Career Enhancement Fellowship

 

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation’s mission to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.

CE Junior Faculty Applications Now Closed.

THE PROGRAMS

The Junior Faculty Fellowship provides each Fellow with a six-month or one-year sabbatical grant; a stipend for research and travel or publication; and participation in an annual conference/retreat. A total of 30 Fellowships are awarded each year.

  • A stipend of up to $30,000 will be sent to the institution.
  • A grant of up to $1,500 for research, travel, or publication will be sent to the Fellow.
  • The Fellow’s institution is expected to supplement the Career Enhancement Fellowship stipend so that the Fellow receives his/her academic salary.
  • The Fellow’s institution is expected to provide yearly health and benefits coverage
  • The award cannot be transferred to another institution. It will be sent to the institution that the applicant indicates when applying for the Career Enhancement Fellowship.

The Adjunct Faculty Fellowship provides each Fellow with a six-month period during which to focus on the research and scholarship necessary to secure a tenure-track position. Two fellowships are awarded each year.

  • A $10,000 maximum stipend
  • Six-month award period (cannot be deferred)
  • One assigned mentor
  • Funding to attend one conference with mentor
Important dates Junior Faculty

Application Deadline
October 22, 2021

Finalist Notification
Mid-December 2021

Finalist Interviews
Mid-January 2022

Award Notification
Mid- to Late-February 2022

CE Retreat
August 2022

Important dates Adjunct Faculty

Application Deadline
November 5, 2021

Final Selection
Mid-January 2022

Award Notification
Mid-February 2022

ELIGIBILITY

Who should apply to the CE Junior Faculty Fellowship?

  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programs alumni
  • Minority junior faculty: African Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans, and Native Alaskans
  • Junior faculty with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, breaking down stereotypes, and promoting cross-racial understanding in their university communities.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • At the time of application, considered by your institution to be in the third year of the tenure-track teaching appointment (the award is distributed in the fourth year of the tenure track);
    • C&S understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted tenure clocks for many junior faculty and are aware of “stop the clock” situations. If you were currently in your third year on the tenure clock as of Fall 2020, but have been paused/stopped, please note that you will be able to apply this year (Fall 2021). You will be eligible as long as your institution acknowledges that you are in your third year.
  • Teaching in one of the designated fields (see fields here), although interdisciplinary work will also be considered;
  • Completed no more than two years on the tenure track at another institution prior to joining your current institution;
  • Ability to accept the Career Enhancement Fellowship in the upcoming academic year. Please note that the Fellowship must be continuous; and
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of October 23, 2021 (include copy of green card if a permanent resident).

While all faculty members who meet these criteria may apply, those who have been Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to do so.

Who should apply to the CE Adjunct Faculty Fellowship?

  • Mellon Mays undergraduate Fellowship Programs alumni
  • Adjunct faculty in one of the designated fields (see fields here)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of November 6, 2021 (include copy of green card if a permanent resident).

Award Requirements:

  • Teach one course during the Fellowship period
  • Complete the proposed research
  • Submit a final report including a plan for application to tenure track positions

2021 Career Enhancement Fellows

12-Month Fellows

Jamall Calloway • University of San Diego, theology and religious studies

Angelica Camacho • San Francisco State University, ethnic studies/criminal justice studies

Melanie Chambliss • Columbia College Chicago, humanities, history, and social sciences

Erica Richardson • Baruch College, CUNY, English

Brittany Hearne • University of Arkansas, sociology and criminology

Katherine Hilson • Carthage College, sociology

Monica Jimenez • University of Texas at Austin, African and African diaspora studies

Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde • Utah State University, sociology, social work, and anthropology

Wendy Muniz • Pratt Institute, social science and cultural studies

Carolina Prado • San Jose State University, environmental studies

Delia Steverson • University of Florida, English

Casey Stockstill • University of Denver, sociology and criminology

Wendy Sung • University of Texas, Dallas, critical media studies

Sharon Tran • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, English

Isabel Millán • University of Oregon, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies

Adjunct Faculty Fellows

Lizeth Gutierrez • Macalester College, American studies

Don Thomas Deere • Fordham University, philosophy

6-Month Fellows

Hewan Girma • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, African American and African diaspora studies

Alicia Smith-Tran • Texas Christian University, sociology and anthropology

Maisam Alomar • University of Colorado–Boulder, women and gender studies

Adam Bledsoe • University of Minnesota, geography, environment and society

Xiomara Verenice Cervantes-Gómez • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spanish and Portuguese

Hubert Cook • Connecticut College, English

Patrice Douglass • Duke University, gender, sexuality and feminist studies

Maia Gil’Adi • University of Massachusetts, Lowell, English

David-James Gonzales • Brigham Young University, history

Francis Gourrier • Kenyon College, American studies and history

Jina Kim • Smith College, English and the study of women and gender

Mintzi Martinez-Rivera • Providence College, sociology and anthropology

Lilian Mengesha • Tufts University, theatre and performance studies

Diego Millan • Washington & Lee University, English

Daniel Morales • Virginia Commonwealth University, history

Emily Owens • Brown University, history

Fredo Rivera • Grinnell College, art history

Frances Tran • Florida State University, English

Desiree Valentine • Marquette University, philosophy

Miguel Valerio • Washington University in St. Louis, Romance languages and literatures

Jeremy Williams • Kent State University, geology

CEF JUnior Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

The Fellowship includes a sabbatical grant for either six months or one year. The six-month award is $15,000 and the one-year award is $30,000. Institutions are responsible for supplementing the fellowship funding to allow the faculty member receipt of his/her 2022-2023 academic salary. The stipend should only be applied directly to salary–not institutional overhead or indirect costs. All Fellows receive a research, travel, or publication stipend and participate in an annual conference/retreat. 

Applicants who are selected as finalists are notified in December and must participate in an interview with the selection panel in January. If you have not been selected to interview, your application will continue to undergo evaluation, with notification of your status in late February.

Yes, in general, all finalists are interviewed in January. However, in some instances, candidates are selected for awards without an interview and are notified in late February.

Yes. On the online application form (“Award Length: Please consider my application for:”), please select the “Six-Month Award ONLY” option. Please elaborate on your selection in your Personal Statement or Research Plan.

A total of 30 Fellowships are awarded each year; of these, 10 are one-year and 20 are six-month grants.

You must disclose all awards you will receive in the 2022-2023 academic year when accepting the Career Enhancement Fellowship. Please note that Fellows are unable to hold another monetary award from another funding source concurrently with the Career Enhancement Fellowship. Special situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

New grant awards are announced in mid-to late February.

All selected Fellows will be notified by mid-March at the very latest.

Fellowships may not be deferred.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship award may not be transferred to another institution. It will be sent to the institution indicated at the time of application.

Stipends are sent directly to the Fellows’ institutions. One-year Fellows’ institutions receive two equal payments; in June and the following January. Six-month Fellows’ institutions receive one payment in June. Stipends checks are made payable to the institution unless otherwise requested by the institution. The research, travel, or publication grant is sent directly to the Fellow.

Career Enhancement Fellows are required to submit a final progress report at the end of the grant period.  The Fellow is also required to keep the Foundation abreast of his or her tenure status and agrees to respond to occasional surveys from the Foundation to monitor progress.

You must currently be in the third year on the tenure track to be eligible to apply. The award is distributed in the fourth year of the tenure track.

Yes, if you are in the third year of all tenure-track positions and are considered by your institution to be in their 3rd year according to the institution’s tenure clock. If you have further questions please contact us at careerenhance@citiensandscholars.org

No, those receiving early-tenure are not eligible for a Career Enhancement Fellowship.

You must hold a Ph.D. to be eligible for this fellowship.

Only fields which have been designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible for support. If you question the eligibility of your particular field you may contact us to inquire: careerenhance@citizensandscholars.org.

Eligible Fields:

HumanitiesArea/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (theoretical focus)

Social Sciences:  Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Sociology, Geography and Population Studies

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows whose field of study is in the Physical Sciences should contact us to inquire about their eligibility at: careerenhance@citizensandscholars.org. Junior faculty in STEM disciplines who are not MMUF Fellows are not eligible for the award.

No, only fields designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible. (See eligible fields)

Applicants who have not received any academic leave within the last 18 months are generally considered as demonstrating more need and thus will be more competitive than those who have already had the benefit of an academic leave. If you have further questions about a recent leave, please contact us at careerenhance@citizensandscholars.org. Please note that family or sick leave are not considered.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm on the October 222021 deadline.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online application.

CEF Adjunct Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

The Fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend. The six-month Fellowship period allows Fellows to focus on the research and scholarship necessary to secure a tenure-track position. Fellows are also provided with an assigned mentor and a small informal professional network to provide support during the Fellowship and preparation for tenure-track applications.

Fellows must teach one course during this Fellowship.

New grant awards are announced in mid-to late February. 

Stipends are sent directly to the Fellows in January or June depending on the fellowship term.

Fellowships may not be deferred. Fellowships must begin in June 2022 for the fall term or December 2022 for the spring term.

Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellows are required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period that includes a plan for application to tenure-track positions.  The Fellow is also required to keep the Institute for Citizens & Scholars abreast of their status in acquiring a tenure-track position. Fellows will receive occasional surveys from the foundation to monitor progress and be updated with targeted communications.

