FAQ: Faculty Research Fellowships

Why did the OHC move to an electronic application submission process?

The OHC moved to an electronic submission and review process in the 2018-19 academic year in order to improve applicant, authorizer, reviewer, and staff experiences. The electronic platform will save resources and time, be more accessible to applicants, authorizers, and reviewers who may be traveling, and be more in line with comparable review panels elsewhere on campus and in other granting agencies. The 2018-19 year is a pilot year for this new process, and OHC staff will continue to track and respond to issues that arise throughout the process.

Can I still turn in a hard copy application?

No, all applications must be submitted via email to: ohcapplication@uoregon.edu. The OHC is no longer accepting hard copy, paper applications.

Can I apply for both a research fellowship and a teaching fellowship in the same year?

Yes, faculty can apply for both the Research and Teaching fellowships in the same year, assuming they meet the eligibility criteria for each fellowship. If awarded both fellowships, faculty can accept both.

Who is eligible for the Provost’s Senior Humanist Fellowships?

Any full professor (or associate professor who has been in rank for a minimum of five full years at the time of application) who meets the requirements for an OHC Research Fellowship will be considered automatically for the Provost’s Senior Humanist Fellowship. No additional application is required, and applicants do not need to indicate that they would like to be considered. The fellowship review panel will consider all eligible applications for the Provost’s Senior Humanist Fellowship award.

Is the application deadline the same for everyone?

Yes. All applications are due on the date indicated on the fellowship application materials. All applications and departmental approvals must be received by the deadline. Applicants should submit their materials in advance so department heads (and deans, if outside of CAS) have time to send their approval message(s) before the deadline.

Who needs to approve my application? Do I need to get signatures?

All non-CAS faculty must obtain approval from both their department head and dean. CAS faculty need only obtain their department head’s approval. Hard copy, paper cover sheets with signatures are no longer necessary and should not be submitted; all approvals should be given via email and sent to: ohcapplication@uoregon.edu.

I’m not sure if my project is “humanistic.”

Contact OHC Associate Director Jena Turner, (541) 346-1001 or OHC Director Paul Peppis, (541) 346-7017.

What do I do if my dean/department head is out of the country or otherwise inaccessible via email? Can I get an extension?

No late applications will be accepted, and no extensions are possible. However, if your dean or department head is unavailable to reply to the application email and grant permission by the deadline, we will accept the approval of an acting dean/department head who has been granted signature authority by your dean or department head.

Am I allowed to serve on committees or engage in other administrative duties during my OHC Research Fellowship term?

Research fellowships require that the fellow’s department release him or her from teaching for the term during which the fellowship is held. Ideally OHC fellows are also released from all or most administrative duties whenever possible during their fellowship term. However, the extent to which fellows are exempted from service or administrative duties during the fellowship term varies widely from department to department and sometimes from one year to the next. Fellows must come to an agreement with their department heads concerning their responsibilities during the fellowship term.

Can I see a copy of a successful application from a previous year?

We have a selection of successful applications that you may view at the OHC office. Please contact Melissa Gustafson at (541) 346-1002 to make an appointment. You will not be permitted to make copies or images, or to remove the application samples from the OHC.

I’m required to give one public, off-campus presentation to a non-academic audience. Is there a list of suggested venues?

A list of off-campus venues can be found here. You are not restricted to the venues on this list, and we welcome ideas for alternate venues.

I don’t see my question here.  Who should I contact?

Contact OHC Associate Director Jena Turner, (541) 346-1001.