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Career Enhancement Fellowship

  • The 2018 application is now closed.

  • Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

  • Finalist Interviews: Mid-January 2018


The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation's mission to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.

About the Program

The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides each Fellow with a six-month or one-year sabbatical grant; a research, travel, or publication stipend; and participation in an annual conference/retreat. A total of 30 Fellowships are awarded each year.

  • A stipend of up to $30,000 will be sent to the institution.
  • A grant of up to $1,500 for research, travel, or publication will be sent to the Fellow.
  • The Fellow’s institution is expected to supplement the Career Enhancement Fellowship stipend so that the Fellow receives his/her academic salary.
  • The Fellow’s institution is expected to provide yearly health and benefits coverage
  • The award cannot be transferred to another institution. It will be sent to the institution that the applicant indicates when applying for the Career Enhancement Fellowship.

Application instructions can be found here and the application can be found here.


Who should apply?

  • • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programs alumni
  • • Minority junior faculty: African Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and Native Alaskans
  • • Junior faculty with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes, and promoting cross-racial understanding in their university communities.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • • currently in the third year of the tenure-track teaching appointment when applying;
  • • teaching in one of the designated fields (see fields here); and
  • • able to accept the Fellowship in the upcoming academic year.

While all faculty members who meet these criteria may apply, strong preference is given to those who have been Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows.

2017 Important Dates

Event Date
Application Deadline October 27, 2017
Preliminary Selection December 13, 2017
Finalist Notification December 14, 2017
Finalist Interviews Mid-January 2018
Final Selection Early February 2018
Award Notification Mid-February 2018

This is a tentative schedule of events for the selection and announcement of the 2018 Career Enhancement Fellows.

More Information

For more information about the program and application materials, contact:

Danielle McColgan | Mellon Program Associate
Rayna Truelove | Mellon Program Officer


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