Humanities Research Fellowship and 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

Your application submission should consist of a single PDF-document containing the following items in order:
1. A brief title for your proposed project followed by anarrative project description of no more than five (5) pages *length limit is strictly enforced*. Be sure you place your project in the context of related work in the field and indicate the present state of your progress towards completion of the project.
2. A short c.v. listing scholarly publications and activities within the last five years

Once the eligibility and program policies and the application review questions have been carefully reviewed, you may submit your application(s) online.

HRF & MPG Online Application Form - Academic Year 23 (Fall 22, Spring 23) applications are due Friday, October 8, 2021.

After the application submission period comes to a close, the Deans’ Office will share complete eligible applications with Department Chairs. 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 technical issues, please contact Andrew Susskind, or your department manager.