Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship Solicitation

Program Summary 

Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD.  New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

Although it is anticipated that many fellows will seek to acquire deeper knowledge of other fields within the broadly defined sphere of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, proposals to study disciplines farther afield are eligible.  The principal criteria for selection are:  (1) the overall significance of the research, (2) the case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research, (3) the likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and (4) a well‑developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time.


Internal Competition Deadline: 11:59pm MST August 16, 2018

Sponsor Nomination Deadline: October 5, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Proposal (2-3 pages): This proposal should include a short project summary. It should also provide an explanation of the overall significance of the research being undertaken and how the proposed new direction will assist in the development of the field.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Up to 5 pages)
  • Budget Overview (Up to 1 page): a basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

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Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder may submit one proposal to this funding opportunity.

Institutions will be invited to participate in this program and will be asked to solicit proposals from eligible faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences wishing to further their research through engaging in programs of study in fields other than their own. Following an internal competition to be overseen by a committee of senior faculty members, each institution will forward the proposal it has selected to the Foundation.

Award Information and Duration

Fellows will receive:  (1) the equivalent of one academic year's salary, (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary, and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows' training programs.  To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars' needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award.  The award normally can be delayed for a maximum of one year, if circumstances require it.  The Foundation also expects the fellow's home institution to use budgetary relief resulting from the award for academic purposes, preferably in the fellow's department.

Final budgets commonly range from $175,000 to $250,000; the maximum is $300,000.  The term of the grant should cover a minimum of two years.