This program places faculty and outstanding students in mutually beneficial collaborations aimed at advancing faculty research.  Apprentices develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and gain valuable experience in humanities research.  Faculty receive help on ongoing projects.

Such partnerships sometimes also lead to supervision of independent student research, but the Apprenticeship Program is not intended to support independent study or intensive, one-on-one teaching.  Its aim is to provide faculty with essential assistance on major research projects  while also familiarizing students with basic methods and ongoing faculty research. 


Call for Faculty Applications, 2017-18

Projects selected for funding will be widely advertised to students by the Humanities Center; interested students will then apply directly to the faculty project supervisor.  Faculty will select their own apprentices and notify the Center, indicating the general time-frame in which the collaboration will occur.  Upon completion of the project, the faculty mentor will receive a professional expense account of $1000.  The apprentice will receive a $400 honorarium for up to 50 hours of labor.  The Steering Committee may adjust funding up or down for unusually large or unusually focused projects.

Selection of projects will be based on the Steering Committee’s judgment of the benefits to the faculty member’s research, the appropriateness of the work proposed, and the value of the professional development opportunity to the apprentice.

Interested faculty should send a 1-2 page application describing 1) an ongoing or planned research project; 2) how an undergraduate might contribute to some aspect of the project; and 3) any qualifications the apprentice should have.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Thursday, September 21, 2017.  Faculty may apply after that date, but the steering committee will begin to select suitable projects shortly after the deadline.  Once funding is exhausted, no more projects will be funded this academic year. 

Undergraduate Apprentices might productively perform the following kinds of labor:

  • Archival research
  • Translation
  • Transcription, proofreading, and editing
  • Web design or content management
  • Bibliographical research, literature review, and annotation
  • Coding, programming, or other digital methods work
  • Data entry or database management

Past apprenticeships have worked well for Miami humanities faculty.  A professor of English successfully used a student to gather archival materials; a historian had a student comb through 4,000 pages of diaries, marking references to particular subjects; and another faculty member hired an apprentice perform the first edit of scanned manuscripts for an anthology.   

The Research Apprenticeship Program is part of a suite of Humanities Center programs that stimulate faculty-student collaboration.  These include our Undergraduate Methods Workshop, the Humanities Scholars Program, the Altman Undergraduate Fellows Program, and the Luxembourg Summer Research Institute. These programs aim not only to cultivate advanced student work but also to educate students about actual faculty research projects.  Aligning independent student work with live faculty research is expected to make student-teacher partnerships more productive and mutually beneficial.

Direct questions to Tim Melley at  Submit applications to  Applications may be submitted any time during the year; for guaranteed consideration, however, applications must be received by Thursday, September 21, 2017

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