Grants, Fellowships & CFPs


Call for Proposals: 2019 Mellon Public Scholars Program

Event Date: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Sponsored by: Davis Humanities Institute and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Only Graduate Students are eligible for this grant, fellowship, or residency.

Award Amount: $7,500 summer stipend (plus possible supplemental funds) and $2,000 for faculty partner

About: 

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites applications from doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to join the 2019 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. This program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Twelve successful graduate student applicants will participate in a quarter-long, two-credit seminar in spring 2019. Each student will work with a faculty partner to develop a community-based research project and receive a $7,500 stipend (with the possibility of supplemental project funds) to support the project over summer 2019.

Because this program is intended to acknowledge and draw on the community-engaged scholarship of our faculty, faculty mentorship is an integral part of the summer projects. Applicants do not need to have a partner at the time of application. The Public Scholars Program encourages students to consider partners outside of their department as a way to broaden their interdisciplinary network. The role of the faculty partner includes: offering guidance as the student develops the community project, helping the student to develop individual goals for their project so that the experience can be integrated into their graduate training, and debriefing on outcomes of the project upon completion. Each faculty partner will receive a $2,000 award (i.e., as summer salary).

The Public Scholars Program invites applications that address the university’s commitment to diversity. This may include: public service towards increasing equitable access in fields where women and minorities are underrepresented; research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBTQI issues; and applicants who offer perspectives of groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

Original Projects or Pre-established Projects with Community Partners

Applicants may choose to propose an original project (of their own) or be considered for a pre-established project with a community partner (listed below). Students may apply to either or both of these tracks. If applying to both, please submit a separate application for each. We ask that, if a student chooses to apply for an established project, she or he only apply for the one that best fits her or his interests and background. Please contact our program manager with questions rather than the host organizations directly.

Information Sessions

To answer questions and provide more details about the program, the UC Davis Humanities Institute will host an information session: Tuesday, November 27 at 12:10 p.m. in Voorhies 228 (DHI’s conference room). We encourage both faculty and students interested in the program to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Eligibility

We welcome doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences at any stage in their graduate training. Among the criteria for selection is the proposed project’s relevance to the humanities and arts, areas of particular interest to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Anyone with an interest in public scholarship and community-engaged research is encouraged to apply, whether or not that interest is explicit in their dissertation research.

Application Materials

  • CV (2 pages max.): Please include contact information, academic department, relevant employment history, academic accomplishments, and academic advisor’s name.
  • Proposal Narrative (3 pages max., at least 11-point font): The narrative should address your interest in this program and your ability to plan and carry out an intellectually grounded, mutually beneficial arts- or humanities-based project with a community partner. Please discuss what role a faculty mentor might play in this effort. If you have discussed this project with a potential faculty partner or community partner, please list them. If you are interested in working on one of the pre-established projects described below, outline your qualifications for that project. Each application should address your general suitability for the program and ability to carry out the project in question (please see criterion below for further guidelines).

Submission

To submit your proposal online, please go to http://dhi.ucdavis.edu/funding/ and complete the online application form. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on January 3, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered. Fellows will be announced by early February. Please contact Interim Program Manager Samantha Snively (snsnively@ucdavis.edu) with any questions.
Application Review: Please keep in mind the following criteria when developing your proposals.

Criteria for Pre-established Projects with Community Partners:

  • The impact and value of the applicant’s experience for the selected community partner, including personal, professional or academic backgrounds.
  • The applicant’s potential to execute community-engaged work, expressed as desire and/or track record. Examples: Volunteer work, internships, community organizing, and/or political activism.
  • The intellectual foundation of the application: its significance to humanities scholars and/or artists, general audiences, or both. Examples: Placing a project within a broader scholarly context such as environmental justice, gender studies, bioethics, and access to the arts.
  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity (including service, research, and perspective). Please refer to the third paragraph in this call.

Criteria for Original Projects:

  • The impact and value of the applicant’s experience for a community partner, including personal, professional, or academic backgrounds.
  • The applicant’s potential to execute community-engaged work, expressed as desire and/or track record. Examples: Volunteer work, internships, community organizing, and/or political activism.
  • The intellectual foundation of the application: its significance to humanities scholars and/or artists, general audiences, or both. Examples: Placing a project within a broader scholarly context such as environmental justice, gender studies, bioethics, or access to the arts.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans. Examples: A rough timeline for completion of project; plan for identifying and reaching intended audience.
  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity (including service, research, and perspective). Please refer to the third paragraph in this call.

Review and Selection Process:

An advisory board of faculty will use the above criteria when evaluating applications. The advisory board will also consider factors in addition to the criteria above, such as the distribution of disciplines, project areas, and communities served. For pre-established projects, the community partner will choose from among finalists recommended by the advisory board.

2018-19 Established Projects with Community Partners

More detailed project descriptions are coming soon! See below for descriptions of our standing partnerships. Check back with the Mellon Public Scholars website for updated 2019 project descriptions: http://publicscholars.ucdavis.edu/

For more information please contact: Samantha Snively, snsnively@ucdavis.edu


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