In addition to an online application and a C.V., Mellon Faculty Leaders Award applicants must submit short essays describing their research/publication plan, their service priorities and commitments, and their career objectives. The application portfolio must also include an abstract of a current manuscript, conference paper, or article, along with a brief explanation of the relationship of this work to the tenure portfolio; a simple budget for use of the award as part of the Award proposal; and two letters of recommendation by senior colleagues. References should speak to the applicant’s scholarly promise as well as to her/his demonstrated affinity for teaching, advising, and service.

Applicants will also submit sample syllabi of courses developed since the start of the tenure-track appointment in the current institution, as well as lists of advising assignments and department- or university-level service assignments.

Deadline for all applications: December 2, 2020 at 5 pm EST. Applicants who will not yet have passed the third-year review at that point, but who anticipate doing so before January 29, 2021, may submit subsequent confirmation that they have passed the review.

Please read closely the application instructions below.

Application Information

A complete application for the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award Program consists of these required components:

  • • A submitted online application
  • • Two (2) letters of recommendation from senior colleagues that speak to the applicant’s scholarly promise as well, to her/his demonstrated affinity for teaching and advising, and to her/his commitment to service and inclusion. These letters will be requested through the online application portal.
  • • A single PDF file of supplemental materials in the order listed below. Label the PDF as follows: “LastNameFirstName_MEFL_Supplemental” with no spaces.
    • ◦ A curriculum vitæ
    • ◦ An essay describing the applicant’s research/publication plan and career objectives (maximum of 750 words)
    • ◦ An essay describing the applicant’s commitment(s) to service and ways in which such service contributes to building a more inclusive community on campus and/or in the profession (maximum of 750 words)
    • ◦ Abstract of a current manuscript, conference paper, or article, along with a brief explanation of the relationship of this work to the tenure portfolio
    • ◦ A simple budget developed using this template.
    • ◦ List of courses developed since the start of the tenure-track appointment in the current institution, as well as sample syllabi for two courses of the applicant’s choosing
    • ◦ List of advising assignments
    • ◦ List of department- or university-level service assignments.
  • •  Note: Please prepare these materials in 12-point Times New Roman font. Please combine these into one PDF—you will be submitting one file.
  • • Please note that recommendation letters and supplemental items must be received PRIOR to submitting the application. Submit the application when complete, using the submit button at the left-hand side of the application. If you have missed any required fields, you will receive an error message.  Click on the item(s) listed within parentheses and you will be taken directly to the missed field.  Once all required fields have been completed, click on the submit button.

The Online Application

  • • The Woodrow Wilson Foundation uses an online application portal which requires an account. There is no fee to apply. If you bookmark the portal, you can log in any time to make changes.
  • Once you’ve created an account, the online application includes basic personal and professional information, prompts to request your letters of recommendation, and an area to upload your supplemental items. As you navigate through the different sections of the application, please be sure to click the “Save and Next” button. The left side of the screen enables you to jump to the different sections.

About the Letters of Recommendation

  • • To register your recommenders in the online application, navigate to the “Recommenders” section.
  • • After entering your recommender’s name, email address, and type, please click “send invitation.”
  • • It is suggested that you contact each recommender and specify the due date and information needed to be provided from the above instructions. You will not be able to submit your application until recommendation letters have been received. Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. They have the option to accept or decline this request.  Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.  If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page to request a new recommendation from a different recommender.  You can also change a recommender by clicking on “cancel/trash can” and then enter new contact information. You can also resend a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary.

Please note:

  • • Inquiries may be directed to [email protected].
  • • Once again, the deadline for all components of the application is December 2, 2020 at 5 pm EST. It is strongly recommended that all components be submitted at least one day prior to the application deadline, to ensure the documents have been received.
  • • You will be able to log in and return at any time to your account to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and verify receipt of supplemental items.


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