Mellon Humanities Fellowship 2018-10-08T15:35:09+00:00

— Investing in the Future of Humanities at UC Riverside —

Funded by a $1 million award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Investments in Humanities Faculty grant advances the excellence of humanities scholarship at UCR by enriching research and intellectual community. This five-year project will fund 22 of a total of 26 faculty professorships over the years 2019-2025.  An additional 4 fellowships are underwritten by generous campaign gifts and college support. Read our press release.

The grant awards three categories of fellowships:
Mellon Term Professorships are selected through competitive calls each fall.
Second-Project Professorships are selected through competitive calls each fall.
Dean’s Term Professorships are reserved for recruitment and retention of humanities faculty.

All fellows receive funds to buy out four courses, freeing them from teaching responsibilities for one academic year. In residence at CIS, the scholars will pursue year-long projects designed to significantly advance their research agendas. Fellows will meet monthly to exchange ideas and provide feedback on works in progress. In addition, each fellow receives research funds to help develop, promote, and publish their work.

Fellowship proposals are due by 11:00 PM/PST on February 4, 2019. Click the + links below for application details.  For questions about the project, contact Evan Prellberg, Fellowship Program Assistant, at eprel001@ucr.edu.

The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications for the Mellon Term Professorships from faculty of all ranks in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences pursuing research in the humanities.

For 2019-20, the program will award two (2) Mellon Term Professorships. Each Professorship allocates funds to offset four (4) course releases (over one academic year) and provides $2850 in research monies to be used for manuscript preparation, research assistance, subvention requests and/or travel to conferences and short-term visits to research sites or other universities. Recipients will devote their Professorship year to research and writing at the Center for Ideas and Society and will participate in fellowship meetings and events. During their tenure, awardees are required to maintain a substantial presence at the Center of at least three days per week. The ultimate goal of the proposed project should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a book, articles, digital publication(s), critical editions, or the like. The grant does not support projects in creative writing, fine arts or performance, or projects that are primarily quantitative or experimental in scope. For further clarification on eligibility, contact Georgia Warnke at georgia.warnke@ucr.edu.

In addition to completion of the proposed project, awardees will contribute to the Center’s scholarly community by providing feedback on peer work at monthly lunches, serving as occasional interlocutors with Center speakers, guests and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, and presenting a research lecture or talk at the end of the award period.

Applications and letters of support must be submitted through the Center’s online application by 11:00 p.m. PST on February 4, 2019. Notifications of award will be sent via email by early March 2019.

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*Note: You will not be able to save your progress once you start the application. Click here to preview the questions beforehand.

Application Requirements

1. Applicants must complete the online information form and attach PDFs of the following:

  • Proposal (no more than three pages, single spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font)
  • CV/Publications list (no more than two pages), with 3 most significant publications highlighted
  • List of recent fellowships and research funding you have received from external sources, UCR and/or CIS within the last 3 years
  • Project Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Evidence of having also applied for at least one externally funded grant that includes teaching releases for the 2019-20 academic year.*

2. Letters of Reference and Support

Letters of reference must be submitted by the writers to cis@ucr.edu (in PDF format only.) The email subject line should read: Mellon Humanities/applicant’s name.

A total of THREE letters are required:

  • Two letters of reference (at least one of which should be from a non-UCR source) should address the significance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field, to the department or college, and to the future of humanities at UC Riverside. Letters should also assess the applicant’s ability to complete the project as proposed.
  • An additional letter from the chair of the applicant’s home department should address the quality and impact of the project and indicate approval of the teaching releases.

Evaluation Criteria

The Center for Ideas and Society’s Advisory Committee will evaluate all eligible proposals on the following criteria:

  • The potential of the project to significantly advance the field of study in which it is proposed.
  • The quality of the proposal in terms of its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  • The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project within the award period.
  • The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.

*Faculty who apply for Mellon Term Professorship but instead receive external fellowships will be entitled to an office at the Center for Ideas and Society as “CIS Term Professors” and will form part of the Center’s scholarly community.

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The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications from Assistant and Associate Professors in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences who have begun work on a second humanities project over and above their tenure work.

In 2019-20, the program will award two (2) Mellon Second-Project Fellowships. Each Fellowship allocates funds to offset four (4) course releases (over one academic year) and provides $2850 in research monies to be used for manuscript preparation, research assistance, subvention requests and/or travel to conferences and short-term visits to research sites or other universities. Some portion of these funds may also be used for a manuscript “(re)Draft Session,” in which invited external scholars will comment on a Fellow’s work in progress and provide recommendations for moving it forward. Recipients will devote their Fellowship year to research and writing at the Center for Ideas and Society and will participate in fellowship meetings and events. During their tenure, awardees are required to maintain a substantial presence at the Center of at least three days per week. The ultimate goal of the proposed project should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a book, articles, digital publication(s), critical editions, or the like. The grant does not support projects in creative writing, fine arts or performance, or projects that are primarily quantitative or experimental in scope. For further clarification on eligibility, contact Georgia Warnke at georgia.warnke@ucr.edu.

In addition to completion of the proposed project, awardees will contribute to the Center’s scholarly community by providing feedback on peer work at monthly lunches and serving as occasional interlocutors with Center speakers, guests and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

Applications and letters of support must be submitted through the Center’s online application by 11:00 p.m. PST on February 4, 2019. Notifications of award will be sent via email by early March 2019.

➲ Apply Now

*Note: You will not be able to save your progress once you start the application. Click here to preview the questions beforehand.

Application Requirements

1. Applicants must complete the online information form and attach PDFs of the following:

  • Proposal (no more than three pages, single spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font)
  • CV/Publications list (no more than two pages)
  • List of recent fellowships and research funding you have received from external sources, UCR and/or CIS within the last 3 years
  • Project Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Evidence of having completed a first research project and of making some progress on a second research project in the form of drafts of the project and publications and/or papers given.
  • Evidence of having also applied for at least one externally funded grant that includes teaching releases for the 2019-20 academic year.*

2. Letter of Reference and Support

Letters of reference must be submitted by the writers to cis@ucr.edu (in PDF format only.) The email subject line should read: Mellon Humanities/applicant’s name.

A total of THREE letters are required:

  • Two letters of reference (at least one of which should be from a non-UCR source) should address the significance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field, to the department or college, and to the future of humanities at UC Riverside. Letters should also assess the applicant’s ability to complete the project as proposed.
  • An additional letter from the chair of the applicant’s home department should address the quality and impact of the project and indicate approval of the teaching releases.

Evaluation Criteria

The Center for Ideas and Society’s Advisory Committee will evaluate all eligible proposals on the following criteria:

  • The potential of the project to significantly advance the field of study in which it is proposed.
  • The quality of the proposal in terms of its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  • The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project within the award period.
  • The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.

*Faculty who apply for Mellon Second-Project Fellowship but instead receive external fellowships will be entitled to an office at the Center for Ideas and Society as “CIS Second-Project Professors” and will form part of the Center’s scholarly community.

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