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Palmer-Brandon Prize in the Humanities


This award is intended to support the continued academic, scholarly, and creative pursuits of up to two current third-year juniors. Those selected to receive this prestigious prize are expected to be in the top one percent of undergraduates in their fields in terms of academic achievement, intellectual ability, and demonstrated commitment to the humanities.


  • Current full-time status at IUB or an IU-administered or IU-co-sponsored overseas study program
  • Must be pursuing a BA or BFA degree in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Current third-year student with junior standing, planning to graduate in May or August 2017
  • Students majoring in: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, Fine Arts (Art History or Studio Art), Folklore and Ethnomusicology, French and Italian, Germanic Studies, History, India Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese, or Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.

    Note: Students majoring in 18th Century Studies, African-American and African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Central Eurasian Studies, Communication and Culture, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Individualized Major Program, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, and West European Studies can be considered eligible if the humanities form the focus of the student’s coursework, research, career plans, and application materials.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (min. 12 credit hours) for both semesters of 2016-2017 at IUB or in an IU-administered or IU- co-sponsored overseas study program
  • High academic merit, including a minimum College GPA of 3.750 (In the past recipients of this prize have had College GPAs of 3.900 and higher.)

Application Process:

Students nominated by their home departments will meet with Director Kelly Compton to obtain the application and must submit all application materials by the deadline for consideration.

Finalists will be notified and interviewed by the selection committee. Finalists must be available for interview during normal business hours on Friday, March 4, 2016.


  • Application form
  • Nomination letter from a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member in the student’s home department
  • Two additional letters of recommendation from College of Arts and Sciences faculty members in the humanities
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Academic paper, written in English
  • One additional sample of student's research or creative activity


Up to two outstanding third-year juniors will be selected to receive the Palmer-Brandon Prize. Each recipient will receive an award of $20,000. This award represents the largest award that the College of Arts and Sciences grants to students in the Humanities in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Note: This award is taxable and will be reported to the IRS.


4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016


Kelly Compton, Director, kmcompto at or
Ms. Erin McDaniel, ecmcdani at
812.855.8245, Owen Hall