Humanities Institute Grants

Funded by the Leslie Center, Humanities Institutes provide an opportunity for scholars from Dartmouth and other institutions to spend a term working together on a topic of common interest. 

Program Details

Humanities Institute activities vary but usually include some public lectures and regular meetings to report on work in progress. 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).

The group will normally consist of:

  • 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
  • Four junior fellows from outside the college, who will each receive stipends of $7,500
  • Four Dartmouth fellows, including the director(s), who will each receive a one-course relief
  • Four Dartmouth faculty members other than the chosen fellows, who will receive research stipends of $750
  • Additional Dartmouth faculty members admitted without Center funding. The senior fellow will receive a faculty appointment at a fee to be negotiated.

Applying for a Grant


Proposals will be accepted only from full-time Dartmouth faculty members.

Selection & Deadline

Applications are due October 15, 2019 for consideration by the Leslie Center Advisory Committee in fall term.


Application Procedures

A proposal from one or more Dartmouth faculty members should describe the topic, indicating its research significance and its potential interest to the Dartmouth community. Applicants should indicate in which academic term the institute will be held, and designate the likely Senior Fellow(s), if applicable, or invited speakers. Possible Dartmouth fellows should also be named, with some information about their credentials.

Applicants are encouraged to regard the term "interdisciplinary" as including not only the humanities but the sciences and social sciences as well.

Those brought in from outside Dartmouth need not be senior scholars; institutes may include graduate students, junior faculty from other campuses, and those without any institutional affiliation (independent scholars and artists).

Institutes will be selected on merit, but criteria of selection may also include:

  • Degree of innovativeness
  • Availability of co-sponsorship from other campus or off-campus sources
  • Involvement of faculty with demonstrated continuing interest or expertise in a particular domain
  • Promise of continuing impact on the research or pedagogic undertakings of the college
  • Breadth of interdisciplinary scope

Preference will generally be given to applicants who have not recently conducted a Humanities Institute and/or who have not already received substantial Center funding for similar projects.

Please submit proposals to  If you have questions, contact the Humanities Center Administrator by email or at 603-646-0896.



The Institute budget should include the costs of administrative support for the Institute.  The Leslie Center does not provide administrative support for institutes. When an institute has been approved, the Arts and Sciences Finance Center will create a chart string specifically for the Institute, into which the approved funds will be transferred from the Leslie Center.  Any funds not used in the budget year in which the Institute was scheduled to take place will revert to the Leslie Humanities Center budget. Any additional funding required for the institute must be obtained from other Dartmouth institutions.


Dartmouth Participants

Four fellowships, carrying a one-course relief, will be competitively awarded to Dartmouth applicants of any academic rank.

Selections will be made by the Institute director(s) and approved by the Director of the Leslie Center and by the Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities.

The Institute Director(s) will normally be entitled to one of these fellowships each.

Faculty interested in applying should contact the Institute Director. Applicants who do not receive a fellowship may be awarded one of four research stipends of $1,500.

External Fellows

Four junior fellowships of $7,500 each will be awarded to applicants from outside Dartmouth. These fellowships will be advertised in venues including The Chronicle of Higher Education, and will generally be awarded to candidates with completed PhDs who may be currently employed in an academic institution or anticipating such employment.

In exceptional cases, ABDs may be considered. Candidates in doubt about their eligibility should contact the Institute director.