Alumni Jacquelynn and Bennett Dorrance have made a gift commitment of $5.4 million to endow the deanship of the University of Arizona College of Humanities in support of efforts to integrate traditional and cutting-edge approaches into humanities teaching and learning.

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Dorrance Dean’s Award for Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence

Part of the Fearless Inquiries Project, the Dorrance Dean’s Award for Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence will support one selected Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence to visit for up to six weeks and no less than 1 week during AY 23-24.
One award of up to $50,000 will be awarded during Academic Year 2022-23 for the Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence to visit during AY 2023-2024.

Who is eligible to apply?

All COH units, academic and non-academic, are eligible to apply. 

Selection Criteria

The proposed Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence, who do not have to be in academia, must be based in the United States, recognized nationally or internationally, and have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Freedom of Expression;
  • Literary Giants (fictional works);
  • Humanities and High Tech;
  • Humanities and the Professions;
  • Entrepreneurial Humanities
  • Recruitment and Sales.

What Kinds of Expenses Are Eligible for Support?

Examples of expenses eligible for support from the Dorrance Dean’s Award for Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence include:

  • Honoraria
  • Lodging
  • Per diem
  • Transportation

Units may elect to supplement the funding in order to secure particularly desirable Scholars/Specialists-in-Residence. COH units may also partner and submit a joint application.

What Kinds of Expenses Are Not Eligible for Support?

Due to limited resources, the following activities are not supported. Please consult your unit’s business manager with questions.

  • Purchase of conventional office equipment such as computers and printers.

Application Process

Please be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Name and CV of the proposed Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence
  2. Brief summary of rationale for bringing Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence (maximum 50 words);
  3. Description of Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence’s proposed activities and interactions during the visit (maximum 750 words). Please be mindful that projects described in a compelling manner and that make clear how the Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence’s visit fits the “Fearless Inquiries Project” concept are likely to be especially competitive;
  4. A detailed and realistic line-item budget (maximum 1 page). Similar to your budget justification, please work with your unit’s business manager and refer to the budget section of the application guidelines for additional details; 
  5. Budget Justification (maximum 250 words). It is important to work with your unit’s business manager in developing your proposal’s budget. The budget justification should explain the necessity of each item. In addition, please list any other potential or pending sources of funding and indicate the status of those applications/requests. Please refer to the budget section of the application for additional details;
  6. A cover sheet that includes the signature of your unit’s Head/Director indicating full endorsement of the project, including any activities, etc., that are mentioned in the proposal.

Download Application & Budget Instructions

Questions about the program or the application can be directed to Dorrance Dean Alain-Philippe Durand (


Applications will be due on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. and should be submitted to


Awardees will be notified approximately five weeks after the deadline. Grant funds must be used before May 30th, 2024.

Awardee Obligations

Recipients of grants will be expected to:

  • Use grant funds by May 30th, 2024;
  • Clearly identify the Dorrance Dean’s Award for Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence as a funding source on any resulting related presentations, publications, publicity, and projects;
  • File a brief report on the outcome of the project within 60 days of the project’s completion. The report should be an abstract (250-word maximum) that highlights the project’s successes and accomplishments;.
  • The selected Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence must visit for up to six weeks and no less than one week during AY 23-24 (must be during the following months when classes are in session: September, October, November, January, February, March, April).
  • The selected Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence must be based in the United States and not require a visa. They should have strong English language skills.
  • The selected Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence will need to offer an engagement opportunity* - such as a public lecture, outreach event, interactive project or public-facing activity - in English. When appropriate, this engagement may be reviewed and incorporated into the Tucson Humanities Festival,** Black History Month, or other existing COH outreach mechanisms. 
  • The selected Scholar/Specialist-in-Residence will actively interact daily with the unit’s and college’s students, faculty, and staff in meaningful ways during their residence.

*Publicity support will include a flyer and the coordination of social media assets, as well as event announcements in university and community calendars and college listservs. Additional advertising may involve more expenses. Also, be sure to budget appropriately for the required engagement opportunity. To give you a general sense of this, an evening event for 75 people held at a nice on-campus facility might cost $3500 for food; $3000 for the space rental, security and IT; $500 for special printing; and $500 for additional social media advertising. Your unit's business manager will be able to get you accurate information about the cost of your event.

**2023 Tucson Humanities Festival: STYLE  
style /stīl/: a manner of doing something. From personal expression to artistic movements, style defines how we perceive and create, how the individual stands out from the rest, and how trends captivate and characterize periods of time. Image, identity and form are all rooted in style. People design everything, from ourselves to our cultures to our cities. Every day, we interact with style in various forms: arts, fashion, literature, cuisine, urban planning and more. What’s your style?