Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship $40,000 Award In 2004, the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship to increase and retain the number of credentialed, diverse, and underrepresented faculty at the nation's more than thirty tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). The fellowship provides current TCU faculty who are in the final stages of completing a terminal degree program and are recognized as "All But Dissertation" (ABD) with a one-year award of $40,000 to complete their dissertation and requirements for graduation. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (for summer fellowship cycle) or Friday, July 1, 2022 (for fall fellowship cycle).Eligibility All applicants must meet the following requirements: - Be a current faculty member teaching at a TCU that is accredited for higher education and a full member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. - Be actively enrolled in an accredited doctoral degree program. - Have completed course work, been advanced to doctoral candidacy and considered "All But Dissertation" (ABD). - Have a specific plan to complete all requirements for graduation within one year of being awarded the fellowship. - Agree to remain as faculty for at least three years at a TCU after completion of degree. - Designate a senior faculty mentor, such as a dissertation chair, or committee member, to provide academic support throughout the fellowship year. - Agree to participate in a summer Research Convening and a winter writing retreat (expenses paid). - Agree to allow AICF access to your student enrollment and degree attainment information through the National Student Clearinghouse Database.Mellon Fellowship Guidelines These prestigious and highly competitive awards offer substantial financial and mentoring support to selected Mellon Fellows. All fields of study are eligible, though preference is given to the humanities. Applicants must have approval from their TCU President to take the necessary time to complete their doctorate degree within the oneyear term of the Mellon Fellowship. This requires applicants to negotiate release or flex time from their usual teaching and administrative duties at their TCUs prior to beginning the fellowship program. Payments are disbursed four times over the one-year term of the Mellon Fellowship. Prior to disbursement, each Mellon Fellow and their advisor/mentor must submit a report detailing activities and satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree program and Mellon Fellowship goals. The final quarter of the $40,000 award is paid upon proof that requirements have been met for graduation and the degree will be conferred. This generally means certification of a successful dissertation defense and filing papers for graduation. *The Mellon Faculty Enhancement Fellowship may not be renewed or extended beyond a six-month leeway to meet extraordinary circumstances1. Do you meet the eligibility requirements and agree to commit to the requirements should the grant be awarded to you?YesNoMark only one oval.Application Checklist - Completed Application - Personal Statement (maximum 2,000 words) - Current Curriculum Vitae (including faculty responsibilities at TCU) - Your signed form committing to continue teaching at a TCU - Your signed form allowing AICF access to your enrollment and degree attainment data through the National Student Clearinghouse - Official graduate transcripts, showing courses taken, dates of courses, and grades received - The release form signed by your TCU president, allowing the necessary time to complete your dissertation and graduation requirements within the one-year fellowship. - First letter from the TCU President indicating approval of research supporting the necessary release time to complete degree within one-year term of the Mellon Fellowship. - Second letter from the TCU Academic Dean or Department Chair detailing the value of the applicant's doctoral work and degree will have on the institution. - Third letter from the dissertation advisor or mentor that speaks to the importance of the applicant's work and ability of the applicant to complete their doctorate degree within one-year term of the Mellon Fellowship. - If applicable, an additional fourth letter from a separate senior academic mentor indicating their role in the dissertation process. - Completed dissertation proposal (if available) including research questions, theoretical framework, and methodology, along with certification of approval of proposal by degree granting institution. - Detailed timeline outlining your plan to complete all requirements for graduation within one year of being awarded the fellowship. - Documentation of approval, if required, by any and all Institutional Review Boards (graduate institution, tribal nation, and/or TCU) - Certification of advancement to doctoral candidacy from graduate institution. To