Class of 1945 World Fellowship Program

Request for Proposals

The Faculty World Fellowship Program is made available through the generosity of a 50th reunion gift from the Class of 1945. It is designed to support research and study abroad during a semester leave and is targeted toward research that can promote conflict resolution, international understanding, and world peace.

The Faculty World Fellowship is awarded annually to an individual (or individuals) selected by the CAP. The fellowship award will finance a research and travel budget to support the fellow’s program of study. The dean of the faculty, in consultation with the provost, has established guidelines and funding limits for the program. Selection of the fellow(s) is based on the applicant’s scholarly and teaching ability, on the validity of the proposed program and on the potential of the program to strengthen the fellow’s future contributions to teaching and scholarship in a global perspective.

Eligibility: Faculty members scheduled for a leave in the next academic year who plan to conduct research and study abroad.

Online Application Procedures: This competition runs each year with an initial application deadline of November 7, and with subsequent requests for proposals to follow until the annual budget is exhausted. Awards are made available the following summer on July 1.

Click here to link to the PeopleSoft application. Login using your usual ID and password, then click through, in turn, Self Service / Learning and Development / Competitive Grants. You will then be prompted to select the World Fellowship form, fill in summary information, and attach two documents: 1) a short proposal and 2) a CV. The following information will be required:

  • Project title and very brief abstract (254 characters or less)
  • Short proposal with project description, timetable, and context statement regarding the academic significance of the project within the faculty member’s overall plan of study during the semester leave.
  • The proposal should also include a budget statement. Provide a detailed budget request for anticipated research fees and expenses, and be sure to indicate the contribution (or not) of internal funds already at your disposal (e.g., divisional research funds, named chair funds, travel allowance, etc.). Please also list any applications you have made to have the proposed work funded by an external granting agency, and the results of those applications.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Attach a current CV.

There is no set length for the application; past proposals have run anywhere from two to ten pages in length. It should be thorough but concise, and accessible to non-experts in the field. Supporting materials (e.g., bibliography) are welcome but not required.

Spending guidelines: For guidance on budgeting and the uses of faculty travel and research funds, see the detailed guidelines at williams.edu/admin/controller/travel/. As World Fellowships are granted to support travel and research abroad during a term of leave, awarded funds do not normally carry over beyond the fiscal year for which they are granted. Funds remaining at the end of the project are returned to the parent account for reallocation.

Stewardship: To provide stewardship on the World Fellowship endowment, we ask recipients to submit a short report summarizing the work they have accomplished during the award year. Typically, these reports are submitted to the dean of faculty by June 30 following the term of leave or sabbatical.