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 Grants

LOI due to the IAS: October 1, 2021
Proposals due to HWW (via SPA): November 15, 2021

HWW funds projects addressing Grand Research Challenges with grants of up to $150,000. Proposals for new grants organized around the methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution will be due November 15, 2021.


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.



2022 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop

Applications due Monday, November 1, 2021

In summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host HWW’s annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. Through a series of workshops, talks, and site visits, participants will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. Ann Arbor, Michigan will serve as the primary location for workshop activities. The location will provide students with the opportunity to experience the vibrant humanities ecosystem that exists in the region, including Detroit. 

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degree in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in this three-week, virtual summer workshop. This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, interested doctoral students must be nominated by their University. The Institute for Advanced Study is managing applications from the University of Minnesota. Applications and letters of recommendation will be due to the IAS on Monday, November 1. 2021. 

Complete application instructions can be found here.