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Faculty Fellowship Program & Application

Internal Faculty Fellowships

The DePaul Humanities Center (DHC) is pleased to announce the theme for its 2017-19 Fellows Program: 


Applicants are expected to propose a research project taking up the topic of “filth,” broadly and creatively construed. Literal interpretations (e.g., dirt, smut, trash, that which is corrupt, foul, or vile) are acceptable, though creative readings of the theme are also encouraged around the various questions of purity, corruption, decadence, contamination, defilement, cleanliness, obscenity, grunge, and decay that exist in all of the disciplines within the humanities and across the university.

The DHC will award two or three fellowships under this topic.  Fellows will serve for two academic years (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019) and will typically receive a three-course teaching load reduction during the time of their fellowship, as well as up to 120 hours of paid research assistance.  Fellows will present their work at the DHC, at a salon, and at a public event (see description of award for details), and are expected to foster a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation across disciplines while at the Center.

Applications will be accepted starting September 7, 2016 and must be received by November 18, 2016.

The Associate Director of the DHC will hold an application workshop in October 2016. And the Director and Associate Director are happy to respond to questions and queries about the Fellows Program and about the particularities of an application whenever possible.

Special Note: Prepare early for the DHC’s 2018-20 theme (with applications due in fall 2017): “Scale”


Anna Vaughn Clissold, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the DePaul Humanities Center
Phone: (773) 325-4581

Internal Faculty Fellows Program: Overview

Internal Faculty Fellows Program: Application Guidelines​

Internal Faculty Fellows Program: Instructions

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External Faculty Fellowships: Visiting Humanities Fellows

All applicants must have a Ph.D., and research projects must be in the humanities. International applications will be considered. Fellowships may run from September 2017 to June 2018, or from January 2018 to June 2018. During their tenure, Visiting Fellows are required to make an intellectual contribution to the DePaul community and participate in the programming and activities of the DHC and the university.

We are especially interested in applications that involve a project around the theme of “Fake,” broadly construed. All applications regardless of topic will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants that draw connections between their proposed project and the 2017-18 DHC theme, “Fake.” NB: The DHC will be hosting events that include, e.g., investigations of identity and performance, the legality of forged artwork, magicians and charlatans, shadows and shadow selves, fiction’s relation to nonfiction, etc. We are interested, that is, in interdisciplinary, creative, innovative projects that take up the topic.

The DHC serves as a site for discussion and research in the arts and humanities at DePaul University and in Chicago at large, engaging these communities in the most recent and impressive scholarship in the humanities, with special attention paid to the exchange of ideas across disciplines. Recent guests of the Center have included author George Saunders, photographer Sally Mann, painter John Currin, actor Crispin Glover, dancer Edward Watson, and filmmakers the Brothers Quay, Ben Wheatley, and Brandon Cronenberg. Recent domestic and international Visiting Fellows have come from the College of William and Mary (American Studies); Theatre du Soleil, Paris, France (acting/directing); the University of San Diego (medieval and renaissance studies); Rutgers University (law); and Macquarie University, Australia (cultural theory).

The DHC Visiting Fellow program is generally a sabbatical/leave-based position as there is no large stipend associated with this position. However, apart from the mutual benefits of being engaged with our vibrant local intellectual community in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago, Visiting Fellows will be given an office in the Center with computer, staff support, library privileges, and an honorarium of up to $3,000 ($1,000 per quarter) to support the public presentation of Fellows’ work (with at least one public lecture supported and expected of all Visiting Fellows) and for participation in other DHC programming.

Applications are due by Friday, January 27, 2017. An application contains (1) a cover letter including contact and biographical information about the applicant and the length of Fellowship requested; (2) a current CV; (3) a brief description (not more than 1,500 words) of the research project stating the objectives, significance, and originality of the project in a manner clear to a nonspecialist; and (4) one confidential letter of reference (which may be sent under separate cover).

Applications will be judged on the project's potential interest to scholars in different fields of the humanities; the promise of the specific research project being proposed; the originality and intellectual distinction of the applicant’s previous work; the way in which the application takes up the theme of “Fake” (if applicable); and the applicant’s ability to engage in collegial interaction and to contribute to the intellectual life of the DHC. A goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars. Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be announced before April 7, 2017.

External Faculty Fellows Program: Overview

Email or mail complete applications (and have letters of reference sent to):

Prof. H. Peter Steeves, Director
DePaul Humanities Center

Visiting Fellows 2017-18
The DePaul Humanities Center
2347 N. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-3107