Global Urban Humanities Fellowships for Faculty

The Global Urban Humanities Fellowships for faculty and graduate students at UC Berkeley support research on contemporary and historical cities that engages approaches from the arts and humanities and the humanistic social sciences and from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning. Candidates from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship program is part of the broader Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH), which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applicant research projects should fully engage questions or methods from the humanities and should be clearly centered on urban topics. The research projects of current fellows, viewable at, provide examples.

The purpose of the Fellowship is both to further the research of the individual recipients and to enable faculty and graduate students to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. In weekly meetings participants will explore methodological and theoretical questions with the aim of advancing the emerging field of urban humanities. Awards are based on the scholarly merit or project creativity of the individual applications. The selection committee will also take into consideration the research project's potential interest to scholars in different fields of the arts and humanities and the design disciplines, and the likelihood of the applicant’s contribution to interdisciplinary discussion.

GUH Fellowships are awarded to faculty and to PhD students who will have advanced to candidacy by Spring 2019. Fellows will meet in weekly discussions for interdisciplinary peer review of work in progress. The group in Spring 2019 is expected to include approximately two senior faculty, four junior faculty, and four graduate students. 


Ladder faculty and lecturers SOE are eligible.

Grant Provision

Full professors: Senior faculty join the Fellows via invitation and receive a $2,000 stipend and do not fill out this form. For information, please contact

Assistant and associate professors and lecturers SOE: Release from teaching responsibilities for one course for one semester (assuming a 2-2 teaching load). Fellows make arrangements for course release directly with the chair of their department.


Friday, Nov 16, 2018 | 5:00 pm