Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders in Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsor Deadline: 

Dec 1, 2021


Institute for Citizens and Scholars (fka Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)

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The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award MEFL     is structured to free the time of tenure-track junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.
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. The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. Ten Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Awards will be made in 2021-22. 
The deadline for all components of the application is December 1, 2021 

Emerging Faculty Leaders may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences—including, for example, history, sociology, anthropology, literature, art, gender studies, ethnic studies, diaspora studies, and related fields—with an emphasis on scholarly topics that relate to or provide context for the study of culture, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and education in the Americas.. Examples might include (but are certainly not limited to) changing perspectives on civil rights; legal, social, and organizational responses to social change (such as affirmative action or community organizing); women in leadership; intersectionality within larger social movements; social justice issues in education; historic precursors of contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity; and the evolution of social institutions and movements in the 20th and 21st century.