The Class of 1945 World Fellowship Program

The 2022-2023 Request for World Fellowship Proposals

Objective: The Faculty World Fellowship Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of a 50th reunion gift from the Class of 1945. It is designed to support international research and study abroad during a semester of leave. It is also 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 who are scheduled for a leave in the 2022-2023 academic year who plan to conduct research and study abroad.

Deadline: December 1, 2021.
Awards will be made available the following summer on July 1, 2022.

2022-2023 Specific Update: In light of the global pandemic, we understand that the possibility of international travel remains very uncertain. However, we are still running this grant competition in the hope that any proposed research and study abroad will be possible in 2022-2023.

The Class of ‘45 World Fellowship Online Application is not available at this time. The current 2022-2023 competition has closed.

To apply for a Class of ‘45 World Fellowship, please click on the link above.

You will then be prompted to fill in summary information and attach a short proposal and other supporting documents. The following information will be required:

  • An updated CV
  • Project title and very brief abstract (250 characters or less)
  • A project proposal, submitted as an attachment in pdf or word document format. This proposal should include a project description, a clear timetable, and a context statement regarding the academic significance of the project within the faculty member’s overall plan of study during the semester of leave.
  • The proposal should also include a budget statement. Please 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.
  • There is no set length for the application. Ideally, 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/.
  • World Fellowships are granted to support travel and research abroad during a term of leave, and therefore 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.