I have a doctoral degree other than a Ph.D.  Am I eligible to apply?

Only fields which have been designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible for support (see eligible fields). To ask about the eligibility of a particular field you may contact us at careerenhance@citizensandscholars.org.

No, only fields designated by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are eligible. (See eligible fields)

All application materials must be RECEIVED by 11:59pm on the November 52021 deadline.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the online application.

CEF JUnior Faculty: Application Information

A complete application for the Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty will include:

  • A completed online application form
  • A single PDF file of supplemental materials in the order listed below. Label the PDF as follows: “LastNameFirstName_CEF_Supplemental” with no spaces.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation requested through the online application system and submitted directly by referees.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the application deadline: October 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Online Application Form: Click here to begin the application process (link will open in fall 2021 for the 2022 application cycle).  It is recommended that you bookmark this web page. 

  • • Create an account by registering and remember to write down your username and password. After creating an account, you will be taken to your personal account page where you can return at any time to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and submit and/or verify receipt of your supplemental materials. 
  • • Choose the correct application, “Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.” 
  • • Begin the application and remember to click on “save and continue” before leaving a page, or “save application” before logging out in order to save your work. The application can be completed during more than one session. 
  • • To complete an unfinished application simply return to your bookmarked page, log in with your email and password, and continue filling out remaining sections 
  • • Please note that recommendation letters and supplemental items must be received PRIOR to submitting the application. Submit the application when complete, using the submit button at the left-hand side of the application. If you have missed any required fields, you will receive an error message.  Click on the item(s) listed within parentheses and you will be taken directly to the missed field.  Once all required fields have been completed, click on the submit button. 

To upload your supplemental materials, click on “supplemental items” on the left-hand side of the application, Make sure to upload your supplemental materials as a single PDF file in the order listed below. Label the PDF as follows: “LastNameFirstName_CEF_Supplemental” with no spaces. 

  1. Institutional Acknowledgement Form. This form verifies the applicant’s tenure track status and confirms the institution’s knowledge and approval of the application. This form must be signed by the department chair and/or an institutional official who holds fiscal responsibility and can commit to supplementing the fellowship to allow the faculty member to receive his or her academic salary. If the department chair also has fiscal responsibility, only one signature is needed. If another official, such as a provost or dean must also sign, please include their title along with their signature. 
  • – Download the Institutional Acknowledgement Form here. 
  • – After collecting the required signatures, scan and save the signed Institutional Acknowledgement Form. The scanned document will be the first page of your combined PDF of supplemental materials. 
  1. Curriculum Vitae 
  1. Teaching Experience. List, by semester, all courses taught since the start of your tenure-track appointment. Include the name of the department or program; class title; class size; level (lower/upper-division undergraduate or graduate); and whether it is a required or elective course in the department/program. 
  1. Personal Statement (4 pages maximum, double-spaced and in 12-pt font). Please include the following: 
  • – An explanation of how the award will allow you to enhance your academic credentials and assist you in attaining tenure; 
  • – A description of the tenure process at your institution; 
  • – A demonstration of how the award will make a difference for you and your institution; 
  • – A statement of your teaching philosophy and academic service experiences; 
  • – Evidence of your commitment to eradicating racial disparities and promoting cross-racial understanding and support for students on your campus. 
  1. Research Plan (3 pages maximum, double-spaced and in 12-pt font). Describe in detail your research plan and the role of a prospective mentor during the sabbatical period.  (You do not have to know who the mentor will be at time of application.)  Please do not reiterate your Personal Statement; this plan is research focused. 
  1. Writing Sample (20 pages maximum). Submit a published work or an unpublished draft of scholarly work completed in the past 18 months. If submitting an unpublished writing sample, it much be double-spaced and use 12-pt font. Do not submit a dissertation chapter or partial chapter. The page limit does not include references. 

 

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Each letter (one to two-pages in length) should evaluate your research interests; assess the quality of your scholarship; explain how the award will benefit your tenure process; briefly discuss your teaching qualifications and service commitment; and assess your commitment to diversity in the campus community.  Letters of Recommendation must be written on institutional letterhead, signed and submitted through the online application. It is strongly recommended that you request letters of recommendation as early as possible.  Do not wait until you have submitted your application. 

  • • Request Letters of Recommendation by clicking on section Recommenders. 
  • • Add contact information for two recommenders and click “Send Invitation.” 
  • • It is suggested that you contact each recommender and specify the due date and information needed to be provided from the above instructions. You will not be able to submit your application until recommendation letters have been received. Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. They have the option to accept or decline this request.  Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.  If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page to request a new recommendation from a different recommender.  You can also change a recommender by clicking on “cancel” and then following the procedures to “start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender. You can also resend a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary. 

The deadline for all application materials is October 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.  

