In 2015, the Miami University Humanities Center won a prestigious $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. To receive this valuable funding, Miami University must raise $1.5 million over the next five years. The result will be a new $2 million endowment to sustain the Center’s existing work and launch three new programs: a Humanities Teaching Lab, a Faculty Research Collective, and a Research Apprenticeship Program.  

The NEH Challenge Grant recognizes Miami's innovative approach to faculty-student collaboration, its emphasis on pressing social challenges, and its commitments to public engagement and research excellence. 

Start-up funds and elbow grease have allowed the Center to make great strides, but the Center needs your help to realize its vision for the liberal arts and humanities in the twenty-first century.  Our new endowment will challenge faculty to collaborate on urgent questions, greatly enhance one-on-one learning for ambitious students, and train a new generation of scholar-leaders at Miami University and beyond. Please join the generous alumni and friends who have invested in the future of the humanities.  



The Center welcomes both unrestricted gifts and support for specific programs. 

Our top priorities are targeted contributions to:  

Endow and name the Humanities Center.

Endow a Distinguished Professorship in Public Humanities.  This professorship would allow outstanding faculty to implement a project with major implications for public engagement. The professorship would be held for up to three years, during the implementation of the project, and would then rotate to another faculty member.

Endow the Professorship of the Director of the Humanities Center.  

Endow the Luxembourg Summer Institute for Undergraduate Research, the Research Apprenticeship Program, or another element of the Undergraduate Studies Initiative.

Endow the new Humanities Teaching Lab or the Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative. 

For more information on giving, please contact Evan Lichtenstein in University Advancement.  For more information about the Humanities Center's programs, please contanct Tim Melley, Director and Professor of English.  


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website and in Humanities Center print publications do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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