Call for Proposals
Faculty Fellows: 2020–2021

The Center for Humanities & the Arts invites all Assistant, Associate, and Professors working in the humanities and the arts on the Boulder campus to apply for the CHA Faculty Fellowship during the 2020–2021 academic year. Fellowships consist of a two-course teaching reduction. The selection committee will consider the intellectual merit of the project, its connection to the arts and humanities, the overall excellence of the applicant’s academic record, and the timeliness of the project in the applicant’s career.

Complete items 1-5 below. Send items 1-4 as one .pdf file to Sharon Van Boven

  1. Cover Letter (no more than 1 page)
  2. Fellowship proposal, no more than four pages (double spaced in 12-point font) written free of jargon - remember, your application will be read by a committee of your faculty peers across the spectrum of arts and humanities departments. Strong proposals often tell a story about your scholarship/artistic work, so in writing your statement, keep in mind the following:

         Significance: Demonstrate the potential impact of your work.
         Project Design: Does your project address all relevant issues in a form that offers a coherent engagement with your research topic?
         Feasibility: Can you demonstrate that you will be able to make significant progress during your fellowship towards the timely completion of your scholarly project?
         Qualifications: What past work has led you to take up this specific project at this point in your career?

     3. One page outline (12 point font) of the structure of your project—this can include chapter descriptions. NOTE: if the applicant is an artist, you can upload artistic images or a sound file or website as an example of your project
     4. Curriculum Vitae of no more than four pages
     5. Two letters of support. One from the department Chair (a brief paragraph stating support of the project, its timing, and noting approval of the two-course release) and one from a scholar in your field (preferably external). These should be emailed separately to

Deadline: 12:00 noon, Friday, October 25, 2019 

Addendum: We have changed our fellowship application to more closely reflect external applications of the National Humanities Center (NHC): and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS):

We hope you will consider applying to these external fellowships as well.

We have also included sample fellowship proposals of scholars who have successfully received an NHC and/or ACLS fellowship as well as sample proposals from UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities faculty fellowship program (which is nearly identical to the CHA’s) in the hopes that this will aid prospective faculty candidates in writing their applications. Please note that these are examples and not absolute indicators of what all successful applications should look like. There is no magical formula for a successful application. And although these examples are not first book projects, we encourage junior faculty to apply for revision of their dissertations or to work on first monographs.

Finally, please know that this is a very competitive process. We will receive many more applications than we have spots for, and the quality of the applications are invariably all very strong and worthy of being given a fellowship. It is not uncommon for any competitive fellowship to have many disappointed applicants and for faculty to apply four (or more) times before they receive a fellowship. The strongest proposals will address the criteria above and will also explain why it is necessary for faculty to receive a two course release from teaching to make significant progress on their project.

By May 31, 2021, Fellows must submit a final report on research completed and plans for publication. During the academic year, Fellows will be invited to CHA-sponsored events. 

Note: CHA follows Faculty Affairs guidelines for sabbaticals: A faculty member who was previously awarded a CHA Faculty Fellowship shall become eligible after six years of the award (i.e., in the seventh year).