Humanities Without Walls


The Humanities Without Walls consortium links the humanities centers at sixteen research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. It aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.

HWW supports two ongoing initiatives: Grand Research Challenge grants and Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshops.

Grand Research Challenge

HWW funds projects addressing Grand Research Challenge with grants of up to $150,000. Previous projects centered on the theme of The Global Midwest and Humanities in a Changing Climate. Proposals for new grants organized around the methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution will be due in November 15, 2021. The full RFP is available here.


In February 2021, HWW sponsored a series of Grant Strategy Workshops with HWW consortium member Dr. Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. 

  • February 5: Charting Pathways to Intellectual Leadership
  • February 12: Creating an Idea that Others Can Invest In
  • February 19: Building a Collaborative Team
  • February 26: Building a Funding Strategy

View recordings from the sessions here.



2021 HWW National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop

In summer 2021, HWW is holding its first online national summer workshop for 30 doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. Through a series of workshops, talks, and field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. All aspects of the workshop will be remote, virtual, and online in nature.

Applications for the 2021 workshop are closed. Future HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops will be held at the University of Michigan (2022) and here at the University of Minnesota (2023).