You are here: Home / Funding Opportunities / Guidelines, deadlines, and forms / Graduate Student Residencies: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Graduate Student Residencies: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to sponsor a program of semester-long graduate student residencies for academic year 2017-2018. This program will provide up to eight students in the arts and humanities with a semester of funding and the use of an office in Ihlseng Cottage, enabling them to devote an entire semester to work on their theses/ dissertations. Students are required to be in residence at University Park for the duration of the grant period.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, March 27, 2017


The following eligibility requirements apply:

a) students must be seeking a terminal degree in an arts or humanities program at Penn State (i.e., Master’s candidates on track toward the Ph.D. are not eligible);

b) proposed projects must be directly related to work on a degree-required thesis, dissertation, or final creative project (e.g., a degree recital);

c) students must be in residence for the duration of the grant period;

d) students may not teach or hold full-time employment during the semester of residence;

f) students in the College of the Liberal Arts are eligible for this award as well as for the Dissertation Semester Release Fellowship; accepting one will not render an applicant ineligible for the other at any time. However, students who accept this award will not be eligible for the IAH Early Modern Scholar Fellowship, and students who accept an IAH Early Modern Scholar Fellowship will not be eligible for this residency.

Students are eligible to apply at any point in their studies, though strong preference will be given to students nearing the completion of their terminal degree. Proposals that are interdisciplinary in outlook, methodology, media, or scope are especially welcome. Students with projects in the social sciences are eligible to apply if their projects have important implications for the humanities.

Funding for students in Liberal Arts will consist of a one-course buy-out ($4000, sent directly to the home department).

FINAL REPORT AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:                                                                 

Grant recipients will be asked to submit a report on their project no later than thirty days after the end of the residency period.  In addition, recipients will be expected to enter the Graduate Exhibition in the spring following their residencies (for more information, visit  Residents in Spring 2018 may enter the Graduate Exhibition in Spring 2018 or Spring 2019, as they desire. Appropriate acknowledgment of the Institute’s support must be given in all theses, dissertations, performances, exhibitions, publications, and other activities related to the residency project. 


All applications must include the following:

1) Cover page with applicant’s name, department/program, degree sought (M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., etc.), contact information (including campus address), project title, expected date of defense (for Ph.D. candidates) and graduation, and preferred semester of residency (Fall 2017 or Spring 2018).

2) Description of and rationale for the project and a timetable for completion (not to exceed four pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font)

3) Curriculum vitae (limit to three pages)

4) Formal notice of approval from the graduate program director or officer (this need not take the form of a full-length, formal recommendation) and a letter of recommendation from the student’s project advisor or director


Proposals will be evaluated by members of the Institute’s Advisory Board in consultation with the Director.  Awards will be announced by late April, 2017.

All materials must be submitted to IAH by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 using the submission form below. Applicants should upload items 1-3 as a single PDF document. Item 4 is to be uploaded separately by the applicant's advisor or director. Applicants are responsible for directing the appropriate individual to the submission form. All applicants will receive an email receipt; please follow up if you do not hear back within one week.

For more information, contact:

Lori Sabatose, Administrative Assistant 

Tel: (814) 865-0495, Fax: (814) 863-8349, E-mail:

103 Ihlseng Cottage

University Park, PA 16802 

Revised May 2016