Through participation in regional and international consortia, the Franke Institute fosters collaboration within the University of Chicago and also with other institutions in Chicago, the Midwest and around the world. 


The Franke Institute is a member of the Humanities Without Walls Consortium (HWW), a partnership of fifteen research universities in the Midwest and beyond, that creates new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation. The Humanities Without Walls Consortium has been supported by awards totaling approximately $7.2 million to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

HWW Pre-doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops help prepare doctoral students in Humanities, History, and Anthropology for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HWW plans to host its first virtual, national Pre-doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop in summer 2021. 

TO: Graduate students enrolled in doctoral degree-granting programs in a humanities discipline (including Humanities, History, and Anthropology) at the University of Chicago

FROM: The Franke Institute for the Humanities


RE: Call for Applications for Fellowships for a Career Diversity Workshop in Summer 2021


Please see the URLs below for information about a special opportunity to apply for Fellowships for a three-week online workshop on alternative academic careers in summer 2021.  This opportunity is part of the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and based at the Humanities Research Institute at UIUC. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000.

The deadline for UChicago applications is Friday, November 6. Your application materials and two letters of recommendation (separately sent from your application materials) should be sent to the Franke Institute for the Humanities to the attention of the Programming Coordinator, Bertie Kibreah, at

For specific information, please see the Call for Applications and HWW links below: 

Career Diversity Summer Workshop - Call for Applications

Humanities Without Walls Consortium

HWW Grants for Collaborative Research Projects at UChicago

UChicago faculty have received the following HWW grants for collaborative research projects with colleagues at participating institutions:


“Coping with Changing Climates in Early Antiquity: Comparative Approaches between Empiricism and Theory,” awarded to Prof. Herve Reculeau (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) and colleagues



“Transmedia Collage: Histories of Violence and Futures of Health on Chicago’s South Side,” awarded to Prof. Patrick Jagoda (English) and colleagues



“A History of World Music Recording,” awarded to Prof. Philip Bohlman (Music) and colleagues


"Open Fields: The Chicago Field Museum’s Anthropology Collection and Its Influence on European Enchantments with Native America,” awarded to Prof. Justin Richland (Anthropology) and colleagues


UChicago predoctoral students have received HWW summer fellowships for Career Diversity Workshops:


Christopher Grant (Anthropology) and Laura Turner (Ethnomusicology)



Nadia Chana (Ethnomusicology)



Hanna Brooks-Motl (English) and Ilana McQuinn (History)


Bill Hutchison (English) and Antje Postema (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

For more information, please see: Humanities Without Walls Consortium



Founded in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes fosters cross-disciplinary activity and helps scholars around the world identify new directions and strategies in humanistic research, teaching and engagement. It has a membership of over one hundred and fifty centers and institutes that are remarkably diverse in size and scope, and are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

The Franke Institute has historically provided leadership in this international network of humanistic scholars. The current director of the Franke Institute, Prof. Richard Neer, is a member of the CHCI Advisory Board, as was the previous Franke director.



In Chicago, Humanities Festivals include the on-campus ‘Humanities Day’ in October, a UChicago tradition since 1980 that features the latest research of award-winning faculty in free discussions, tours, performances, and lectures; and the Chicago Humanities Festival’s ongoing, city-wide exploration (since 1990) of humanities and arts with visiting speakers and performers:


Humanities Day at the University of Chicago

Chicago Humanities Festival


1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-102

Chicago, Illinois 60637