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Faculty Fellowship Program

Kaplan Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowships enable Northwestern faculty to pursue independent research projects of significance to the humanities within an interdisciplinary community of scholars. Faculty can apply for a 50% teaching reduction (that doesn't count against leave clocks) or a full year of supported leave (funds permitting).

Kaplan invites faculty working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences; Bienen School of Music; Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing and Communications; NU-Q; School of Communication; and School of Education and Social Policy to apply to become Kaplan Institute Fellows. Fellowships are open to full-time faculty members on continuous appointments, with two fellowships reserved for junior faculty.


Fellowship highlights

How are the Fellowships awarded?

Three senior humanities scholars from outside Northwestern, completely unaffiliated with the university, evaluate applications for scholarly merit. Fellowships are judged on the originality, quality, clarity, and importance of the proposed project as well as the applicant’s ability to contribute productively to an interdisciplinary group. Final selections are based on the external reviewers’ rankings and the need to ensure distribution across rank and department.

Eligibility guidelines

To apply

Please visit the Faculty Fellowship application page at


Please contact Tom Burke: