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. Fellowships consist of a two-course teaching reduction (taken in a single semester) for faculty teaching a 2/2 load; faculty teaching a 2/1 load will receive a single course reduction and be expected to take the fellowship in the semester they are scheduled to teach their single course.

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.

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). 


The deadline for AY 2024-2025 will be Fall 2023 (exact date TBD)

 Announcing the 2023-2024 CHA Faculty Fellows

Fellowship Application Guideline

Our fellowship application closely reflects external applications of the National Humanities Center and the American Council of Learned Societies. We hope you will consider applying to these external fellowships as well.

We have also included successful CHA Faculty Fellowship proposalssample 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 outlined in the proposal description and will also explain why it is necessary for faculty to receive course release/s from teaching to make significant progress on their project.

Application Materials

  • Fellowship Proposal: No more than four pages 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?
      Format: Four-page (max), double-spaced PDF, 12-pt font, 2 MB max file size
  • Outline: One page (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 (if you choose this option please reach out to
    Format: One page PDF (single or double spaced), 12-pt font, 2 MB max file size
  • CV: 4-page maximum
    Files must be less than 2 MB.
    Allowed file types: pdf.


  • As part of accepting the CHA faculty fellowship, there is an expectation that faculty fellows will meet regularly during the semester they hold the fellowship to share work and receive feedback on your projects.
  • Selected fellows will be asked to serve on a future selection committee for CHA faculty fellowships
  • Project changes that are so significant as to look unrecognizable from the original proposal you submitted may require the faculty steering committee to meet and evaluate whether you can continue to hold the fellowship.
  • By May 31, faculty fellows must submit a final report on the research completed and plans for publication. Failure to submit a written summary will make you ineligible to receive further funding by the CHA.
  • During the academic year, fellows will be invited to CHA-sponsored events. 

CHA Faculty Fellowship Application Form

Current & Former CHA Faculty Fellows