Supporting the faculty

There are a variety of resources for which Colby faculty can apply to support teaching, research, or digital humanities skills. Some are available through the Center for the Arts and Humanities, others through the Humanities Division. Information or links to ALL of these resources, no matter the source, is available below.


The Center runs an Annual Humanities theme, promotes experiential learning through Humanities Labs, and supports multiple events on and off-campus.

Every year the Center invites faculty to apply for Course Development Stipends for our:

In addition, our Course Enrichment program provides funds to faculty who wish to enrich their classes through, e.g., field trips, visiting speakers, etc.



The Center has funds to support mounting a Conference at Colby. Interested faculty should email Assistant Director, Megan Fossa. We also support faculty research in the Environmental Humanities through a yearlong Faculty Seminar. We then welcome scholars from across the country and around the globe to interact with Colby faculty through a Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities.

Further support for faculty research comes through the Humanities Division in the form of a book fund and research grants.

Colby faculty can also apply for research support from the Margaret T. McFadden Fund for Humanistic Inquiry. The result of a $1-million gift from Trustee Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and Benjamin “Ted” E. Wolff III ’86, this find will support both individual projects and Public Humanities Inquiry Labs (PHILs). A PHIL is a three-year faculty-led collaborative research incubator. The first PHIL will focus on medical humanities. To learn more, and read about how to apply, please click here.


Digital Humanities

As part of our commitment to developing greater faculty expertise in environmental humanities, particularly in the employment of digital humanities methods and tools, the Center offers summer grants to faculty enabling those interested in the environmental digital humanities to attend conferences and workshops to build their skills.