Fellowships

The University encourages faculty efforts to seek various highly prestigious and prestigious fellowships that allow for extended time to complete a substantive project such as writing a book or collecting extensive data for significant publication.

Such awards enhance the faculty member’s scholarly reputation as well as the research profile of the entire University.  Faculty members are encouraged to consult the Office for the Vice President for Research’s (VPR) Recognition Program webpage (https://vpr-norman.ou.edu/rpear) when considering which fellowships to pursue.  This program provides faculty members with a monetary recognition award from the VPR.

The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research, has developed policy and procedures in order to streamline the internal process for communicating about and gaining the necessary approvals for taking leave and determining financial options during the fellowship period. Faculty are encouraged to use the guide below and/or contact us for planning and assistance.

Important: Depending on the funder, the fellowship submission process may require notification of various internal administrative offices. We highly recommend you contact CRPDE once you have identified some opportunities and before contacting the funder(s).


The following activities, usually in this specific order, occur in the fellowship planning and submission process:

  1. Locate / prioritize opportunities: See fellowship opportunity tabs below, sorted broadly by discipline. In particular, consider fellowships that fall into the prestigious or very prestigious category.
  2. Align the project with the funder’s strategic priorities: Contact CRPDE for assistance.
  3. Inform others, including CRPDE (internally and externally): Click here for the Faculty Handbook section (opens in a new window)
  4. Completing and submitting the required OU forms: Click here for the Provost form on Fellowship Leave (PDF)
  5. Communicating with a program officer about your project idea to determine if it’s a good fit
  6. Receive approvals from Chair, Dean, and Provost
  7. Develop proposal application: Contact CRPDE for assistance
  8. Submit application (either directly – yourself – to the funder or through the Office of Research Services [ORS}): Click here to see the Provost's “Policy & Procedures on Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships" (PDF)

 

Fellowships are organized into the disciplinary areas in the tabs below. Some fellowship opportunities may appear in more than one discipline if applicable across disciplines.

 


Fellowships with upcoming deadlines in the next year that we have updated recently are posted below. Fellowships with non-expiring deadlines are also listed. If the deadline has past, is beyond the next year, or we have not recently updated the deadline from the website, follow the "Full List" icon at the bottom of the list to view all fellowship opportunities we have listed.
Arts
Agency Deadline
Fulbright Fulbright Specialist Program
Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer Society Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study-Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowship
Smithsonian Smithsonian Fellowship
Fellowships with upcoming deadlines in the next year that we have updated recently are posted below. Fellowships with non-expiring deadlines are also listed. If the deadline has past, is beyond the next year, or we have not recently updated the deadline from the website, follow the "Full List" icon at the bottom of the list to view all fellowship opportunities we have listed.
Humanities
Agency Deadline
Fulbright Fulbright Specialist Program
Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer Society Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study-Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowship
Smithsonian Smithsonian Fellowship
Fellowships with upcoming deadlines in the next year that we have updated recently are posted below. Fellowships with non-expiring deadlines are also listed. If the deadline has past, is beyond the next year, or we have not recently updated the deadline from the website, follow the "Full List" icon at the bottom of the list to view all fellowship opportunities we have listed.
Social Sciences
Agency Deadline
Fulbright Fulbright Specialist Program
Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer Society Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study-Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowship
SSRC Van Alen Fellows Program
Smithsonian Smithsonian Fellowship
Fellowships with upcoming deadlines in the next year that we have updated recently are posted below. Fellowships with non-expiring deadlines are also listed. If the deadline has past, is beyond the next year, or we have not recently updated the deadline from the website, follow the "Full List" icon at the bottom of the list to view all fellowship opportunities we have listed.
STEM
Agency Deadline
American Society for Engineering Education ASEE Fellowship
Fulbright Fulbright Specialist Program
Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer Society Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Howard Hughes Medical Institute HHMI Junior Fellows
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Beckman Young Investigators Program
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study
Smithsonian Smithsonian Fellowship