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UW-Madison Senior Fellowships

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, contingent upon agreement from their deans or department chairs to continue their salary during 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; competitions are announced in the summer as positions become available. 


The Institute's current competition for Open-Topic Senior Fellowships (closing October 17, 2017) is for a four-year term beginning in 2018. 

Applications are due October 17, 2017.


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


Applications must be submitted through the links above. 


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