Faculty Research Fellowships School of Humanities/HRC

A small group of Rice faculty members in Humanities will be selected by the HRC Faculty Council and the Office of the Dean of Humanities to receive a one-semester release from teaching during the 2022-23 academic year. These fellowships are competitively awarded with the goal of facilitating the initiation, completion, or development of either individual or collaborative research projects. Faculty Fellows meet regularly to share their research through a "work-in-progress" meeting and may initiate other activities (hosting a speaker or workshop, convening a reading or writing group) with the support of the HRC.


Tenured or tenure-track faculty members in the Rice University Schools of Humanities are eligible to apply, provided they have not accepted a Humanities Faculty Fellowship in the last three academic years and have procured the endorsement of their Department Chair. Furthermore, this award does not release faculty from service obligations or mentoring of graduate students. Successful applicants should consult with their chairs about the service expectations for the term of the fellowship. Should the applicant be a current department chair, an endorsement from the Dean of Humanities will be required. Preference will be given to applicants who have also sought external grants or fellowships. Please note that departments will not receive compensation to cover lost courses.

Proposals are evaluated by the HRC Faculty Council and fellows selected with the input of the Dean's office based on the following criteria:

  • The intellectual significance of the project within its discipline, as well as its potential impact on humanistic practice, broadly construed.
  • The clarity of conceptual framing, methods and an outline of the anticipated impact of the project within and beyond the applicant's research arena.
  • The significance of the project in the applicant's own scholarly trajectory.
  • The prospects for publication or parallel outcomes in the arts.
  • The frequency of recent scholarly leaves.

Application Materials:


  • Project Title
  • Project abstract of no more than 200 words.
  • 1000-word project description. In language suited to a multi-disciplinary Advisory Panel, the description should:
    • Explain the nature and significance of the project, including its impact on larger scholarly communities, scholarly or public.
    • Include a brief history of prior research or planning, past support, and future plans for the research project.
    • Describe the scope and resource materials of the research project, the main issues to be addressed, and the relationship of the research to other published and ongoing work in the field.
    • Detail any external grant or fellowship to which the applicant has applied and its status.
  • CV (10 pages maximum)

Please compile the application materials into a single pdf document and upload below.


  • Endorsement from the applicant’s Department Chair (or Dean, should the applicant be a Department Chair) should be emailed directly to Paula Platt, pauladp@rice.edu, by the application deadline.


Friday, October 29, 2021