Faculty Teaching-Release Fellowships

Five Rice University faculty members will be selected by the Humanities Research Center and the Office of the Dean of Humanities to receive a one-semester teaching release during the following academic year. These fellowships are competitively awarded in order to facilitate the completion, development, or initiation of either individual or collaborative research projects. Faculty Teaching-Release Fellows meet regularly throughout the year to share their research activities through a "work-in-progress" presentation series. To date, the HRC has awarded over 125 of these fellowships.


Tenured or tenure-track faculty members in the Rice University Schools of Humanities are eligible to apply, provided they have not accepted a Rice Faculty Teaching-Release Fellowship in the last three academic years and are endorsed by their Department Chair. Should the applicant be a Department Chair, an endorsement from the Dean of Humanities will be required. Preference will be given to applicants who have also sought external grants or fellowships. Please note that departments will not receive compensation to cover lost courses.

Proposals are evaluated by the HRC Faculty Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

  • The intellectual significance of the project within its specific discipline, as well as its potential impact on humanistic practice, broadly construed
  • The appropriateness of methods and the exigency of the research questions raised in the project
  • The prospects for publication or other outcome, and the quality and usefulness of the intended outcome(s)

Application Materials:


  • Project Title
  • Project abstract of no more than 200 words
  • 1000-word project description. In language suited to a multi-disciplinary Advisory Panel, the description should:
  • Explain the nature and significance of the project, including its impact on larger scholarly communities
  • Include a brief history of prior research or planning, past support, and future plans for the research project
  • Describe the scope and resource materials of the research project, the main issues to be addressed, and the relationship of the research to other published and ongoing work in the field
  • Detail any external grant or fellowship to which the applicant has applied and its status
  • CV (10 pages maximum)

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


  • Endorsement from applicant’s Department Chair (or Dean, should applicant be a Department Chair) should be emailed directly to melba@rice.edu by the deadline.

Monday, October 26, 2020