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The Institute for the Arts and Humanities has officially transitioned to be the Humanities Institute. Please look for our new website,, coming soon.

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On September 7, 2016, Dean Susan Welch of the College of the Liberal Arts and Dean Barbara Korner of the College of Arts and Architecture announced that 2016-17 will be the Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ final year of operations. Beginning next year, IAH funds will be split between the Humanities Institute, housed in Liberal Arts, and the Arts and Design Research Incubator in Arts and Architecture.

All IAH residency programs for faculty and graduate students will remain intact, and all Penn State faculty and graduate students who are doing humanities-based research are eligible to apply for residencies, regardless of whether they are based in the College of the Liberal Arts. The relevant application deadlines will be observed as usual. 

We intend to continue the Collaborative Colloquia program as well, and will review applications for that program as we did last year.

The Individual Faculty Grants program, however, will move to the College of Arts and Architecture beginning in spring 2017, for grants covering the period July-December 2017. All future IFG awards will be made by A&A.

On the Liberal Arts side, as we transition to the Humanities Institute, we will review our other funding programs with Dean Welch and the incoming director, and make announcements about those programs as soon as we can.

Thank you for your support of the IAH. It has been a great fifty-year run, and we are eager to embark on this new phase of arts and humanities programming at Penn State!


Founded in 1966, Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities is one of the oldest and most distinctive interdisciplinary centers in the nation, spanning disciplines that range from philosophy to music, from history to dance, from comparative literature to landscape architecture. Penn State is one of a handful of universities whose interdisciplinary institute was designed from the outset to bring together innovative work in the arts and humanities—under one roof, across two colleges. The IAH is committed to the project of involving artists and humanists in every kind of discussion and debate about what it means– and what it has meant– to be human.

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