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Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Study

Welcome to the online application for the Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Study. Before you start filling out the online form, you should have your Duck ID and password ready for log in. Once you are logged in, you can access the application form by clicking on "Presidential Fellows in Humanistic Study Application."


These competitive fellowships offer a $13,000 research fund to tenure-track faculty in the creative arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences at UO.  The awards will go to highly productive or highly promising tenure-track faculty working in humanistic areas to be (a) used for scholarly materials, travel, and other research expenses (copy editors, indexers, research assistants, subvention fees, etc.); (b) put toward summer, sabbatical, or fellowship salary; (c) combined with other individual resources to cover the cost of a course release, with departmental approval, during the academic year.  The open-purpose funding permits scholars to put the award to its best use for where they are in their progress on a given project; if taken as salary, the $13,000 will include OPE.

Scholars and creative arts faculty at the associate professor level, where research support is currently scarce, will receive priority for the Presidential Fellowships, but all tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.

Guidelines for Presidential Fellowship Applications for AY20-21

  1. Research or creative projects must be humanistic, but fellows may hold an appointment in any department, college, or school.  The term “humanistic,” as used here, includes literature, philosophy, history, religion, the arts and the performing arts, the history, theory, and criticism of the arts, and historical or interpretive aspects of the social sciences, natural sciences, and the professions.
  2. Only tenure-related UO faculty are eligible to apply.  The applicant must hold a UO appointment during the academic year of the research fellowship.
  3. If an applicant has received funding from any other source(s) for the same or a closely related research or creative project, they must indicate when, from whom, how much support they have previously received, and how the current proposal differs from the project previously funded.
  4. If a fellowship recipient is denied tenure or issued a terminal contract before the fellowship year begins or for the fellowship year, the fellowship must be forfeited.

Application Instructions


Complete all fields of the fillable application form below, writing in jargon-free language that will be clear to readers outside of your discipline.  Strictly adhere to the specified word count or page limits.

Paste the abstract into the fillable field and upload the narrative proposal and an abbreviated current curriculum vitae in the Project Description & Supporting Attachments section:

  1. An abstract (250 words or less) in language clear to non-specialists addressing:
    1. the problem or question you are addressing in your research or creative project
    2. the significance of the project
    3. what you expect to accomplish with the Presidential Fellowship resources
  2. A narrative proposal (limited to two single-spaced pages in Times 12 font with one-inch margins and saved as a PDF titled: LAST First - 2020 Presidential Prop.pdf).  Narratives must address:
    1. Conception and definition of the project.  Describe the specific research or creative project, explaining the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored.  Make clear the relationship of the project to your own past and future scholarly or creative objectives.
    2. Significance.  Explain the significance of the project and the anticipated contribution of your project to the existing body of scholarship or creative work on the topic or question.
    3. Plan of Work and Methodology.  Specifically outline the plan of work, methodology, and schedule for the proposed project.  Make clear any preliminary work already completed and the present state of the proposed project. 
    4. Scholarly/Creative Record and Expected Results. Your application must give evidence of continuous scholarly or creative productivity and timely completion of projects (a sabbatical application whose proposal came to fruition in publication in the anticipated time period; scholarship completed and published in accordance with the proposed time line on an awarded grant or fellowship; a record of scholarly accomplishment that exceeds expectations for quantity, quality, timeliness, and continuity of productivity in your unit P&T and/or merit policies; honors, awards). State when the project will be completed and what form the completed project will take (publication, installation, performance, etc.).  If publication or another form of acceptance of the results of the proposed research has already been arranged, provide this information in your proposal.
  3. An abbreviated current curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages and saved as a PDF titled: LAST First - 2020 Presidential CV.pdf) that includes:
    1. Education, with dates of degrees
    2. Employment history, with dates of employment and rank
    3. Academic honors or awards received, with dates
    4. Scholarly and creative work (publication, installation, performance, etc.) in last five years


Application documents must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 29, 2020.  There will be no exceptions for late applications.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of UO tenured faculty members from a variety of schools and disciplines in humanistic studies.  Applicants will be notified via email by July 15, 2020.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Karen Ford, Senior Divisional Dean for Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, at

Questions about the online form should be directed to Jules Jones at 541-346-3902 or

A complete application includes:

  • Completed application form
  • Abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Narrative proposal (2 pages maximum)
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)