Call for Applications to the Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships 2021/22

Scholars at Risk (SAR) IN COLLABORATION with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites applications for remote research fellowships for early career researchers studying, writing, and/or teaching on academic freedom and/or related higher education values.

The Mellon/SAR program tends to provide a research stipend and supportive professional community for researchers to develop and share related work leading to a publishable article; new course offering; workshop, webinar, or conference presentation; or other identified end product.

Fellows will complete their individual projects and attend monthly remote, online workshop sessions where they will show their work in progress and provide comments on the work of other fellows. Fellows are to prepare and deliver an online lecture or webinar presentation of their work to SAR employees, network members, and guests in the second half of the program (with appropriate security accommodations, as necessary).

Duration: 8 Months


  • A stipend of USD $8000 intended to cover research expenses, publication, or other costs
  • exposure to SAR’s programming, and network with SAR partner-experts on academic freedom issues.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Masters or PhD degree received less than 8 years ago
  • Current research or teaching affiliation with a higher education institution
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching, researching, or publishing on issues of academic freedom
  • Preference for projects involving comparative, international, or collaborative work, especially by or including as equal partners researchers from the global south
  • Commitment to participate in 8-10 remote, online workshops and/or public webinars with co-recipients, and SAR staffs
  • Candidates in or from the global south and from minority or otherwise marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Application Process

  • CV, including publication history and names of professional references
  • Abstract of 500-1000 words detailing the research topic, its importance, and how it fits in long-term teaching, research, or advocacy goals
  • Proposed research plan/timeline for the eight-month program

Deadline: August 15, 2021.

For more information and application to SAR, click here.