Humanities Institute activities vary but usually include weekly seminar-type meetings, some public lectures, and perhaps an affiliated symposium. The Institute should normally encourage scholars from different fields to engage in scholarly production (the latter possibly including the publication of a book consisting of work by members of the institute).
Depending on the specific topic and goals of a particular Institute, the group might consist of some combination of the following (including course releases, the cost of any Institute is typically in the $150,000 range, with $200,000 as the absolute maximum contribution from the Leslie Center):
- A Dartmouth faculty director (sometimes co-directors)
- A senior fellow from outside the college (to be designated the William H. Morton Distinguished Senior Fellow) and/or visiting lecturers. The senior fellow will receive a temporary faculty appointment at a fee to be negotiated.
- Up to four junior fellows from outside the college, who will each receive stipends of $7,500
- Up to four Dartmouth fellows, including the director(s), who will each receive a one-course relief based on leadership roles in the Institute
- Up to four Dartmouth faculty members other than the chosen fellows, who will receive research stipends of $1500
- Additional Dartmouth faculty members admitted without Center funding.