2016-17 Rice Seminar | Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars

The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residencies at Rice University for outstanding visiting faculty. The program seeks applicants who are engaged in new forms of research and who can play an active scholarly role in the Center.

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives (funding is available to bring in outside speakers to present public talks, provide feedback, meet with the seminar participants, participate in a year-end conference, and otherwise engage with seminar participants and the broader Rice community). The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.

For a description of the 2016-17 Rice Seminar, Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts, please click here.

The position is for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Visiting faculty receive a stipend of $60,000, benefits eligibility, and allowances for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar, development of ongoing research projects and a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Visiting faculty can also design and teach (or co-teach) a one semester-long course, the topic of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.


Applicants must hold the terminal degree in their field, which can be from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline.

Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. 

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of the 2016-17 Rice Seminar
  • Two page CV
  • One page bibliography
  • Research project abstract of no more than 200 words
  • Research project description of no more than 1000 words
  • Course proposal (for graduate or undergraduate students)
  • A letter from a department chair (or school dean) indicating support for the application and confirming leave of absence
  • Two letters of recommendation [to be emailed directly to melba@rice.edu by the January 4 deadline]

[Please compile the above items, other than letters of recommendation, into a single pdf document and upload below]

Contact: Melissa Bailar (melba@rice.edu), 713-348-5968

Monday, January 4, 2016
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