Humanities Research Fellowship and Mellon Project Grant

The Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Letters and Science takes great pleasure in offering the Humanities Research Fellowship (HRF) program and the Mellon Project Grant (MPG) program.

The Humanities Research Fellowship (HRF) program supplements the sabbatical salaries of assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors at UC Berkeley who are engaged in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts. Funded by the McEnerney Endowment in the Division of Arts and Humanities, the HRF program enables faculty members to take research leaves ahead of the normal sabbatical-leave schedule.

The Mellon Project Grant (MPG) program, funded by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation to the Division of Arts and Humanities, is intended to support research costs for full professors in the arts and humanities and social sciences at UC Berkeley who are engaged in research in humanistic disciplines or who work in the creative arts. Please note that the MPG is no longer available for associate and assistant professors and is only available for full professors.

Eligible faculty members may apply for a fellowship, for a project grant, or for both.

Please carefully review the HRF Eligibility and Program Policy and/or the MPG Eligibility and Program Policy prior to submitting an application. Please also review the Application Review Questions – a document created to assist applicants refine and rethink their applications.

HRF Eligibility and Program Policy 

MPG Eligibility and Program Policy

Application Review Questions

Once the eligibility and program policies and the application review questions have been carefully reviewed you may submit your application(s) by using the below link.

Applications are due by midnight on September 21, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.

The Deans’ Office will provide the applications to the Department Chairs and request a letter of recommendation for each applicant and a ranking of all applications from their respective departments. If you are a Chair applying the Dean will select a professor in your department to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Recommendation letters and ranked applications are due from department chairs by October 9, 2015.

If you have any questions or problems please contact Alythea Morrell ( or your department manager.


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