Through a yearly competition, C21 constitutes a group of six to eight UWM fellows, plus at least one external fellow, 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 2014-15 UWM Fellows is OPEN. To learn more about the fellowship, please refer to this 2014-15 Call for Fellows and Application Cover Sheet.
Deadline to submit an application: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm.
- 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 2013-14 UW System Fellows is CLOSED. To learn more about the fellowship, please refer to this old Call for 2013-14 UW System Fellows, though some information may change by the 2014-15 Call for UW System fellows. Applications are accompanied by an Application Cover Sheet.
- Provost Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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 2013–14, with an additional travel stipend available (international applications welcome).
The Call for the Provost's Post-Doctoral Fellowship is CLOSED. For details about the fellowship, please consult this old Call for Provost Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2013-14, though some information may change for the 2014-15 call.
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.
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 2013-14 research theme is "Changing Climates"
CURRENTLY ON HIATUS
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