The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana


Drawing on a rich tradition of teaching and scholarship in the humanities at the University of Montana, the Humanities Institute fosters provocative thinking, innovative research, and sustained public discussion of the human experience. The Institute’s activities encompass traditional humanities disciplines including history, languages, literature, philosophy, and religious studies, as well as critical studies of the arts and models of inquiry that cross disciplinary boundaries and develop new approaches.

The Humanities Institute supports humanistic work that takes place throughout the University, and welcomes initiatives that bridge traditional humanities fields with the visual and performing arts, with journalism and political science, and with the natural sciences, and that generate public discussion about the importance of the humanities in the contemporary world.

Led by faculty, the Institute is funded primarily by grants and private donations, and is structured to benefit both students and faculty. The Institute provides support for a variety of endeavors at the University, including faculty working groups, lectures and panels, curricular development, grants, and promotional needs. We strive to enrich the humanistic tradition at UM, widen the scope of public engagement with the humanities, and connect with scholarship igniting interest at other institutions and around the world.

Upcoming HI Events and Opportunities


2023-24 Faculty Research Grants Announced!

University of Montana tenured, tenure-track, and continent faculty members in the humanities and humanities-related fields applied for funding to support their projects in various fields and four faculty members were selected to receive 2023-24 faculty research grants.


Richard Drake Writing Award Winners for 2023 - Announced!

The Richard Drake Writing Award honors excellence in writing in the humanities, and is awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate student per year. Papers are judged on the basis of excellence in writing, imagination in research, and force of argument.

The 2023 selected winners have been selected! Please visit our 'For Students' page to learn more about our award winners.


2023 NEH Summer Stipend

The 2023 NEH Summer Stipend internal application is due September 1 to the Humanities Institute. Nominate up to two tenure-track or tenured applicants today!

Application deadline: September 1, 2023

A Special Thanks to Lawrence Pettit

The Humanities Institute and the College of Humanities and Sciences express their deepest gratitude to Lawrence Pettit, whose generous gift has supported the Humanities Institute.