This fellowship will cover tuition (up to 18 credits per semester), mandatory student fees, health insurance and a stipend equivalent to a 50% Graduate Part-Time Instructor appointment for the first year of graduate study. In addition, students receiving these fellowships will be named Center for Humanities & the Arts Graduate Fellows.

  1. Students must be entering into a master's or doctoral level graduate program
  2. Students must be working in the humanities or arts
  3. Students must be enrolled as a full-time student and remain in good academic standing as defined by the rules of the Graduate School during the award period
  4. Recipients may not hold another appointment such as a teaching or research assistantship during the fellowship period but may hold a 0% appointment such as a grader or reader. Additional fellowships are allowed

Nominating departments must commit to provide furthter support equivalent to the highest level of TA or GPTI support currently offered by the department following the fellowship year. One-two years (if MFA) of additional support for master’s level students and three years for doctoral students. Continued support is contingent upon maintaining satisfactory academic performance and progress toward degree.

Departments may nominate one applicant. Packets should include:

1. A letter of nomination from the department's Graduate Director indicating the measures used in selecting the nominee (i.e., GRE or TOEFL scores, writing samples, creative portfolios) and discussing the impact of the fellowship support for the quality of the department's graduate program
2. A letter from the department chair supporting the nomination and committing the additional year(s) of support
3. Copy of the student's graduate application

Documents should be combined into a single .pdf and emailed to by the deadline.

Fellowships will be awarded strictly on the basis of merit 

Friday, February 12, 2021
Submit combined .pdf application by email to

By May 1, please email Sharon Van Boven a 300-600 word summary (double spaced, 12 point font) of how the first year fellowship aided in furthering your dissertation or thesis research. If you prefer to write this as a letter, feel free to address it to “Dear CHA” — we ask for this information because we’d like to know the impact of the award on your research and to possibly include quotations on our website or other CHA materials. If you do not want this information shared with anyone outside of the CHA, please indicate that this information is for CHA eyes only.