Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center - Research Fellowships

Funding Agency:
University of Texas, Austin

The Ransom Center will award up to 60 research fellowships for its 2024–25 program. Please view the individual residency types within the application instructions to determine the qualifications for each. We offer funding to postdoctoral scholars, doctoral candidates, independent researchers, and scholars with master’s degrees who have had significant involvement in academic research.

Research conducted by humanities scholars contributes to a dynamic body of knowledge that has the potential to reshape our understanding of archival collections—what is preserved and valued in our communities. The Ransom Center fosters a supportive environment so that researchers may explore, examine, critique, and better understand the cultural works in its collections. Fellowships of varying lengths (from one to three months) are offered for research projects that require substantial on-site use of collections that span a variety of disciplines.

The Ransom Center's internationally renowned collections encourage and support research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, performing arts, music, cultural history, and interdisciplinary studies.

Research projects might include:

  • Scholarly articles or monographs
  • Dissertations
  • Creative work
  • Digital humanities
  • Performance-based research
  • Exhibition proposals
  • Research-based syllabi to grow student research
  • Collaborative research


Deadline: Nov 1, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Types of Available Fellowships

One– to Three–Month Fellowships — $3,500 PER MONTH*
One– to three–month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require in-person engagement with the Center's holdings.

Travel Stipends — $2,000*
Travel stipends are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month's use of the Center's collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.

Dissertation Fellowships — $2,000*
Dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the Center's collections.

* For all fellowship categories, an additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to individuals who are a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S. to contribute to the costs associated with the J-1 visa and/or international travel to Austin.

Eligibility Requirements

One– to three–month fellowships and travel stipends are open to individuals with either a Ph.D. or a master’s degree and a demonstrable record of exemplary research. If the Ph.D. is in progress at the time of application, the proposal and letters of recommendation should clearly indicate completion by June 1, 2024. Otherwise, the applicant should consider applying for a dissertation fellowship.

Dissertation fellowships are open to doctoral candidates whose dissertations are in progress by the time of application and have not been completed by the start of the fellowship period.

Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply with new projects after two full fellowship cycles have passed.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities

External Deadline

November 1, 2023