Palmer-Brandon Prize in the Humanities
Students must be nominated by their home departments. Recipients are expected to be in the top 1 percent of undergraduates in their fields in terms of academic achievement, intellectual ability, and demonstrated commitment to the humanities.
Each recipient will receive an award of $20,000.
This is the largest scholarship that the College of Arts and Sciences awards to students in the humanities to recognize outstanding academic achievement.
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Have current full-time status at IU Bloomington or in an IU-administered or IU-co-sponsored overseas study program
- Be pursuing a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in an eligible major (see below) in the College of Arts and Sciences
- Be a current third-year student with junior standing, planning to graduate at the end of the next year’s spring or summer term
- Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours) for both semesters of the next academic year at IU Bloomington or in an IU-administered or IU-co-sponsored overseas study program
- Have high academic merit, including a minimum College of Arts and Sciences GPA of 3.750 (past recipients have had College GPAs of 3.900 and higher)
Students with the following majors are eligible for this award:
- Classical studies
- Comparative literature
- East Asian languages and cultures
- Fine arts (art history or studio art)
- Folklore and ethnomusicology
- French and Italian
- Germanic studies
- India studies
- Near Eastern languages and cultures
- Religious studies
- Slavic languages and literatures
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Theatre, drama, and contemporary dance
Students with the following majors can be considered eligible if the humanities form the focus of the student’s coursework, research, career plans, and application materials:
- African American and African diaspora studies
- American studies
- Central Eurasian studies
- Communication and culture
- Cultural studies
- Eighteenth-century 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
- West European studies
Application process and materials
Students who are nominated by their home departments will contact Kelly Compton, director of scholarships, to obtain the application.
To be considered for the award, applicants must submit the following application materials by the deadline:
- 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
- Personal statement
- Academic paper, written in English
- One additional sample of the student’s research or creative activity
Finalists will be notified and interviewed by the selection committee.
We accept applications in the spring.
About the donors
The Palmer-Brandon Prize is named for the late Ralph Graham Palmer, B.A. English 1928, of Washington, Indiana, and his wife, the late Barbara Brandon Palmer, B.A. Sociology and Economics 1933.
- Kelly Compton, director of scholarships, 812-856-4414, email@example.com