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Humanities Research Fellowship

Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017 11:59pm

PURPOSE

The Humanities Research Fellowship is intended to enliven the intellectual atmosphere of the Hall Center and contribute to the individual Fellow's scholarly growth by providing one semester of release time from teaching and regular service obligations to focus entirely on research or creative work and scholarly engagement.  The conditions of the release time are at the discretion of the Fellow's department. 

 

OVERVIEW

The Hall Center's Research Fellowship is a one semester Fellowship to be taken in the Fall or Spring semester.  Fellows receive reimbursement for project-related expenses they incur during the fellowship year, up to a maximum of $1,000, and an office at the Hall Center.  The award also makes funding available to the Fellow's department to assist in the cost of a replacement teaching appointment for the research semester.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible applicants will:

1. Hold a tenure track appointment at the University of Kansas, including tenured faculty in phased retirement;

2. Demonstrate a commitment to a major work of scholarship grounded in the humanities or a major creative work; and

3. Have not held the Humanities Research Fellowship (or Creative Work Fellowship) within the three academic years immediately prior to the current application deadline.  In this case, applicants can last have held a fellowship in the 2013-2014 academic year, but not in the years since.

4.  Applicants who have a permanent reduction in teaching load will receive lower priority in the selection process. 

5. Individuals on a year to year, temporary, or terminal contract are not eligible to apply.

 

REQUIREMENTS

Fellows are required to:

1. Maintain residence in their Hall Center office during the entire research semester;

2. Participate in the Hall Center's monthly Resident Fellows Seminar for the entire academic year in which they hold the fellowship;

3. Submit a brief report on the work accomplished and its impact on the overall project no later than May 31 immediately following the academic year of the fellowship;  

4. Submit requests for reimbursement of research related expenses up to $1,000 together with required receipts no more than 90 days after the expense was incurred and no later than August 31 immediately following the academic year of the fellowship;

5. Deposit with the Hall Center a copy of all publications resulting from the research; and

6. Return to their full-time KU responsibilities and serve for a minimum of one academic year at the end of the fellowship period; persons who do not return to the institution following the fellowship period shall reimburse KU for their salary and fringe benefits paid during the fellowship period.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

4. Upload the following materials as 3 separate PDF or Word files:

a. Curriculum Vitae not to exceed 2 pages that includes:

* Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;

* Record of applicant's employment;

* List of applicant's publications, including page numbers for journal articles and book chapters; or list of exhibits, performances, and publications resulting from applicant's creative work; and

* List of applicant's awards and grants received during the last five years.

b. Project Description not to exceed six double-spaced pages, with one inch margins and twelve-point type. Endnotes are included in the page limitations.  Explain the goals, methods and significance of the project and its contribution to the pertinent discipline and to the humanities generally.  Demonstrate its relationship to your previous work and to your long-range aims as a scholar or creative artist or writer.  Explain what the Fellowship will allow you to accomplish with regard to your current research or creative work.

c. One-page bibliography, single-spaced with a return space between each entry with one-inch margins and twelve-point type.

5. Ensure the receipt of three original letters of recommendation in English, including one letter from the applicant's chair and two letters from referees not affiliated with KU. Department chair letters for pre-tenure faculty must indicate that the faculty member is making adequate progress towards tenure.  Applicants with joint appointments must ask both of their department chairs to submit letters confirming they can take the research semester, if awarded (only one needs to be a full recommendation). Two letters from reviewers outside KU are still required in such cases.

Reference letters should discuss the proposed work's importance to the overall project, the project's significance to the field and to its intended audience, its likely result or outcome, the general quality of the applicant's work and the applicant's ability to bring the proposed project to fruition.  In addition, the letter from the department chair should confirm that the applicant is able to take the semester residence if it is awarded.

All reference letters must be submitted via the Hall Center Competitions Portal prior to the application deadline.  Applicants will submit the names and email addresses of referees via the portal. This submission will generate notifications and instructions for the referees, allowing them to submit their reference letters electronically.  Applicants will receive a notification email when a referee has completed a reference.  Applicants may also log into the system at any time to see if a reference letter has been submitted.  The letter itself will not be visible to the applicant.

Applicants should submit the names of their references well before the application deadline to allow sufficient time for the preparation and submission of the letters.  References will not be allowed to submit letters after the application deadline has passed.

No extraneous materials will be considered.

 

CRITERIA

A committee appointed by the Hall Center Director selects Fellows according to the following criteria:

1. Significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to thought and knowledge in the pertinent genre, tradition, or field, and to the humanities generally;

2. Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the proposed project, including what a Humanities Research Fellowship will allow the applicant to accomplish with regard to the project;

3. Relationship of the project to applicant's previous research and long-range aims as a scholar and creative artist;

4. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the work proposed for the fellowship period; and

5. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the overall project.

 

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

An interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty with successful grant and publishing track records selects awardees.  The Hall Center Director brings together a unique panel for each competition.  Reviewers are asked to read the applications and enter their comments and rankings for each applicant in the online portal. Reviewers then meet to discuss individual applications and determine awardees.  All applicants can access reviewer comments through the online portal.  While these reflect only an individual reviewer's comments and not the final consensus of the group, they are offered to applicants as input that may help improve their applications for future competitions.  

 

QUESTIONS

Applicants should direct all questions about the Humanities Research Fellowship to Hall Center Director Victor Bailey (4-7822; vbailey@ku.edu) or Associate Director Sally Utech (4-7823; sutech@ku.edu).

 


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