Visiting Scholarships

Each year, the HRC strives to advance teaching and research opportunities within the humanities by hosting outstanding external scholars for a semester- or year-long 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 one cross-disciplinary course.

Begun in 2002 and supported by an endowment from the Mellon Foundation, this one-year fellowship program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare outstanding junior scholars for future faculty positions. The Mellon postdocs fully participate in the annual Rice Seminar program, which examines a new topic each year. 

The Humanities Research Center at Rice University will award one postdoctoral fellowship for a one-year appointment in spatial humanities. The fellow will consult and collaborate on spatial humanities projects underway at Rice, offering technical and intellectual expertise. In addition, the fellow will develop or continue his or her own research project in spatial humanities, give a presentation on this research to colleagues at Rice, and lead a workshop on spatial humanities methods at Rice. The fellow will also design and teach (or co-teach) one semester-long undergraduate course on spatial humanities and one semester-long graduate course on spatial or digital humanities.

In 2015-2016, the HRC will host one postdoctoral fellow to participate in a faculty working group on “Platforms of Knowledge,” help organize a campus-wide speakers series, and design and teach one semester-long introductory undergraduate course related to the Seminar topic. The fellow will receive a $50,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation.

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, of which the HRC is a member, has partnered with the American Council of Learned Societies to place select categories of ACLS fellows in humanities centers. The HRC will host one fellow as they spend a portion of their fellowship term at Rice.