Tanner Humanities Center Visiting Research 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, 2018, or  by August 1, 2016, to be eligible.

The Tanner Humanities Center will award two visiting fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. 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.

Please label each section, paginate the Narrative Summary, and double-space throughout in a typeface at least 12 pt in size.  Applications should include, in THIS order:

  • 1) Cover Sheet:  An official cover sheet, required for all proposals, is attached.
  • 2) Abstract (one page, single-spaced)
  • 3) Narrative Summary  (Sections A, B, C, and D should be no longer than five pages plus (if necessary) one page of notes, and should contain:
    • A.  Conception and Definition of the Project:  Describe the specific research planned for the fellowship period; explain the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored.  Clearly explain the relationship of the project to your past and future research objectives, and expressly tie the project to the recent/current work of other scholars in the same general area of the humanities.
    • B.  Significance:  Explain the significance of the proposed work and the anticipated contribution of the project to the research presently existing on the relevant topic or question.  Proposals which duplicate existing work or fail to distinguish their originality or significance will be disqualified.  Although we do not disqualify proposals which are dissertation rewrites, the Board encourages and prefers proposals which result in a project that is demonstrably separate, and distinct from, the applicant’s dissertation.
    • C.  Plan of Work and Methodology:  Outline the work plan, methodology, and schedule for the period of research proposed, noting preliminary work already completed; describe the present state of the project, and detail any stages to be completed after the fellowship period.  Please be as precise as possible about activities during the nine-month fellowship period.
    • D.  Expected Results:  Project the likely and intended results of research during the fellowship period as well as plans for further research on the same topic.  The following sorts of questions should be addressed:  Will a book result?  A series of articles? Lectures?  Performances?  New scholarly editions?  Something else?  If you have secured final or tentative publication or other form of dissemination of the results, please inform us.
  • 4) Personal Information:  Attach a curriculum vitae (not longer than five pages; abbreviate if necessary) to the proposal.  The curriculum vitae should include a record of:
    • A. the applicant's education, including title of dissertation;
    • B. academic honors or awards received;
    • C. employment history and teaching fields;
    • D. scholarly work (publications, exhibitions, performances, papers delivered at professional meetings);
  • 5) Two scholars qualified to assess your abilities and the value of the proposed research project should forward to the Tanner Humanities Center letters of reference.  Do not arrange for more than two letters of reference. Additional letters will be discarded.

ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2017 we must receive all of your materials. POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 1, 2017 we must separately receive your letters of reference.

As with most fellowship programs, all of the visiting fellows’ normal contract provisions between themselves and their home institutions continue to be in force. All visiting fellows remain employees of their home institutions while on leave at the Tanner Humanities Center. The visiting fellows at the Tanner Humanities Center are not employees of the University of Utah. The Tanner Humanities Center is not responsible for visiting fellows’ payroll taxes or insurance.  The Internal Revenue Service does consider fellows’ research stipend remuneration to be ordinary income subject to income taxes; fellows retain responsibility for proper W4-form withholding arrangements and all income tax liabilities. The Tanner Humanities Center is happy to arrange payment of fellows’ research stipend through the fellows’ home institutions for fellows’ convenience.

Application date
1 Dec 2017
1 academic year
America United States Rocky Mountain
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Art & Art History History Linguistics Literature 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