Fellowship & Grant Opportunities

The Bucknell University Humanities Center provides several fellowship and grant opportunities for both faculty and students who wish to study and work in the humanities. These opportunities are made possible through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the President's Office.

(a) Faculty Teaching Support

Mellon High-impact Teaching (MHIT) Grant

The Humanities Center offers Mellon High-impact Teaching Grants of $150 - $1,500 to allow faculty to experiment with collaborative course-related activities that are not typical or not fully covered by any other campus resource. All faculty members currently teaching a course in the humanities or humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply for these Mellon High-impact Teaching Grants regardless of departmental affiliation.

Deadline: Rolling basis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Apply for a Mellon High-impact Teaching Grant

(b) Faculty Research Support

Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) Grants

Humanities Center Faculty Research Fellowships are intended to provide faculty in the humanities with the resources needed to support and enhance ongoing research leading to publication in peer-reviewed venues (print and/or digital). For one academic year, the fellowship provides an award of $3,000, which must be taken as a reimbursable account for research-related expenses, not as a stipend.

Deadline: Application period has closed for AY 20-21

Faculty Research Fellowship Grant Information

High-impact Research (HIR) Grants

The Humanities Center offers grants of $150 - $1,500 to assist faculty to engage in short-term research-related activities that are not fully covered by any other campus resource. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, research-related trips to archives, libraries, or museums; purchasing books or software that is not available on campus; meeting with research collaborators; or any other worthwhile, potentially high-impact short-term research activities that require a budget and will lead to scholarly results that can be specified. All tenured and tenure-track faculty members whose research focuses on the humanities or humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Rolling basis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Apply for a High-impact Research Grant

Pre-publication Workshop (PPW) Grants

The Humanities Center provides Pre-publication Workshop grants of $150 - $300 to assist faculty in bringing their research to publication. The PPW grant supports workshops on an article, chapter, book proposal, or other work in progress with an external scholar in the faculty member’s field of expertise. Grants of $150-300 are available as honoraria. Workshops must include a minimum of two additional faculty participants and will be conducted via Zoom. (Students may also be invited to attend where appropriate.) Priority in the selection process will be given to untenured faculty members.

Deadline: Rolling basis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Apply for a Pre-publication Workshop Grant

Interdisciplinary Research Workshops (IRW) Grants

The Humanities Center offers grants of $150-$300 to foster interdisciplinary conversations and encourage longer-term collaborations among faculty at Bucknell and beyond. The IRW grants will support honoraria for an external scholar or scholars to participate in an interdisciplinary research workshop. Grants of $150-300 are available. Workshops must involve a minimum of three faculty from two or more departments at Bucknell and will be conducted via Zoom.

Deadline: Rolling basis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Apply for an Interdisciplinary Research Workshop Grant

(c) Student Research Support

Mellon Student Research (MSR) Grant

The Humanities Center offers grants of up to $1500 per project to support students who endeavor to engage in non-credit bearing research projects in the Humanities. Funds are available only for reimbursable project expenses, and may not be requested as a stipend. Examples of projects include: travel to an academic conference*; organizing a film series, travel to an archive, library, or museum; hosting an ethnic food night; engaging in a service-learning activity; inviting a speaker to campus.* This grant is not intended to fund projects for which academic credit will be awarded. Each applicant must have a sponsoring faculty member whose primary field is in the humanities.

*Please note: In order to comply with the University’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, students may not use HIR grants for travel or bring invited speakers to campus while these policies are in effect, but the grant may be used to participate in virtual events or to host invited speakers via Zoom.

Deadline: Rolling basis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Apply for a Mellon Student Research Grant

(d) Faculty-Student Collaboration Support

Mellon Academic Year Research (MAYR) Fellowships

Mellon Academic-Year Research (MAYR) Fellowships are intended to enable faculty-student teams to conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research during the regular academic year (i.e., August 15, 2020 – May 15, 2021). The program is designed to support projects focused on humanistic inquiry and involving faculty-student teams of two to five participants from at least two disciplines. The award provides each student researcher with up to $2,500 in wages/benefits for at least 20 weeks of work, and each faculty member with up to $2,000 in research funds. Faculty funds will be available as a reimbursement account for expenses associated with the collaborative project, and may not be requested as a stipend. Allowable expenses are explained below (see “Budget”). These grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Teams must include at least one faculty member and at least one student with interests and expertise in different disciplines. The grants are designed to foster collaborative work of a kind that does not normally occur when students are hired to do office work or when student involvement on a project does not include the student as a genuine collaborator. All projects that focus on the humanities or humanistic social sciences are eligible for the award regardless of the departmental affiliation of faculty and student applicants. Eligible projects may result in work that develops into a student honors thesis, but students may not simultaneously receive academic credit and a fellowship for the same work.

MAYRs are not intended to be used by faculty during either a sabbatical or untenured faculty leave. When sufficient funds are available, proposals from visiting members of the faculty who will be returning to the University for a complete academic year will be considered. Faculty are encouraged to continue collaborative relationships with students during the summer by applying for other research grants available at the University. MAYRs may not be held in conjunction with other external or internal grants that provide student support for the same project. After receiving funding for one academic year, faculty may apply for an additional year of funding to continue productive projects.

Deadline: Application period has closed for AY 20-21

Mellon Academic Year Research Fellowship Information


Before seeking project funding, the student should familiarize themselves with the grant application procedures. All materials must be submitted to the Humanities Council by 11:59 pm on the relevant deadline date. All applications must be submitted using our online application.

Humanities Center

Location

Hildreth-Mirza Hall