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The OU Arts & Humanities Forum is pleased to announce the 2021-22 OU Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship (AHFF) program. The purpose of the AHFF program is to support dynamic and innovative research and creative activity projects proposed by regular faculty in the arts, fine arts, and humanities by providing them the opportunity to focus on a scholarly and/or creative activity that significantly transforms the faculty member’s research program and makes notable contributions to the field.

Each fellowship provides up to $15,000 in instructional replacement costs to the fellow’s home department (this amount must be negotiated with the applicant’s department chair prior to submission of the proposal) and may include project-related travel, equipment, student, or other support. All funding provided must be directed toward supporting the fellow's activities and be in accordance with university policies. Award recipients are expected to present a lecture arranged by the OU Arts & Humanities Forum during or after the year their fellowship concludes (see Post-Award Requirements below). 

The primary functions of the Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowships are to:

  • Provide semester-long fellowships to enable faculty to complete scholarly projects for publication, presentation, composition, performance, and/or exhibition
  • Support scholarly and creative activity endeavors that stimulate new areas of intellectual inquiry
  • Stimulate the development of projects (including interdisciplinary and collaborative projects) that have the potential to bring positive visibility to the arts and humanities at OU.

Funds are provided to enhance research, scholarship, and/or creative activities of regular tenured or tenure-track faculty of all ranks at The University of Oklahoma on the OU Norman campus, including Norman campus programs at OU-Tulsa. Instructors, lecturers, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, research faculty, renewable term faculty, research personnel funded from external grants and contracts, and students are not eligible. Applicants must submit endorsements (see below) from both their department chair and dean as part of the application package. No additional office or studio space is provided for award recipients apart from that made available by the chair or dean.

The AHFF provides for a buyout of both courses for one semester at course replacement cost, with any remaining funding available to the faculty member to support research-related expenses for the project. Matching funds from colleges and departments are not required.

AHFFs are awarded for proposals that are significantly related to the arts and humanities, according to the guidelines of the National Endowment for the Humanities ( and the National Endowment for the Arts ( Joint proposals from two regular tenured or tenure-track faculty members are also accepted, but in the case of such collaborative proposals, the budget should address teaching release arrangements for both participants.

Faculty fellows may elect to combine their fellowship with other types of leave opportunities, provided they receive the prior approval from their department chair and dean. However, the fellowship may not be combined with similar opportunities outside the university, such as an external fellowship. Funds from the AHFF must be expended within twelve months of receiving the award.

Faculty members may submit an internal funding request for the same project to the Research Council during the same fiscal year. However, if awarded both an AHFF and a Research Council grant (e.g., Faculty Investment Program or Junior Faculty Fellowship Program) for the same project, faculty must choose one or the other. Eligible individuals may receive AHFF and Research Council funding simultaneously, provided no duplication of purpose exists. However, such information must be disclosed for each funding request, and clear and compelling arguments made as to why the requested funding does not duplicate funding already awarded.

Proposal Content and Format

Proposals must use a font of 11 points or larger. Page margins should be 1” on all four sides. Line spacing must not be smaller than 1.5 lines. A complete proposal includes seven required components and supplemental materials.

1. Cover Sheet:
Complete the proposal cover sheet and obtain all required signatures. Incorporate a scanned copy of the signed form into the final proposal.

2. Project Narrative (limited to 6 pages, formatted as described above):
Keep in mind that your proposal will be read by a diverse group of faculty, some of whom might have limited knowledge about your proposed project. Therefore, the project narrative should keep jargon to a minimum.

The following four sections (A-D) should be clearly delineated in the Project Narrative:

A. Creative Approach or Scholarly Originality: Describe the context, purpose, and methodology of the proposed project, and provide other details of the work to be completed, e.g., productions, archival research, studies, observations, surveys, analyses, performances, practices, exhibitions, in a manner that will be useful for assessing the overall likelihood for success.

B. Timeline: Provide a feasible timeline for the project (major milestones or decision points).

C. Anticipated Outcomes and Impact on the Field: Explain how the selected scholarly or creative approach will lead to a successful project. Clearly describe the project’s expected outcome(s). In addition, indicate how the outcomes to the project will advance the field of scholarship/art.

D. Scholarly Development: Discuss how the proposed project aligns with and extends the scholar’s demonstrated expertise and track record (creative activities and/or program of research and scholarship). Is the project a culmination of prior work? How does the project provide the foundation to move the applicant’s scholarship or art in a new direction?

