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Humanities Research Intensive

This course, taught over spring break, introduces freshmen and sophomores to the excitement of humanities research. It will prepare you to develop an independent summer research project, to work as a research assistant for a Stanford professor, or to apply for undergraduate research grants.

Over seven days, you and your classmates will take a deep dive into some of the most important methods and questions driving scholarly research in the humanities today. Your laboratory will be the archives and museum collections at Stanford, where you’ll work closely with Professors Giovanna Ceserani (Classics), Ronald Egan (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Héctor Hoyos (Iberian and Latin American Studies), and John Kieschnick (Religious Studies), doing hands-on research on ancient and modern books, manuscripts, artifacts, and monuments.

You will learn the following about humanities research:

  • How to formulate a solid research question
  • How to gather the evidence that will help you to answer that question
  • How to write up research results
  • How to evaluate the research of your fellow students and offer useful feedback
  • How to deliver your results in a public setting
  • How to write an effective grant proposal

Why Participate in HRI?

Students who complete this course become Humanities Research Intensive Fellows and are eligible to apply for special HRI grants to support follow-up research during the summer or following academic year. In addition, they receive post-program mentorship during spring quarter and ongoing opportunities to engage with humanities faculty and advanced undergraduates. They become part of the broader intellectual community of humanities researchers at Stanford.

Fellowship Details

  • Two-unit course. Pass / No Credit. Units count toward spring quarter. (Note: you must be enrolled during spring quarter to participate in HRI).
  • Frosh and sophomores only. Transfer students are also eligible if they have completed 1 full-time quarter at Stanford and no more than 1 full year at their previous institution (or transferred in no more than 60 units, not including AP credit) by the time of application.
  • Open to all majors, as well as undeclared students.
  • Enroll in EALC (East Asian Languages and Cultures) 9R; Classics 9R; English 9R; or History 9R.
  • Program dates: Spring Break 2022: Sunday, March 20 through Saturday, March 26.
  • Contact email:
  • See our FAQ for more details.
  • Application deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021, 11:59 pm. The online application will be available in early October 2021.

Questions? Email the HRI Fellowship Advisor, Jeff Schwegman:

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Learn more

Read and watch the video about the inaugural Humanities Research Intensive in the Stanford Report.