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Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities Call for Proposals

Deadline: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Sponsored by: UC Davis Humanities Institute

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites applications for the next round of Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities. Made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Initiatives program will support two new interdisciplinary research collaborations in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, to begin in fall 2017.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Nov. 2, by 5 p.m.
The Humanities Institute will host an information session early in fall quarter to answer questions and assist faculty interested in developing Mellon proposals.

A Mellon Research Initiative is an intense and focused exploration, over a three-year period, of a particular topic of great institutional importance. Each initiative will receive: funding for three years of programming, a two-year Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, director’s compensation, and support for graduate recruitment and research.

In preparing proposals, faculty are encouraged to keep in mind the program priorities of the Mellon Research Initiative program enumerated in the initial proposal to the Mellon Foundation:

-Explore and develop key ideas in the humanities at UC Davis.
-Strengthen graduate education by enabling UC Davis to recruit outstanding students and nurture their intellectual development.
-Infuse current faculty, situated in individual departments, with cross-disciplinary approaches from colleagues and recent Ph.D.s in their area.
-Provide vital experience for recent Ph.D.s in priority areas within the humanities who are facing an unprecedented crisis in hiring.

Proposals should include the following:
1. Project narrative (no more than five pages single-spaced), to include descriptions of: the intellectual significance of the project; the degree of interdisciplinary collaboration; and the potential outcomes such as a publication, website, etc.
2. List of faculty and graduate student participants.
3. Brief CV (no more than 2 pages) of the project director(s).
4. A preliminary budget.

Awards for two initiatives will be made in the fall of 2016, and the groups will have the remainder of the 2016-2017 academic year to plan and recruit their visiting assistant professor and graduate students.

Applications will be accepted online at the following address: http://dhi.ucdavis.edu/funding/

Please upload a PDF of the narrative proposal (including participant list), CV, and preliminary budget to the online funding form, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Applications will be reviewed by a joint committee of faculty from HArCS and DSS. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: the director’s qualifications in the specific area of research; evidence of a critical number of other faculty who will be involved in the initiative; the quality of the project description; the degree to which the proposed project corresponds to the program priorities (see above); the impact and importance of the proposed project; and any other factors relevant to the Mellon Research Initiative program, such as potential for graduate recruitment, applications for post-doctoral fellowships, and the like.

For more information or to discuss a potential proposal, please contact DHI Associate Director Molly McCarthy (molmccarthy@ucdavis.edu).

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