WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
The category of Threatened Scholar includes: career academics, graduate students, and independent scholars, as well as writers, intellectuals, and artists whose work relates to teaching, learning, research, and the public mission of higher education, and whose lives or livelihoods are currently at risk.
TYPES OF FELLOWSHIPS
TSI offers two types of Fellowships:
HOW TO APPLY
Fellows are selected in a variety of ways. TSI prioritizes placements for Fellows at OSUN institutions where there are strong pre-existing ties or significant overlaps in research interests and/or teaching needs.
Given the complexity of matching scholars with institutions that are not already familiar with the scholar or their work, TSI has a strong preference for applicants who are nominated by potential hosts. Applicants should explore their connections, direct and indirect, with colleagues across the full range of OSUN institutions, and seek out one or more to discuss the possibility of a placement there. These placements come at no or very little cost to the host institutions, and the support of threatened scholars is a core value of the network. What is most important is the building of a real connection between the potential Fellow and the potential host, and a clear vision of the role the Fellow would play at the institution. Once a host institution has agreed to nominate a scholar, they complete and submit the nomination form for Residential Fellows available here or the form for Non-Residential Fellows available here.
For Threatened Scholars who are interested in a Fellowship but do not not have or cannot develop connections with OSUN institutions that can serve as nominators, TSI also permits self-applications. That process begins with the completion of the registration document available here.
TSI staff decide, on the basis of that information, on the eligibility or suitability of the scholar for a Fellowship. If it is clear that the scholar does not meet our criteria for a Fellowship, the scholar will be informed that TSI is not the appropriate path for them. If the scholar does meet TSI’s general eligibility criteria, they will be sent an application form. Again, given the difficulty and time required to match applicants with potential host institutions, TSI strongly prioritizes nominated applicants over all others
AFTER THE NOMINATION OR APPLICATION
Once a nomination is made, TSI determines whether the Fellowship as proposed meets the goals of the program and will be of benefit to the scholar, the host, and the network. This determination depends on a number of factors, including principally whether the nominating institution and TSI agree on an integration plan for the Fellow and a budget for the Fellowship. This process takes, on average, three months from the date the nomination is submitted, although every decision can not be completed within this time frame.
Calls for applications are held twice a year, with application deadlines in March and September. (TSI may also consider applications independent of these two rounds in cases of emergency or other special circumstances.) Because applications require finding an appropriate institutional host for each scholar, and then building an integration plan from scratch, this process requires significantly more time than does the nomination process. TSI’s goal is to find a placement for a scholar within six months of the application deadline however this is contingent on many factors outside the control of TSI. Applications that have not been matched with a host institution after nine months will either be rejected or placed in a “hold” category should there be significant likelihood of a host becoming available in the near future.
2022 Fellowship Nominations and Applications
TSI is currently accepting Applications and Nominations for Fellowships.
The due date for all current Applications is March 15, 2022. Any Applications filed by March 15, 2022 will be reviewed after that date and decisions will be made within the timelines outlined above.
The due date for Nominations is April 15, 2022. Any Nominations filed by April 15, 2022 will be reviewed after that date and decisions will be made within the timelines outlined above.
We anticipate the next due date for both Applications and Nominations to be September 1, 2022.