Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 16 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Based at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), HWW has been funded by three successive grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Humanities Without Walls
Grand Research Challenge
Each year, HWW holds a Grand Research Challenge competition for large-scale grants. The consortium invites applications from cross-institutional teams including scholars from at least two member institutions pursuing research projects around major questions that require humanities- and arts-based collaborative approaches. The 2020-2022 round of competitions requires applicants to demonstrate a commitment to methodologies of reciprocity and redistribution.
Through modes of research partnership that are reciprocal and redistributive, collaborators will demonstrate that “humanities without walls” is not only a metaphor but also a strategic commitment to imagining and doing academic work more inclusively—with universal access, social equity and racial diversity always front of mind.
The deadline for the first round of proposals is November 15, 2021; a CFP will be issued in March. CAHI has seed money to incentivize the work of exploring such collaborations. Details about a competition for seed funding are forthcoming.
Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop
In summer 2021, HWW is holding its first online, national, virtual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. Through a series of workshops, talks, and virtual 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.