Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship

Deadline: December 15, 2016

The Office of the Provost invites applications for Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.  This program seeks to promote interdisciplinary research at GSU by providing faculty a semester-long teaching release to engage in intensive and structured study of a discipline other than their own.  This can involve, for example, learning new methodologies, studying new theoretical frameworks, or becoming familiar with a new body of literature.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The competition is limited to tenured graduate faculty and the study needs to take place within a GSU academic unit other than the applicant’s home unit (s).  A key requirement of the award is that the faculty member submit a funding or a fellowship proposal leveraging their new disciplinary expertise to an external agency/foundation within one year after completing their program of study.  Other anticipated outcomes include presentations and publications, workshops, or new courses based on the interdisciplinary knowledge gained.

Eligibility and Criteria

The competition is open to tenured graduate faculty.  Criteria for selection include:

  • A strong record of research and teaching in their own discipline;
  • Compelling justification that the 2nd discipline study has the potential to create new knowledge/provide new insights into long-standing problems;
  • A well-defined program of study to acquire competency in a new discipline (auditing courses, independent study, working in a research lab, conducting research under a faculty mentor);
  • Commitment to developing a grant/fellowship proposal and other outputs (publications, trainings, courses, etc.) related to the 2nd discipline project in collaboration with faculty and/or students in the second discipline; and
  • Strong and enthusiastic support from a faculty mentor in the 2nd discipline unit.


  • The Provost’s office will provide the sponsoring unit $20,000 to cover the cost of instructional release time. Host departments will receive $5,000 to recognize their role in the program’s success.


  • At the completion of the study period, the faculty member must provide a summary of activities undertaken and anticipated outcomes in terms of publications, grant/fellowship proposals, new courses, workshops and trainings, etc.
  • One year following the fellowship’s conclusion, the faculty recipient will be asked to provide a report indicating the status of their extramural grant/fellowship submission and other activities flowing from the Study in a Second Discipline award.

Application Materials

  • Plan of study (5 pages maximum). This should include a discussion of:
    • How the study in the second discipline provides a creative extension of the applicant’s current research;
    • The specific activities that will be undertaken during the 2nd discipline study semester;
    • One-year-out plans for extramural grant/fellowship submission and other activities that leverage the new knowledge gained from the study in a second discipline;
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae; and
  • Letter of support from host department faculty sponsor/chair.

Application materials should be uploaded by December 15, 2016 at

Selection of Awardees 

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Provost.  The committee may contact the candidate referees for additional information.  Recipients of the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowships will be notified in April 2017.

Questions? Please contact Kavita Pandit (; 404-413-2584).