Harris Faculty Fellowship Guidelines
A gift from the late Jack ('39) and Lucile Hanson ('40) Harris has endowed annual competitive fellowships for junior faculty members at Grinnell College. The fellowships provide awardees with a leave at full salary for one academic year and up to $6,000 in research/travel funds. The number of fellowships awarded each year depends on the annual endowment income of the Harris fund. The Dean of the College, following consultation with the Personnel Committee, the College Committee on Support for Faculty Scholarship, and appropriate evaluators, will select the Harris fellows.
Guidelines for Application:
1. Eligibility: Regular, full-time, untenured faculty possessing the terminal degree who are not yet eligible for regular sabbatical leave, who will have completed two years of continuous service at Grinnell, and who have received less than two years of prior teaching credit toward tenure at Grinnell are eligible to apply for a Harris Faculty Fellowship. Faculty on standard review schedules are eligible to apply in their third or fourth year. Faculty with one year credit for prior teaching may apply in their third year only. Faculty with two years credit for prior teaching are ineligible to apply. Faculty who have not counted all their years at Grinnell toward tenure are eligible to apply three and two years prior to the year of their tenure review. Faculty in regular, full time, non-tenure track positions (such as PE faculty and Library faculty) are eligible to apply for Harris Fellowship tenable in the two years prior to the year they are reviewed for promotion to Associate Professor.
2. Priorities of the Award: The awards will be based on the strength of the proposal with priority given to projects that show promised substantive progress or can be completed by the end of the leave period. Some preference may be given to proposals for projects that are likely to be completed within the year of the Harris Fellowship. The projects may encompass any field of study and should result in peer-reviewed products.
3. Provisions of the Award: The faculty member will be on leave at full salary for the academic year. An expense fund of $6,000 to cover direct research costs, including travel, supplies, equipment, etc. will be made available to awardees. Expenses allowable include those outlined in the guidelines for travel to professional meetings and grants from the Committee for the Support of Faculty Scholarship. This funding is expected to cover all travel and research expenses for the Harris year, including any travel to professional meetings which might otherwise be covered by CSFS funding. A replacement appointment at entry level will be provided to the appropriate department. Grinnell College expects that Harris Fellows will teach at the College for at least two years following the fellowship year or until their appointment to the faculty may end. In the event that a Harris Fellow chooses to terminate his or her appointment with Grinnell College prior to the expiration of the two-year post-fellowship period, the Harris expense fund of $6,000 must be repaid to Grinnell College within one year of termination of employment. A written report on the leave should be presented to the Dean of the College by August 30 of the year of leave. During the semester following the leave year Harris fellows will make an appropriate public presentation based on the results of their scholarship. Arrangements for the public presentation should be made by the Harris fellow in cooperation with his or her department.
4. How to Apply: Applications must be received in both electronic and hard-copy formats in the Office of the Dean of the College by 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday in August (FIRM DEADLINE!) and must be organized as follows (based on NEH Fellowship application instructions). In sending your electronic copy, please make sure that the abstract, 2-page summary and your c.v. can be readily sent separately to pre-reviewers (who do not receive the detailed proposal), and that the list of potential reviewers also can be kept separate, as that list is not sent to the selected proposal reviewers. Proposals that do not fit these guidelines will not be considered. You are strongly encouraged to work with Karen Wiese or Richard Cleaver in the Corporate, Government and Foundations Relations ("Grants") Office as you write your proposal.
Cover page: Please include proposal title, name, and one paragraph abstract of proposal.
Summary of proposed study: This summary should be written in non-technical, jargon-free language to allow reviewers to understand the proposal and must not exceed two single-spaced pages. Please note that the summary section is written for an audience that is likely not to be expert in the applicant's field. This section must be free of abstruse technical language.
Description of proposed study: It is essential that the text include enough detail about the ideas, objectives, and methods entailed in the project to enable reviewers to assess quality, significance, and feasibility. A simple statement of need or intent is insufficient evidence that a project merits support. Although no particular form is prescribed, the description of the project should address the questions listed below. The text must not exceed five single-spaced pages.
- What are the basic ideas, problems, works, or questions the study will examine; what is the planned approach or line of thought?
- What is the relationship between the proposed work and the work of others in the same field? What is distinct and timely about the proposed study?
- What contribution is the proposed study likely to make to the field of study or to teaching and learning generally?
- What form is the proposed study likely to assume, such as a book, monograph, text, article, series of lectures, etc.? For what audience are the results of the study intended, such as students, other teachers, other scholars, the general public, or some combination of these? Has a publisher expressed interest in or awarded a contract for the work?
- What is the current state of the proposed study? There should be a proposed schedule or plan of work, including expected milestones.
- What are the prospects for access to resources necessary for the work, including archives, collections, equipment, institutions and people? At what location or locations will the applicant conduct the study and what materials will be used?
Context Statement (one or two single-spaced pages): This statement reviews the relationship of the proposed work to the applicant's overall program of scholarship. The context statement describes the applicant's current scholarly activities and the present status of this proposed project, and clarifies how this work contributes to the applicant's long-range goals as a teacher and scholar. Applicants should make the case as to why they are particularly qualified and prepared to carry out this project. If the area of study is new to the applicant, the applicant should explain the context for embarking on this new enterprise.
Bibliography: Following the description of the project should be a selected list, which normally should not exceed two pages, of publications by other scholars and writers or of primary materials and sources that the applicant has used or is planning to use that have the greatest relevance to the proposed study. This list of readings and materials is vital to the proposal, because reviewers and panelists may determine from it the amount of work or preparation an applicant has done in the field, the character of the applicant's interests, and the nature of the approach to the proposed topic.
Budget: The budget will contain an outline of proposed direct research costs and may not exceed $6,000.
Curriculum vitae: The curriculum vitae may be up to five pages in length.
Outside evaluator list: On a separate sheet, please provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses if available of five persons who are familiar with the field of the proposed study. Please indicate prior personal or professional relationships, if any, you may have had with the individuals whose names you supply. The Dean of the College will ask these persons to suggest names of possible outside reviewers. You should discuss your proposal with your department chair or another experienced member of the department. Before submitting the proposal, please give a copy to your chair. If we need a letter from the chair, the Dean's office will contact the chair directly. Applications will normally be reviewed by three outside evaluators in the appropriate research or curricular area. These persons will be selected by the Dean of the College and the Committee on Support of Faculty Scholarship. Final selection of the leave awards will be made by the Dean of the College, with the advice of the Committee on Support of Faculty Scholarship and the Personnel Committee.