Hall Center Resident Faculty Fellowship – Application Instructions

Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2023 11:59pm


The Hall Center's Resident Faculty Fellowships provide one semester of release time from teaching and service, taken in the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 semester, so that awardees can focus entirely on research or creative work and scholarly engagement. 

Resident Fellows are expected to attend regular seminars throughout the academic year of residency at which fellows discuss their pre-circulated work-in-progress. Each resident fellow also gives a public talk about their work during residency and the other fellows are expected to attend these events.

Fellows receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for project-related expenses they incur during the fellowship year and an office at the Hall Center. The award also makes funding available to the fellow's department to assist in the cost of a replacement teaching appointment for the residency semester.

Applications from the Arts and Social Sciences are welcome, but applicants must demonstrate the ways in which their project utilizes themes and methodologies from the humanities.

DEADLINE: Monday, October 30, 2023 at 11:59PM


Eligible applicants will:

1. Hold a tenure track appointment at the University of Kansas, including tenured faculty in phased retirement;

2. Demonstrate a commitment to a major research project or creative work grounded in the humanities; 

3. Have not held the Hall Center Resident Faculty Fellowship within the four academic years (22-23, 21-22, 20-21, 19-20) immediately prior to the current application deadline.

4.  Applicants who have a permanent reduction in teaching load will receive lower priority in the selection process; and

5. Individuals on a year-to-year, temporary, or terminal contract are not eligible to apply.


Fellows are required to:

1. Maintain a regular presence in their Hall Center office throughout the entire residency semester;

2.  Attend regular seminars throughout the academic year of residency at which resident fellows discuss their pre-circulated work-in-progress;

3. Give a public talk about their work during residency, and attend the public talks given by the other resident fellows;

4. Submit a brief report describing the work accomplished and its impact on the overall project. The report is due no later than four weeks immediately following completion of the fellowship year. Failure to comply with this requirement will make the fellow ineligible for future funding from the Hall Center;  

5. Submit requests for reimbursement of project related expenses up to $1,000 together with required receipts no more than 90 days after the expense was incurred and no later than August 31 immediately following the academic year of the fellowship;

6. Deposit with the Hall Center a copy of all publications resulting from the residency; and

7. Return to their full-time KU responsibilities and serve for a minimum of one academic year at the end of the fellowship period. Persons who do not return to the institution following the fellowship period shall reimburse KU for their salary and fringe benefits paid during the fellowship period.


All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

NOTE: The demographic questions in the application form are optional. We would appreciate your responses as they allow us to chart demographic data and better comprehend the communities we reach and serve through this competition and award program. This information will not be used for determining awards. 

4. Upload the following materials as 4 separate PDF files:

a. Curriculum Vitae not to exceed 2 pages that includes:

* Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;

* Record of applicant's employment;

* List of applicant's publications, including page numbers for journal articles and book chapters or list of exhibits, performances, and publications resulting from applicant's creative work; and

* List of applicant's awards and grants received during the last five years.

b. Project Description not to exceed five double-spaced pages, with one-inch margins and twelve-point type. Endnotes are included in the page limitations. Explain the goals, methods, and significance of the project and its contribution to the pertinent discipline and to the humanities generally. Demonstrate this project's relationship to your previous work and to your long-range aims as a scholar or creative artist or writer. Explain what the fellowship will allow you to accomplish with regard to your current research or creative work and what your plans are for pursuing external funding related to this project.

c. One-page bibliography, single-spaced with a return space between each entry; one-inch margins and twelve-point type.

d. A short letter or email from the applicant's department chair confirming the department can accommodate the necessary teaching release.

No extraneous materials will be considered.


The Hall Center Director appoints an interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty with successful grant and publishing track records to select awardees. All applicants can access feedback from the selection committee via the online competition portal following the conclusion of the competition.  


1. Significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to thought and knowledge in the pertinent genre, tradition, or field, and to the humanities generally;

2. Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the proposed project, including what a Humanities Resident Fellowship will allow the applicant to accomplish with regard to the project;

3. Relationship of the project to applicant's previous research and long-range aims as a scholar or creative artist;

4. Thoughtfulness of plans to apply for external funding in order to advance the project after the residency period; 

5. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the work proposed for the fellowship period; and

6. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the overall project.

7.  Potential connections with the projects of other resident fellows, to foster productive engagement during residency.  (The key words or phrases capturing the topics addressed in the applicant's research project, provided by the applicant, will assist the selection committee in this process.)


Applicants should direct questions about the Hall Center Resident Faculty Fellowships to Hall Center Director Assistant Director Andrew Hodgson (ahodgson@ku.edu).