University of Southern California


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation “New Directions Fellowships”

Slots:                                               1                
LOI:                                                   Endorsement letter from institutional officer due with packet.
Internal Deadline:                     July 13, 2016, 5pm
External Deadline:                   October 14, 2016, 12pm
Award Information:                       
Type:  Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned in proposal.
Anticipated Amount: Final budgets commonly range from $175,000 to $250,000; the maximum is $300,000.  To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars’ needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award.

Cost Sharing:                               No overhead or indirect costs are permitted, and no funding for staging conferences, symposia, seminars, or events related to the project is allowed.  The Foundation assumes the need for equipment or research assistants will be met by the fellow’s home institution.

Submission Process:                  PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:               

Who May Serve as PI:             Candidates will be faculty members who were awarded doctorates within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert.  Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study.


Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD.  New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.