About the Fellowship Program
The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars from this country and abroad. Since 1954, CASBS fellowships have been awarded to scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines. These include the five core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology) as well as a wide range of humanistic disciplines, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.
CASBS is a collaborative environment. We aim to bring disciplines into contact with each other—to broaden scholars beyond their specialized training. We seek fellows who will be both influential with, and open to influence by, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort we assemble for a given year.
Applications and Selection Results
We will be accepting applications for the 2016-17 fellowship year beginning on July 20 and until November 6, 2015.
Previous fellows who are re-applying are expected to follow the same application procedure as first-time applicants.
For details please visit the application instructions.
Notifications regarding 2016-17 fellowship awards will be sent via email in February 2016.
List of materials to accompany individual applications
Full curriculum vitae (or résumé)
Personal statement (500 word limit)
If applicable, a statement of your project’s fit with one of our partner fellowship programs (150-250 words)
Two reference letters
To ensure the integrity of your CV and personal statement, we can only accept files as PDFs. Creating PDF files from other formats, such as Microsoft Word, is easy to do. If you need assistance, please read these instructions on converting documents to PDF.
1. Full curriculum vitae
Your CV should include your educational and professional experience and a comprehensive list of your publications (you may include forthcoming work and works in progress; if there are foreign language titles, please provide English translations). Please also list any significant professional service such as boards or key committees. Other relevant information includes significant honors, awards, and research grants (converted to US dollars).
2. Project statement (not to exceed two double spaced pages)
Your project statement should answer two questions:
Question #1: What is your most important work to date?
Identify your most important book, book chapter, or article and explain why it was important—how it corrected a misconception in the literature, how it advanced subsequent thinking in some way, or how it filled in an important gap in knowledge.
Question #2: What is your plan or focus for the fellowship year?
Concisely describe the work you plan to do during your fellowship year. Address what is original about the proposed work and what potential relevance it has to contemporary social issues. How will your project "make a difference”?
Please note that this is not a research proposal. A strong consideration in the selection process is an applicant’s perceived ability to participate in ongoing cross-disciplinary conversations about their own research and that of others. The Center experience often has a transformative effect on fellows' work plans, and your focus may shift during the course of the fellowship year.
Instructions for completing other application questions
Please supply a phrase or sentence that best summarizes your proposed plan or focus for your fellowship year. Examples include the working title of a book, a phrase one might use as a running header in a journal article, or a single sentence containing several keywords that could be used to index your work.
Your current base academic salary
In this box provide your nine-month base salary for the current academic year. Do not include additional increments for summer service, administrative duties, etc.
Your anticipated sources of financial support for the fellowship year
In this box identify possible sources of stipend and research funds for your fellowship year. These typically include sabbatical support from one's home institution, awards, fellowships, and research grants from private foundations or government agencies. Review "Stipends" in the general guidelines for details.
Total amount of anticipated non-CASBS support
In this box please provide the estimated total support you expect to receive from your non-CASBS sources listed above.
Berggruen, Mindset Scholars, and Stanford Cyber Initiative fellowships
If you feel that your project aligns with the research missions of the Berggruen, Mindset Scholars Network, or Stanford Cyber Initiative fellowships, please check the relevant box to indicate that you would like to be considered for one of these sources of funding for your CASBS fellowship year. You will be asked to provide a brief 150-250 word explanation of your project’s fit with the particular initiative that you select.
An applicant’s statement of interest in one of these fellowships does not bear on the CASBS fellowship committee’s selection process, nor does it guarantee that an applicant will receive this particular fellowship in the event that they are selected for a CASBS fellowship.
Collaborative projects and spouse pairs
To the extent that we are able, we try to accommodate project groups and spouses or partners who are both seeking a fellowship year. Please note that your application and that of your collaborator and/or spouse will receive individual consideration.
Some scholars are able to accept a fellowship invitation even if their spouse or project collaborator is not invited as a fellow, but some are not. We therefore ask that you indicate this as well.
Two reference letters
Please ask two scholars who are experts in your area of interest to provide reference letters via the application website. You should fill in their names, titles, institutions, and e-mail addresses and take responsibility for reminding them of the November 6 deadline. Please do not include your graduate advisor or any close collaborators. Please note that we may solicit an additional external review.
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