Fellowship in Ideas

Harrison Middleton University Fellowship in Ideas


Harrison Middleton University is a great ideas, great works, great conversations, distance learning university that offers graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Harrison Middleton University promotes student-faculty scholarship through research, discussion, and the development of collaborative publications.

The Harrison Middleton University Fellowship in Ideas is a writing and discussion project in the humanities designed for a recent university graduate from any field who has an interest in the humanities, interdisciplinary dialogue, and intellectual and professional enrichment. The Fellowship offers emerging scholars exposure to the great ideas of Western civilization, networking opportunities amongst an array of academicians, lifelong learners, readers, and thinkers from a broad range of disciplines, and credited authorship in two university publications. Except for conference attendance, all activities of the HMU Fellowship in Ideas may be carried out from any location with adequate telephone and internet access. 

Over the course of nine months, the HMU Fellow in Ideas will:

  • Participate in Socratic discussions with university faculty
  • Contribute two entries to the Harrison Middleton University Blog
  • Attend the annual Great Books Chicago 2018 conference on May 4-6, 2018
  • Publish a book review in HMU: Dialogues, Harrison Middleton University’s biannual newsletter

Benefits

The successful applicant to the HMU Fellowship in Ideas will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A $1000 stipend to cover travel and related expenses for attendance at Great Books Chicago
  • The opportunity to participate in Socratic discussions with university faculty
  • Networking opportunities with the Great Books Foundation and/or the Alliance for Liberal Learning, two organizations currently making significant contributions to the vitality and relevance of the humanities in the United States
  • Online publication in the HMU Blog and HMU: Dialogues
  • At the conclusion of the Fellowship term, a complimentary library of ten Great Books Foundation publications
     

Application Requirements

The successful applicant must:

  • Have received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (in any field) since 2015
  • Have an interest in the humanities and the great ideas of Western civilization
  • Have outstanding reading, writing and communication abilities
  • Be able to attend Great Books Chicago 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, on May 4-6, 2018
  • Commit to writing two blog entries for the HMU Blog and one book review, based on a Great Books Foundation publication to be determined, for HMU: Dialogues
     

Application Process

Please provide the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A biographical statement of no more than 500 words that addresses your background as a student, your interest in the humanities, and your interest in the HMU Fellowship in Ideas
  • An appropriately cited expository essay of no more than 1500 words plus a works cited page, applying your interest to a great idea in the humanities related to one of these concentrations: imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science.

The application process closed on October 1, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of October and requested to participate in an interview, either by telephone or Skype. The successful applicant will be notified by Harrison Middleton University on or before December 1, 2017. Once selected the applicant will be required to submit official transcripts for his or her degree(s).


"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
~ Abraham Lincoln