Book Manuscript Workshops

Book Manuscript Workshops for Junior Faculty

The Wolf Humanities Center offers funding for two book manuscript workshops each academic year to support pre-tenure faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences as they prepare to publish their first pre-tenure book. Each semester, we will provide $3,000 to bring a senior guest scholar to Penn for a day. The Wolf Humanities Center will host a Manuscript Workshop (with lunch) in our Humanities Conference Room for the junior scholar, the invited senior scholar, and Penn colleagues who are familiar with the manuscript, including members of the junior scholar's home department (and program, if applicable). The day might also include the following:

  • A one-on-one mentoring session meeting between the junior faculty member and the visiting scholar
  • A conversation between the visiting scholar and the junior faculty member's mentor and/or department chair
  • A small dinner

This opportunity is best suited for junior faculty who have a complete or near-complete book manuscript that has not yet been sent out to a press. Priority will be given to scholars in departments that do not already offer this opportunity to junior scholars. Departments are welcome to supplement the Wolf Center's funds to bring in a second scholar for the workshop, if desired. Funding can be used for the following: guest scholar's travel and accommodations; $1000 honorarium; lunch and dinner.


Call for Applications, 2019–2020


Application Deadlines

  • Apply by July 1, 2019 for a Fall 2019 Workshop.
  • Apply by November 1, 2019 for a Spring 2020 Workshop.


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 department
  • Description of your manuscript and desired support (approx. 1000 words)
  • Name, title, and affiliation of the senior faculty member you wish to invite; and why their input would be so valuable
  • Up-to-date c.v.