available for hosting meetings, inviting visitors, and more.  To inquire, please contact the director.

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 the assistance of a student research fellow. Applications are considered on a rolling each fall beginning on August 30, 2024.

Faculty Lunch Forum

The Lunch Forum fosters community and broad discussion of pressing questions and matters of broad interest to humanities faculty. All faculty are welcome to attend.  For upcoming dates consult the calendar or contact the center.

Humanities Labs

Humanities Labs integrate faculty research and teaching in innovative ways. Created by teams of two or more faculty members in the humanities and related area, Humanities Labs take place at the intersction of two related coures and conduct student-engaged research or service organized around a central theme. Embracing the true sense of laboratory experimentation familiar to the sciences, Humanities Labs  promote skill-building, hands-on experimentation and outcomes communicable to the Miami community and beyond. Applications for new labs are due November 8, 2024.

Scholarly Writing and Research Workshops

The Humanities Center supports faculty authors through a variety of programs. In 2024, the center will offer a two-day Faculty Writing Workshop coordinated by Professor Erik Jensen. A simple application is due November 8, 2024.

Humanities Grants 

The Humanities Center provides support for dozens of lectures, readings, symposia, and conferences each year. Grants are normally awarded three times throughout the year. Applications are due August 30, 2024, January 19, 2024, and April 5, 2024.

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 are due April 19, 2024.


Humanists know that what students learn in our classrooms is essential in the workplace. But students and the general public don’t always make that connection. Since 2016, the Humanities Center, partnering with the Center for Career Exploration and Success, has organized three HumanitiesWorks programs, involving a total of 24 faculty members, to address this problem. Please contact the director for more information about outcomes and resources for your department.

External Opportunities for Humanities Scholars