2020 Harrison Middleton University Fellowship in Ideas

Deadline: October 15, 2019.

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 HMU 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 history of ideas in 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 a regional Great Books event.

  • Publish a book review in HMU: Dialogues, Harrison Middleton University’s biannual newsletter.



The successful applicant must:

  • Have received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (in any field) since 2016.

  • Have an interest in the humanities and the great ideas of Western civilization.

  • Have outstanding reading, writing, and communication abilities.

  • Be able to attend a regional Great Books event.

  • 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.



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

  • A stipend to cover travel, registration, and related expenses for attendance at a regional Great Books event.

  • The opportunity to participate in Socratic discussions with university faculty.

  • Online publication in the HMU Blog and HMU: Dialogues.

  • At the conclusion of the Fellowship term, a complimentary library of five Great Books Foundation publications.



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.

Submit your application and writing samples as attached Microsoft Word-compatible documents to Information@hmu.edu.




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