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Mid-Career Research Fellowship

Deadline: Monday, October 8, 2018 11:59pm


The Mid-Career Research Fellowship is intended to contribute to the individual Fellow's scholarly growth and rejuvenation by providing a full academic year of release time from teaching and regular service obligations. This fellowship will provide mid-career faculty members at the Associate Professor level an opportunity to stay engaged in research and writing by undertaking a post-tenure research project of the kind required for promotion to Full Professor.

The time and space to undertake this project is intended to help Associate Professors to promotion to Full Professor rank. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their teaching, research, and service as an Associate Professor are on track for promotion to Full Professor.


The Hall Center's Mid-Career Research Fellowship is for a full academic year.  Fellows receive an office in the Hall Center and release from teaching and service obligations. With support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the award ensures the payment of the fellow's regular salary during the time of their fellowship.


Eligible applicants will:

1. Be a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Kansas within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the time of application and the time of the fellowship;

2. Propose a humanities-oriented project worthy of a year's concentrated effort;

3. Demonstrate a commitment to seek promotion to the Full Professor rank;

4. Demonstrate a track record of successful research, teaching, and service during the Associate Professor phase;

5. Not have held an internal or external research leave or sabbatical leave in the two years prior to the start of the proposed fellowship period;

6. Not hold another internal or external semester or year-long fellowship at the same time as the Mid-Career Research Fellowship.

REQUIREMENTSFellows are required to:

1. Maintain residence in their Hall Center office during the fellowship year;

2. Participate in the Hall Center's monthly Resident Fellows Seminar;

3. Submit a brief report on the work accomplished and its impact on the overall project no later than May 31 immediately following the academic year of the fellowship;

4. Return to their full-time KU responsibilities and serve for a minimum of one academic year at the end of the fellowship period; persons who do not return to the institution following the fellowship period shall reimburse KU for their salary and fringe benefits paid during the fellowship period; and

5. Deposit with the Hall Center copies of any publications that result from work undertaken during the fellowship period.

APPLICATION PROCESSAll application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

4. Upload the following materials as 3 separate PDF files:

a. Curriculum Vitae not to exceed 2 pages that includes:

* Record of applicant's education, including the dates when degrees were awarded;

* Record of applicant's employment;

* List of applicant's teaching accomplishments;

* List of applicant's service to the department, university, and scholarly field;

* List of applicant's publications, including page numbers for journal articles and book chapters; and

* List of applicant's awards and grants. 

b. Project Description not to exceed six double-spaced pages, with one-inch margins and twelve-point type. Endnotes are included in the page limitations.  Explain the goals, methods and significance of the project and its contribution to the pertinent discipline and to the humanities generally.  Place the work in your overall research trajectory. Include a work plan of what will be accomplished during the fellowship period, what will be accomplished after the fellowship period, and your plans for external funding applications. Include information on when you plan to apply for promotion to Full Professor and explain how your research, teaching and service record make you an ideal candidate for promotion.

c. One-page bibliography, single-spaced with a return space between each entry with one-inch margins and twelve-point type.

5. Ensure the upload of three original letters of recommendation in English, including one letter from the applicant's chair and two letters from referees not affiliated with KU.  Applicants with joint appointments must ask both of their department chairs to submit.  Two letters from reviewers outside KU are still required in such cases. Reference letters should discuss the proposed work's importance to the overall project, the project's significance to the field and to its intended audience, its likely result or outcome, the general quality of the applicant's work and the applicant's ability to bring the proposed project to fruition.  The letter from the department chair should attest to the applicant's record of research, teaching, and service, and should confirm that the applicant is able to take the research leave if the fellowship is awarded.

All reference letters must be submitted via the Hall Center Competitions Portal prior to the application deadline.  Applicants will submit the names and email addresses of referees via the portal. This submission will generate notifications and instructions for the referees, allowing them to submit their reference letters electronically.  Applicants will receive a notification email when a referee has completed a reference.  Applicants may also log into the system at any time to see if a reference letter has been submitted.  The letter itself will not be visible to the applicant.

Applicants should submit the names of their references well before the application deadline to allow sufficient time for the preparation and submission of the letters.  References will not be allowed to submit letters after the application deadline has passed.

No extraneous materials will be considered.

CRITERIA A committee appointed by the Hall Center Director selects Fellows according to the following criteria:

1. Significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to thought and knowledge in the pertinent genre, tradition, or field, and to the humanities generally;

2. Quality of the conception, definition, organization and description of the proposed project;

3. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the work proposed for the fellowship period;

4. Likelihood that the applicant will complete the overall project;

5. Feasibility and thoughtfulness of the applicant's external funding plans; and

6. Likelihood that the applicant's record of research, teaching, and service will result ultimately in a promotion to Full Professor.


An interdisciplinary panel of KU faculty with successful grant and publishing track records selects awardees.  The Hall Center Director brings together a unique panel for each competition.  Reviewers are asked to read the applications and enter their comments and rankings for each applicant in the online portal. Reviewers then meet to discuss individual applications and determine awardees.  Unsuccessful applicants may request copies of the initial comments.  While these reflect only an individual reviewer's comments and not the final consensus of the group, they are offered to applicants as input that may help improve their applications for future competitions.  


Applicants should direct all questions about the fellowship to Hall Center Interim Director Marta Caminera-Santangelo (4-3054; camsan@ku.edu) or to Associate Director Sarah Bishop (4-7823; sarahbishop@ku.edu).

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