Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities


CEAH Fellowships for Scholarship and Creative Activity





CEAH fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year (FY11: July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011) are available in three forms:

  1. Teaching release funds for one course in either the Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 semester.
  2. Salary support for summer (June) 2011, up to $5000 total cost to the University.
  3. Research grant to help cover allowable expenses for research or creative activity, up to $5000.

    The CEAH encourages projects that cross discipline lines or that lend themselves to interdisciplinary conversation. During the year the Center will call upon its Fellows to talk briefly about their scholarly projects to other Fellows and diverse members of the university community.

    Awards are available for tenured or tenure-track faculty only.

    Fellows must be returning to Iowa State University the following academic year. An award will need to be forfeited if the recipient decides not to return to ISU subsequent to award notification.

    For FY11, recipients of CEAH fellowships in previous years are eligible; however, preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding during the previous two years.

    Faculty who are receiving internally funded summer research support at the college level are eligible to apply for teaching release funds.

    State funds are used to support this program, so faculty members who wish to apply for the salary award option and have other salary commitments for summer 2011 (teaching or administrative) should contact the Center regarding their eligibility.

    B-base faculty who are teaching during the summer may apply for the salary option, but only if their payment for teaching does not exceed one-ninth of their current academic salary. That is, a faculty member may receive no more than two months of salary from summer teaching and/or research activities.

    A-base faculty are eligible to apply for salary support if the buyout is approved at the department and college levels.

    Faculty members who wish to apply for the salary award option and who will receive salary support in June from another administrative unit may not be eligible for the full fellowship award. Please contact the Center if you have questions about your eligibility.


    FY10 (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010) proposals were accepted between January 11, 2010 and February 9, 2010. There will be no further applications accepted for FY10.

    Proposed projects must demonstrate a connection to the arts and/or humanities.

    The CEAH does not support the scholarship of teaching. Faculty interested in submitting a proposal on pedagogy should visit the website for the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, found at

    Applicants are encouraged to review the evaluation criteria the Center uses to rank proposals.

    Do not include supplemental illustrations or artwork within or as an attachment to the application form. If you believe graphic information is essential to your proposal, please contact the Center.

    In cases of collaborative grants, explain the role and responsibility of each applicant.

    Compliance Approval: If the proposal involves animal subjects, human subjects, radioisotope or radiation producing device use, recombinant DNA, animal or plant pathogens, or biological toxins, you must obtain approval from the appropriate Office of Research Compliance administrative review committee(s) prior to release of funds.

    Award Options:

    CEAH's evaluation of applications is strictly on the merits of the proposals. The applicant's choice of research grant, summer salary support, or teaching release will not enter into the determination of awards.

    You will be asked to specify your preferred disbursement method on the application form. Please review the eligibility section above, which includes additional information regarding awards disbursed as salary support.

    Teaching Release
    Funds to release faculty from teaching are available to departments to cover one course at the standard amount (not to exceed $7,500) for either Fall '10 or Spring '11 semester. Applicants seeking a one-course teaching release will be eligible for fall or spring semester but not both. They need not specify in their application which semester, as that may be best determined subsequently by faculty grantees in consultation with their department chairs.

    When circumstances prevent successful applicants from availing themselves of the teaching release, CEAH will offer grantees the alternative of a summer salary (see below).

    Salary Support:
    Salary support is the equivalent of one month's salary, plus fringe benefits, up to $5,000 total cost to the University. Salary support will be paid out in June 2011 unless alternate arrangements are approved in advance by the Center.

    Award is disbursed as one payment, and the funds may be used without time or purchasing restrictions. No budget need be submitted with your application.

    University fringe benefits, taxes, and personal deductions are withheld, decreasing the overall amount of the award.

    Grant Account:
    Funds will be made available in a university (700) account to cover allowable expenses that will most benefit the project: travel expenses (including airfare and lodging but not per diems), materials, supplies, and hourly wages. Purchases should be made in compliance with the University's procurement policies and will be approved at the department level.

    Funding is available immediately and is received in full; taxes are not withheld, and fringe benefits are not deducted.

    Funding is available for allowable expenses only. All funds must be spent by June 30, 2011. An itemized budget must be submitted with the application, and subsequent changes to the budget must be approved by the Center. Supplies and equipment purchased through university grant accounts are considered property of the University.

    Applicants are required to use the electronic application form provided. The text of the form must be typed in 12-point double-spaced type--no exceptions. Do not include supplemental illustrations or artwork within or as an attachment to the application form. If you believe graphic information is essential to your proposal, please contact the Center.

    Download the CEAH Fellowship Application Form (Word)

    Submission: Proposals should be sent by campus mail or hand-delivered to the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (171 Carver Hall) and should include 17 copies of the following:

    • the completed application
    • an itemized budget (this is required only if applicant is requesting a grant account; applications requesting summer salary support or a teaching release do not require a budget.
    • your two-page curriculum vitae
    • applications seeking summer salary or a grant account need a letter of transmission from your department chair. Applications seeking a teaching release need a letter of support from your department chair. You only need provide one copy of this letter (Chairs: please do not rank multiple submissions from your department or program.)

    Please collate and staple copies; do not use paperclips or binder clips.

    Contact the Center staff with questions regarding the application process.


    Sample Proposals:

    Grant Account:

    Margaret LaWare (English)
    "Speaking to America's College Women: Changing Perspectives on Women's Lives, Work and Leadership in Post WWII America" (PDF)

    Teaching Release:

    Julia Dominguez (World Languages and Cultures)
    "Imaginary Cartographies: The Creation of Utopian Spaces in the Age of Discovery" (PDF)

    Salary Support:

    Heidi Hohmann (Landscape Architecture)
    "A Scenic and Civic Hydrology: History of the Minneapolis Park System (PDF)

    Other proposals may be available upon request.

Gregory Oakes, Music, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for his work, Non-Western Influences on Contemporary Solo Clarinet Music

Olga Mesropova, World Languages and Cultures, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for her work, Humor in Transition: Russian Monologue Comedy from Gorbachev to Putin

Annemarie Butler, Philosophy and Religious Studies, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for her work, Hume's Naturalistic Account of Philosophical Belief in External Objects

Jeffrey Houghtby, History, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for his work, Common Land and Community in Early Modern Burgundy, 1550-1793

Teresa Paschke, Art and Design, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for her project, The Influence of Globalization on Ornamental Styles and Surface Patterns

Thomas Leslie, Architecture, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for his project, "A Combination of Strength and Beauty": The Role of Building Technology in the Transformation of the "Chicago-style" 1904-1934

Heidi Hohmann, Landscape Architecture, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for her work on A Scenic and Civic Hydrology: History of the Minneapolis Park System

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Library, is a 2009 CEAH Fellow for her work, Women's Archives Reader and Biological Identities: Reproductive Issues in U.S. Archival Collections