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Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop/Fellowships for Early Career Researchers USA 2021

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites applications for the Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships in the USA in 2021/22.

These are remote research fellowships for early career researchers studying, writing, and/or teaching on academic freedom and/or related higher education values, made possible by the generous support and partnership of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The program is intended to provide a research stipend and supportive professional community for researchers to develop and share related work leading to a publishable article; new course offering; workshop, webinar, or conference presentation; or other identified end product.

Worth of Award


For the Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships,

  • Fellows will receive a stipend of USD $8000 intended to cover research expenses, publication, or other costs, as the fellow may decide.
  • In addition, participants will have the opportunity to gain exposure to SAR’s programming and to network with SAR partner experts on academic freedom issues.


  • Masters or PhD degree received less than 8 years ago
  • Current research or teaching affiliation with a higher education institution
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching, researching, or publishing on issues of academic freedom.
  • Preference for projects involving comparative, international, or collaborative work, especially by or including as equal partners researchers from the global south.
  • Personal experiences with risk or threat are not a consideration for selection, but current or formerly at-risk researchers working on academic freedom are encouraged to apply.
  • Commitment to participate in 8-10 remote, online workshops and/or public webinars with co-recipients, SAR staff, network members, and guests (with proper security accommodations).
  • Able to receive lawfully stipend funds and complete program requirements in the country of the current location, assuming responsibility for tax or reporting requirements, if any.
  • Candidates in or from the global south and from minority or otherwise marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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How to Apply

  • Abstract of 500-1000 words detailing the research topic, its importance, and how it fits in long-term teaching, research, or advocacy goals
  • Proposed research plan/timeline for the eight-month program (November 2021-June 2022)
  • CV, including publication history and names of professional references.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2021. Decisions will be announced in October 2021.

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