2019-20

The UVM Humanities Center invites faculty members working in the humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences to apply to become Humanities Center Faculty Fellows during the 2019-20 academic year. The Fellowship provides six Fellows with 2 course releases each during the academic year to pursue independent or collaborative research in the humanities while immersed in an interdisciplinary community of scholars. The cohort of Fellows will also receive a budget of $5,000 for collaborative programming and activities, to be defined and carried out during the period of the fellowship. Proposals from individuals, as well as joint proposals, will be considered. In the case of joint proposals, both individuals must apply independently and the joint project is not guaranteed if only one application is successful.

The Fellowship

The purpose of this fellowship is two-fold: 1) to advance faculty research in the humanities, and 2) to cultivate and strengthen the interdisciplinary humanities community at UVM. During the period of the fellowship, faculty selected as Fellows will:

  • Have time to advance or complete a substantial research project on which they are working.
  • Help co-organize and participate in community-building activities and programming at the Humanities Center’s new campus space in the Billings Library, which may include workshops, roundtables, lectures, and conversations with campus and/or community participants.
  • Present a work-in-progress talk.
  • Give consideration to how this research fellowship will impact their undergraduate teaching.

The duration of the Fellowship is the 2019-20 academic year. The allocation of the course releases—either one release per semester, or two releases in one semester—is at the discretion of the Fellow and in consultation with their department chair, and will depend on the nature of the research and any relevant considerations around course staffing in the home department. Fellows are required to participate in collaborative activities during the whole academic year.

Requirements for Selected Recipients

  • Attendance at an organizing meeting during the Spring 2019 semester, prior to the fellowship period.
  • Submit a report summarizing completed activities (3-5 pages) by October 1 of the academic year following the fellowship period.
  • Acknowledge the Humanities Center in related publications or activities.
  • Agree to serve on selection committee for future Fellows.

How Will Fellowships be Awarded?

A committee of humanities scholars will evaluate applications for scholarly merit and with the goal of creating a cohort that represents disciplinary diversity and of faculty at multiple career levels.

Proposals are judged on the originality, quality, clarity, and importance of the proposed research project as well as the applicant’s ability to contribute productively to an interdisciplinary group. Final selections are based on the reviewers’ rankings and the desire to ensure distribution across rank and discipline.

Eligibility

Eligible faculty will be:

Full-time tenure track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Conducting work that articulates with and advances humanistic inquiry, whether expressed in scholarly forms or in the creative arts.

General Qualifications

Faculty on sabbatical (either full or half-year) during the period of the fellowship are not eligible.
No more than two fellows can be from the same department during the academic year.

Application

Applications will due December 31, 2018. Submit a single PDF file with the following information to Luis Vivanco, Director, Humanities Center.

  • Name, contact information, affiliation
  • Abstract: One paragraph abstract of the research project.
  • Research Proposal: A five-page double-spaced (maximum) description of your project, which will be considered by scholars from a range of humanities disciplines. Please write your proposal with non-specialists in mind. The proposal should also address how the research project articulates with and advances humanistic inquiry.
  • A brief work plan for the AY as it relates to this research project. No more than 2 pages.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than four pages.
  • A brief statement from your Department chair on teaching replacement needs if you receive this fellowship. A simple email explaining those needs is sufficient.

Fellowship decisions will be announced during January, 2019

Requirements for Selected Recipients

  • Attendance at an organizing meeting during the Spring 2019 semester, prior to the fellowship period.
  • Submit a report summarizing completed activities (3-5 pages) by October 1 of the academic year following the fellowship period.
  • Acknowledge the Humanities Center in related publications or activities.
  • Agree to serve on selection committee for future Fellows.

The Humanities Center Fellows program, funded by the Provost’s office and the Lattie F. Coor Endowment, provides a cohort of tenure-track faculty in the humanities and arts with 2 course releases each during the academic year to pursue independent or collaborative research in the humanities while immersed in an interdisciplinary community of scholars. The cohort also receives a budget for collaborative programming and activities, to be defined and carried out during the period of the fellowship.

In 2019-20, the inaugural fellows are:
Sarah Osten, History
Nicole Phelps, History
Alex Zakaras, Political Science
John Franklin, Classics
Antonello Borra, Italian
Vicki Brennan, Religion
Kate Nolfi, Philosophy
During Fall 2019 we will announce Fellows activities.