Student Fellowship

All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities and to attend an Open House on Thursday, February 29th from 12-1pm (95 Pearl Street, lounge) where those interested in applying can learn more about the Student Fellowship Program.  Come meet current student Fellows and learn about their projects and experiences at the Center while enjoying coffee / tea and delicious cookies! 

A total of eight Student Fellowships are awarded each year by the Center's Advisory Board (four Student Fellows for each semester).  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center events and activities. Among these events are the Center's Monday Night Lecture series; colloquia discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30am-1:00pm; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for the Student Fellow's participation in the Center's activities.

Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (usually an Honors Thesis) on a topic relating to the Center theme for the semester or year.  The Fall 2024 theme is Dead Reckonings and the Spring 2025 theme is Energy and Exhaustion; for full theme descriptions click here. The project need not be underway at the time of the application. Student Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with Faculty Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Visiting Research Fellows in residence at the Center. The Center also provides up to $500 in travel funding to Student Fellows for travel to archives, libraries, museums, conferences, performances and other sites necessary to the completion of their senior projects.

Applications for student fellowships are due by noon on Thursday, March 28th.  Applicants will be informed of the Center Advisory Board's decision by early April. 

Travel funding: The Center for the Humanities will provide up to $500 in travel funding to Student Fellows for travel to archives, libraries, museums, conferences, performances and other sites necessary to the completion of  senior research projects. Applications for travel funding by Student Fellows should contain: (1) a title; (2) a brief description of the objectives of the proposed travel and its necessity for the successful completion of the senior thesis; (3) dates of the proposed travel; (4) a detailed budget; and (5) a brief letter from the thesis advisor assessing the necessity of the proposed travel for the completion of the thesis. The Director in consultation with the Advisory Board will assess each proposal with special attention to the scholarly value of the research trip and the reasonableness of the proposed budget, which should include only essential travel expenses. The budget cannot include the purchase of any capital equipment (i.e., digital recorders, cameras, etc.) or books. All application materials (including a letter of recommendation from the thesis adviser) must be submitted via email to the Director of the Center for the Humanities ( ). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis at any time after the award of the fellowship and prior to the submission of the senior thesis.

If you have any questions, please email CFH Staff, Jess Fowler, at

Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University