Current Themes and Calls for Research Proposals

The American Communities Program, 2018-19
Call for Fellowship Proposals


*This year, the ACP Fellowship Program has an open theme. We welcome research proposals on all topics related to American Communities.

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018, 5pm. Submission guidelines are at the end of the announcement.

In order to promote the visibility and vitality of the wide range of humanities-based research at Cal State LA, we invite applications for Research Fellowships on any aspect of the study of American Communities.

We welcome critical analyses of historical, contemporary, and/or future American Communities through various methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty at Cal State LA are invited to submit proposals for two different fellowship programs: 1) ACP Working Group Fellowships (working groups may include graduate or advanced undergraduate students) and 2) ACP Individual Fellowships. While individuals may apply for both, only one fellowship may be accepted.

Interdisciplinary Working Group Fellowships

The ACP seeks to strengthen the humanities by bringing together colleagues and students from across campus for discussion of and critical reflection on important issues in public and intellectual life. These fellowships seek to nurture and inspire our scholarly/pedagogical/ creative/civic engagement activities in the humanities through the exploration of shared interests, themes, methodologies, and/or projects. To this end, the ACP is instituting a new program in which fellowships up to $500 will be awarded to fund informal, interdisciplinary working groups in the humanities. A faculty member must be the primary organizer, but working groups may include graduate or advanced undergraduate students. Money may be used to support a reading/writing group; to fund working lunches, workshops, meetings, or off-campus fieldtrips; or to pay for other relevant expenses. If your working group is especially fruitful and leads to further plans and projects, additional funding may be available.

To apply: Send a letter of interest explaining 1) the theme of your working group and a description of the issues and questions involved, 2) the name of the primary organizer of the group and a list of members and their affiliations, and 3) a description of the kinds of activities you expect your group to undertake with a list of itemized, anticipated costs.

Working Group Requirements:

  • Groups must meet at least three times during the academic year.
  • Funds must be spent on joint activities. This program is meant to support collegial activities of faculty members and students engaged in advanced work.
  • Funds must be spent and receipts submitted by May 1 of the academic year awarded.
  • The working group organizer is responsible for the management of these funds.
  • By May 10 of the year awarded, the organizer will submit a report of the group’s activities to the director of the ACP.

Individual Fellowships

Up to three fellowships will be awarded. One of the three fellowships, the Bailey Fellowship, may be awarded to an original project that focuses on African American communities and/or individuals and preferably involves archival materials.

The program welcomes proposals from the arts that can be presented in a lecture/recital. All proposals, however, must include a research or analytical component based in the humanities. Each fellowship awards 3 units of release time and a $500 stipend for a student assistant or other project-related expenses.

Application materials consist of a two-page curriculum vitae, a 500-word research proposal, and a projected budget for research-related expenditures (up to $500). Proposals should clearly explain the originality and significance of the research, its stakes, and its contributions to the field. Projects informed by clearly articulated theoretical and methodical approaches are encouraged.

Fellows must present their research at the ACP's Spring 2019 symposium.

Application Materials

Please submit an electronic copy of your application to
Dr. Maria Karafilis
Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D. Endowed Chair of American Communities
Director, Cal State LA/NEH American Communities Program

The submission deadline for the 2018-19 fellowships is 5pm, Friday, March 23, 2018. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Dr. Maria Karafilis at the email address above.