Humanities in Action

The University of Illinois Humanities in Action program provides support to five undergraduate humanities students (regardless of citizenship status) who are interested in pursuing community engagement opportunities within the Champaign-Urbana community.

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We CU Community Engaged Scholars, with support from the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), offers this semester-long community engagement program for humanities students at the University of Illinois. During the fall 2023 semester, students selected to participate in the Humanities in Action program will learn to apply their humanities training in new ways while addressing a vital area of need in our Champaign-Urbana community.

Humanities in Action is intended to help remove some of the financial barriers that prevent humanities students from taking advantage of community engagement opportunities. Selected students will receive $1000 to support their participation in the program. They will connect with like-minded peers, participate in workshops, and have access to mini grants to offset costs associated with their service activities. Participants will also become acquainted with HRI and the opportunities available to students studying humanities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the culmination of the program, participants will learn how to communicate this experience in resumes and job applications.

Program Expectations

Students should appreciate Humanities in Action programming as integral to their undergraduate education and career development. Humanities in Action scholars are expected to prioritize their service projects and program meetings over other extracurricular opportunities or commitments. Students should be mindful of these requirements and expectations when submitting their applications.

Students who previously completed the program are welcome to apply, but preference is given to new applicants.

Application Details

The application period for fall 2023 is February 6–March 5, 2023.

Visit the application form (please note it will not open until February 6)

Read full details at the We CU Humanities in Action web page.

Information Session

Want to learn more? Come to an info session on Tuesday, February 21 at 5 p.m., where you will learn more about the program, receive insight into the application process, and hear from a fall 2022 HIA Scholar. This event will be held in-person at the Levis Faculty Center, Room 424. Register to attend