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The Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is pleased to offer two Robert M. Kingdon Fellowships for the academic year 2024-2025, to be awarded to scholars from outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, the Kingdon Fellowship sponsors scholars working in the humanities in the historical, literary, artistic, and/or philosophical studies of Christian and/or Jewish religious traditions and their role in society. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities. They may explore various forms of the Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religions to other aspects of society within or outside of Europe. The Kingdon Fellowship does not typically support editions or translations.

Kingdon Fellows are expected to be in residence at the IRH throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend this residency through the following summer on a non-stipendiary basis. However, the fellowship may not be deferred for any reason. The award provides a stipend of $60,000, office space, support services, and access to university facilities.

The deadline for the 2024-2025 Kingdon Fellowship competition is: Thursday, October 26, 2023. The final notification of the awards will be sent in Late February or Early March 2024.

Application Materials
  • Project Proposal. Up to 1,500 words (about 5 double-spaced pages of 12-point font). The proposal should address the significance of the project. Clearly state the intended product of your research, whether it is a book or an article (or series of articles). 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. The proposal should also state how the project will be accomplished, and the specific work plan for the period of the fellowship.
  • Project Bibliography. Publications (not your own) relevant to the project, up to 2 pages.
  • Curriculum Vitae. Including work forthcoming and in progress.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Each must address the significance and feasibility of the proposed research, the quality of the proposal, qualifications for the project, and past work. (Must be submitted online via Interfolio. See for more details.)
  • Completed Kingdon Interfolio Application. Note: required entries in the Interfolio application form will include a reduced 100-word project abstract (separate from your uploaded project proposal); please prepare this shortened abstract before beginning the Interfolio application.

Access application information and link to digital application on the IRH fellowships webpage: (scroll down to “external fellowships”).

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