Frequently asked questions about the Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program
Who may apply?
Short-Term Travel Fellowships are available to scholars at both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Scholars whose principal residence or place of employment is inside the central Oklahoma area may not apply for short-term travel fellowships.
May I re-apply?
Applications from former fellows are welcome after an interval of six months, provided they have submitted a final report for previous award periods. Applicants should be aware that all proposals are evaluated solely on the merits of the project and the availability of resources in the History of Science Collections.
What constitutes the central Oklahoma area?
The central Oklahoma area, as determined by the Mellon Travel Fellowship Committee, is defined as the area within 100 miles of Norman, Oklahoma. Any scholar whose principal residence or place of employment is located within this region is ineligible for a short-term travel fellowship.
What criteria are used in evaluating fellowship applications?
In general, fellowship applications are evaluated under the following three criteria:
- the significance of the proposed project
- the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project
- the appropriateness of the proposed project to the resources of the History of Science Collections
The selection process is competitive and all three criteria are considered very carefully. Because the Travel Fellowship Program is specifically designed to encourage use of Collections materials, the third criterion is especially important.
How are fellows selected?
The selection committee for the Mellon Travel Fellowship Program consists of the Curator and Research Coordinator of the History of Science Collections and the Chair of the History of Science Department. The committee will solicit the expert opinions of other faculty when appropriate.
How may I learn about the resources of the History of Science Collections and the History of Science Program at the University?
Scholars wishing to apply are advised that information about the History of Science Collections may be found on the Internet; information about the History of Science Department may be obtained online as well. Both sites contain contact information. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with members of the History of Science Program at the university.
What are the housing arrangements for fellows?
The University of Oklahoma maintains on-campus accommodations through Sooner Suites, ranging from single rooms to cottages. If you use these on-campus accommodations, the charge will be billed directly to the fellowship program, which results in a discounted rate. Successful applicants should request information regarding on-campus housing as soon as their fellowship term is set. Meals may be arranged through the University’s Food Services. Fellows may also make their own arrangements through a variety of hotels and motels in Norman, including the Holmberg House Bed & Breakfast.