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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 you must have the Dean's and Chair's signatures on your coversheet.

Please click here for the application cover sheet

Please click here to apply online

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Theme: "Fear & Fragility in the COVID-19 Era "


The world as we know it today seems more developed and advanced than the world we knew a century ago. However, this world harbors many fears and fragilities, some of which have shaped our collective reality in new and previously unthought ways. We are living through a COVID-19 pandemic and the augmented reality it has created; there is elevated social distress that yields social uprisings and instability along with political polarization. Anxiety grows while we wait for the definition of what will be the "new normal".

We welcome proposals that examine failure from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.