Public Humanities Initiative (Medical Humanities/Cultural Heritage) | Master Classes

The HRC’s Public Humanities Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 Master Classes, in the areas of Medical Humanities or Cultural Heritage. Master Classes are intended for undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic fields. Students meet regularly to study critical questions using a variety of methodologies, forms, and historical contexts. Ideally, students are to be exposed to a wide variety of innovative research in the humanities and to both scholars and practitioners from the Texas Medical Center or Houston’s Museum District. Faculty leaders can request additional funding for a symposium in which participants in the Master Class and external scholars present their research.

Awarded proposals will receive $4,000 to cover speaker travel and honoraria; $1000 to reimburse graduate student research expenses; and a research account for the faculty leading the Master Class (research accounts vary from $1000 to $4000 depending on credit hours and s/u versus letter grade status of the course). Funds will be available provided course enrollment requirements are met.

Eligibility: Rice faculty in the humanities, broadly construed, are eligible to apply.

Application Materials:

  • Master Class Title

  • Master Class description of no more than 250 words

  • A list of potential speakers and their affiliations

  • Projected meeting dates

[Please compile these items into a single .pdf document and upload below]

Contact: John Mulligan (, 713-348-4971


Monday, January 23, 2017