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 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 2015-16 UWM Fellows is CLOSED. For details, please refer to this old 2015-16 Call for Fellows, but please be aware that some details may change by next year's Call. Applications must be accompanied by an Application Cover Sheet.

         Application deadline has passed. December 11, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
    • 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.


  • After the 2015-16 academic year, we no longer have funding to support a fellowship for a UW System faculty member. We hope that funding can be restored in the future.

  • 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 2015-16 UW System Fellows is CLOSED. To learn more about the fellowship, please refer to this old Call for 2015-16 UW System Fellows (PDF). Applications must be accompanied by an Application Cover Sheet.

  •      Application deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015, 4:30 p.m.


  • We no longer have funding to support the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship. We hope to have funding restored in the future.

  • To further broaden its fellowship program, the Center offers one Interdisciplinary Humanities Fellowship to a scholar from beyond UWM and the UW System:

  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Fellowship

  • $40,000 stipend, plus benefits, for the academic year 2015–16, with an additional travel stipend available (international applications welcome).

  • The Call for the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship is CLOSED. For details about the fellowship, please consult this old Call for Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-16.

         Application deadline: March 2, 2015

The Transdisciplinary Challenge initiative has been discontinued. We hope to establish it, or a suitable substitute for it, in the future.

The Center for 21st Century Studies spearheads a multidisciplinary research initiative that addresses one or more of the transdisciplinary challenges of 21st century studies.

Our Transdisciplinary Challenge program provides UWM faculty and academic staff with two opportunities to participate: a one-year collaborative research project and a one-semester seminar and workshop series.

Collaborative Research Project: A substantive, one-year award will be made to a collaborative research project which brings together UWM researchers from the Center’s traditional constituencies in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences with researchers from natural, physical, and quantitative social sciences. Other smaller awards may be given to encourage promising projects for future development. This initiative is designed to prompt researchers from any disciplinary background to think in unexpected and untried ways about working with researchers in disciplines whose methodology, content, and institutional practices are unfamiliar to them.

Although this is not the kind of research with which most academics have experience, we are convinced that this kind of research will become increasingly prevalent and necessary in the 21st century. The aim of these awards is not only to generate new research approaches to the complex problems of the 21st century but also to provide models for how researchers from disciplines that do not have a history of collaboration can work together to meet the complex, heterogeneous challenges of the 21st century.

Seminar and Workshop Series: This Seminar and Workshop Series is meant to bring together researchers from different disciplines and different methodological perspectives working on a common topic or problem in order to further transdisciplinary knowledge of that topic, and to promote transdisciplinary collaboration and research across UWM. The seminar theme for 2014 is LANGUAGE. Faculty participants' home departments will receive sufficient funds to buy each participant out of teaching one course for the semester.

Please consult our Transdisciplinary Challenge pages for more details and information about previous awardees.

Deadline has passed
Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

The Center for 21st Century Studies invites applications for a three-year faculty research and mentoring opportunity beginning August 2014. C21 will select two faculty members from UW-Milwaukee to participate in a three-year pilot program for an innovative international model in Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training (IGHERT), in collaboration with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and three other participating universities. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program will bring together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from humanities centers at UW-Milwaukee, the University of California-Santa Cruz, the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and the Australian National University in Canberra.

The IGHERT program seeks to bring an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to graduate training, in which mentors and students, working across diverse fields and geographies, may develop innovative research projects and habits of internationalized, collaborative inquiry. The program will ask faculty to mentor doctoral students at the four participating institutions, in conjunction with other program faculty, as well as to participate in doctoral symposia, workshops, master classes, and graduate conferences to be held at each of the partner humanities centers over the period of the grant.

The theme for the pilot—“Indigeneity in an Expanded Field”—embraces four topical foci that will organize discussions and facilitate communication across disciplines and geographical locations: 1) Memories / Objects / Stories; 2) Territories / Spaces / Environments; 3) Peoples / Migrations / Claims; 4) Human and Nonhuman Belonging.

Please consult our Call for Applications: Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training (IGHERT) program for more detailed explanations and instructions for applying. There is also a shorter, one-page Call for Multi-Year Faculty Resarch and Mentoring Opportunity (PDF).

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 "Indigeneities"


For information on all aspects of grantsmanship, please check out UWM Graduate School's Researcher Central website.

To assist faculty in their pursuit of externally funded research projects, the Center coordinates an ongoing grant writing group for faculty in the humanities and social sciences. The overarching goal of these group meetings is to increase the number and quality of grant submissions by faculty in the humanities and social sciences, two broad areas that are generally under-funded by external sources. Toward this end, the workshop is intended to:

Provide information about internal and external grant opportunities and application processes

Improve the quality of writing and thereby the chances for success in achieving funding

Workshops meet four times per year, with ad hoc sessions called for review of each other’s grant proposals.

Grant writing group (PDF)

For further information, contact John Blum

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