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Franke Faculty Fellowships
Each year the Franke Institute for the Humanities awards a limited number of Faculty Residential Fellowships to members of the University of Chicago faculty who are engaged in interdisciplinary projects. We will make up to eight awards for 2020-2021; the deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, February 14th.   

All tenure-track or tenured members of both the Humanities faculty and the Social Sciences faculty are eligible to apply. Normally, we expect to appoint six or seven faculty fellows from the Humanities Division and one from the Social Sciences. In the Humanities, we make an effort to balance awards among tenured and junior faculty, with some priority for junior faculty; in the Social Sciences, strong priority is given to junior faculty. The fellowship is understood to be especially useful for junior faculty midway to their tenure decision. With regard to the Faculty Research Leave program, and in conjunction with a regularly scheduled, two-quarter leave granted by your division, the Franke Fellowship provides an additional third quarter of leave time. (In the Humanities Division, it also fulfills the criterion of a ‘prestigious’ fellowship.) Faculty Fellows are relieved of all teaching responsibilities for all three quarters of the award year, and are in residence at the Franke Institute for the full year. Department chairs are encouraged to free Fellows insofar as possible from regular committee and advisory responsibilities for the full year. The Institute provides quiet and isolated office space and administrative support for all Fellows.

Applications should specify, in no more than 1500 words, the intellectual project from which the proposal emerges and the specific goals which are expected to be accomplished during the period of fellowship. The applications should also include a current curriculum vitae, the cover and signature sheet attached to this memo, and two letters of reference: one from an appropriate colleague in the applicant's field (from elsewhere) who is qualified to judge the merits of the project, the second from a Chicago faculty member (normally from the applicant's department) describing both the merits of the project and the applicant's potential and stature in the field. Applicants should confer with their Department Chair before deciding on referees; please note that the names of referees must appear on the cover sheet, and that the Department Chair must sign this sheet as validation of your eligibility for a three-quarter divisional leave during the prospective year of a Franke Fellowship. (Note: All leaves are subject to approval by the Dean and the Provost.)

The Fellows chosen will be encouraged to propose activities (symposia, visiting lectures, etc.) relevant to their research topics for possible funding by the Franke Institute during the year, and will be expected to participate in biweekly seminars to discuss their ongoing work. Complete applications, including the letters from referees, should reach Richard Neer at the Franke Institute by Friday, February 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Awards will be announced by the beginning of Spring Quarter.

Download cover sheet here.

Affiliated Faculty Scholars
Uiversity of Chicago faculty who have their own sabbatical funding may apply to affiliate with the Institute to participate in the activities of the Faculty Fellowship Program.

Curricular Planning Groups
While most of the Institute's projects have potential curricular implications, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Franke Institute has also funded projects specifically geared to curricular planning. These awards aim to enhance the curricular planning activities of UC faculty groups and to connect them with other Institute activities. University faculty interested in this Program are encouraged to discuss their initial ideas with the Director.

Faculty Working Groups
Seed grants are available to small UC faculty groups to pursue collaborative research ideas that are not yet ready for major external funding. Stressing conversations across departmental and even divisional boundaries, these awards foster collaboration, creativity, and risk-taking research among the diverse scholars, genres, and disciplines of the humanities. Some of these projects receive multi-year Institute funding while others are developed in order to attract appropriate external funds. University faculty interested in this Program are encouraged to discuss their initial ideas with the Director.

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