be considered, complete applications must include all of the above items2. I have reviewed the above checklist and have all items completed and ready to submit within this application.YesNoMark only one oval.Mellon Faculty Enhancement Fellowship Selection Process Fellowship applications are evaluated and ranked by a committee of senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. The committee evaluates applications on the following criteria: - Academic competence of the applicant - Capable of completing degree within established one-year time frame - Potential of applicant’s doctoral achievement and research to strengthen teaching, curriculum, program development, research, and leadership at the TCU. - Demonstrated commitment of applicant to American Indian higher education and TCU scholarship. - Demonstrated persistent and respectful engagement with communities served by the TCU. Application and all required supplemental documentation should be submitted directly to the American Indian College Fund using this portal. Official transcripts that cannot be emailed directly to Heidi Normandin at [email protected] can be mailed to Heidi Normandin, Faculty Development Program Officer, American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221.3. I have reviewed the above selection process and agree to have materials submitted.YesNoMark only one oval.Contact Information The information collected in this section will be used for contact purposes - please ensure the information you enter is up-to-date and accurate.4. SalutationMr.Mrs.MissDr.Mx.NoneMark only one oval.5. First Name6. Last Name7. Date of BirthExample: January 7, 20198. Job Title9. Tribal Affiliation (If Applicable)10. Tribal College or UniversityAaniiih Nakoda CollegeBay Mills Community College (Michigan)Blackfeet Community College (Montana)Cankdeska Cikana Community College (North Dakota)Chief Dull Knife College (Montana)College of Menominee Nation (Wisconsin)College of the Muscogee Nation (Oklahoma)Dine College (Arizona)Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Minnesota)Fort Peck Community College (Montana)Haskell Indian Nations University (Kansas)Ilisagvik College (Alaska)Institute of American Indian Arts (New Mexico)Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (Michigan)Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (Wisconsin)Leech Lake Tribal College (Minnesota)Little Big Horn College (Montana)Little Priest Tribal College (Nebraska)Navajo Technical College (New Mexico)Nebraska Indian Community College (Nebraska)Neuta Hidatsa Sahnish CollegeNorthwest Indian College (Washington)Oglala Lakota College (South Dakota)Red Lake Nation CollegeSaginaw Chippewa Tribal College (Michigan)Salish Kootenai College (Montana)Sinte Gleska University (South Dakota)Sisseton Wahpeton College (South Dakota)Sitting Bull College (North Dakota)Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (New Mexico)Stone Child College (Montana)Tohono O’Odham Community College (Arizona)Turtle Mountain Community College (North Dakota)United Tribes Technical College (North Dakota)White Earth Tribal and Community College (Minnesota)11. Academic Department12. Courses TaughtAppointment TypeSelect OneFull-TimePart-Time13. Administrative or Other Duties14. Applicant's Address15. Applicant's City16. Applicant State/ProvinceAlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelwareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming17. Applicant Zip/Postal18. Applicant's Email Address19. Applicant Mobile Number20. Applicant Work Phone NumberAcademic Information21. List other grants or fellowships previously received, total amounts and the years during which you received funding.22. List previous publications; Please include title, publisher, and year published.23. List other grants or fellowships for which you are currently applying.24. List academic honors and awards previously received.Doctoral Degree Program Information25. Degree Granting Institution26. Degree Sought27. Degree Academic Department28. Proposed Dissertation TitleList the Dates You Completed or Expect to Complete Degree Requirements29. Course RequirementsExample: January 7, 201930. Foreign Language Requirements (if any)Example: January 7, 201931. Oral Exams or Qualifying ExamsExample: January 7, 201932. Official approval of research proposal by dissertation committeeApproval by applicable institutional review boards (if applicable)33. UniversityExample: January 7, 201934. TribalExample: January 7, 201935. TCUExample: January 7, 201936. List the date by which you expect to complete your dissertation.Example: January 7, 201937. List the date by which you will be conferred a terminal degree.Example: January 7, 201938. Reference #1: Tribal College President Name39. Reference #1: Title40. Reference #1: Institution/Employer41. Reference #1: Mailing Address42. Reference #1: City43. Reference #1: State/Province44. Reference #1: Zip/Postal45. Reference #1: Telephone46. Reference #1: Email47. Reference #2: TCU Academic Dean or TCU Department Chair Name48. Reference #2: Title49. Reference #2: Institution/Employer50. Reference #2: Mailing Address51. Reference #2: City52. Reference #2: State/Province53. Reference #2: Zip/Postal54. Reference #2: Telephone55. Reference #2: Email56. Reference #3: Dissertation Advisor or Chair Name57. Reference #3: Title58. Reference #3: Institution/Employer59. Reference #3: Mailing Address60. Reference #3: Mailing Address61. Reference #3: City62. Reference #3: State/Province63. Reference #3: Zip/Postal64. Reference #3: Telephone65. Reference #3: Email66. Reference #4: (Optional) Other Dissertation Mentor Name67. Reference #4: Title68. Reference #4: Institution/Employer69. Reference #4: Mailing Address70. Reference #4: City71. Reference #4: State/Province72. Reference #4: Zip/Postal73. Reference #4: Telephone74. Reference #4: EmailPersonal Statement Instructions Your personal statement provides critical information about who you are, your academic work, your enthusiasm for and commitment to tribal college teaching and scholarship, and your plan for using the support provided by the Mellon Faculty Enhancement Fellowship. Attach to your application a statement of up to 2,000 words addressing the following: - Provide a brief introduction of your background and a summary of the work you are currently engaged in (i.e. research, teaching and service) at your institution. - Explain how you will use the knowledge and skills gained through the Mellon Fellowship to improve your teaching, research, and other contributions to the TCU community. - How has your teaching experience at a tribal college influenced your growth as a scholar and as a member of your TCU community? - Detail your plan for either a sabbatical or reducing your teaching and administrative duties during the term of the Mellon Faculty Enhancement Fellowship. - How will your dissertation study contribute to scholarship in your chosen field of study? Specifically highlight the ways in which this research will benefit Native people and research at your tribal college? - What is your philosophy of doing research with American Indian people, your understanding of the issues related to protection of human subjects (if applicable) and your plan for assuring such protection in your dissertation work? FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS In order to best serve our applicants, we are requesting that you use the following naming convention for all of your files: FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME_FILENAME Example - John_Doe_CurrentUnofficialTranscripts If you have any issues with uploading documents to this form, please contact us: Phone - 303.430.5325 Email - [email protected]Permission Signatures Applicant’s Commitment to Teach at a Tribal College/University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the American Indian College Fund’s goal to increase and enrich intellectual capacity at tribal colleges. Therefore the Fund requests your digital signature of commitment to teach at a TCU for a minimum of three years following the completion of your doctorate. If selected as a recipient of the Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship, by typing your name below:75. I hereby commit myself to continue serving as a tribal college faculty member for a minimum of three years after completion of my doctoral degree.SignatureStart signing your signature hereYour browser does not support e-Signature field.76. Applicant’s Permission for AICF to access National Student Clearinghouse Data By entering my name below, I give the American Indian College Fund permission to access my student enrollment and degree attainment information through the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Database. The types of information accessed in NSC pertains to the semesters/years you were enrolled, the types of degrees earned, the institutions awarding degrees and years degrees were attained.SignatureStart signing your signature hereYour browser does not support e-Signature field.Document Uploads If you have any issues with uploading documents to this form, please contact us: Phone - 303.430.5325 Email - [email protected] FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS In order to best serve our applicants, we are requesting that you use the following naming convention for all of your files: FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME_FILENAME Example - John_Doe_CurrentUnofficialTranscripts77. Personal StatementChoose FileNo file chosenDelete uploaded file78.Curriculum VitaeChoose FileNo file chosenDelete uploaded file79.Official Graduate TranscriptsChoose FileNo file chosenDelete uploaded file80.Completed Dissertation ProposalChoose FileNo file chosenDelete uploaded file81. 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