IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing.
Fellowship applications are typically distributed in early fall of the year prior to the fellowship year, with a submission deadline of early December and an announcement date of early March. Faculty Fellows are provided with one semester of release time and research funds. Graduate Student Fellows are given a stipend and a tuition and partial fee waiver for the academic year of the award. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the Illinois campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.
IPRH is pleased to announce that its theme for 2020–21 will be The Global and Its Worlds.
The global is practically a ubiquitous referent now. It’s used as a descriptive term, as a perspectival mode, as a scalar standard, as a valorization technique and, of course, as an indicator of the condition of the present. But what is the plurality of worlds which constitute the global? What kinds of world-making do events, communities, legal regimes, performative modes, memory work, languages, regions, mediascapes, imaginative practices, and ordinary people produce? Who is for the global, who is against the global, with what consequences and under what conditions? How do the meanings of the global change when we approach it from perspectives outside of the United States?
To pose the global in the context of multiple worlds is to acknowledge its power but also to suggest that it is not totalizing or universal—or that if and when it is, it operates in tense and tender relationship with forces both from and beyond its ambit. We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines whose research critically engages both the global as on object of inquiry and worlds and world-making as dynamic processes across time, space and place.
IPRH is pleased to partner with the Illinois Global Institute (IGI) in shaping the call for IPRH Fellows. The IPRH seminar will be open to affiliates of these centers and programs who want to attend on a first come, first served basis. We will share information on the sign-up process once the Fellows have been chosen. In addition, IPRH will be partnering with IGI and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory on programming around “The Global and Its Worlds” theme over the course of AY 2020–21.
Fellowship proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: the scholarly excellence and promise of the project, the applicant’s preparation/readiness to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the relationship to the annual theme, the case made for how the IPRH experience/seminar would be beneficial to the project, and the letters of support.
IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts.
Past IPRH Fellowship Themes
- Themeless (2019-2020)
- Race Work (2018–2019)
- Paradigm Shifts (2017–2018)
- Publics (2016–2017)
- Intersections (2015–2016)
- Themeless (2014–2015)
- The Body/Bodies (2013–2014)
- Revolution (2012–2013)
- Borders (2011–2012)
- Themeless (2010–2011)
- Representation (2009–2010)
- Disciplinarity (2008–2009)
- Rupture (2007–2008)
- Beauty (2006–2007)
- Belief (2005–2006)
- Difference (2004–2005)
- Violence (2003–2004)
- The South (2002–2003)
- The Means of Reproduction (2001–2002)
- Cities (2000–2001)
- Institutions of the Visual (1999–2000)
- Diaspora, Identity, and Expressive Culture (1998–1999)