CFP: 2020 Mellon Public Scholars

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Visit the Mellon Public Scholars website for full details on the 2020 call for proposals, including pre-established projects with community partners, eligibility, application process, evaluation criteria, and submission details. 

Contact Mellon Public Scholars Program Manager, Stephanie Maroney ( with any questions. 

The 2020 Call for Proposals is now open. Applications are due Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites applications from doctoral and MFA students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to join the 2020 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. The 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 2020. 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 2020.

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. The program encourages students to consider faculty mentors outside of their department as a way to broaden their interdisciplinary network. However, applicants do not need to have a faculty member identified at the time of application. The role of the faculty mentor 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 will receive a $2,000 award (i.e., as summer salary).

The Mellon 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.

View full call for proposals here. 

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