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Mellon New Directions Fellowships

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to nominate one outstanding faculty member for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships. The purpose of the program is to provide support for faculty members in the humanities who would benefit from acquiring systematic training outside their own disciplines. Candidates are to be between 6 and 12 years from receiving their Ph.D. (i.e., degree received between 2005 and 2011).

Those named will receive approximately one year’s academic salary, two summers of additional support at the equivalent of two-ninths of the previous academic year salary, and tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows’ training programs. Funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award.

The principal criteria for the awards 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. Mellon will select approximately 10 to 15 finalists to present to the Foundation’s Trustees.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate or nominate a candidate, please send the nomination information to Laurie Mayberry in 117 Bascom Hall, or via e-mail to The packet of information should contain the following materials, and be submitted in Microsoft Word:

1. Proposal Information Sheet
2. A proposal (maximum length 2,000 words) prefaced by a summary of no more than 300 words. The proposal should 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.
3. A substantial letter of appraisal from the department chair (or other informed senior colleague) that addresses the candidate’s preparation and the relationship of the “new direction” of the nominee’s research pedagogy. A letter of recommendation from a colleague in the new field is strongly encouraged.
4. The candidate’s brief curriculum vitae (no more than 5 pages).
5. A brief budget narrative in the Mellon Foundation template. The budget should include items for salary and standard fringe benefits (including yearly increases), projected training costs, project-related travel, and in certain circumstances (such as vital professional meetings and short site visits) lodging. Fellows are expected to cover their housing costs during the periods (one academic year and two summers) they receive salary support from the grant. Requests for housing supplements may be included in the proposed budget when the projected costs for living in a city where study is to be pursued exceed substantially the costs incurred when the fellow is working at the home institution. No overhead or indirect costs are permitted, and no funding for staging conferences, symposia, seminars or events related to the project are allowed. Budgets are generally $200,000 to $250,000; the maximum is $300,000.

Nomination materials are due to Laurie Mayberry in the Provost’s Office by August 28, 2017. A committee of senior faculty will review the nominations and select one to be forwarded to the Mellon Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246 or