Mellon New Strategies for the Humanities at Berkeley

Books seem to fly through the staircase atrium leading down to the Gardner stacks in Doe Library in an art installation by J. Ignacio Diaz de Rabago, an artist-in-residence with UC Berkeley's Consortium for the Arts and the Arts Research Center.

Mellon New Strategies for the Humanities at Berkeley

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New Strategies for the Humanities at Berkeley offers generous awards that support the integration of the humanities with the University's strategic plan, which emphasizes the need for UC Berkeley to model “the university of the future” in the context of its role as a public research university. 

The Division of Arts & Humanities is seeking course proposals from faculty members for three interlinked programs: (1) Collaborative Research Seminars that bring together faculty teams and graduate students from across the university to focus on a multidisciplinary research theme or a new academic cluster; (2) undergraduate Mentored-Research Labs that offer topical instructions, mentorship, and research opportunities, and which result in conferences, exhibits, or other presentations; and, (3) team-taught Compass Courses, in which three professors introduce first-year students to the riches of the Arts & Humanities through a central topic.

Full funding details, calls for proposals, and application forms are listed below. Applications for fall 2021 and spring 2022 are due on Sunday, October 4, 2020. You are welcome to apply for multiple programs per cycle (e.g. Compass Course and Mentored-Research), but you may only be part of one application per program (e.g. please do not submit more than one Compass Course application per cycle). Decisions will be made by the end of October. Questions may be referred to Les Gorske, Academic Director, New Strategies for the Humanities.


A list of prior recipients and sample class projects is available online.

 

Compass Courses

Call for Applications

Application Form

Applications are open to teams of three ladder-rank faculty within the Division of Arts & Humanities only.

Mentored-Research Labs

Call for Applications

Application Form

While preference is given to ladder-rank faculty from within the Division of Arts & Humanities, applications are open to ladder-rank faculty from other Divisions.

Collaborative Research Seminars

Call for Applications

Application Form

Proposals must be made by a team of three faculty members. Teams must include two representatives from the Division of Arts & Humanities and one from an outside discipline. While preference is given to teams of three ladder-rank faculty, teams may include one lecturer (SOE or PSOE) and two ladder-rank faculty.