Research Support

Faculty Fellowships

The Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) offers academic year Faculty Fellowships that provide teaching relief and research support for tenured and tenure-track faculty pursuing research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Fellows receive a one-course teaching reduction during the year and $1000 for research expenses. Recipients participate in the biweekly Fellows Seminar, where all members present part of their work-in-progress for critique to a lively interdisciplinary group of faculty and doctoral students. Fellows also present their research as a public lecture during the year.

Eligibility All tenured and tenure-track faculty working on research projects in the humanities or humanistic social sciences are eligible. Recipients must be able to attend and participate in person in the bi-weekly CHAT Fellows Seminar in order to remain eligible for the award. Failure to attend the Seminars in person may result in a loss of the award at the discretion of the CHAT Director. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply. Previous recipients of the Fellowship may reapply four years after the end of the last fellowship year. Simultaneous application to external fellowships is encouraged.

Advanced Graduate Scholar Award

Advanced Graduate Scholar Awards provide financial support to resident doctoral students pursuing research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts, the Klein College of Media and Communication, and the Tyler School of Arts. Awardees receive a stipend to work full-time on the dissertation for one semester. The award also includes health benefits, one tuition credit, and $500 in research funding. Recipients must attend and participate in person in the bi-weekly CHAT Fellows Seminar, where they present part of their dissertation for discussion and critique.

Eligibility Applicants must be CLA, Klein, or Tyler Ph.D. students in good standing who have completed all course and exam requirements for the degree and will be elevated to candidacy by the start of the fellowship term (see Graduate School Policies and Procedures 02.27.13). Recipients must complete the degree no later than one year following the academic year of the award. Recipients must be able to attend and participate in person in the bi-weekly CHAT Fellows Seminar in order to remain eligible for the award. Failure to attend the Seminars in person may result in a loss of the award at the discretion of the CHAT Director. Previous recipients of the Graduate School Senior Doctoral Fellowship, the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Grant, or the CLA Advanced Graduate Scholar Award are ineligible.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups

The Center for the Humanities at Temple supports Interdisciplinary Research Groups. These groups may be awarded funding to organize conferences, lectures, and other activities. These groups help Temple faculty from different departments, schools, and colleges to pursue shared research interests as well as participate in consortia with faculty from other universities. Proposals that engage emerging fields of inquiry and/or are linked to an interdisciplinary agenda are encouraged. Successful proposals are awarded between $500 and $1500 for use during the academic year of the award, depending on the size of the group and the research agenda. Unused funds will revert back to CHAT by June 30th. Groups receive priority access to CHAT facilities for meetings and lectures.

Groups must have at least two faculty organizers from different departments (at least one of these must be from the College of Liberal Arts) and a minimum of four faculty members from within Temple University. Groups may apply for funding renewal every year. A report of past year’s activities is due to the Director of CHAT by May 1, 2021 or at the time of application for funds for the next academic year.


Advisory Board

The CHAT Advisory Board helps shape the future of the Center. Board members evaluate all of CHAT’s fellowship and grant applications, and assist the director in expanding existing programs and developing new ones.

  • Nora M. Alter - Professor and Director of FMA Study Away Programs, School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts, 2019-2022
  • Sanjoy Chakravorty - Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, College of Liberal Arts, 2019-2022
  • Orfeo Fioretis - Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, 2017-2020
  • Paul Garrett - Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, 2019-2022
  • Cristina Gragnani - Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of the Department of French, German, Italian, and Slavic Languages, College of Liberal Arts, 2017-2020
  • Patrick Murphy - Associate Professor of Media and Production and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Klein School of Media and Communication, 2017-2020
  • Lara Ostaric - Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, 2019-2022
  • Erin Pauwels - Assistant Professor of American Art, Tyler School of Art, 2018-2021
  • Víctor Pueyo Zoco - Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts, 2019-2022
  • Mónica Ricketts - Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts, 2019-2022
  • Bryant Simon - Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts, 2018-2021
  • Steven Zohn - Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Studies and Music History, Boyer School of Music and Dance, 2017-2020