Mellon New Directions Fellowship – Nominations due August 27

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has invited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to nominate one outstanding faculty member for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowships. The purpose of the program is to provide support for faculty members in the humanities who would benefit from acquiring systematic training outside their own disciplines. Candidates are to be between 6 and 12 years from receiving their Ph.D. (i.e., degree received between May 1, 2002, and June 30, 2008). Those named will receive approximately one year’s academic salary, two summers of additional support at the equivalent of two-ninths of the previous academic year salary, and tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows’ training programs. Funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award.

The principal criteria for the awards are 1) the overall significance of the research, 2) the case for the importance of extra- disciplinary training for furthering the research, 3) the likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed, and 4) a well-developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time. Mellon will select approximately 10 to 15 finalists to present to the Foundation’s Trustees.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate or nominate a candidate, please send the nomination information to Laurie Mayberry in 117 Bascom Hall, or via e-mail to The packet of information should contain the following materials:

  1. A brief descriptive overview of the candidate’s research trajectory, his/her accomplishments to date, an outline of the proposed program of study, and the candidate’s plan for future research. (Maximum length 600 words.)
  2. A proposal (maximum length 2,000 words) and a summary of the proposal (no more than 300 words).
  3. A substantial letter of appraisal from the department chair (or other informed senior colleague) that describes the importance of the candidate’s proposed future research and evaluates the proposed program of study. A letter of recommendation from a colleague in the new field is optional, but would be welcome.
  4. The candidate’s brief curriculum vitae (no more than 5 pages).
  5. A proposed budget including salary and standard fringe benefits, projected training costs, project-related travel, and in certain circumstances (such as vital professional meetings and short site visits) lodging. No overhead or indirect costs are permitted, and no funding for staging conferences, symposia, seminars or events related to the project are allowed.

See: proposal-guidelines

Nomination materials are due to Laurie Mayberry in the Provost’s Office by August 27, 2014. A committee of senior faculty will review the nominations and select one to be forwarded to the Mellon Foundation.

Please see the attached document for further information. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Mayberry at 262-5246 or