2018-19 Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Seminars | Topic


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The Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Seminar is a year-long, six credit course intended to reach beyond the objectives of a typical graduate seminar by experimenting with existing models of research and creating new models of collaboration and pedagogy. In the selection process, preference will be given to proposals with innovative research, accessibility to students from a broad range of disciplines, and original format.

The seminar leader receives a $4000 research account and a budget of $7000 to invite seminar speakers. With the Department Chair's endorsement (or that of the Dean's, if applicant is a Department Chair), the Seminar can count toward the applicant's standard teaching load. Department Chairs of awarded proposals may additionally request $7500 to pay a graduate student to teach one replacement course.

In consultation with the HRC, the seminar leader will select five doctoral students, preferably in their third or fourth year, to enroll in the seminar and receive a $6900 stipend supplement. One of the graduate students will receive an additional $1000 per semester to create a record of the seminar including a summary of meetings for the HRC.  Seminar participants will also be eligible to apply for supplemental funding in order to disseminate their research (e.g., travel and conference registration costs). Funds will be available provided course requirements are met, and Seminars with fewer than five eligible graduate students will be canceled.


Tenured or tenure-track faculty in the humanities, broadly construed, are eligible to propose a seminar.


Application Materials:

  • Seminar abstract of no more than 200 words

  • Seminar description and syllabus

  • List of potential graduate student participants

[Please compile the above items into a single pdf document and upload below]

  • Endorsement from applicant’s Department Chair or School Dean should be emailed directly to acc14@rice.edu by the deadline

Contact: Adriana Chiaramonti (acc14@rice.edu), 713-348-2770


Friday, December 1, 2017