The Faculty Research Fellow program began in 1986 as part of UC President David Gardner’s Humanities Initiative. The program provides UC faculty with fellowship support to carry out an extended research project in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. All applicants, including junior faculty, are also required to apply to appropriate extramural agencies that offer fellowship funding in their research fields. These may include, but are not limited to, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various humanities centers offering residential fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded regardless of the applicant’s success in obtaining extramural funding, and successful applicants are expected to take fellowships concurrently. The fellowship cannot be deferred and must be used in the academic year following the year in which the fellowship is awarded (for a minimum of two quarters or one semester).
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Applications must be submitted online via FastApps by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.
Fellowships are awarded to UC ladder rank faculty regardless of tenure status; however, emeriti faculty or faculty on recall status are not eligible. Assistant Professors are especially encouraged to apply. Following the criteria used by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the fellowship supports faculty research in the following areas: language studies, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to human, social, and cultural issues.
Faculty may not hold a Presidential Faculty Fellowship more than once in a five-year period. It is the responsibility of applicants to confirm with their campus dean’s office their eligibility in the context of UC and local campus policies governing sabbatical and other forms of leave. Generally, a fellow should have accrued a minimum of two teaching credits toward sabbatical leave by June 30 in the year in which the fellowships are announced. However, the actual use of the sabbatical leave credits in conjunction with the fellowship will be a matter of negotiation between the home campus and the Fellow. Prior to submitting the application, candidates should consult with their dean and Academic Personnel Office in advance to determine UC and campus policies governing sabbatical and other forms of leave, including campus policies regarding the minimum number of sabbatical credits that a Fellow must contribute.
The fellowship may be used for salary and benefits only. The maximum award is $30,000 for faculty. Funding received from all sources, including the fellowship, may not be greater than the Fellow’s salary for the academic year in which the fellowship will be used. Funds may not be used to pay for research expenses or course replacement. Sabbatical leave credit or salary supplements may contribute toward the Fellow’s salary during the period of the award.
The awarded fellow campus administration will assist in developing a package. Since this award is a fellowship, fellows are expected to be on leave and released from teaching and service responsibilities. UC and campus policies concerning return from leaves apply.
Applications for academic year 2018-2019 must be submitted online via UCHRI’s FastApps by 11:59 p.m. (PST), January 30, 2018. The application for a President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities consists of the following:
The selection committee comprises previous fellows and prominent UC faculty nominated in consultation with UC humanities deans. The committee will use the following criteria in evaluating each application:
Fellows agree to:
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