Student and Academic Life

Gaines Center Taking New Fellowship Applicants for 2020

photo of Gaines Fellows with Melynda Price and her son at Shakertown 2019
This fall, the Gaines Fellows visited to Shakertown with Director Melynda Price and her son.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2019) The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities is searching for highly motivated second-year undergraduate students for its fellowship program. The Gaines Fellowship gives UK students the opportunity to conduct research, take specialized seminar courses and explore academic and professional development opportunities with faculty.

The Gaines Fellowship is an intensive two-year program awarded to 12 outstanding undergraduate students each year. Selected fellows will take a four-credit hour seminar course as a cohort focused on the humanities with outstanding UK faculty both semesters of their junior year.

Their senior year, fellows will carry out an independent thesis project under the guidance of the Gaines Center director and a faculty committee. The thesis project allows fellows to conduct passionate, mentored research and to demonstrate in-depth understanding of their research upon defense. All Gaines Fellows are awarded a stipend of $2,000 their junior year and $3,000 their senior year. 

Undergraduate students in all disciplines, from art history and English to biology and chemical engineering, with any intended profession, are given equal consideration. The Gaines Fellowship is best suited for students who have demonstrated outstanding intellectual curiosity and an ongoing commitment to their curricular and co-curricular goals.

Interested applicants are invited to attend an upcoming interest session on the fellowship beginning 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room 330E of the Gatton Student Center.

In addition, the Gaines Center will also host two application workshops led by current Gaines Fellows for interested applicants 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, and 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Room 331 of the Gatton Student Center.

Any student, from any major with an expected graduation date of May 2022 is encouraged to apply. Applications for the Gaines Fellowship can be found online at Submissions are due 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

Devoted to refining an appreciation for the humanities in students and faculty, the Gaines Center embraces varied paths of knowledge, and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning. The Gaines Fellowship was designed to enrich the undergraduate experience in the humanities at a time when science and technology are dominant. Fellows receive an enhanced understanding of human condition through the humanities while developing an interest in the public issues of their immediate community and world.

For more information, call the Gaines Center at 859-257-1537 or email Associate Director Chelsea Brislin at

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