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Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2020/21

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2020/21

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Applications call for Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2020/21

Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2021, and end no later than December 31, 2022. Fellows will participate in a convening in fall 2022, held in partnership with the Community College Humanities Association, during which they will share their research with one another and connect with other humanities scholars.


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2020/21 will provide a stipend of up to $40,000 to be used for any activities that advance the proposed research project.


  • Be employed primarily as instructors at a two-year associate’s degree-granting college, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and remaining so for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Have an MA or Ph.D. in the humanities or related social sciences that was conferred by the application deadline.
  • Applicants do not need to be appointed full-time and do not need to be on the tenure-track.
  • Part-time and adjunct instructors are welcome to apply, as long as community college teaching is their primary employment.

Project Requirements

Projects must

  • Address a topic in the humanities or social sciences and/or teaching and learning in those disciplines in a higher education setting.
  • Employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies.
  • Include substantial original research.

Application Requirements

Applications for Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form (this includes basic biographical information, as well as several short-answer questions).
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).
  • Project timeline with budget estimates (no more than one page).
  • Bibliography (no more than one page).
  • Two reference letters.
  • Institutional certification pledging that the applicant will be permitted to carry out the work outlined in the proposal. This is a brief form available through the online application portal to be completed by a department chair, dean, or other senior administrators.

Evaluation Criteria

  • The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make a significant contribution to scholarship, teaching and learning, and/or the community.
  • The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, and clarity of expression.
  • The feasibility of the project, including the proposed timeline and budget.
  • The applicant’s record of accomplishment and institutional, professional, and community service, taking into account relative advantages and constraints on resources for the proposed project and over the course of the applicant’s career.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 September,2020
Open toAll



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