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If you have any questions about the Fellowship, or wish to nominate a student, please contact rsimons@brandeis.edu.

Brandeis continues to affirm the critical role played by the humanities in preparing students for a rapidly evolving world. As an extension of this commitment, we will select up to twenty of the most intellectually promising admitted students for our Humanities Fellowship. The global, interconnected nature of our society requires scholars with the ability to think both critically and empathetically. We believe there is tremendous value in engaging with the ideas, texts, images, languages, and cultures that have shaped human experience.

The Humanities Fellowship Program strives to expose students to the rigors of academic research and the tremendous possibility and potential inherent in the humanities disciplines. Participants will receive an annual scholarship, work directly with Humanities faculty, and delve into leading-edge scholarship through special programming. Fellows will be given a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of the human condition, sharpen their critical analysis skills, and raise their academic profile. This makes the program particularly relevant for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree. However, our fellowship aims beyond the individual to the cultivation of a community of scholars, where fellows engage and collaborate across disciplinary boundaries.

Perks of the Program

  • $82,000 in total scholarship funding, or $20,500 annually, renewable for up to eight semesters.
  • A $500 stipend toward an approved experiential learning opportunity in the humanities. This can include an internship, research, or study abroad experience.
  • A rigorous keystone seminar, Tragedy: Love and Death in the Creative Imagination. Taught by renowned professors, John Burt and Steve Dowden, this interdisciplinary course bridges multiple disciplines within the humanities, examining classical texts from fresh perspectives. This course will satisfy Brandeis’ Undergraduate Writing Seminar (UWS) Requirement.
  • Access to some of our most revered humanities faculty members as mentors and advisors.
  • Private faculty lead tours of Boston’s finest cultural institutions each semester
  • Access to student mentors serving as Humanities Undergraduate Departmental Representatives or undertaking honor theses in the humanities.
  • Priority advising from the Office of Study Abroad. This includes personalized information sessions and advising for students interested in applying to study at Oxford University or on the Brandeis in Siena summer study abroad program in Fine Arts.
  • Salon-style events intended to bring Fellows together for critical discussions with their faculty mentors, graduate students, and visiting scholars in the Humanities.
  • Invitations to lectures and events at the Mandel Center for Humanities
  • Optional spring semester Humanities seminar course.

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Faculty Mentors

Affiliated Faculty: The following faculty will serve as academic advisors and actively engage in the Humanity Fellows Community.

How to be considered
Students do not need to apply for this honor. The Admissions Committee and departmental representatives will automatically consider students during our review period. Recipients will be selected based on a holistic review of their academic accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to the humanities. Fellows will be notified of their award shortly after the admission decision notification date, April 1.
Program Requirements

In order to maintain their funding and membership in the fellowship, fellows must:

  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Participate in the Humanities Keystone Seminar their first semester on campus
  • Major or minor in the humanities or an affiliated interdisciplinary program, including: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, East Asian Studies, English, European Cultural Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, History of Ideas, Hispanic Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Italian Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Philosophy, Russian Studies, or Women Gender and Sexuality Studies