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Four full year Faculty Fellowships are awarded to Cornell faculty each year by our Board of External Advisors. Fellows' appointments are subject to the consent of their department chair and the approval of the Dean. Applicants must be in their second year of tenure-track employment in order to apply for a Faculty Fellowship. Tradition has restricted fellowships to professors in humanities departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, though faculty members holding regular appointments elsewhere in the university are welcome to apply if their work is closely related to the year's theme and if their Dean is willing to provide their salary during their appointment at the Society.

Faculty Fellows receive leaves of absence from their departments, but not from Cornell; the College of Arts and Sciences has been allowing the time spent as a Faculty Fellow to count in computing regular sabbatic leave. A Faculty Fellow is paid through his or her department the salary he or she would have received, plus Cornell's contribution to fringe benefits. (Applicants should inform their department chair of their intention to apply and receive a brief letter of support committing to prior release from teaching and advising. Where necessary, departments negotiate with the Dean for funds to help provide replacement teaching.) Office space and clerical assistance in matters related to the Fellow's research are provided in the Andrew D. White Center for the Humanities.

Faculty Fellows are released from, and are expected to decline, the usual departmental, college, or university obligations. An exception is normally made for supervision of graduate student research in cases where an interruption would be detrimental to the student. Fellows are expected to spend most of their time in research and writing, but they offer a weekly seminar during one semester of their residency on a topic related to their research and in keeping with the Society's focal theme. We prefer that these seminars be somewhat experimental and interdisciplinary -- in any case, not what you normally offer to satisfy established curricular requirements of your department.


Please email the following application materials to by October 31st, 2015. Please email materials in a single PDF in the order listed below with the subject line “FACULTY FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION_Last Name”. *Note especially item 5.*

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. List of the leaves or fellowships you have held in the past 3 years.

3. The names of three referees willing to supply confidential statements. One of the referees should be a colleague at Cornell; the other two, scholars at other institutions. Please inform your referees of our focal theme, your proposed plans for teaching and research, and ask them to forward their letters either electronically or by post by October 31st.

4. From the Department Chair, a brief letter of support committing to prior release from teaching and advising upon receipt of a fellowship.

5. A brief statement concerning the research you expect to undertake during the tenure of your fellowship and how it relates to the theme for 2016/2017.

6. Short description of the seminar you propose to offer, suitable for the University Course Catalogue.

7. No more than three of your articles.

We must stress the importance of our being able to supply all these materials to the External Advisory Board; it should be obvious that letters from distinguished referees at other institutions are extremely important. We might add that the Board generally gives special weight to candidates' descriptions of their proposed research and the contribution it might make to our understanding of the year's theme.

We hope you will consider becoming a candidate. If you would like to apply, please send the above materials by October 31st. We shall announce the results of the election of the Faculty Fellows after the meeting of the External Advisory Board in December.