Call for Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Scholars

February 2013 

The Office of the Provost and faculty overseeing IWU’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Re-Centering the Humanities, welcome proposals from students seeking to become Humanities Scholars for summer 2013.  Application is open to students in all disciplines who are able to design and complete independent work that moves well beyond what they have done at IWU.  Projects must be grounded in the Humanities—here defined as Greek and Roman Studies, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Religion, and Philosophy.  Preference will be given to students who have not received support enabling them to work on advanced-level projects.

Students chosen as Humanities Scholars will receive grants of $4,000 so that they may remain in residence while working on their projects.  Each scholar will collaborate closely with a faculty member, who will receive a $500 stipend.  There are three grants and three stipends available.

Scholars will work with their faculty advisors to design, implement, and complete their projects.  Successful proposals will describe work grounded in the humanities that crosses disciplinary boundaries in meaningful ways.  Adventurous collaboration and on-campus presentation of results are strongly encouraged.

Include the following in your proposal, which should not exceed 600 words:

  • a title for your project;
  • a description of your project that demonstrates its interdisciplinary nature and humanities grounding;
  • a timeline for your project;
  • a one-page résumé that includes a list funding received for projects undertaken at IWU;
  • a letter of support from the faculty member with whom you will be working. 

Send proposals and/or questions via email to Prof. Dan Terkla ( ) by 18 March 2013.