— Investing in the Future of Humanities at UC Riverside —

The Mellon Professorships and Fellowships at the UCR Center for Ideas and Society seeks to enrich research and collegiality in the humanities at the University of California, Riverside by supporting the development and promotion of projects of the highest merit and significance.

Mellon Term Professorships

What: 4 course releases over one academic year plus $2850 in research funds
Award period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Deadline: February 10, 2020

The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications from faculty of all ranks in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to pursue a humanities-related project.

Mellon Term Professors are in residence at the Center for Ideas and Society and receive funds to offset four (4) course releases (over one academic year) as well as $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.

Mellon Second-Project Fellowships

What: 4 course releases over one academic year plus $2850 in research funds
Award period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Deadline: February 10, 2020

The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications from Assistant and Associate Professors in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to pursue work on their second humanities-related project after completing their first (usually related to tenure.)

Mellon Second Project Fellows are in residence at the Center for Ideas and Society and receive funds to offset four (4) course releases (over one academic year) as well as $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 revision workshop in which invited external scholars comment on a Fellow’s work in progress.

Apply for either a Mellon Term Professorship or a Second Project Fellowship, not both.

Submit the online application form and all required documentation by midnight, Monday, February 10, 2020. All required documents should be prepared in advance and uploaded as PDF, Word or Excel files to the form at the time of submission. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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

Online application form

Complete applications include:

  1. Project title and abstract (300 word limit)
  2. Project proposal and timeline (no more than three pages, single spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font)
  3. Evidence of having also applied for at least one externally funded grant that involves a release from all teaching in the 2020-21 year.
  4. Project Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  5. CV/Publications list (no more than two pages), with 3 most significant publications highlighted
  6. List of recent fellowships and research funding you have received from external sources, UCR and/or CIS within the last 3 years
  7. Letters of Reference (see tab below for guidelines)
  8. Mellon Second-Project applicants ONLY: Also attach 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, publications and/or papers given.

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

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

  • The potential of the project to advance significantly 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 be able to make substantial progress on the project while in residence at the Center.
  • The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.

Award period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Mellon Faculty Fellowships Grant awardees receive funds to offset four (4) course releases (over one academic year) and $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. Grantees may also use a portion of these funds for a manuscript revision workshop, in which invited external scholars comment on the fellow’s work in progress.

In order to facilitate fellowship and community, awardees are expected to maintain a substantial presence at the Center – typically at least three days a week. The Center also asks fellows to contribute to its scholarly community by attending Center events, providing feedback on peer work at monthly lunches and serving as occasional interlocutors with Center speakers, guests and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

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.

Grantees must submit a final report at the end of their residencies and keep the Center apprised of publications that result from the award. When acknowledging the award in future publications, please acknowledge the support of the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Investments in Humanities Faculty Grant.

For questions, please contact Katharine Henshaw, Associate Director, at katharine.henshaw@ucr.edu.

Learn more about the fellow’s research on our Fellowships page.

Sponsored by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Center for Ideas and Society.