Karl Kirchwey, Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Humanities, reads citations of John Oddy Memorial Award recipient, Zoe Tran. Joseph Bizup, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies, and Tamzen Flanders, BU Center for the Humanities Administrator, look on.

Awards


Faculty Fellowships

The core of the intellectual community supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities  is the Fellows’ Seminar. This group, which has been in continuous existence since 1984, serves as a forum for research, debate, and public dialogue among humanities faculty from different disciplines and between junior and senior faculty and graduate dissertation Fellows. The seminar assists Junior Faculty Fellows in the development of their careers and engages the larger questions of culture and imagination that the humanities have always examined. Since 2008, the Jeffrey Henderson Senior Research Fellows have also participated in the seminar, which gathers almost every week to discuss work in progress by one or more of its members.

Jeffrey Henderson Senior Research Fellowships

Since 2004, the Center for the Humanities, in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences, has offered research fellowships to senior tenured faculty from Boston University. Senior research fellows receive one semester’s leave of absence at full salary, with the Center for the Humanities providing their departments with course replacement funds for two courses per faculty member. In 2007, these fellowships were named in honor of former CAS Dean Jeffrey Henderson who helped to make them possible. Click here for more information.

The Fellows’ Seminar, which has been in continuous existence since 1984, serves as a forum for research, debate, and public dialogue among Henderson Senior Research Fellows (HSRFs), Junior Faculty Fellows (JFFs), and Graduate Dissertation Fellows (GDFs) from different disciplines. The seminar assists scholars in the development of their careers and engages the larger questions of culture and imagination that the humanities have always examined. Click here for more information.

Junior Faculty Fellowships

Ever since its founding, the BU Center for the Humanities (BUCH) has offered fellowships for junior faculty. The Fellows’ Seminar, which has been in continuous existence since 1984, serves as a forum for research, debate, and public dialogue among Junior Faculty Fellows (JFFs), Henderson Senior Research Fellows (HSRFs), and Graduate Dissertation Fellows (GDFs) from different disciplines. The seminar assists scholars in the development of their careers and engages the larger questions of culture and imagination that the humanities have always examined. Click here for more information.


Humanities Enhancement Project Awards

Humanities Enhancement Projects and Visiting Scholar Awards

The Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH) welcomes proposals for Humanities Enhancement Awards from individual BU faculty members or from groups of faculty within departments, programs, or interdisciplinary groups. The Center has typically supported projects such as colloquia, symposia, guest lectures, gallery talks for exhibitions, workshops and lectures by visiting artists, and graduate student conferences sponsored by humanities departments. In all cases the main applicant must be a BU faculty member. We do not accept applications from students or staff members. We encourage proposals that are of interest to more than one BU department. In recent years, awards have tended to range between $1,000 for small projects and $10,000 for multi-event projects, with occasional awards up to $18,000. Applications are judged on the basis of their intellectual quality and scholarly significance, as well as on their direct relevance to the humanities. Click here for more information.

Library Acquisitions

The Boston University Center for the Humanities manages several endowments that provide funds for library acquisitions, such as the complete run of a journal or a database of otherwise inaccessible material. These funds are meant to supplement, not replace, the normal library purchasing fund, and may be used to build the collection in one of the University’s recently inaugurated areas of study. Proposals should specify the importance of items proposed for purchase to a community of users; these funds are not intended to purchase materials of interest to only one faculty member. Click here for more information.

Publication Costs for Faculty in the Humanities

The Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH) accepts applications for these awards throughout the year on a rolling basis. Faculty may apply for funds to support production costs after a peer-reviewed monograph with direct relevance to the humanities has been accepted for publication but before it has gone to press. Please note that single-author monographs are strongly preferred to edited volumes. Allowable expenses include indexing, subventions, permissions, and images. Proofreading and copy editing are not allowable expenses. Please apply to BUCH before paying for permissions and photos. Click here for more information.


Student Awards and Fellowships

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards

Each year the Boston University Center for the Humanities (BUCH) gives awards ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 to graduate students and $1,500 to $4,000 to undergraduate students doing work in the humanities. Student applicants must be nominated by departments. As noted in our mission statement, the Center defines the humanities both as designated departments and as an expansive and flexible mode of inquiry. In keeping with the Congressional Act that created the NEH, the humanities include the study and interpretation of the following: linguistics; literature; history; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of life. We understand humanities methods as primarily critical or speculative, as distinguished from the empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. We welcome nominees who share an interest in issues of interpretation and value that are central to humanities work. Click here for more information.

Graduate Dissertation Fellowships

Graduate Dissertation Fellowships in 2018/2019 pay a stipend of $12,000 for one semesters’ residence at the Center for the Humanities. These fellowships are separate from the Graduate Student Awards. Students who have won a BUCH Graduate Student Award are eligible for a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship in a subsequent year. Student applicants must be nominated by departments. As noted in our mission statement, the Center defines the humanities both as designated departments and as an expansive and flexible mode of inquiry. In keeping with the Congressional Act that created the NEH, the humanities include the study and interpretation of the following: linguistics; literature; history; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of life. We understand humanities methods as primarily critical or speculative, as distinguished from the empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. We welcome nominees who share an interest in issues of interpretation and value that are central to humanities work. Click here for more information.

 

Revised 08/29/2018