Become a Scholar
Applications are now open for 2017.
Communities across South Dakota want to bring the humanities close to home. The South Dakota Humanities Council helps make this happen.
We’ll accept the next round of applications for 2017 November 9th, 2016 – December 15th 2016 for scholars who will carry the humanities across South Dakota. Our humanities scholars present with our Speakers Bureau and lead reading discussions with our Reading Group Toolkit and One Book South Dakota programs.
Download the details for 2017 scholar applicants for reference.
For our 2017 applicants, applications will open in November to be considered for 2017 programs. Successful applicants will be listed in the printed 2017 SDHC Program Catalog and on the SDHC website. Our committee will review applications in early January, and the catalog will be distributed in February 2017.
To be included on the announcement for the 2017 call for applications, email program officer Kyle Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the SDHC office at (605) 688-6113.
Scholars accepted into the Speakers Bureau will list one program description in the printed catalog and up to five programs on the website.
Thank you for your interest. We pride ourselves in showcasing knowledgeable and experienced scholars and their humanities programs in South Dakota.
- Applications open in November.
- The SDHC Program Committee will review applications in early January.
- The annual Program Catalog distributes in February or March. Scholars will also be listed online.
How do I qualify? Scholar qualifications include training in one of the humanities disciplines, possessing an M.A. or Ph.D., and/or a career and personal history that show commitment to the humanities.
What does an SDHC scholar do? Scholars travel throughout the state to present Speakers' Bureau programs and/or host reading discussions. Scholars can lead book discussions about the One Book South Dakota or choose a book from the lending library with our Reading Group Toolkits. In 2017, our scholars will explore the initiative of Race & Civility, the history of the Bill of Rights, and lead book discussions throughout the state.
Which topics do scholars cover? Speakers' Bureau scholars present programs on a variety of humanities topics which are suitable for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
- Chautauqua speakers make history come alive by replicating characters such as first South Dakota governor Arthur Calvin Mellette, President Theodore Roosevelt, the daughter of Sitting Bull and many others.
- Our speakers also present traditional programs that cross humanities disciplines. They explore topics such as traditional Lakota spirituality and the role of ceremony in today's ever-changing world; the high-profile criminal trials presided over by Peter C. Shannon, Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme; the history of stained glass in South Dakota and more.
What are the Humanities? "The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."
(From: www.NEH.gov) --National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended
Where are programs hosted? Organizations apply to host a scholar through the South Dakota Humanities Council. Typical applicants include libraries, museums, historical sites, historical societies, parks, tribal entities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities as well as community center and agencies that are open to the public. Applicant organizations do not need to be located in South Dakota, but the program must take place within the state.
How are scholars compensated?
- $150 stipend or $200 if travel is over 240 miles round trip (within South Dakota) or if more than one presentation is done in a day. Stipend is $75 for subsequent presentations on a second day.
SDHC pays state rate for mileage (0.42/mile) and lodging -- $55.00 plus tax a day from check-in on September 1 through check-out on June 1; $70.00 plus tax a day from check-in on June 1 through check-out on September 1 -- when necessary. SDHC no longer pays for meal costs.