Please direct any questions to Mellon Program Associate, Ritu Mukherjee at mukherjee@citizensandscholars.org.. 

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.  The Institute for Citizens & Scholars does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels and does not provide evaluations of successful or unsuccessful applications. 

Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of Citizens & Scholars and will not be returned or held for another year. 

CEF Adjunct Faculty: Application Information

A complete application for the Career Enhancement Adjunct Faculty Fellowship will include: 

  • • A completed online application form 
  • • A single PDF file of supplemental materials in the order listed below. Label the PDF as follows: “LastNameFirstName_CEF_ADJ_Supplemental” with no spaces. 
  • – Curriculum Vitae 
  • – Personal Statement 
  • – Research Plan 
  • – Writing Sample 
  • – Green Card, if applicable. 
  • • Two (2) letters of recommendation requested through the online application system and submitted directly by referees. 

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the application deadline: November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Click here to begin the application process.  It is recommended that you bookmark this web page. 

  • • Create an account by registering and remember to write down your username and password. After creating an account, you will be taken to your personal account page where you can return at any time to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and submit and/or verify receipt of your supplemental materials. 
  • • Choose the correct application Career Enhancement Fellowship for Adjunct Faculty 
  • • Begin the application and remember to click on “save and continue” before leaving a page, or “save application” before logging out in order to save your work. The application can be completed during more than one session. 
  • • To complete an unfinished application simply return to your bookmarked page, log in with your email and password, and continue filling out remaining sections 
  • • Please note that recommendation letters and supplemental items must be received PRIOR to submitting the application. Submit the application when complete, using the submit button at the left-hand side of the application. If you have missed any required fields, you will receive an error message.  Click on the item(s) listed within parentheses and you will be taken directly to the missed field.  Once all required fields have been completed, click on the submit button. 

To upload your supplemental materials, click on “supplemental items” on the left-hand side of the application. Make sure to upload your supplemental materials as a single PDF file in the order listed below. Label the PDF as follows: “LastNameFirstName_CEF_ADJ_Supplemental” with no spaces. 

  1. Institutional Acknowledgement Form. 
  • – This confirms the department’s knowledge and approval of the application. This form must be signed by the department chair. 
  • – Download the Institutional Acknowledgement Form here. (link to form) 
  • – After collecting the required signatures, scan and save the signed Institutional Acknowledgement Form. The scanned document will be the first page of your combined PDF of supplemental materials. 
  1. Curriculum Vitae 
  1. Personal Statement (4 pages maximum, double-spaced and in 12-pt font). Please include the following: 
  • – An explanation of how the award will allow you to enhance your academic credentials and assist you in attaining a tenure-track position. Include a brief description of your pursuit of a tenure-track position thus far. 
  • – A description of your teaching philosophy and academic service experiences. 
  • – A discussion of your demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities and promoting cross-racial understanding and support for students on your campus. 
  1. Research Plan (3 pages maximum, double-spaced and in 12-pt font).  Describe your research plan in detail. Please do not reiterate your Personal Statement; this essay is research focused. 
  1. Writing Sample (15 pages maximum). Submit a published work or an unpublished draft of scholarly work completed in the past 18 months. Preference will be given to submissions which are not dissertation chapters.  The page limit does not include references. 

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Each letter (1-2 pages in length) should evaluate your research interests; assess the quality of your scholarship; explain how the award will benefit your search for a tenure-track position; briefly discuss your teaching qualifications, service commitments; and assess your commitment to diversity in the campus community. One letter should be from a supporter of your tenure-track job search, and the other from someone who can address your proposed research. Letters of recommendation must be written on institutional letterhead, signed, and submitted through the online application. It is strongly recommended that you request letters of recommendation as early as possible.  Do not wait until you have submitted your application. 

  • • Request Letters of Recommendation by clicking on section Recommenders. 
  • • Add contact information for two recommenders and click “Send Invitation.” 
  • • It is suggested that you contact each recommender and specify the due date and information needed to be provided from the above instructions. Recommendation letters must be received before an application can be submitted. 
  • • Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. They have the option to accept or decline this request.  Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.  If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page to request a new recommendation from a different recommender.  You can also change a recommender by clicking on “cancel” and then following the procedures to “start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender. You can also resend a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary. 

The deadline for all application materials is November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.  

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.  The Institute for Citizens & Scholars does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels and does not provide evaluations of successful or unsuccessful applications. 

Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of Citizens & Scholars and will not be returned or held for another year. 

Please direct any questions to Mellon Program Associate, Ritu Mukherjee at mukherjee@citizensandscholars.org. 

Eligible Fields 

HumanitiesArea/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Linguistics, Literature, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (theoretical focus) 

Social Sciences:  Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Sociology, Geography and Population Studies