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Faculty Fellowship Competition

The Humanities Center sponsors an annual Faculty Fellowship Competition on a specific theme. Fellowships provide Wayne State University faculty with summer funding to help pay for expenses related to their research projects including travel, research assistance, salary and fringe benefits. All WSU full-time faculty in the humanities, arts, and related disciplines are eligible to submit proposals, except those who have received funding from the Center within the last two years.

Please note that if you are an applicant from CLAS must have the Dean's and Chair's signature on your coversheet.

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Explication of the 2016-2017 year

Theme: "DESIGN: Intention, Creativity, Agency,


In 2015, Detroit became the first U.S. city to be designated UNESCO “City of Design,” a testament to the region’s outsized influence in shaping the cultural and creative forces of the 21st century. By select-ing “design” as the theme for the 2018 Faculty Fellowship conference, the Humanities Center solicits research proposals that emphasize the creative potential of humanity, both in terms of aesthetics and social utility. We encourage “design thinking” in every sense of the word—from its traditional bastions of art, architecture, and cultural studies to more contemporary interpretations in the hallways of science, engineering, and information technologies (among others). For instance, how do policymakers, scientists, artists, and everyday citizens design spaces and forums that enable the free flow of ideas? How might interdisciplinary teams engage in design thinking to create models, prototypes, and final products that move society forward? What are the complex forces of...

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Submission Information

Fifteen (15) copies of the application and CV should be submitted to the Director, Humanities Center, by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018. Each application must have an application coversheet.

The Humanities Center
Attn: Walter F. Edwards, Director
2226 Faculty/Administration Building
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202