IPRH Campus Fellows

IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing.

Fellowship applications are typically distributed in early fall of the year prior to the fellowship year, with a submission deadline of early December and an announcement date of early March. Faculty Fellows are provided with one semester of release time and research funds. Graduate Student Fellows are given a stipend and a tuition-fee waiver for the academic year of the award. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the Illinois campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

2018–19 IPRH Fellowships

IPRH is pleased to announce that the theme for the 201819 IPRH Fellowship year will be “Race Work.”

The way race works shapes virtually all arenas of humanities research and practice. Race structures material life, gendered identities, political economy, criminality, imaginative landscapes, algorithmic patterns, embodied violence, electoral outcomes and a range of markers of difference. Always intersectional, it makes and unmakes all kinds of regimes and intentions. Understanding the labor race does requires multiple methodologies if we are to grapple with its rhetorical force, its social consequences and its political futures.

Race work happens in many modalities and settings—the technological, the aesthetic, the administrative, the fiscal, the performative, the narrative, the carceral, to name just a few. These give race shape as both “fact” and fiction. Race work is, and has long been, an organizing feature of politics, art, memory, the justice system, medicine, religion, the scientific imagination, and everyday life. That work can be seen in word, image, and performance. We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines whose research engages these questions and attempts to reckon with what is at stake in thinking about how, when, where and under what conditions race works.

IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. We invite applications from faculty and graduate students that focus on any aspect of “Race Work.” The theme also provides an opportunity for artists to consider the relevance of “Race Work” in their creative practice. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.

Past IPRH Fellowship Themes

  • Paradigm Shifts (2017-18)
  • Publics (2016-17)
  • Intersections (2015–2016)
  • Themeless (2014–2015)
  • The Body/Bodies (2013–2014)
  • Revolution (2012–2013)
  • Borders (2011–2012)
  • Themeless (2010–2011)
  • Representation (2009–2010)
  • Disciplinarity (2008–2009)
  • Rupture (2007–2008)
  • Beauty (2006–2007)
  • Belief (2005–2006)
  • Difference (2004–2005)
  • Violence (2003–2004)
  • The South (2002–2003)
  • The Means of Reproduction (2001–2002)
  • Cities (2000–2001)
  • Institutions of the Visual (1999–2000)
  • Diaspora, Identity, and Expressive Culture (1998–1999)