IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing. The application period typically begins in 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.
In December 2009, IPRH was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support post-doctoral fellowships in the humanities; in fall 2010, IPRH welcomed the first two Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities, who began two-year appointments on the Illinois campus. Each Fellow will conduct research, teach two classes per year in the appropriate academic department, and participate in IPRH and campus activities. The Mellon grant will provide funding for post-doctoral fellowship awards through 2015–16.