The Institute for the Humanities supports cutting-edge research in the humanities in three ways. The Institute for Humanities Faculty Fellowship supports faculty members engaging in research in the humanities by providing a course release, discretionary funds, and a community of fellow humanists for engagement and support. Each year, the Institute awards a prize for the best undergraduate humanities project from the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Research Prize

The Undergraduate Research Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding undergraduate research project presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The prize winner has their work featured on the Institute website and social media.

Undergraduate Research Prize Winners

Current Winner

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Summer Support Program

The Institute for the Humanities will soon be offering Graduate Student Summer Support, a competitive that will provide financial assistance for students pursuing a project related to their graduate degree. Stay tuned for more information.

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Humanities Fellowship

The Institute for the Humanities is now accepting applications for its Spring 2024 Institute for the Humanities Fellowship. The Fellowship comprises of one course release for Spring 2024 and $1000.00 in discretionary funds. Any faculty member working on a humanities-related project may apply, but priority will be given to professors at the Associate rank who are in the process of completing an on-going project. Applications are due August 25, 2023. You can access the full RFP and begin the application process here: For questions, please email Julia Osman at

IH Fellows

Current Fellows

  • Jim Giesen

    Jim Giesen

    • Department of History
    • The Land of Cotton: Culture and Environment in the American South

  • Peter Messer

    Peter Messer

    • Department of History
    • Dictated by Nature: Science, Theology, and Politics in Early American Natural History

  • Bonnie O'Neill

    Bonnie O'Neill

    • Department of English
    • The Good News from Plymouth Church: The Faith, Politics, and Celebrity of Henry Ward Beecher

Past Fellows


  • Anne Marshall

    • Department of History
    • executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

  • Sol Pelaez

    • Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Ted Atkinson

    • Department of English


  • Pete Smith

    • Associate Professor of Communication in Mississippi State University's Department of Communication

  • Dr. Alix Hui

    • Associate Professor in Mississippi State University's Department of History
    • Co-Editor, Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society