Arts & Humanities Fellows Program - RFP

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The Arts & Humanities Fellows Program was created to stimulate interactions among faculty in the Arts and Humanities at Texas A&M University as well as nationally and internationally.  Induction as an Arts & Humanities Fellow recognizes extraordinary scholarship and creativity and provides faculty a supportive environment through which to advance their scholarship and creative work and reward scholarly and artistic merit in their chosen discipline. It is also hoped that recognition as a fellow will build, strengthen, and sustain long-term relationships with fellows outside their chosen discipline.

Eligibility

Texas A&M University PI eligible faculty engaged in scholarship in the humanities or creative work in the arts, are eligible to apply for a three-year Arts & Humanities Fellows Program fellowship. A faculty member may receive no more than one Arts & Humanities Fellows Program award in a ten-year contiguous period. 

Calendar

Faculty are advised to submit their proposals into the E-proposal system at least twelve to twenty-four hours before the submission deadline below.

  • Opening date for the submission of proposals: Jan. 8, 2018.
  • Arts & Humanities Fellows Program proposal development seminars: Nov. 1, and 30, 2017 in room 3147 of the ILSB (Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Bldg.) 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Proposals must be finalized in the E-Proposal system no later than March 7, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. US Central Standard Time. (No late submissions will be accepted)
  • Notification of Fellowship awards: First Week of May, 2018. 
  • Estimated date of grant funding pending receipt of any required compliance approval: May 15, 2018.

Arts & Humanities Fellows Program Benefits

Faculty selected as Arts & Humanities Fellows will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • The fellowship award will be funded to each Arts & Humanities Program fellow in three yearly increments of $5,000 for a total of $15,000. In addition to funding, participation in the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program includes a number of other benefits for fellows.
  • A webpage for each fellow will be created in the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program website that will contain a photograph and a description of the work funded by their fellowship.
  • Fellows will receive a plaque attesting to their selection as a Arts & Humanities Fellow.
  • Each fellow’s image and information will be used in promotional materials created to publicize the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program. Fellows will also receive assistance with location of, and application to, additional fellowships and/or other types of significant external funding opportunities in their discipline.

Budget Information

Applicants to the Arts & Humanities Program must submit a detailed justification for all anticipated expenses listed in the budget request as they specifically relate to the work proposed. As the funds for this program are not fringe-bearing, fringe benefits must be included in the budget as a supplement to all requested salaries and should be calculated at 16.8 percent for faculty and staff and through a somewhat more involved calculation for graduate students, please see the linked page. Health insurance premiums must also be included separately. Current rates can be found at http://www.tamus.edu/assets/files/budgets-acct/pdf/Fringe-benefit-FY2018.pdf. For additional information regarding these benefits, applicants should contact their departmental business office. Facility and administrative (indirect) costs are not allowed. Applicants must submit a detailed justification for all expenses listed in the budget request as they specifically relate to the work proposed.

Fellowship Period

The Arts & Humanities Fellows Program awards are for a period of three years. Extensions may be requested in extraordinary circumstances. Any funds remaining in the fellow’s departmental account must be returned to the Division of Research within five days of the end of the fellowship period.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

A peer-review panel comprised of selected Texas A&M University arts and humanities faculty will evaluate and score each submitted proposal based upon the following major criteria:

  • Scholarly or artistic merit and originality of the proposed project . Original work will be given preference to the replication or extension of previous work.
  • The qualifications of the applicant to pursue the project successfully, and in the allotted time.
  • Clarity of project description, including outcomes and audiences.
  • Public accessibility to, and community benefit from, the scholarly or artistic works of the proposed project.
  • Professional presentation and completeness of the submitted proposal.

Upon Selection as a Arts & Humanities Fellow

The Division of Research will work closely with departmental business offices to create departmental accounts to receive Arts & Humanities Fellows Program fellowship funds on or about May 15, 2018.  Faculty who receive an award should contact their business office before making any final commitments concerning fellowship-related expenditures. Any expenses incurred by fellows related to their sponsored work beyond the amount of the fellowship award will not be reimbursed by this office.

Expectations

Scholarly or creative work sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program is expected to be reported or presented in appropriate scholarly forums including but not limited to: articles in peer-reviewed journals; scholarly books; peer-reviewed venues exhibiting creative work; and presentations at professional meetings.

Those who are awarded an Arts & Humanities Fellows Program fellowship are asked to provide a final report of their fellowship activities at the end of the third year their fellowship period and to submit the report to the Division of Research detailing how the fellowship funds were used and what work was completed by June 1 of their final year as a fellow. The final report form can be downloaded from the following link: Final Report, and upon completion should be submitted to Dr. Jim Izat; Arts & Humanities Fellows Program Officer, at jizat@tamu.edu. Fellows who do not submit a final report will not be eligible to participate in any future faculty enhancement programs supported through the Division of Research.

