Tanner Humanities Center Visiting Fellowships

The Tanner Humanities Center's mission is to promote humanistic research and education at the University of Utah, in the state, and in the nation. The Center sponsors an annual competitive fellowship program to promote research by visiting faculty and independent scholars, and faculty and graduate students from the University of Utah.


Applications for projects leading to completion of an advanced degree are NOT eligible. Applicants must have  Ph.D.s in hand two years prior to August 1, 2017, or  by August 1, 2015, to be eligible.

The Tanner Humanities Center will award two visiting fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. Faculty who are independent scholars, as well as those affiliated with colleges and universities, interested in humanistic issues are eligible to apply. Projects in any of the following fields are eligible for support: anthropology and archaeology, communication, history, philosophy, religious studies, ethnic/gender/cultural studies, jurisprudence, history/theory/criticism of the arts, languages, and linguistics, literature, creative writing, historical or philosophical issues in the social and natural sciences, or the professions.

The Center encourages projects that are interdisciplinary and likely to contribute to substantive intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars. Visiting fellows may hold other support (sabbatical or other funding) during their fellowship but should note such support in their proposal or cover letter.

What The Center Provides

The Center provides the the Visiting Fellow a stipend of $60,000 paid directly to the home institution of the fellow. Fellows will also receive use of an office space and a Mac or PC, and library privileges. The University of Utah does not provide fellows with health insurance, stipend for moving costs, parking permits, or physical fitness membership. If you have your stipend paid to your home institution, this usually ensures continuation of your usual employment benefits, provided your institution agrees to this arrangement, or you may purchase health insurance on an individual basis through the University of Utah Benefits Office.

Fellowship Activities

The Tanner Humanities Center is a 28-year-old intellectual community. In support of this, Fellows are required to remain working in residence at the Tanner Humanities Center for the nine-month academic fellowship year (September through May), to participate in Center activities, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the University community. Fellows should notify Center staff of necessary short absences for research trips. Each fellow will present an academic talk on his or her work in progress. The Center’s Fellows meet regularly with center’s director in informal weekly or bi-weekly sessions.

Selection Criteria

The Tanner Humanities Center Faculty Advisory Board selects fellows. This group is comprised of a dozen faculty from NEH-defined humanities disciplines. The Center seeks Fellows whose work demonstrates excellence and represents a variety of disciplines and methodologies without regard to senior or junior status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship, or national or ethnic origin. The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities to people with disabilities.

Application Process

The review panel is composed of scholars from a wide range of disciplines who may not possess specialized knowledge of the candidates’ proposed field of study. The project should, therefore, be clearly explained and justified, and free from jargon.

Application date
1 Dec 2016
Date of residence
1 Sep 2017 to 31 May 2018
9 months
America United States Rocky Mountain
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Art & Art History History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Medical Ethics Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 2 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 60.000