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UW-Madison Senior Fellowships

The Institute for Research in the Humanities anticipates awarding up to three Open-Topic Senior Fellowships to begin in 2019-2020. The Institute grants an average of eight Senior Fellowships funded by the College of Letters and Science to tenured faculty members in the College who are engaged in innovative research in the humanities. Seven of these Senior Fellowships are designated for any projects in the humanities, and one Senior Fellowship is awarded for projects on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity. UW-Madison tenured faculty members from outside the College of Letters and Science may apply for Senior Fellowships, and, if selected, they will need to provide written agreement from their dean or department chair guaranteeing their salary for the duration of the fellowship. Applicants from outside the College of Letters and Science will be evaluated in the pool with applicants from Letters and Science.

Senior Fellows attend Institute seminars, present their work, sit on selection committees, advise the director, and organize a Burdick-Vary Symposium or other comparable events.

Application is by individual or departmental nomination. Fellowships may not be deferred.


The Institute's current competition for Open-Topic Senior Fellowships (closing October 18, 2018) is for a four-year term beginning the fall semester of 2019. 

Applications are due Thursday, October 18, 2018Notification of the awards will be in January 2019. Review call for applications below for more information. Only applications submitted online through Interfolio will be considered. Link to the Interfolio application form for the 2019-2023 cycle is available below.


The Institute does not currently have an opening for the Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Senior Fellowship. 


Applications must be submitted through the links above. 


For help using Interfolio, or with issues with letters of recommendation or other files, please refer to the documents below.