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Research Fellowships and Workshops

Research Workshops provide support for individual scholars to conduct research and engage in scholarly activities. This page includes brief lists of fellowships and workshops relevant to faculty and graduate students in the liberal arts and human sciences, as well as a presentation and tips on writing and seeking fellowships.

The information on this page is provided by Tom Ewing, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Questions about any of the workshops or fellowships listed here should be directed to the program officers from the relevant funding agencies.

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowships Workshop: Tuesday, Feb. 6

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: Zoom, registration required

Contact: Tom Ewing, Associate Dean for Research

Past workshops and resources from them are linked here.

Workshop for faculty preparing applications for individual research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities (deadline April 10, 2024). Topics covered include reviewing guidelines, preparing proposal narratives, requesting recommendations, and anticipating financial arrangements. Workshop is open to all faculty in the liberal arts and human sciences.

Other fellowships to be discussed in the workshop include:

Fellowships for Faculty

Include full time research fellowships as well as short term residential and travel fellowships. 

Fellowships for Graduate Students

Include grants for a full academic year, travel or short-term funding, and partial support.  

Guides to Writing Fellowship Proposals:

Tips on writing fellowships:
Write persuasively, clearly, and intelligently
Make sure to capture reviewers’ attention immediately
Define the project’s purpose and goals
Explain the significance of the project
Address educated generalists and specialists in the field
Define an ambitious but realistic work plan
Proclaim the uniqueness of your project
Address all the required elements and the review criteria specified in guidelines
Highlight your scholarly accomplishments
Outline, write, revise, solicit reviews, revise again

Tips on fellowship planning:
Keep a list of potential fellowships updated and confirmed
Start the application process early
Identify potential letter writers
Consult with mentors about trajectory
Start by seeking smaller travel / short term funding
Consult with department chair about schedule and assignments
Apply for multiple fellowships
Don’t get discouraged
If rejected, as for reviews and feedback
Take reviews seriously and revise proposals
Integrate proposal writing with other kinds of writings (P&T statement, book prospectus, introduction)
Combine fellowships with university funding resources

Tom Ewing, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech