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The Institute for Advanced Study conducts application processes for many of our programs.

This page provides the most up-to-date information on applications and processes.

Request for Proposals:
The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate

The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.” Note: UMN faculty project leaders and coordinators should contact IAS Director Jennifer Gunn ( no later than October 1, 2016 with an email indicating intent to apply for this challenge, the project title, and all external collaborators and their institutions. Application deadline October 31st, 2016.

Call for Applications:
2017 Humanities Without Walls Consortium National Pre-Doctoral Summer Workshop

HWW invites applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system.

  • The University of Minnesota may nominate one graduate student for this program. Nominations are run through the IAS.
  • Applications from eligible doctoral students must be emailed to by midnight, Friday September 30. Applicants should submit the cover sheet, narrative, and 2-page CV, and have the two letters of recommendation sent to directly by their letter writers.
  • On the cover sheet, fill in Jennifer Gunn ( in the space for “Humanities Center Director/Graduate College Dean”

Faculty Fellowships

Each year up to twelve University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Faculty Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at our offices in Northrop, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Study is pleased to be one of the sites for the Graduate School’s  Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships which are located in the University’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. Interdisciplinary graduate fellows at the IAS are full members of the intellectual community of the IAS. They are given workspace with computer at the IAS, participate in weekly lunches with residential faculty fellows and visiting fellows, and make an informal presentation of their work in progress to other IAS fellows once each semester. Graduate fellows are expected to be in residence at the IAS for their year of fellowship and to participate actively in IAS programs.

Research and Creative Collaboratives

Research and creative collaboratives represent some of the most innovative work at the University. These self-initiated groups come together with the idea of working on a project of common interest—be it the development of a performance piece, the exploration of a concept or research area through different disciplines, or the creation of a supportive intellectual community. With the research and creative collaboratives, the IAS promotes synergistic interdisciplinary activity transcending departmental structures.

A collaborative may include faculty, students, staff, and community members, and each defines its own agenda, plan of work, and outcomes. Collaboratives organize roundtables, public discussions, workshops, presentations, and conferences, and engage as a group in research, curricular planning, grant writing, and intellectual exploration. The IAS offers modest funding and administrative support to the collaboratives, allowing participants to focus on their intellectual and creative work without having to worry about myriad details of scheduling, ordering books, or making travel arrangements for visiting scholars. The funds and the space are designed to facilitate conversations within collaboratives, across collaboratives, and to the larger public that might not otherwise occur. Each collaborative also has a public dimension—a presentation of research in progress, a performance, or a conversation.