Grants, Fellowships & CFPs

2019-2020 Faculty Research Fellowships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Sponsored by: UC Davis Humanities Institute

The UC Davis Humanities Institute is accepting applications for its Faculty Research
Fellowships for 2019-2020 aimed at helping faculty in the humanities, arts and
qualitative social sciences make progress on a major research or creative project. The
purpose of the fellowship is to further the research or creative activity of the individual
recipients and to enable faculty within the humanities, arts and qualitative social sciences
to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. Projects need not
be “interdisciplinary” by definition, and awards will be based on the scholarly/creative merit
of the individual applications. The fellowship will award recipients with a single
course release in spring 2020.

Ladder-rank faculty in the humanities, arts, and qualitative social sciences are eligible for
the Faculty Research Fellowship. Applicants must receive permission from the
chair/director of their department/program before submitting an application. All faculty
are encouraged to apply, but priority will be given to those applicants who have not
received a DHI Faculty Research Fellowship in the last three years.

Award Provision
All recipients will take their fellowship in the spring quarter of 2020 and meet weekly at
the UC Davis Humanities Institute to informally discuss their work in the DHI’s Faculty
Research Seminar.

Application Guidelines
1. Cover sheet: A cover sheet containing name, department, and abstract (no more
than 200 words) of the project to be undertaken during the leave time. The cover
sheet can accompany the project description below.
2. Project description: A detailed description of the proposed work and its
significance. The description should be no more than 1500 words.
3. C.V.: A two-page curriculum vitae.
4. Email confirmation: A brief email from the chair of the department to the DHI
Associate Director Molly McCarthy ( confirming
support for the proposal and acknowledgement that the fellowship, if awarded,
will involve a course release in spring 2020.

Evaluation Criteria
Evaluators will score the proposals using the following criteria, with the final decision
resting with the DHI advisory board (the criteria are adapted from NEH fellowship

1. The intellectual and/or creative significance of the proposed project, including its
value to humanities scholars, artists, general audiences, or all of the above.
2. The promise and quality of the applicant’s work as an interpreter of the
humanities and/or arts.
3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the
project and the applicant’s clarity of expression.
4. The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when
relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
5. Contribution to the university’s commitment to diversity using examples from
two or more of these categories: service, research, and/or perspective.

To submit your proposal online, please go to and
complete the online application form. Please contact DHI Associate Director Molly
McCarthy ( with any questions. Proposals due by 5 p.m. on
December 19, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.

For more information please contact: Molly McCarthy (

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