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Faculty Fellowship Program


The Faculty Fellowship Program provides on-campus, semester-long leaves for faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue research and creative work that leads to publication, exhibition, composition, and performance.

The Fellowship supports a weekly seminar at which up to 10 colleagues gather over a meal to discuss projects as well as broader topics of relevance to Carolina faculty. The Program Director—a faculty member and former Fellow—facilitates the weekly meetings.

As part of a special focus on race, memory, and reckoning, the IAH will also award two additional fellowships dedicated specifically to faculty research, publication, support, education, and outreach on race, reckoning, and memory. IAH Race, Memory, and Reckoning Initiative, which supports these fellowships, aims to contribute to a broader campus effort to place inclusion, diversity, equity, and historical accuracy at the top of the University’s agenda. Faculty may apply to either or both of the regular Fellows program and the Race, Memory, and Reckoning fellowships during this cycle.

Meet our current Faculty Fellows or search our database of past Faculty Fellows.

Fellowship Year

Requirements for the fellowship include:

  • Weekly attendance at the lunchtime seminar. 
  • A presentation on your research project. 
  • A willingness to contribute to future fellowship proposal workshops hosted by the IAH. 


Reporting requirement: Each IAH Faculty Fellow receives a named fellowship. At the end of the fellowship semester, fellows are expected to submit a stewardship letter addressed to the donor or the donor’s family. The IAH collects these letters and distributes them to each corresponding donor as part of their stewardship. This stewardship process helps to engage donors who care deeply about faculty support and success at UNC, and it assists the IAH in securing future and ongoing support for faculty programs and fellowships. 


  • IAH Faculty Fellowships support work in which the arts or humanities play a central role. We welcome proposals from faculty in the natural and social sciences if the proposed project focuses on the arts or humanities.
  • Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in tenure-track positions of all ranks in or beyond their second year at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply.
  • Fixed-term faculty in or after their fourth year are also eligible if they will be returning to their department the following semester.
  • We encourage applications from faculty at all ranks.
  • The Institute seeks a blend of ranks and disciplines for each class of Fellows.
  • Past Fellows may apply for an IAH fellowship five or more years after their previous award.
  • Due to the number of applications received, preference may be given to applicants who have not previously received a fellowship. 
  • Joint proposals from two faculty members are accepted.

Application Process

The application process begins in the fall of each year for the next academic year. Applicants may apply for either the fall or spring semester of the following academic year. The Faculty Fellowship application process is online. All supplemental forms are uploaded as part of the online application.

The application includes:

Selection Process

The Faculty Advisory Board’s Fellows Selection Committee will review the application materials and make recommendations based on a rating rubric. A copy of the 2022-2023 Rating Rubric is linked below as a helpful guide for your application.

IAH Faculty Fellowship Rating Rubric (pdf)




For more information, contact:

Silas Webb
Program Administrator