Advancing research and knowledge in the humanities is central to our mission. We aim to reach beyond department silos, not only in the College of Humanities but also in other campus areas, and often cultivate projects that transcend traditional disciplinary and departmental boundaries. We support faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate student research in the following ways:


Internal and external faculty fellowships provide scholars with the time and support to conduct research that makes significant contributions to humanistic knowledge. Internal fellowships are awarded for one semester while external fellowships cover the academic year. Since 2006, we have hosted 39 internal faculty and 18 external faculty. The Association of American Universities (AAU) has designated our external fellowships "highly prestigious awards" based on data collected by the National Research Council. External faculty thus earn AAU points for their respective universities when awarded our fellowships.

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Graduate fellowships enable selected doctoral students to enhance their career preparation by engaging in research, writing, and Tanner Center activities full time during the academic year. We created the Tornquist Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities (based on need) in 2008, endowed a Latter-Day Saints Studies Graduate Student Research Fellowship in 2014, and began offering limited summer research fellowships in partnership with Claremont Graduate University in 2013. Since 2006, we have hosted 26 graduate student fellows.

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Undergraduate fellowships enable students in the Honors College to complete their honors theses. Since 2011, we have hosted six undergraduate fellows.

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Fellows at the Tanner Center not only pursue their own projects, but also join a community of scholars. During the Spring semester, fellows workshop their papers alongside their peers in open discussion. Individual meetings with the center's director and other fellows guide research and shape written drafts. Fellows also present their research to a broader audience during our public Work-in-Progress Talks, also held in the spring. Since 2006, we have hosted more than 100 Work-in-Progress Talks originating from research conducted by our residential fellows. These workshops and talks produce results. Many fellows publish work undertaken at the center in articles, important academic journals, and books with respected national and international publishers including Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Princeton.

Last Updated: 7/23/19