Become a Newhouse Fellow
The Newhouse Center fellows’ community consists of Wellesley faculty on sabbatical, Wellesley summer fellows, the undergraduate fellows of the Mellon Mays program, and normally three or four scholars and artists from outside the college. All fellows are required to engage in Newhouse Center programs and give a public presentation in the spring.
Application deadline for external fellows only in 2021–2022 is December 4, 2020. No paper applications will be accepted. (For Wellesley faculty who would like to apply for a semester or a year in 2021–2022, please write to the director). Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.
COVID-19 Disclaimer: Please note that for 2021-2022, Wellesley College reserves the right to postpone fellowships in the event that public health conditions worsen.
Internal Newhouse Faculty Fellows are chosen from among Wellesley College faculty members on sabbatical leave. Faculty members in all humanities departments and programs are eligible, as well as faculty members in social sciences whose current research is humanistic in character.
Internal Newhouse fellows may be in residence for either one or two semesters. They participate in talks and fellows’ lunches as well as give a talk at the end of their term. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend to be used for books, travel, and other associated costs of scholarly research, excluding equipment, accrued within the time period of the fellowship.
Wellesley faculty may count an application for the Newhouse Center for the Humanities (NCH) Fellowship as one of the three applications demonstrating their “strenuous effort” to secure grant support.
Fellowship applications for internal faculty only are accepted on a rolling basis. Internal applicants should send the director a current CV and a project proposal (which includes a schedule of steps toward publication). Please write to the director with questions.
The Newhouse Center hosts three to five external fellows each academic year. Residencies are ordinarily for the full academic year, but one-semester residencies may also be considered. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research, but they also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution, attending fellows’ lunches and sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community. Fellows may also work with the director to develop programming for the center in the form of guest speakers, a faculty series, or a mini-conference.
Newhouse External Faculty Fellows are chosen through open competition and both junior and senior faculty members at other institutions may apply. Fellowships with or without stipends are available. Stipended faculty fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,000 for two semesters. Newhouse fellows in residence may not teach at other institutions during the period of the fellowship.
The Newhouse Center will make available private office space, some clerical support, technical and computing resources, and the collegiality of both the Center and the Wellesley community at large.
Wellesley College is an EO/AA educational institution and employer. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they will contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.
Fellowship applications are now being accepted. Apply to be a Newhouse Fellow by Friday, December 4, 2020.
In 2020, in collaboration with the Dean's Office and the Knapp Social Science Center, the Newhouse Center will offer up to four summer fellowships for humanities faculty and three summer fellowships for interdisciplinary fields that straddle the social sciences and humanities. Faculty should plan to work on a research project that is nearing readiness for publication. To build a sense of community, faculty will be required to be in residence for four weeks during the summer. In the year following the residency period, faculty will also be required to give a public presentation to the community on the work they have readied for submission. Preference for summer grants will be given tot hose who declare their intention to submit their work to a peer-reviewed journal or academic press.
- Wellesley faculty will be given an office for the summer, access to a computer, and a stipend of $4,000 for costs associated with research, excluding equipment.
- The summer fellowship program runs from June 15 to August 15 every summer.
- In addition to presenting their own work during the academic year, summer fellows are strongly encouraged to attend other fellows' presentations.
- The advisory board votes on fellowship applications and follows a strict recusal policy. (Applications that bridge the humanities and social sciences will be judged by the director of the Knapp Center with faculty from the Social Sciences.)
- Wellesley faculty only are eligible to apply for this fellowship. You must wait 3 years after you receive the fellowship to apply again. Please also let the director know if you applied last year.
- TO APPLY: Please send a 1-2 page project proposal, a list of intended journals or presses, and a CV to the Newhouse director via email by March 2, 2020.