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Fellowships, National Humanities Center

Over 1,200 outstanding scholars from across the United States and more than thirty other nations have been awarded fellowships for advanced study at the National Humanities Center.

The Center annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities. Individually, the Fellows pursue their own research and writing. Together, they create a stimulating intellectual community.

Most Fellows are in residence for the academic year (September through May), though one-semester fellowships are also awarded. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials along with a strong record of peer-reviewed work, such as a published monograph or other major project. Emerging scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. In addition to researchers from all fields of the humanities, the Center invites scholars from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects to apply. Applicants from all parts of the world are welcome; U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Location, Facilities, and Support Services

Past Fellows and Statistics

Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s many research institutes and universities. The Center’s award-winning building in the Research Triangle Park was designed to foster individual research and the exchange of ideas. Each Fellow has a private study and 24-hour access to conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, reading areas, a reference library, and an information technology workroom. The Center’s extraordinary library service delivers directly to Fellows all the books and research materials they need; IT support and copyediting are also available.


Fellowships are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. The Center typically seeks to provide at least half salary and also covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents. Independent scholars and scholars who do not anticipate sabbatical pay during their leaves are encouraged to apply. It is the Center’s aim to provide all fellowship recipients with stipends that meet their full financial need, even in cases where sabbatical pay or other outside funding is not available.

Deadline and Application Procedures

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015. Instructions and a link to the Center’s online application system may be found on the application page. Applications may be submitted after July 1, 2015.