Established in 2012, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund is an initiative to support the leading research in the humanistic disciplines at Aberdeen, enriching the cultural life of the University, the city and the surrounding region. Building on Aberdeen’s established international research reputation across the humanities, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund aims to enhance this by highlighting the centrality of our own historic collections of art, objects, books and manuscripts to our work as researchers. The Fund aims to seize the initiative in pursuing our academic ambitions by putting our library and other collections, widely conceived, front and centre as we foster the cultural life and legacy of the University. We do so principally with the support of donors to the Fund, whose generosity has previously supported research in all areas of the humanities. Our principal activities are our annual research award competition for staff, our student book collecting prize and our visiting scholars awards. Together with the Special Collections Centre, and the Friends of Aberdeen University Library, we have showcased a range of new work in relation to material held at Aberdeen, through the Stacks Alive programme. 

In collaboration with the Development Trust, we are building on the philanthropic support of donors who believe in the value of the humanities, the leading research environment of the University, and the rich heritage of our Collections. For information about how to support the Aberdeen Humanities Fund please visit: 

For more information, or to discuss ideas for research which might be supported by the Aberdeen Humanities Fund, please contact the Chair of the Fund, Dr Adelyn Wilson.

Our Academic Board members are:

  • Dr Adelyn Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Law and Chair of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund
  • Dr Colin Barr, Senior Lecturer in History and Treasurer of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund
  • Dr Alison Brown, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, Development Trust Liaison
  • Professor Michael Brown, CASS Director of Research
  • Neil Curtis, Head of Museums and Special Collections

Our Advisory Council members are:

  • Dr Jill Bepler, Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel
  • Professor Howard Hotson, University of Oxford
  • Professor Daniel Smail, Harvard University
  • Dr David Spadafora, The Newberry, Chicago
  • Professor Katie Trumpener, Yale University
  • Professor Catherine Wilson, University of York

Our External Reviewer is:

  • Professor J F Kerrigan, St John’s College of Cambridge