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A&S Fellowships, Grants & Awards

The College of Arts and Science Dean's Office is deeply invested in supporting, rewarding, and celebrating the groundbreaking work of Arts and Science faculty. We offer multiple funding opportunities to support faculty research and creative expression, as detailed below, in addition to the funding sources that Vanderbilt University offers. We also recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring with our annual A&S Faculty and Graduate Student Awards.

Dean's Faculty Fellows

The Dean's Faculty Fellows (DFF) Program launched in 2018 to support untenured faculty in their research, scholarship, and creative expression during their probationary period. Fellows are selected by a committee from among many highly competitive nominations because of their scholarly accomplishments and the promise they show to make an impact in their respective fields. They hold the title for two years and receive additional support for their research. See the current and past cohorts of fellows and learn more about the nomination process.

Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education, generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a collaboration among five colleges and universities: Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University. The partnership supports faculty development on all campuses involved; seeks to improve graduate education at Vanderbilt, while preparing students to meet the needs of diverse types of institutions; and enhances undergraduate education at partner schools. See details on how to apply.

Immersion Scholar Grants

Immersion Scholar Grants provide two years of funding for faculty members to create Immersion experiences. Full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply.    

Publication Subvention Grants

The College of Arts & Science has created a small dedicated funding stream for grants to support publication subvention and/or specific costs associated with publication permissions. This is a pilot project and is subject to the availability of funds.


Each year, the College of Arts and Science recognizes faculty and graduate students for excellence in teaching and mentoring.