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Fellowship opportunities at the Humanities Center

Each year, the Humanities Center supports outstanding faculty and graduate student research with a range of highly competitive fellowships.


  • Two faculty fellows from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • One faculty fellow from Arts and Sciences for research directly relating to the Syracuse Symposium theme (new initiative, starting 2016-2017)
  • One faculty fellow from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Meet our current and former Faculty Fellows. Faculty Fellowships are awarded for the spring semester and include some research funds while in residence. A call for proposals typically occurs in the fall for fellowships in the following academic year. Applications are reviewed by members of the Center’s Advisory Board. Faculty who have held Humanities Center Fellowships in prior years may not re-apply. See our FORMS page for more information.


Meet our current and former Dissertation Fellows. Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowships are one-year awards carrying a stipend with benefits comparable to graduate fellowships offered by The College of Arts and Sciences. Fellows are provided with office space and awarded some funding to support their research while in residence.

Following a late fall application and early spring review period, two fellowships are awarded to students completing dissertations in an eligible Ph.D. program in the College (English, Philosophy, Religion, and The Writing Program). The project must show evidence of strong humanities content and methods and contribute to advancing the Humanities.


A joint initiative between the Humanities Center and the Central New York Humanities Corridor, these fellowships are supported in partnership with the Humanities New York to: encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere; develop skills for doing public work; and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long fellowship involves training in public scholarship methods and work by the fellows to explore the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with a community organization. Meet the current and former Public Humanities Fellows.

Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as graduate students in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at: CUNY Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, the University of Rochester, SUNY Binghamton, or Syracuse University. The call for applications typically opens in late fall. When the competition opens, the application URL and Syracuse University information sheet can be found on our FORMS page.  

[View or download AY21 Fellows announcement.]


Roger Hallas (Faculty)
November, 2016 - English Professor Awarded Howard Foundation Fellowship article by Liam Sullivan

Jessica Pausczek (Dissertation)

Kishauna Soljour (Public Humanities)
January, 2020 - Doctoral Alumna Honored with Top Dissertation Prize in National Competition

Dana Spiotta (Faculty)
Fall/Winter 2016 - Culture of Possibility Syracuse University Magazine article by Amy Speach

Thomas J. West III (Dissertation)
Spring 2018 - The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak: Embodied Transcendence and Sacred Spectatorship in The Robe wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award, to be published in the journal Material Religion.