Become a Scholar

Communities across South Dakota want to bring the humanities close to home. The South Dakota Humanities Council helps make this happen.

Our humanities scholars will carry the humanities across South Dakota by presenting with our Speakers Bureau and leading reading discussions with our Book Club to GoOne Book South Dakota and Young Readers One Book programs.

Scholars will be listed on the SDHC website.

Thank you for your interest! We pride ourselves in showcasing knowledgeable and experienced scholars and their humanities programs in South Dakota.

Scholars accepted into the Speakers Bureau will no longer be featured in the printed catalog, but will be allowed up to five programs on the website. 

  • Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.
  • Applications for the next year (Nov 1 start date) must be received no later than August 1st.
  • The SDHC Program Committee will review applications in early September each year . 
South Dakota Humanities Council scholars bring programs to communities statewide.

We have prepared several resources for current and prospective SDHC scholars to help you become familiarized with Speakers Bureau policies and procedures. These are located in the upper right margin of this page. Please read through them for updates and for broader explanations of scholar expectations and requirements.

Email Deb at if you have questions, or call our office at 605-688-6113.     


Event Calendar

1:30 pm | Minneluzahan Senior Citizens Center
7:00 pm | West River Research and Extension
9:00 am | Lake Area Technical College Student Center
9:00 am | Lake Area Technical College Student Center