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2019-20 Topic: Kinship


Questions? Please email or call Sara Varney (215.745.5940), the Center's Associate Director.

Regional Faculty Fellowships

The Wolf Humanities Center offers several $5000 fellowships annually for standing faculty (Ph.D. level) in the humanities from colleges and universities in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Interested candidates should be conducting work related to the Center's theme for the year in which the award is granted. The fellowship includes access to the University of Pennsylvania library for the term of the award.

Fellows are required to attend the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminars, held weekly on Tuesdays from noon–1:50pm*, and present their research at one of the sessions during the academic year (early September – early May). In addition to regional faculty, seminar members include Penn faculty fellows, Mellon postdoctoral fellows, and others. Applicants should allow travel time when scheduling classes and other obligations around the seminars.  

*NOTE: Interested applicants are advised to check well ahead with their department/s to avoid conflicts in scheduling classes and other obligations.

Call for Applications, 2019–2020

Research Topic: Kinship
Application deadline: March 20, 2019

Several $5000 fellowships are available for standing faculty in the humanities from regional colleges and universities whose research relates to Kinship, the Center's topic for 2019–20.

To apply, please submit the following information, saving your document as a single PDF and naming it your Last name_First name.pdf (Franklin_Ben.pdf):

  • Your name, title, and affiliation
  • Project Title
  • Project Abstract (125 words maximum)
  • Project Proposal (approx. 1000 words)
  • Up-to-date c.v.

    Also required:
  • One confidential letter of recommendation from your department chair, another administrator, or senior scholar in your field. Please ask your referee to upload their letter to our secure server no later than the application deadline, March 20, 2019.

Regional Fellows


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