Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars

 Each year, the HRC strives to advance teaching and research opportunities within the humanities by hosting outstanding external scholars for a one-semester residency at Rice University. By engaging in new research, symposia, and works-in-progress discussions, the fellows play an active scholarly role within the Center. Fellows also teach an undergraduate or graduate course.

Starting in fall 2014, the HRC will grant short-term external faculty fellowships as well as semester-long residencies (two-weeks to 14-weeks). This will grant Rice faculty and students access to scholars who might not be able to come for an entire term and allow fellows to co-teach portions of existing courses.

2014-15 Autrey Scholars

Jennifer Borland, associate professor of art history, Oklahoma State University
“Domesticating Knowledge: Household Health and the Late Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts of the Régime du corps” (2014-15 academic year) 

Borland will complete the manuscript of her book, “Domesticating Knowledge,” which closely considers several illustrated copies of “Régime du corps,” a late medieval health guide written by the physician of an ambitious French countess, for her to pass on to her four daughters. Although these six illuminated manuscripts represent a relative anomaly in the extensive transmission and dissemination of the Régime text, they are much more than luxurious examples of conspicuous consumption. These indicate that the domestic sphere remained central to the maintenance of health in spite of medicine’s increasing professionalization. At its heart, this project is an art historical study; though it also engages with history, book culture, gender studies, medicine and medical humanities.

Erica Fudge, professor of English, University of Strathclyde
“The Multiple Worlds of Edward Topsell: Of Early Modern Books, Churches and Meat-Markets” (Fall 2014)

Fudge’s current research project is an attempt to understand an aspect of early modern English society that until now has escaped detailed attention: the world of affective human-livestock relations. At a time before the intensification of farming many people lived very closely with animals – a couple of cows, one or two pigs, poultry. This project seeks to go beyond the work of agricultural and economic history to think about what people thought about and felt about their livestock animals, and what the animals themselves would have experienced in their working lives. Fudge will look at Edward Topsell's “Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes” (1607) - the most significant English collection of early modern animal lore - and read it in the context of Topsell's life as a minister in London.


Autrey Visiting Scholar Award Information 2015-16

The Humanities Research Center grants yearlong external faculty fellowships. Starting in Fall 2015, Autrey fellowships will be topic-specific and affiliated with the Rice Seminar. The call will be posted here in mid-September. Autrey Visiting Scholars will receive a stipend of up to $60,000, as well as funds for relocation/research.

General Requirements: 


  • Teach or co-teach one course affiliated with a humanities department 
  • Be in residence at Rice throughout the entire academic year 
  • Attendance at weekly seminar meetings 
  • Participation in the end-of-year conference
  • Contribution to a scholarly publication on the seminar’s annual topic




Research projects must be aligned with the Rice Seminar topic for that fellowship year. Rice Seminar topics are announced in late spring. 


Fellowships are awarded to support research projects in the humanities. This includes, but is not limited to history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, religious studies, art history and the arts. Proposals employing humanistic approaches are welcome from anthropology and other social sciences, natural sciences, music, architecture, engineering, and other fields. 

Both junior and senior scholars with tenured or tenure-track appointments at colleges and universities other than Rice are eligible to apply. 

Applicants must be at least three years beyond receipt of the PhD or terminal degree for their field at the beginning of the fellowship term. 

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. 

Employment eligibility verifications are requested upon hire.

Eligibility for health and other benefits is dependent on the hiring terms with the applicant. 

The call for applications will be posted mid-September and outlines all of the required materials. Applications are due in early December and decisions are announced early March.

An interdisciplinary committee comprised of the HRC faculty advisor, director, and Rice Seminar faculty leaders, will evaluate applications and consider the scholarly promise of the research project and its potential contribution to the Rice Seminar.

Click here to see a list of past External Faculty Fellows.

Click here to see publications from our past External Faculty Fellows.