In 2004, the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship to increase and retain the number of credentialed, diverse, and underrepresented faculty at the nation’s more than thirty tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).
This fellowship provides current TCU faculty who are in the final stages of completing a terminal degree program and are recognized as “All But Dissertation” (ABD) with a one-year award of $40,000 to complete their dissertation and requirements for graduation.
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
These prestigious and highly competitive awards offer substantial financial and mentoring support to selected Mellon Fellows. All fields of study are eligible, though preference is given to the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants must have approval from their TCU President to take the necessary time to complete their doctorate degree within the one-year term of the Mellon Fellowship. This requires applicants to negotiate release or flex time from their usual teaching and administrative duties at their TCUs prior to beginning the fellowship program.
Payments are disbursed four times over the one-year term of the Mellon Fellowship. Prior to disbursement, each Mellon Fellow and their advisor/mentor must submit a report detailing activities and satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree program and Mellon Fellowship goals. The final quarter of the $40,000 award is paid upon proof that requirements have been met for graduation and the degree will be conferred. This generally means certification of a successful dissertation defense and filing of papers for graduation.
The Mellon Faculty Enhancement Fellowship may not be renewed or extended beyond a six-month leeway to meet extraordinary circumstances.
Fellowship applications are evaluated and ranked by a committee of senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. The committee evaluates applications on the following criteria:
Applications must be received at the American Indian College Fund by May 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm MST.
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