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COMING SOON: Humanities Center Fellowships

We are soliciting proposals for 2020-2021 fellows at a pilot GW virtual humanities center co-sponsored by OVPR and CCAS. We aim to have a broad representation of disciplines, cultures, and time periods across the humanities as we seek to build a vital interdisciplinary organization to connect humanities researchers within GW and to promote their work to the larger community.

The theme for the year is "culture in crisis." We are looking to create a collaborative group of researchers working on various aspects of this theme; research related to the COVID-19 crisis, either regarding its contemporary dimensions or providing historical perspectives, is especially welcome.

Fellows will:

  • participate in the first-year incubation of the much-anticipated GW humanities center
  • present (virtually) a pre-circulated work-in-progress on “culture in crisis” to the center community sometime during your fellowship year
  • participate in the bi-weekly virtual center gatherings (the first and third Fridays of each month at noon)
  • develop a short public-facing presentation on your research
  • invite an outside speaker for a virtual presentation on the “culture in crisis” theme (outside speakers will be offered a $200 honorarium)
  • receive $1000 in FY21 research funds
  • receive 60 hours per semester of an undergraduate work-study RA

Center will:

  • foster interdisciplinary collaboration
  • incubate fellows’ works-in-progress
  • allow cross-fertilization between fellows’ projects
  • provide a public platform to promote fellows’ work in the humanities and its relevance in this moment of crisis
  • create a structured mechanism for student mentorship and student involvement in research
  • develop a launching pad to develop competitive funding proposals for nationally competitive grants

Deadline and application submission information are still pending. Application will be made available in InfoReady in the near future. In the meantime, you can start preparing the following:

  • a 500-word description of your "culture in crisis" research (on which you will present a work-in-progress this year), including a brief consideration of how you would use the research funds and RA support
  • a 100-word bio of the outside speaker you would propose inviting
  • your CV

For questions please contact Jamie Cohen-Cole ( or Lynn Westwater (, OVPR Humanities Advisory Committee Co-Chairs.

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