Works produced or created through the sponsorship of the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program can include but are not limited to: published books from significant scholarly publishers and university presses; published works of fiction from significant publishing houses; book chapters or essays in collection; monographs; peer-reviewed and highly selective conference proceedings; musical compositions; musical performances in peer-reviewed and other significant venues; two or three dimensional exhibitions of artistic work; installations of artistic work in public spaces; plays, librettos, musicals, or musical scores; artistic work in digital formats; and film.

Arts & Humanities Fellows will also plan a community outreach activity that will provide for the communication of their funded work to the university and wider communities. Methods that may be utilized to provide for this dissemination of their work can include but are not limited to: lectures to university faculty, staff and members of the wider community; performances for university faculty, staff, and members of the wider community; screenings of films produced and/or directed by fellows; activities designed to increase student awareness of, and interest, in the humanities and the arts; and activities designed to broaden participation of traditionally under-served populations of both undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and the arts.

All Arts & Humanities Program Fellows will be invited to an annual fellowship retreat meeting in the fall semester following their induction.

Travel Requests

Arts & Humanities fellowship funds may be expended for approved university travel, including foreign travel, provided such travel is within the guidelines of the University rule 21.01.03.M1, Foreign Travel (see: http://rules-saps.tamu.edu/PDFs/21.01.03.M0.02.pdf).

Research Compliance

If the proposed scholarly or creative work involves a compliance issue (for example, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for work requiring the involvement of persons other than the fellow), applicants must check the appropriate box in the general information section of the online application to signify that regulatory oversight and approval may be needed for their work. Please contact Dr. Jim Izat, Arts & Humanities Fellows Program Officer, at jizat@tamu.edu if such compliance oversight might be necessary. No Arts & Humanities Program funds can be disbursed to the departmental accounts of fellows until research compliance approval letters have been received by this office should such oversight be deemed necessary.

Format

All Arts & Humanities Fellows Program proposals must be submitted electronically using the online application system at: http://eproposal.tamu.edu. Applicants must have a NetID account to access the internal grants proposal submission (E-Proposal) online system. Faculty who do not have a NetID can register for one at: http://gateway.tamu.edu. A proposal will consist of the documents listed below. The abstract, project description, and faculty curriculum vitae should be uploaded in PDF format (only) in the designated location of the application template. Though the E-Proposal system automatically converts Word files to PDF files, to ensure that special characters and formatting are accurately reproduced, it is strongly recommended that faculty use Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word to convert Word files to PDF files before uploading through the E-Proposal system. Do not scan paper documents and upload the scans in PDF format. Any incomplete or unreadable documents and/or proposals will not be reviewed.

  • General information: Contact information for the applicant, compliance reporting (if necessary), key words for project, and report codes. Select the department through which the proposal should be routed for department head signature. Assign a descriptive title.
  • Abstract (uploaded PDF document): A summary briefly describing the applicant's fellowship work objectives, proposed methodology, and anticipated results in terms easily understandable to faculty outside the researcher’s discipline. The abstract should not exceed 150 words and must use Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins. Proposal authors should list up to five descriptive keywords associated with this proposal.
  • Project description (uploaded PDF document): A narrative of the applicant's proposed work of up to four pages in length using Times New Roman 12-point font, single spaced, with one-inch margins. The project description should include any illustrations, figures, or other information necessary to meet the following requirements:
    • applications must demonstrate the capability and credibility of the applicant to perform the scholarly or creative work proposed;
    • provide background information about the project and discuss its potential impact on the discipline;
    • state the specific objectives of the project;
    • describe the work to be performed and the tasks necessary for its completion;
    • describe the anticipated milestones in the described work expected within one, two and three years of the award;
    • describe the method or venue through which the scholarly or creative work planned will be shared with the wider community; and
    • describe any interdisciplinary linkages involved in the project.
  • Applicant's curriculum vitae (uploaded PDF document(s)): The CV should list recent academic background information and publications or creative works for each principal and co-principal investigator. NOTE: Please ensure that the CV in the E-Proposal system is current. If you require assistance in updating your vita please contact Jim Izat at jizat@tamu.edu.
  • Reporting data section/key words: All fields are required to be completed.
  • Budget: All Arts & Humanities Fellows program budgets must sum to a total of US $15,000 for the three year fellowship period.
  • Budget justification: Up to 3,000 characters, including spaces, itemizing each budgeted expense. Describe how each item in the budget, including a summer salary and fringe benefit request if applicable, will facilitate the goals of the project.
  • All applications must be submitted online through the E-Proposal system only. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. As a precaution, applicants are advised to keep a backup copy of their proposal submissions.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: The online application must be completed and saved in the E-Proposal online submission system no later than 5:00 p.m. (United States Central Standard Time) on Wednesday March 7, 2018.

On-Line Proposal Submission System: http://eproposal.tamu.edu

Click Here to Download a Guide to Using the e-Proposal System

Questions concerning the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program or the E-Proposal system should be directed to:

Dr. Jim Izat
Arts & Humanities Fellows Program Director
Research Development Services
Division of Research
E-mail: jizat@tamu.edu