Each year, the Dresher Center for the Humanities provides residential and non-residential fellowships to UMBC faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars who are pursuing humanities research. These fellowships offer the gift of time, space, and collegial conversation within a robust humanities center environment. While pursuing their research projects, fellows also participate in Dresher Center programs, including the “Fellows and Others” series, “CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now” works-in-progress sessions, Humanities Forum public events, and other workshops and activities.
Residential Faculty Research Fellowships are available to full-time UMBC tenured or tenure-track faculty who are pursuing humanities research. Fellows reside at least one day per week in the Dresher Center and receive a release from teaching in order to work on significant humanities research projects or the training necessary to embark on such projects. Residential fellows also participate in a range of Dresher Center programs and activities. Residential fellows have the use of an office in the Dresher Center, student research assistance, as well as access to the Center’s administrative and research development services.
The Dresher Center’s Inclusion Imperative Program, a major five-year initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports 2-4 Visiting Fellows each year. During the fall, the Dresher Center issues a call for applications from full-time faculty of all ranks, who are pursuing humanities-based research at colleges and universities in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and who are committed to diversity in the academy and to the advancement of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate. Visiting Fellows are in residence in the Dresher Center for terms of either one semester or one academic year. Each Visiting Fellow is partnered with a UMBC faculty member with shared research or teaching interests, to broaden and deepen the exchange between fellows and the campus community. Visiting Fellows also participate in a range of Inclusion Imperative and Dresher Center programs and activities. Visiting Fellows receive generous stipends and research support, as well as access to the Center’s administrative and research development services and campus resources.
The Dresher Center awards up to three Summer Faculty Research Fellowships annually to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty (individuals or groups) from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This funding is intended to support and promote significant humanities research at UMBC and can be used for the completion of book manuscripts, major articles, or projects of a similar stature. Summer Faculty Research Fellows also receive assistance from the Center in developing extramural funding applications and book proposals.
These fellowships are available to UMBC doctoral and master’s level students working on humanities-related research projects that will culminate in a dissertation or master’s thesis. Two one-semester graduate fellowships are awarded annually. Graduate Student Research Fellows receive support for research travel, materials, or other research expenses. Fellows participate in Dresher Center programs, such as “CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now,” and attend the Humanities Forum and other activities.