Faculty Fellowship Applications

Applications for 2021–2022 faculty fellowships are now closed and will reopen in Fall 2021 for next year.


IAS residential fellowships are designed to allow fellows to participate in and benefit from the IAS’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. 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 on the Twin Cities campus. 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 public programs.

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.

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. IAS Advisory Board members and faculty who had IAS residential fellowships in 2016-17 or later are not eligible. All other University of Minnesota regular faculty from the five system campuses are eligible. Fellows from the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 for relocation expenses during the fellowship semester. 

We strongly encourage applicants to discuss with their department chair/head, in advance of applying, the implications of a semester’s teaching leave. All applications are subject to departmental and collegiate approval for this leave.

An information session about IAS Faculty Fellowships featuring Jennifer Gunn (Director, IAS) and Susannah Smith (Managing Director, IAS). Recorded October 8, 2020.


Application Instructions

NOTE: The project description and CV will be uploaded to the application system and must be PDFs. We recommend that you leave no spaces in the title of your PDFs, or your reviewers will have trouble opening them.

For link to Application Portal (WFGEN) and detailed application instructions, click here.

Faculty wishing to apply to become Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022 will submit the following:

1. Proposal abstract (up to 1,200 characters, including spaces).

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. We are interested in your methods, key questions, and the categories you assume or question. 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 within the IAS’s interdisciplinary community, and how you see yourself contributing to that community. If your project involves collaboration or broader community engagement, please briefly describe that.

If you are applying as a team with other faculty members, each person must submit an individual application. The project description may be largely the same, but your individual proposal description must include a paragraph specifying precisely what your contribution to the final project will be. Since your opportunity to be in residence together depends on your being in residency the same semester, please be sure that all members of the team have cleared that semester’s availably with their departmental chair/head.

Note: 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. 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, i.e., 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. Do not include letters of support or writing samples.

Applications are submitted online. After submission, your application will route to your department chair/head and then to your dean for approval. Once your application has been approved, it will route to the IAS for consideration. We hope to make decisions on fellowship recipients by the beginning of the spring semester.

If you have questions about the Faculty Fellows Program, the suitability of your project for the program, or the content of your application, please contact IAS Director Jennifer Gunn at [email protected]. If you have questions about application procedures or the online application system, contact IAS Managing Director Susannah Smith at [email protected].

Applications are due to the IAS by Monday, November 9 by 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Powerpoint, including tips on what makes a good proposal.