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Research Support

The Humanities Center connects faculty and graduate students to career-enriching fellowship opportunities, workshops, info sessions and other supports offered in-house, throughout campus, and beyond. Explore this list of resources to inspire and assist your research.

Research Development

Sarah Workman, smiling.

Sarah Workman, Assistant Director, Research Development (Humanities)

Jointly appointed to the Office of Research and the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Workman supports humanities faculty from across the University to identify funding, assist with writing grants and proposals, and help coordinate nominations for honorary awards.


On-Campus Support

  • The Syracuse University Humanities Center offers four Faculty Fellowships each year (3 for A&S faculty; 1 for Maxwell faculty) encouraging humanities research
  • Lender Center Fellowships support a two-year research agenda to critically and creatively explore contemporary social issues, develop innovative approaches to these problems, and implement useful and sustainable initiatives
  • SU Libraries Special Collections Resource Center Faculty Fellowships support innovative curriculum development and ideas for transforming the role of special collections in university instruction
  • Syracuse University Art Museum and Renée Crown University Honors Program offers a Faculty Fellows Program; check their Opportunities page each spring for updates
  • Engaged Humanities Initiative supports collaborative research through a summer fellowship program that pairs faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers with humanities partners in community museums, cultural centers, historical societies, research centers, etc.

  • Syracuse University Humanities Center funding opportunities:
    • Apply for funds to host renowned humanities scholars in residence via our Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and the Corridor’s Distinguished Visiting Collaborator opportunity
    • Apply for funds to support public-facing humanities lectures, performances and workshops via Syracuse Symposium: calls for proposals typically launch in November, with an early March deadline
    • Modest support is available for humanities programming, workshops, book talks, and more via our rolling co-sponsorship funds: apply on our Forms page
    • Central New York Humanities Corridor, an 11-institution regional research consortium housed at the Syracuse University Humanities Center, reviews funding proposals twice annually (fall and spring) for faculty-driven collaborative activities
  • CUSE Grant Program (faculty only) at the Office of Research offers seed funding for faculty to build interdisciplinary teams, preliminary data, and/or to seek extramural funding to advance a research project
  • The College of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Council solicits proposals for annual Ray Smith Symposium funding (open to Arts and Sciences and Maxwell faculty only)

Graduate Student Support

Humanities Graduate Student Fellowships, Mentoring, and Career Diversity

  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides individuals from Syracuse University (as a member institution) with a free personal account to access its full range of services and resource library
  • Imagine PhD is a free career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences
  • Beyond the Professoriate helps grad students and Ph.D.s translate their education into meaningful careers in academia or beyond, offering 1:1 coaching, support for grant and fellowship applications, and consultations for writing resumes and academic job market documents

External Support

External Humanities Funding, Collaboration, and Advocacy

  • National Humanities Alliance advocates for the humanities on campuses, in communities, and on Capitol Hill
  • 4Humanities focuses on the international digital humanities community
  • Federation of State Humanities Councils provides leadership, advocacy, and a national conference for its member organizations across the states
  • Humanities New York supports use of the humanities in programs and activities that address social and cultural concerns across the state
  • Humanities for All showcases thousands of examples of publicly engaged humanities work at colleges and universities across the United States
  • Humanities Indicators provides tools and information for researchers and policymakers addressing concerns in various fields
  • MLA Commons provides open access scholarship and teaching materials

Public Humanities