University of Wisconsin-Madison Solmsen Fellowship 2019-2020, USA


November 01, 2018

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Institute for Research in the Humanities University of Wisconsin-Madison Solmsen Fellowship Call for Applications 2019-2020

The Institute for Research in the Humanities will offer five Solmsen Fellowships for 2019-2020 to be awarded to a scholar from outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through a generous bequest from Friedrich and Lieselotte Solmsen, the Solmsen Fellowships sponsor scholars working in the humanities on European history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, art and culture in the classical, medieval, and/or early modern periods before 1700. Projects on the relationship of pre-1700 Europe to other parts of the world are also welcome. The Solmsen Fellowship does not typically support editions or translations.

Solmsen Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. However, the fellowship may not be deferred for any reason. The award provides a stipend of $55,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities. Solmsen Fellows are also expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Institute by attending the weekly Monday afternoon seminars (3:30-5:00 PM) and presenting their work at one of these meetings. Monday seminars are followed by an informal Tuesday lunch (Noon-1:00 PM) for those who are interested in further discussion of the Monday presentation. Fellows are also encouraged to attend other Institute events, as time and interest permit. Please consult the Institute’s website ( for more information about other Institute fellowships and activities.


• The Institute encourages applications from senior scholars as well as junior scholars with research projects that are well advanced.

• Faculty members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison are not eligible for the fellowship.

• Independent scholars with the Ph.D. are eligible to apply.

• Applicants must be in possession of the doctorate at the time of application; we will not accept applications from graduate students expecting to have the doctorate by the beginning of the academic year. Projects to revise the doctoral dissertation should involve substantial expansion, new research, and/or new conceptual frameworks; the proposal should clearly explain how the project relates to the dissertation. 

• Former Solmsen Fellows are eligible to apply after ten years from the end date of their prior Solmsen fellowship.

• Applicants whose projects are in religious studies are also eligible to apply to the Institute's Kingdon Fellowship program; separate applications for the Solmsen and Kingdon Fellowship competitions are required.

Application Materials

• Proposal, up to 1,500 words (about 5 double-spaced pages of 12-point font). The proposal should address the significance of the project, how it will be accomplished, and the specific work plan for the period of the grant. Clearly state the intended product of your research. For book projects, an outline of chapters is highly recommended. For revisions of dissertations, substantive change is expected; explain how the book will differ from the dissertation.

• Bibliography, publications (not your own) relevant to the project, up to 2 pages.

• Curriculum Vitae, including work forthcoming and in progress.

• Application Form (available only online via Interfolio after July 15, 2018: includes questions about project title and 100-word abstract of project).

• Three letters of recommendations that address the significance and feasibility of the proposed research, quality of the proposal, qualifications for the project, and past work. (Must be submitted online via Interfolio. See below for more details.).

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August 13, 2018
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