Master’s Fellowships for TCU Faculty and Staff Members

Mellon Master’s Fellowships for TCU Faculty and Staff Members
  • Overview
  • Contact Information
  • Degrees & Fellowships
  • Detailed Budget
  • Personal Statement
  • Permission Signatures


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted the American Indian College Fund funding to assist faculty members at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to earn master’s degrees. TCU staff members who are likely to become faculty members are also eligible for these fellowships. For academic year 2018-2019, the College Fund will award ten (10) fellowships of $25,000 for a two-year period. Fellowships may be used for tuition, fees, books, travel to classes, and other educational expenses. This packet contains instructions and forms for applying for the fellowships.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a current tribal college faculty member or a staff member likely to become a faculty member in the future. The College Fund holds a strong preference for collaborating with the TCUs to “grow their own” faculty members from their communities.
  • Be admitted to or enrolled in an accredited master’s degree program. The Mellon Foundation prefers to fund graduate degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences; please see Appendix A for preferred fields of study.
  • Be committed to completing a master’s degree within two years of receiving the fellowship.
  • Committed to serving at a TCU for at least two years after completion of the fellowship.
  • Possess a demonstrated commitment to American Indian education and scholarship.


  • Attend a two-day fellowship orientation program.
  • Authorize regular progress reports and contact between the master’s degree granting university and the College Fund’s Faculty Development Program Officer.
  • Work with peers and mentors in the Master’s Fellowship support program.
  • Maintain regular contact with the College Fund’s Program Officer during and two years after completion of Master’s Program.
  • Complete a master’s degree within two years of being awarded the fellowship.

Application Checklist / Required Documents

Applicants must submit the following documents and information to receive full consideration during the committee evaluation process:


  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
  • Classics
  • Geography
  • English
  • Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus)
  • Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Music Theory
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • History and History of Art
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Performance Studies (theoretical focus)
  • Philosophy and Political Theory
  • Religion and Theology
  • Sociology
  • Theater (theoretical focus)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary areas of study may be eligible if they have one or more Mellon fields at their core.

Selection Process

The College Fund will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s potential to make long-term contributions to TCUs in teaching, research, and service
  • Academic potential to succeed in graduate study and complete a master’s degree
  • Potential and interest for eventually completing a terminal degree in the humanities or humanistic social sciences
  • Competence displayed in the application--clarity and completeness of the written materials
  • Quality of references and support from the applicant’s TCU administration

Please see the following application materials. Application Deadline: Applications must be completely uploaded by 11:59 pm MST Friday, May 1, 2020. Do not hesitate to contact Cathy Noland, Faculty Development Program Officer, at 303-430-5325 or, for further information.

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