Humanities Research Fellowship & Mellon Project Grant

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 & 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 & Humanities, is intended to support research costs for full professors in the Arts & 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

HRF & MPG 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 link below.

After the application submission period comes to a close, the Deans’ Office will share complete eligible applications with Department Chairs. The Chairs will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation for each applicant and a ranking of all applications within their department. If you are a Chair applying to the HRF program, the Dean will select an impartial designe to review all applications from your department.

If you have any questions or techinical issues, please contact Andrew Susskind, or your department manager.

HRF & MPG Online Application Form - The Academic Year 21 (Fall 20, Spring 21) application closed on September 30, 2019. Please return to this page in August 2020 to apply for Academic Year 22.