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Franke Fellowship Program


Launched in 2016 with generous funding from Richard and Barbara Franke, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities awards exclusive Franke Fellowships to the most promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students in fields across the humanities. Following a rigorous selection process, Franke Fellows enrich their independent humanities projects by taking part in the interdisciplinary exchanges sponsored by the Institute throughout a full academic year.

Franke Graduate Fellowship

In partnership with The Graduate School, the Kaplan Institute offers Franke Graduate Fellowships to the most accomplished fourth and fifth year doctoral students pursuing an independent humanities research project in any Northwestern school or program. Franke Graduate Fellows pursue their independent research within a vibrant interdisciplinary collective, which includes multilayered structured conversations among faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, internationally renowned visiting scholars, and distinguished visiting artists.  

For the full academic year, Franke Graduate Fellows participate in Institute activities, including weekly lunch seminars, a dissertation working group, and the annual Future Directions Forum where they present their projects to Institute members. For fall and winter terms, Franke Graduate Fellows are granted time to cultivate their dissertation research. They also receive interdisciplinary pedagogical mentoring about how to shape a dynamic course for undergraduates. In spring quarter, each Fellow offers—in their home department—the course that they have developed during their residency.   

Franke Graduate Fellowships include two quarters of full paid tuition, monthly stipend and fringe benefits, and $2,000 in research funds. Recipients of the fellowship have the possibility to extend their funding package (the option to "bank" their TGS funding for two quarters in their sixth year).

To apply for a Franke Graduate Fellowship, please visit our Graduate Application Instructions page for details.

Franke Undergraduate Fellowship for Innovative Humanities Scholarship

The Kaplan Institute offers Franke Undergraduate Fellowships for three rising seniors who have devised innovative and promising humanities projects. For this highly selective capstone experience, Franke Undergraduate Fellows have the opportunity to enhance their projects by playing a significant role in the interdisciplinary community of the Humanities Institute. They discuss vital issues and ideas with faculty and graduate students at weekly lunch colloquia; meet renowned scholars and artists; present their work at the annual Future Directions Forum; and create a collaborative means of sharing their research with a broader public. The Franke Undergraduate Fellowship also includes a Senior Humanities Seminar (HUM 398) in Fall and Winter quarters (.5 credit per quarter).

Franke Undergraduate Fellows are expected to work on their project with a faculty supervisor who advises their year-long project; this faculty advisor receives $500 in research funds. Franke Undergraduate Fellows each receive up to $5,000, including a $3,000 stipend and up to $2,000 in research support funds.

To apply for a Franke Undergraduate Fellowship, please visit our Undergraduate Application Instructions page for details. Back to top