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Franke Undergraduate Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thurs., May 19, 2022 (11:59pm)
*With recommendation letter due the following day

Undergraduate Franke Fellowship for Innovative Humanities Scholarship for 2022-2023

The Kaplan Humanities Institute offers Franke Undergraduate Fellowships for students who have devised innovative and promising humanities projects for their senior year. For this highly selective capstone experience, Franke Undergraduate Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance their projects by playing a significant role in the interdisciplinary community of the Humanities Institute. They will discuss vital issues and ideas with faculty and graduate students at weekly lunch colloquia; meet renowned scholars and artists; and present their work at the annual Future Directions Forum. 


To be eligible for a Franke Undergraduate Fellowship, a student must be:

Application Instructions and Materials

Undergraduate Franke Fellowship applications are submitted via an Online Application Portal. Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the application portal; you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Please note: All application documents must be submitted in PDF format only and should be double-spaced.

In the Application Portal, please complete your Official Contact Information and Academic Information in the fields provided. Please also prepare and upload PDF files of the following Application Documents:

Letter of recommendation

Your application must include a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor who will supervise your year-long project. There is a field in the application portal where you will submit your faculty reference's name and email; the system will send them an email prompt and link for uploading their letter. (Please tell your recommender that the email prompt will come from the Weinberg Faculty Search portal.)

Important: Recommendations are due one day after the application submission date. We suggest that you give your recommender advance notice so they are ready to submit their letter by this date.


Application Portal

Please upload all documents (PDFs) to the application portal at this link:

I’m writing an honors thesis for my home department. Is the Franke Undergraduate Fellowship open to students whose humanities research is for their honors thesis, or is it for students doing research independently?
  • The Franke is a self-standing fellowship within the Kaplan Institute, designed to provide interdisciplinary engagement and support for each student's own research project. Thus, your project can be part of an honors program, or it can be independent; you do not need to have separate research projects. The key is to make sure you have a dedicated faculty advisor to direct your project content from within your home discipline. 
Can my project be an extension of my Undergraduate Research Grant?
  • Yes, your project can be an extension of work you've already done via the Undergrad Research Grant. It does, however, need to be ongoing research (that is, you must actively work on the project throughout the year (2022-2023) with a faculty advisor and can't just submit a project you've already finished).
How does the HUM 398 seminar compare to my department's thesis seminar content?
  • The HUM 398 seminar is geared toward looking at interdisciplinarity, research writing, and the humanities as a discipline—its connection to democracy, its role in liberal arts education, etc. A major focus of the winter session is learning skills of academic presentation as part of preparing your work for the Future Directions Forum. Thus, HUM 398 is designed to complement your home department training, not duplicate (or replace) it.
What is the meeting schedule for HUM 398?
  • Meeting times for HUM 398 (both fall and winter) are set based on the schedules of the Franke Fellows and instructor. Franke Fellows are also expected to attend Kaplan's weekly lunch colloquia from 12 - 1:30pm on Wednesdays.
Any other questions?

If you have any questions, or would like to see sample research statements, please contact Jill Mannor at

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