Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is all set to appreciate and award funds to the deserving applicants through the New Directions fellowships. The faculty members who hold a doctorate degree in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for training in a discipline other than the one they are expert in are eligible to enjoy this Fellowship.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship is awarded to worthy researchers who wanted to benefit humanities by encouraging them in cross-disciplinary research. The Fellowship is started to promote hard-working and passionate candidates to do well in their fields.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a non-profit corporation. This foundation was formed on June 30, 1968. The Andrew W. Mellon was founded by merging two foundations namely The Avalon Foundation and The Old Dominion Foundation. The mission behind starting The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is to build communities enriched by meaning and empowered by imagination, new ideas, and critical thinking.
Who May Be Eligible?
Before applying for the fellowship check through this eligibility requirements
- Applicant should be a faculty member who is 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 have expertise.
- Applicant should have an overall significance in the research.
- Candidate should have a well-developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period.
How to apply?
Applicants have to create an account. Applicant’s nomination should be enrolled through the same account; one nomination has been invited an institutional contact will then gain access to the application in the portal. All the supporting documents should be provided.
Applicants must submit all the documents with the fellowship form. The papers should be provided in the form of PDFs.
- Applicants have to submit a nomination letter from an officer indicating institutional endorsement from a dean, provost, or the president.
- Applicants have submitted their project summary with the application. This summary should not exceed the word limit of 300 (i.e. 2,000 characters including spaces)
- Candidates have to attach a proposal. This proposal should be no more than 2,000 words (i.e. 13,000 characters, including spaces). The proposal should briefly state the motive behind all the significance of the research, why did you undertake this project and how this Fellowship will help you with the development of the field.
- Applicants have to attach a budget using the templates given within the portal. This budget should include all the necessary expenses related to the research, including travelling, accommodations, critical professional meetings, etc. The fellowship fund is decided by the research proposal and the budget submitted by the applicant.
- A letter of recommendation should be attached to the fellowship letter. This letter should be from the applicant’s department chairperson or any other senior colleague. The letter should be addressed as the candidate’s preparation and the relationship of ‘new direction’ for the research and pedagogy.
- Candidates have to submit concise curriculum vitae with the application. These curriculum vitae should not be more than five pages.
The benefit of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship is usually decided by the budget proposal submitted by the applicant. Budget usually ranges from $1, 75,000 to $2, 50,000. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship committee reviews the research proposal and budget proposal submitted by the applicant to confirm the fellowship fund. The final budget is a maximum of $3, 00,000 and the term of this fellowship fund covers a minimum of two years. Other than this few benefits are
– The equivalent of one academic year’s salary
– Two summers of additional support each at the equivalent two-ninths of the previous academic year salary
– Tuition or course fees or equivalent direct expenses associated with the fellows training program
Applications for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship are opened.