Townsend Fellowships for Assistant and Associate Professors

The Townsend Fellowships program supports the research of faculty, advanced graduate students, and other research professionals at UC Berkeley. The purpose of the Fellowship is to further the research of the individual recipients and to enable faculty and graduate students within the humanities to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. However, projects need not be "interdisciplinary" by definition. Awards are based on the scholarly merit of the individual applications. The selection committee will also take into consideration the research project's potential interest to scholars in different fields of the humanities and the likelihood of the applicant’s contribution to interdisciplinary discussion.

Townsend Fellowships are awarded to assistant and associate professors, graduate students completing their dissertation, as well as library and museum professionals. Fellows meet in weekly discussions for interdisciplinary peer review of work in progress. Each year a number of senior faculty and visiting postdoctoral fellows are invited to join the discussions.


Assistant Professors: UC Berkeley assistant professors not under consideration for tenure currently or during the fellowship year are eligible to apply.

Associate Professors: UC Berkeley associate professors are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to faculty in the Arts and Humanities Division. Applicants must be tenured for at least one year prior to the semester of the award. Only in exceptional cases may an Associate Professor Fellowship immediately precede or follow a leave of more than one semester.

Grant Provision

Assistant and Associate Professor Fellows receive a 50% research leave (2 courses, assuming a 2-2 teaching load) from teaching responsibilities for the full academic year. Fellows make arrangements for course release, whether taken in a single semester or spread out over the year, directly with the Chair of their department. Individual faculty members do not normally receive funding under more than one Townsend Center research program per year. Detailed information on the Townsend Center course replacement funds policy can be found here.

Please note: The Fellows meet over lunch every Tuesday throughout the year. The award of a Townsend Fellowship carries with it the understanding that the recipient will attend the weekly meetings and participate actively in discussions.

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 | 5:00 pm