Humanities Unbounded Visiting Faculty Fellowships

Since 2011, we have hosted 27 faculty from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Liberal Arts Colleges for year‐long fellowships under Humanities Writ Large. The Fellowships have underscored the role of the humanities as an engine for knowledge production. Under Humanities Unbounded we are offering additional Visiting Faculty Fellowships, this time in a two‐year model.

The first year will again be a residential fellowship that is tied to an on‐going humanities lab (whether a Humanities Unbounded departmental lab or an interdisciplinary humanities lab based at the Franklin Humanities Institute) or other Duke department, program, institute, initiative, or center. The residential experience will be followed by a second year in which Fellows may draw on resources from a consultancy fund to bring newfound approaches to their home institution and, where appropriate, continue their collaborations with Duke partners.

How to Apply

Interested faculty should contact to begin a conversation about how to find a point of connection with the Duke scholarly community. Faculty may also begin looking for potential Duke partners by searching keywords for their research area in the “With all these words” box at Scholars@Duke.

An announcement for the fellowship will come out in September each year. Applications will be due in the beginning of January of the next year, and the selected Fellows will be notified in February of that year.

Resources While at Duke

Humanities Unbounded includes significant staff support and other resources for our Visiting Faculty Fellows. This includes access to all holdings of Duke University Libraries and the assistance of our subject area librarians; the support of our team of digital humanities technology consultants and PhD students trained in digital resources; a hosted talk at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute; office space; and a collegial community of scholars and teachers eager to engage with new colleagues.

Financial Details

The Fellowship covers salary (up to $100,000) and fringe benefits, paid to the home institution, $5,000 in research funds for use on the Fellow's project, $2,500 to spend in partnership with the Duke partner on a project of their mutual choosing, and $1,500 for travel of other staff from the home institution to visit Duke for consultation on how the work at Duke can be adapted back into the life of the home institution. In addition, Fellows will be brought to campus during spring semester before their Fellowship for a visit to meet with Duke partners and consider housing options. (Duke does not provide housing.) In the second year, each Fellow will have access to $10,000 to be used as needed for post-residency support.

The grant also includes funding for Duke to host all Fellows from both Humanities Unbounded and Humanities Writ Large at two conferences, slated for Spring 2021 and Spring 2023.

We anticipate accepting four Fellows each for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years, and three Fellows in 2021-22.


Humanities Unbounded/Durham Tech Pedagogy Program

Humanities Unbounded has launched a pilot program to foster collaborations between Duke Ph.D. students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, and faculty members at Durham Technical Community College.

Over a five-year period, the program seeks to support six collaborative projects. Each of six PhD students will work with with a Durham Tech faculty member to develop innovations and enhancements for community college general transfer courses. In the summer, graduate student participants will collaborate with instructors to plan and develop new class modules and pedagogical projects. In the fall, the students will spend time in the community college classroom, helping instructors implement the projects for both classroom-based and online courses.

In exchange for their participation in the program, Durham Tech instructors will receive the equivalent of a full semester’s course release, and a $3,500 fund to support costs related to course development and presentation of relevant work. Duke doctoral students will receive a the equivalent of a Graduate School summer research fellowship, plus a $6,000 stipend for Fall. In 2019, the doctoral students will also receive nomination and tuition support to attend a two-week Graduate Summer Residency Program at the National Humanities Center.

This is an exceptional opportunity for graduate students who seek to learn about community-college teaching, wish to build mentoring relationships with faculty beyond Duke, want to gain more exposure to diverse student populations, or have an interest in issues of equity and access in higher education. For community college faculty, the program provides time and resources for professional development, pedagogical experimentation, and opportunities to collaborate with and mentor young teacher-scholars.

This program is part of a larger Mellon initiative to support the teaching of humanities in community colleges across the United States, and to support the academic and professional training of community college instructors, community college students, and doctoral students. For more information, see “Community Colleges and the Humanities in the 21st Century,” on the Mellon Foundation website.  

Durham Tech instructors who wish to learn more about the program (including how to apply) should contact David Long, Dean, Arts, Sciences and University Transfer. Interested Duke doctoral students should contact Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director of Graduate Student Advising, Humanities.