Rice provides a variety of fellowships for scholars at all levels of the university, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. These fellowships enhance the scholarly environment of the university by providing unique professional, collaborative, research, and funding opportunities for scholars. Teaching and research opportunities vary according to each fellowship.


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 one cross-disciplinary course.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

Begun in 2002 and supported by an endowment from the Mellon Foundation, this two-year fellowship program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, to facilitate new research communities at Rice, and to prepare outstanding junior scholars for future faculty positions. Three fellows are selected for two-year appointments from an international pool that typically ranges between 800 and 1000 applications.


Teaching Release Faculty Fellowships

We award teaching-release fellowships to Rice faculty each academic year. The fellowships facilitate the completion of a single-author, book-length project or the initiation of a new project, in order to assist faculty in the development of their careers.


Carlson Fellowships for Undergraduates

The HRC has a long history of providing opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research with Rice humanities faculty.  The summer internship program allows students gain valuable experience by working closely with faculty on interdisciplinary research projects and receive a summer stipend.


Humanities Research Innovation Fund

The Humanities Research Innovation Fund provides seed grants of up to $15,000 for projects that develop innovative paradigms for conducting humanities research or that ask innovative questions within existing paradigms. It has now grown into one of the Center’s most competitive programs.
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Conference Funding for Humanities Graduate Students

The Humanities Research Center and the Dean of Humanities support graduate students in the School of Humanities who presenting papers at scholarly conferences or other similar venues. These competitively awarded funds will provide up to $500 for domestic conferences and up to $1000 for international conferences. 
The call for conference funding proposals for the 2013-14 academic year has been posted here. Deadline: September 3, 2013; January 13, 2014; April 1, 2014


ACLS Fellowships

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 two fellows as they spend a portion of their fellowship term at Rice. 


 Professional Internships

The HRC offers summer internship opportunities for Humanities undergraduates.  Selected students receive a $3000 stipend and are expected to work at participating companies for 40 hours per week for eight weeks.  

Past Fellowships