Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award
The application deadline is December 2, 2019.
Eligibility and Selection
Applicants eligible for the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will be assistant professors in tenure-track appointments who are pursuing tenure. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year review or their institution’s equivalent no later than January 31, 2020 and will be in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment. Applicants who would be considered for tenure during the award year will be ineligible.
Emerging Faculty Leaders may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to those whose work echoes and elaborates themes related to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women’s issues, and/or higher education. Examples might include changing perspectives on civil rights; legal, social, and organizational responses to social change (such as affirmative action or community organizing); women in leadership; single-gender higher education; the history of coeducation in higher education; and the evolution of social institutions and movements from 1900 to the present.
The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will recognize junior faculty candidates who not only balance research, teaching, and service but in fact give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. The selectors will focus on and privilege service and leadership activities that address and ameliorate underrepresentation on campus, and give preference to candidates who embody a high standard of excellence.
Along with the research portfolio, selectors will examine evidence of deep campus service and mentoring commitments early in each candidate’s career, with a focus on creating inclusive scholarly communities on campus and in the discipline. Ten Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Awards will be made in 2019-20.
All applications will first be screened for eligibility by Foundation staff and then be reviewed by a three-member selection panel.
A group of finalists will be invited for interviews, and panelists will make the final selection of ten Fellows. Interviews will take place in mid-March 2020, with awards announced in early April 2020.