Opportunities for Faculty

Through a yearly competition, C21 constitutes a group of about five UWM fellows whose research relates to the Center’s annual or biennial research theme. Fellowships are awarded to support research projects in the humanities, which include, but are not limited to, philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, and art history. Proposals employing humanistic approaches from the social and natural sciences and the arts are also welcome.


C21 provides office space on the ninth floor of Curtin Hall and research assistance (e.g., library work and duplication), as resources permit. Fellows are expected to participate in bi-weekly seminars and public programs throughout the year, and to present the results of their research in a public forum. Public programming consists of lectures, colloquia, and symposia by visiting scholars related to C21’s theme, as well as its annual conference.

  • UWM FACULTY AND STAFF
  • UWM faculty fellows receive a reduction in their teaching responsibilities sufficient to bring their course load down to one course each semester, as well as being relieved from committee work. Faculty in all departments who hold the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor may apply. C21 will work with academic staff on a case-by-case basis to provide compensation for participating in the fellowship program. No one may hold a C21 fellowship more than twice in a five year period.


  • The Call for 2016-17 UWM Fellows is CLOSED. For details, please refer to this old 2016-17 Call for Fellows. Applications must be accompanied by an Application Cover Sheet.


         Application deadline: December 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. CLOSED
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    • Additional Opportunity: Masters of Liberal Studies (MLS) Fellowship
    • An additional fellowship may be awarded to a member of the UWM faculty who would offer a seminar related to the Center’s research theme within the MLS program. This seminar would be scheduled in the spring semester as part of the fellow’s customary reduced teaching load. In addition to the standard Center fellowship application, interested faculty are asked to submit a one-page description of the proposed seminar. Submission of an MLS course proposal is not required as part of the application and will not necessarily increase a candidate’s chances of being selected. Award of the MLS fellowship is contingent upon acceptance by both the Center and the Master of Liberal Studies program.

  • UW SYSTEM FACULTY
  • One faculty member from the UW System is also selected to be part of the Center’s fellowship program. Terms of the fellowship are the same as those that apply to UWM faculty.

  • The Call for 2016-17 UW System Fellows is CLOSED. To learn more about the fellowship, please refer to this old Call for 2016-17 UW System Fellows (PDF). Applications must be accompanied by an Application Cover Sheet.


  •      Application deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:30 p.m. CLOSED

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The Center is always interested to hear from UWM faculty about their proposals for conferences, symposia, and other multi-speaker events. Such proposals help the Center further its mission of promoting cutting-edge research and encouraging dialogue across disciplinary boundaries in the humanities, arts, and humanistically informed social sciences. Topics should have the potential both of appealing to a broad range of researchers in and around UWM and of having a wider impact on scholarly debates in the humanities nationally and internationally. Any topic that falls within the humanities, broadly conceived, has interdisciplinary appeal, and does not duplicate recent conferences may be proposed.


The 2015-16 research theme is "Naysaying"

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Writing a 2017 ACLS Fellowship application

Friday, September 9 | 3:30 pm | Curtin 939

ACLS Application Deadline: September 28, 2016


The quite popular American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships support research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing, the fellowships are portable and tenable at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site.


In this one hour workshop, lead by Kari Whittenberger-Keith of UWM's Office of Sponsored Programs, we will review the application guidelines, discuss strategies for developing strong applications, and review other upcoming humanities funding opportunities.


Even if you are not intending to apply this cycle, familiarizing yourself with the ACLS format and guidelines can help you prepare to make other humanities-oriented applications (such as with the NEH) throughout the year. And even if you not sure that the ACLS is for you or you've never applied for a grant before, if you need some dedicated research time, this workshop is for you.


For further information: ACLS Fellowships web page

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