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Career Enhancement Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: October 28, 2016

  • Finalist Interviews: January 17-19, 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions: Career Enhancement Fellowship


General Fellowship Information

What does the Career Enhancement Fellowship include?
The Fellowship includes a sabbatical grant for either six months or one year. The six-month award is $15,000 and the one-year award is $30,000. Institutions are responsible for supplementing the Fellowship funding to allow the faculty member receipt of his/her 2017-2018 academic salary. All Fellows receive a research, travel, or publication stipend and participate in an annual conference/retreat.

How are six-month and one-year grants determined?
Applicants who are selected as finalists are notified in December and considered for a one-year fellowship. Finalists must participate in an interview with the selection panel in January. Those who are not selected as finalists will be considered for a six-month Fellowship and notified in late February.

Can I apply directly for a six-month grant?

How many six-month vs. one-year grants are normally given?
A total of 30 Fellowships are awarded each year; of these, 10 are one-year and 20 are six-month grants.

Fellowship Selection

When are new Fellowship awards announced?
New grant awards are announced in mid-to late February.

When will applicants other than finalists be notified if they were selected for a Fellowship?
All selected Fellows will be notified by mid-March at the very latest.

If selected, may I defer the Fellowship?
Fellowships may not be deferred.  Fellowships are to begin by July 2017.

May I transfer my Fellowship to another institution?
The Career Enhancement Fellowship award may not be transferred to another institution. It will be sent to the institution indicated at the time of application.

How is the stipend disbursed to Fellows?
Stipends are sent to the Fellows’ institutions. One-year Fellows’ institutions receive two equal payments, one in June and one the following January. Six-month Fellows’ institutions receive one payment in June. Stipend checks are made payable to the institution unless otherwise requested by the institution. The research, travel, or publication grant is sent directly to the Fellow.

What reporting is required of Career Enhancement Fellows?
Career Enhancement Fellows are required to submit a final progress report at the end of the grant period.  The Fellow is also required to keep the Foundation abreast of his or her tenure status and agrees to respond to occasional surveys from the Foundation to monitor progress.


I have a doctoral degree other than a Ph.D.  Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in order to be eligible for this fellowship.

I do not see my field of study in the list of eligible fields. Is my program eligible for support?
Only fields which have been designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible for support. To ask about the eligibility of a particular field, contact us at [email protected].

Eligible Fields
HumanitiesAmerican and English Literatures, Foreign Languages and Literatures (including Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies), Art History, Classics, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus) History, Linguistics, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (non-performance focus)
Social Sciences:  Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Sociology, Geography and Population Studies

Am I eligible if my field of study is categorized within the physical sciences (Computer Science, Earth/Environmental/Geological Sciences, Ecology, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science, Physics and Astronomy)?
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows whose field of study is in the physical sciences should contact us to inquire about their eligibility at [email protected]. Junior faculty in STEM disciplines who are not MMUF Fellows are not eligible for the award.

Are social work and clinical psychology eligible fields of study?
No, only fields designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible. (See listing above)

Application Submission

When must the application materials be received on the deadline date?
All application materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm on the October 28, 2016 deadline.

How may letters of recommendation be submitted?
Letters of recommendation should be emailed to us at [email protected].

Any additional questions should be directed to Mellon Program Associate, Danielle McColgan at [email protected], or Mellon Program Officer, Rayna Truelove at [email protected].

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