Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowships

Applicants for fellowships should have a clear research project that can be completed in the year of the fellowship. Generally, it should be scholarly in nature and not pedagogical or creative.

ADI prioritizes scholars whose projects address social, cultural, and economic justice issues in the United States. It encourages applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships allow you to undertake a project as an independent scholar. Typically they are 1-5 years in length and most come with the opportunity to apply for extensions. Applicants will need to submit a piece of work alongside their application, which is normally a journal article, to demonstrate their suitability.

Those that are successful will be given the resources to run their own project, allowing them to write and publish as well as running outreach activities and conferences. They will also have access to a range of other professional development opportunities and be supported by a tutor or supervisor.

These are usually available to students and scholars at all stages of their career. Some can be based at home while others are research-based and travel internationally. Many of them are aimed at people who wish to develop their skills as public servants, civil society activists and entrepreneurs as well as researchers. Regardless of the area, these will help to build important professional skills such as time management and self-motivation.

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting fellowships provide scholars with advanced practical research experience in the humanities and social sciences. Visiting Fellows are not considered employees of the University and do not receive compensation or benefits (e.g., office space, endowed health and accident insurance).

During their visits to Cornell, Visiting Fellows interact with scholars from other departments, participate in faculty seminars, international conferences, roundtable discussions on world affairs, and cultural events. They also have access to extensive facilities for their own scholarly work, including spacious offices and on-site information technology support.

Departments may nominate visiting fellowship applicants with whom they wish to collaborate. The nomination should include a letter of application and CV, and at least three letters of reference. The references should be able to respond on a one-week timescale after the application deadline. Visiting Fellows who need visa sponsorship must submit their complete G7 package to DIS no later than six months in advance of their desired visit.

Graduate Fellowships

A fellowship covers your tuition, gives you a cost-of-living stipend, and provides health insurance. They’re often paired with an internship and may have other requirements such as a research paper or book proposal. Fellowships may come from your school (internal) or from outside organizations. They typically last for a set period of time, ranging from a few months to several years.

SSRC’s fellowship programs target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks. Their goals are to foster critical thinking and support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, so that we can better understand the world and make it a more just and democratic place.

Before applying for a fellowship, make sure it fits your field and that you’re qualified for it. Also consider the duration: If you’re working toward a PhD, you want to make sure your fellowship will cover all of your years in school. Fellowships that only last one year could leave you scrambling to find additional funding.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Under the direction of a faculty mentor, Yerby Fellows conduct research in collaboration with colleagues in their discipline and in other departments. They develop a research agenda, receive grant support and actively seek to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.

Supports scholars whose research furthers the science of complex systems and/or proposes to apply those tools to social-scale problems. The normal duration of the fellowship is two years.

The SSRC’s fellowship programs target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change and expand networks. Fellowships are available to researchers worldwide.

This new fellowship enables social sciences scholars to spend up to six months funded time embedded with or visiting non-academic partners in order to build long-term partnerships and deliver mutually beneficial impacts and outcomes. More information can be found here.

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