Become a Speaker

Become a Speaker

The application to become a Speaker has closed for the 2023 catalog. Please check back in the spring of 2023 for information for 2024.


Speakers Bureau Program: Non-profits and Other Organizations  

The Delaware Humanities Speakers Bureau allows individuals with expert knowledge in a wide range of humanities-centered fields to showcase their skills by providing interesting and informative presentations to the public.  You do NOT need to have a degree in the humanities to become a Speaker.  However, Speakers must be able to demonstrate their humanities experience/background in the field in which they want to present.  Approved Speakers currently receive an honorarium of $200 for each presentation.

Visiting Scholars Program: K-12 Institutions 

The Delaware Humanities’ Visiting Scholars Program enables approved humanists to provide lectures/presentations in elementary and secondary schools throughout Delaware. Approved Visiting Scholars currently receive an honorarium of $250 for each presentation. 


Delaware Humanities has formal procedures for arranging Speakers Bureau and Visiting Scholars presentations, including advance reservation forms and a one-month reservation deadline to which both requesting groups and presenters must adhere.  Speakers must also be available to present throughout the year and can therefore not be seasonal residents of the area. 

Approved speakers sign an agreement with Delaware Humanities and pay an annual $75 administrative fee to participate in one program or $150 to participate in both programs. The catalog year begins on November 1st and ends on October 31st of the following year. 

Humanities Themes 

For the 2023 catalog (November 1, 2022-October 31, 2023), Delaware Humanities is looking for presentations which fall into one of following four theme categories. 


If interested in becoming a Speaker, please contact us with 2-3 sentences about your potential program.  If we feel your program is potentially a good fit for our program we will send you a formal application.  All applications must be submitted online.  We highly encourage Speakers to apply who can present in multiple languages. 

Dates and Deadlines 

Application Due Friday, April 22, 2022 
Auditions Early June 2022 
Applicants Notified Early July 2022 
Agreements Sent Early August 2022 
Signed Agreements and Fee Due Friday, September 16, 2022 


Contact us or call Karla Leonard at (302) 657-0650 x 117.