Arts & Humanities Fellows Program - Application

The annual selection of new fellows recognizes extraordinary scholarship and creativity among Texas A&M faculty members who are engaged in the humanities or the creative arts.

The Arts & Humanities Fellowship invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and creative arts pursuing projects that embody exceptional research. A primary goal of the program is to support significant advancement or completion of a major piece of scholarly or creative work by the applicant and increase external fellowship application success. Projects may be at any stage of development. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars and general audiences.

The 2024 competition includes two opportunities. One is the standard fellowship that has supported 63 faculty projects since 2015. The other is a new option, Emerging Technologies: Perspectives from the Arts and Humanities.  For each, completed applications must be submitted through InfoReady no later than 9 p.m. Central Daylight Time, April 20, 2024. Notification of awards will be sent via email in June 2024.

  • $15,000 will be awarded in the first year of the three-year fellowship.
  • Fellows can use their funds to support the advancement or achievement of their project without restriction.
  • All forms of humanistic research and creative projects are supported. The fellowship does not support faculty teaching activities, such as the preparation or revision of textbooks or curriculum development.

Funding for the new program* supports artistic and humanistic research that “explores the relationships between technology and society, and the impacts technology has on culture, health, social interactions, government, cultural institutions, the environment, and other aspects of life.” The fellowship does not support faculty teaching activities, such as the preparation or revision of textbooks or curriculum development.

We invite projects that link research and scholarly works to compelling social issues where technology plays a key role. Projects that seek to understand and address the ethical, legal and societal implications of artificial intelligence (AI) are particularly encouraged.

* Inspired by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ opportunity: Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities (neh.gov).

Projects led by a single researcher

  • $10,000 will be awarded in the first year of the two-year fellowship.
  • Fellows can use their funds to support the advancement or achievement of their project without restriction.

Projects led by collaborative teams

  • Two or more project directors (co-directors), each contributing equally to the research agenda(s), will lead projects in this category.
  • $15,000 will be awarded in the first year of the two-year fellowship.
  • Fellows can use their funds to support the advancement or achievement of their project without restriction.

Eligibility

Applications for either program must:

  1. be a Texas A&M PI eligible faculty engaged in scholarship in the humanities or creative work in the arts. Proposals in the social fields are eligible if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, political philosophy, history of psychology).
  2. have had a lapse of at least one year between the new application and the completion of their last A&H Fellowship.

Applications Requirements

For either program, applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Up to two additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]
  • Bibliography (no more than one single-spaced page)
  • Resume (no more than two single-spaced pages)
  • NOTE: A budget is not required

Arts & Humanities Fellowship Application

Evaluation Criteria for All Programs

Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following five criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant, taking into account relative advantages and constraints on resources for the proposed project and over the course of the applicant’s career.
  5. Public accessibility to, and community benefit from, the scholarly or artistic works of the proposed project.

Questions concerning the Arts & Humanities Fellows Program should be directed to:


979.845.8585