The Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University was founded in the mid-1970s to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research. Housed in the Heyman Center for the Humanities since the 1980s, the Society offers one-year fellowships, renewable for up to two additional years, during which Fellows teach undergraduate courses, complete scholarly work, present projects to other Fellows and University faculty, and plan and participate in conferences on areas of research interest.
Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as postdoctoral research fellows. In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester: at least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program of the University. In years two and three, Fellows teach one course per year.
In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include planning a weekly Lunchtime Lecture Series, which is open for attendance to members of the University community, and participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated. The Society also cosponsors conferences and special events planned by fellows around their special interests.
To aid in the research process, each fellow is assigned to a private office with a phone, computer, and Internet connection. Fellows are entitled to a research allowance, which may be used to pay for research-related expenses such as conferences, professional memberships, and research materials.
The Society is funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust.
For more detailed information on the Society of Fellows, please read our most recent Annual Report.
2012 Annual Report