Note on Fellowship Application Methods
As of April 2013, Appalachian State University is in the process of developing formal policies and procedures about fellowships. Contact your department chair or Sponsored Programs for updated information.
Some fellowships can be submitted by the individual faculty member; others need to be submitted through AGrants and reviewed by Sponsored Programs. Contact Sponsored Programs for guidance. Submission procedures depend on the sponsor’s guidelines and on the nature of the project. If the fellowship: (a) is awarded to an organization, not an individual, or requires a signature from an authorized organizational representative (AOR) (b) is for a project that involves an institutional commitment, such as a commitment of faculty time away from the classroom or of university resources, or (c) could involve risks or liabilities for the university, then the fellowship application need to be routed through AGrants for internal approvals before submission. Some faculty choose to route fellowship proposals through Sponsored Programs even if the program will make awards directly to individuals for accounting, tax, or reporting reasons. Contact Sponsored Programs for more information about the advantages and disadvantages of applying as an individual or through your institution. Applicants should also check with their department chair before submitting fellowship applications, especially residential fellowships that take place during the academic year, since different departments handle fellowships and OCSA differently.
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing
Fellowships of $25,000 in prose and poetry to enable published creative writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career advancement. Competition for fellowships is extremely rigorous; the NEA typically receives more than 1,000 applications each year in this category and award fellowships to fewer than 5% of applicants. Deadline: Fellowships in poetry and prose are offered in alternating years; poetry applications are due in even-numbered years and prose applications are due in odd-numbered years. Applications are usually due in March for projects beginning the following deadline.
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects
Fellowships of $12,500 or $25,000 for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The Arts Endowment encourages translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of published literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not yet been translated into English. Deadline: One annual deadline, usually in early December for projects beginning the following November.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships
Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for people who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with six to twelve months in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. No special conditions attach to the Fellowships, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year and makes approximately 200 awards. Award amounts vary based on the Fellows’ plans and other resources. Deadline: One annual deadline in mid-September.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. The average funding rate is 7%. Deadline: One annual deadline in late April or early May, for projects beginning the following January.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. The average funding rate is 8%. Appalachian State is only allowed to submit two applications per year for the Summer Stipends program, so there is an annual internal competition to select the two applicants. For internal competition information, see this page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: One annual internal deadline at ASU, usually in late summer, about ten weeks before the NEH deadline.
- Fulbright Programs
The term "Fulbright Program" encompasses a variety of international exchange programs, including both individual and institutional grants.
- The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (also called the Core Program) sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Typically one annual deadline in August.
- The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the core Fulbright Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Rolling deadlines.
- The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Typically one annual deadline in March.
- There are also Fulbright programs to support faculty and staff participation in special seminars and visiting international faculty at U.S. institutions. As of March 2015, the current Fulbright representatives at Appalachian State are Drs. Jeanne Dubino and Nina-Jo Moore. Contact them for more information about Fulbright.
How to find other fellowship opportunities
- Browse the Humanities and Social Sciences Funding Opportunities Guide compiled by the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. This extensive guide lists both residential and non-residential (“portable”) fellowship opportunities.
- Browse recent issues of GRC Deadlines. This monthly publication from the AASCU’s Grants Resource Center lists funding opportunities with deadlines in the next 90 days. Humanities fellowships are listed in the first section of each month’s issue (“Arts/Humanities/International”).