HAS Summer Institute Application

                                           July 25-30, 2022


                      Due to Pandemic restrictions, this summer’s institute will be held on Zoom                               


Tuition and Other Fees

The tuition fee for the Institute (which covers registration, virtual library access to the extraordinary UIUC library, seminars, guest lectures, and all other offered activities) is $800.

Several full and partial tuition scholarships are available for full time non-UIUC students, and for those who are under-employed. In addition, up to two full scholarships for UIUC full time students are available. Please contact CAS Deputy Director Masumi Iriye, iriye@illinois.edu, for scholarship application.


Applicants must (1) be doctoral students at the dissertation stage or early career scholars no more than four years past the PhD or other terminal degree, or be MSW, DVM, MFA or JD students in the advanced stages of their degree; (2) have a commitment to advancing research in Human-Animal Studies; and (3) submit a follow-up report six months after the program’s completion. Applications are encouraged from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and arts, as long as a part of the project explicitly deals with human-animal relationships.

NEW Application Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2022, 5:00pm CDT.

Selection Process

The selection committee includes members from a range of disciplines connected to HAS.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the contribution of the completed project to Human-Animal Studies, the qualifications of the applicant to complete the research, and how well the applicant’s project complements the other accepted projects. The Institute is dedicated to an inclusive vision of human-animal studies and encourages applications from around the world and from scholars who are affiliated with communities traditionally under-represented in the academy and professions.

Applicants will be notified by email in April 2022. For those accepted, the deadline to commit is May 9, 2022 and full tuition fees will be due at that time.

Participants are required to attend all mandatory activities such as the morning live seminar workshops, as well as to reserve time to watch any recorded segments (such as the plenary lectures).


Applicants should email electronic copies of the following items to CAS Deputy Director Masumi Iriye, iriye@illinois.edu. Please name all of your documents in the following manner: Smith_Proposal; Smith_Abstract; Smith_CV, etc.

1. Cover sheet with the applicant’s name, preferred pronouns, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, institution name, date Ph.D. or other terminal degree expected or received, citizenship/nationality, and title of project.

2. Title of project and one paragraph abstract.

3. One-page (single spaced) project proposal that describes the project and indicates work completed on the project to date. Since the description will be considered by a panel of scholars from a variety of disciplines, it should be written for non-specialists.
            a. Project proposal should include clear details about what draws the candidate to Human-Animal Studies, how far the applicant is along in the dissertation, other final thesis project, or planned publication, and what part of the project the applicant expects to accomplish during the course of the program.
            b. Proposals should also indicate engagement with, and discuss how your work will contribute to, literature within the field of Human-Animal Studies, how your work deepens an understanding of human-animal relations and, if appropriate to the project, how it might have long-term impacts or practical implications that improve human-animal relations.
            c. Curriculum vitae of no more than 4 pages.

4. Short writing sample of no more than 20 pages (double spaced). Artists whose work is not well -represented by a writing sample should instead submit up to 20 pages of their work in a combination of images/texts/or, for artists working in time-based forms, such as dancers and theater artists, no more than 10 minutes of visual documentation via a video link with start-point for viewing clearly indicated. Artists should also include a short critical narrative (no more than 5 pages) that shows engagement with, and discusses how their work will contribute to, literature within the field of Human-Animal Studies.

5. Two letters of recommendation (pdfs of original letters recommended). These should be emailed directly to iriye@illinois.edu by the referees themselves, and received by the application deadline.