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Faculty from all University of Minnesota campuses are eligible to apply for the IAS Residential Fellowship.

Applications for 2017-18 are due at noon, Monday October 24, 2016. Detailed instructions and link to application system will be posted at the end of August.

2016-17 Fellows are listed here.

Powerpoint from Fall 2015 information sessions, with tips on what makes a good proposal.

The Institute covers one-half of the fellow’s B-base salary and fringe (up to a maximum of $30,000) for the semester in residence; the fellow’s home college is responsible for the remaining one-half of the salary and fringe. Residential fellowships are not leaves; fellows may still have responsibilities in their home departments. Fellowships are intended to give the faculty member time to work on research and creative work; therefore faculty members may not teach (regular or overload) during their fellowship semester. Faculty members may not accept both an IAS fellowship and a single-semester or sabbatical leave in the same academic year. IAS Advisory Board members and faculty who had IAS residential fellowships in 2012-13 or later are not eligible. All other University of Minnesota faculty from the five system campuses are eligible.

Up to twelve faculty fellows are selected annually to spend a semester in residence at the Institute, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines. Each faculty fellow is provided with private workspace and a computer in the IAS’s offices in Northrop. Fellows are required to attend the weekly Residential Fellows lunches, where fellows share their work in progress. Fellows are expected to participate in other activities of the Institute, including attendance at events.

Scholars who are engaged in collaborative work may apply in teams of two or three as faculty fellows. Those applying as part of a team may include the same general project description in their individual applications, but each must also include at minimum a paragraph describing precisely what her or his contribution to the final project will be. Applications from faculty applying in teams will be evaluated on individual merit as well as part of the group.

IAS residential fellowships are designed to allow fellows to participate in and benefit from the IAS’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. Potential applicants should consider whether they are looking to share their work and learn from others. Proposals that address only the need for time off to write are generally not successful.

The following instructions are from last year’s application cycle and are here for information only. This site will be updated with current instructions by the end of August, 2016.

Faculty wishing to apply to become Faculty Fellows for 2016-17 will submit the following. All uploaded documents must be PDFs. We recommend that you leave no spaces in the title of your PDFs, or your reviewers will have trouble opening them.

1. Proposal abstract (up to 200 words).

2. Description (up to 1,500 words) of the research or creative project that will be undertaken during the period of residence, its significance, and a discussion of the ways that residency in the Institute for Advanced Study specifically would advance the project. Tell us what you hope to accomplish during your residence at the IAS and how you will move the project forward after your fellowship. We are particularly interested in seeing how you envision the development of your project in the IAS’s interdisciplinary community and how you see yourself contributing to that community. If your project involves collaboration or community engagement please briefly describe that. If you are applying as a team with other faculty members, your project description may be largely the same, but your proposal must include a paragraph specifying precisely what your contribution to the final project will be.
Note: if you have a “works cited” section, you do not have to include it in your word count.

3. Complete curriculum vita.

You may also attach up to three additional files, such as digital images. These must be saved as PDFs. If you include spaces in the name of the file, your departmental and college reviewers may have trouble opening them.

Proposals are submitted online.

Applications for Faculty Fellows should be submitted for Departmental approval by noon Friday, October 23, 2015. Departments will have until Wednesday, October 28 to approve applications.
Deans will have until Monday, November 2 to approve applications.

Jennifer Gunn may be reached at or 612-626-5149.
We hope to make decisions on fellowship recipients by the beginning of the spring semester.

Page updated 21 July 2016