3. Citations (no page limit):
If necessary, provide complete references for all works cited in the Project Narrative.

4. Budget and Budget Rationale (maximum of one page):
The applicant should include an itemized budget with a compelling narrative for how funds will be spent and why they are needed. It is especially important to demonstrate a direct linkage between budget items and the proposed activity. If appropriate, the faculty member should provide supporting documentation such as publication acceptance of project-related work, etc. The support can be used for any legitimate purpose associated with the project if justified in the proposal. Note that proposals must adhere to State of Oklahoma travel guidelines, teaching release policies (subject to approval by the chair/director and dean), student stipend rates, data collection practices, tuition, equipment, and support for staff.

5. Curriculum Vitae (limit 2 pages each):
Submit a two-page curriculum vitae for the applicant and each co-applicant. Include any funding history related to this project.

6. Funding History (limited to one page)
If appropriate, include a brief statement of previous funding history related to this project, including successful and unsuccessful proposals submitted internally as well as externally. If no relevant funding history exists, the applicant should indicate as much. In addition, provide a brief synopsis of accomplishments (outcomes and impacts) from the most recent project(s) funded by the VPR’s office, whether or not related to the current submission.

7. Signed Release Time Approval Form:
A signed release time approval form from the department chair/unit director must be included with the application, endorsing the proposal and confirming that the rate has been negotiated and approved by both the department chair and dean.  

8. Supplementary Documentation (no page limit, but content limited to the items listed):

These items are project-specific, and not all proposals will include them.

Projects requiring approval by the Human Subjects-Institutional Review Board and Export Controls must include plans to obtain necessary approval letters or other relevant documents by the time the award is expected to be made.

If the proposal requests support for an activity for which you have documentation, such as a book contract, or identifies matching or in-kind support, include a copy of the documentation in your proposal.


Proposal Submission

All applications for the Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship must be submitted online as a single PDF via the AHFF Submission Form. A declined proposal may be revised and resubmitted the following year. A letter containing reviewers’ feedback may be requested for declined proposals. 

The Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship Committee of the Faculty Senate will consider the following evaluation criteria in making the award selections:

  • Creative approach or scholarly originality (overall significance of the project, including its value to arts and humanities scholars, general audiences, or both).
  • Quality of the conception, definition, organization, and intended outcomes of the project.
  • Feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work and funding request.
  • Congruence of the project with the scholar’s background and demonstrated expertise; and potential effect of the project on the applicant's scholarly/creative development.


Proposals that are complete and meet the guidelines will be sent to Kimberly Marshall, Faculty Director of the OU Arts & Humanities Forum, to determine whether any conflicts of interest exist between those submitting the proposal and members of the Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Committee will use the same conflict of interest policies employed by the Research Council. The reviews, discussion, and vote regarding all AHFF applications are held in strict confidence by the Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship Committee. 

The proposals will be evaluated on the following scale:

1 = Outstanding: project and applicant are in all respects outstanding.

2 = Very good: project and applicant are strong and highly competitive.

3 = Good: project and applicant are good, but there are one or two weaknesses or limitations in meeting the scoring criteria.

4 = Fair: project and/or applicant show potential, but some improvements/revisions may be necessary.

5 = Marginal: project and/or applicant are below average, with weaknesses along the scoring criteria outlined above.

The funded fellowships, with the name of the project scholar(s)/artist(s), project title, and approved budget amount, will be posted on the Forum’s website.

Recipients of an Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship are subject to the following requirements:


At the end of the project, or within one year from the date the project is funded, whichever comes first, the scholar/artist is required to submit a 1-2 page final report, including a budget report, to Janet Ward, Faculty Director, OU Arts & Humanities Forum, with copies to the associated academic director/chair and dean. This report should describe the impacts of the project on the following: the field of study, the artist’s or scholar’s research/creative activity program, the arts and humanities at OU, and the university as a whole. It also should include any changes from the project that was originally proposed, and include activities in progress (e.g., proposals, manuscripts, performances/presentations).

Faculty Fellow Presentation

Each AHFF recipient is expected to present on the award project at a lecture event organized by the OU Arts & Humanities Forum during or immediately after the award year.

Acknowledging AHFF Support

All written publications (whether in hard copy or electronic form) that have benefited from Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship funding must contain the following statement of acknowledgment: "This scholarship/creative activity was supported (in part, if appropriate) by an Arts & Humanities Faculty Fellowship from the Arts & Humanities Forum at the University of Oklahoma."

For Further Information

Please contact Kimberly Marshall, Faculty Director (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology):