Evaluation and Selection

Candidates should identify a potential mentor and establish contact prior to applying to the program to ensure a match between the research interests and goals of the applicant and the potential mentor.
The fellowship is designed to provide new scholars of all academic disciplines an opportunity to become more competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty appointments. Review committees evaluate applicants in all fields according to their potential for success in an academic career with special consideration given to potential for contributions to the diversity and equal opportunity as described in our evaluation, selection and eligibility criteria.Faculty reviewers will submit their recommendations to the Office of the Provost, where the final selections will be determined.
In evaluating the candidates' potential to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity through their academic careers, faculty review committees may consider the following criteria:


We especially seek:
  • Applicants interested in engaging our students in teaching and research for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.
  • Applicants whose research utilizes transdisciplinary partnerships by encouraging collaboration between researchers and among disciplines to derive new concepts and approaches and enable new ways of understanding.
  • Applicants interested in accelerating the transfer of knowledge by creating opportunities for public-private partnerships that move information out of the ivory tower and into the community where it can do the most good.
  • Applicants in any field who have research interests focusing on underserved populations and understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities. For example,
    • research that addresses issues such as race, gender, diversity and inclusion;
    • research that addresses topics such as health disparities, educational access and achievement, political engagement, economic justice, social mobility, civil and human rights and other questions of interest to historically underrepresented groups;
    • artistic expression and cultural production that reflects culturally diverse communities or voices not well represented in the arts and humanities.

Teaching and Service

We especially seek:
  • Applicants interested in engaging our students in scholarship for creating a better society.
  • Applicants who have the potential to contribute to higher education through their understanding of women, domestic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, students with disabilities, and other members of groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • attendance at a minority serving institution;
    • participation in higher education pipeline programs such as Summer Research Opportunity Programs or McNair Scholars.
  • Applicants with a record of leadership or significant experience teaching and mentoring students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education;
  • Applicants who have demonstrated significant academic achievement by overcoming barriers such as economic, social or educational disadvantage;
  • Applicants with a record of leadership or significant experience performing public service addressing the needs of our increasingly diverse society.


Other Factors that may be Considered

Faculty review committees may give less consideration to applicants who:
  • Currently hold tenure-track faculty appointments or have received faculty offers
  • Have had significant postdoctoral experience
  • Propose to work in the department where they received their Ph.D.
Applicants in any of the these situations above should address their circumstances in their application.
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