Faculty Development Applications

The American Indian College Fund offers five fellowships for TCU faculty members. (Certain non-teaching staff are eligible to apply for the master’s fellowships.) These fellowships are designed to support faculty members with their own educational advancement, while helping TCUs strengthen their academic programs and grow leaders from within.   

Fellowships applicants must: 

    • be a faculty member at a TCU. The definition of a faculty member, for the purpose of these fellowships, includes full- or part-time permanent faculty, as well as adjunct instructors (including TCU staff and administrators) who teach at least one course regularly.
    • obtain approval from their TCU administrators to take sufficient leave time or be given time to complete all requirements of the fellowship within the fellowship’s time limit.
    • sign an agreement stating they will continue teaching at a TCU following the completion of the fellowship. 

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

TCU faculty who are “all but dissertation” (ABD) in a doctoral program are eligible to apply for a one-year fellowship. These fellowships support faculty in completing their dissertation and all requirements for graduation by the end of the fellowship. Faculty are expected to teach at a TCU for at least three years after graduating.

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Master’s Degree Fellowships

Master’s fellowships support faculty with up to two years of funding to complete a master’s degree. The fellowships are open to TCU faculty members (permanent and adjunct), as well as staff members who do not currently teach but have been asked to teach. Faculty are expected to teach at a TCU for at least two years after graduating.

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Mellon Graduate Hours Fellowship

This fellowship supports faculty seeking to complete up to 18 graduate credit hours in the humanities or humanistic social sciences in order to meet recent accreditation requirements for highly qualified faculty. Eligible fields of study include history, language, Native American studies, sociology and linguistics. This fellowship grants awards up to $15,000 for up to three consecutive semesters.

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Recommendation Letter

Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation to complete their application.  

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Nyswander-Blanchard Pre-Dissertation Doctoral Fellowships

These fellowships support TCU faculty members admitted to or enrolled in a doctoral program and who are in the coursework phase. The fellowships provide support for one year and can be used for tuition, fees, books, research expenses, and more. Faculty are expected to teach at a TCU for one year after completing the fellowship.  

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Letters of Support 

Applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters to complete their application.  

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Intensive Writing Retreat to Develop Manuscripts for Publication

The two-day Intensive Writing Retreats provide the time and mentorship that many TCU faculty need to develop a manuscript from their dissertation or other research. Scholars from TCUs and mainstream institutions provide personalized mentorship and feedback, as well as support in developing a manuscript, the peer-review and publishing processes, preparing conference proposals, and developing and delivering presentations. The next Intensive Writing Retreat will be held virtually on October 27-28, 2022. 

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TCU Faculty Professional Development Grants

These grants support TCU faculty in attending or presenting at a conference, or enrolling in a workshop or training. A limited number of grants of up to $2,000 are available and applications are reviewed the first Monday of every month. 

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American Indian College Fund Scholarship Season Begins February 1

American Indian College Fund Scholarship Season Begins February 1

The American Indian College Fund’s (College Fund) scholarship season opens on February 1. Hundreds of scholarships are available for all areas of study under the Full Circle Scholarship Program, and students attending tribal colleges and universities can receive additional scholarship support with the program.

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