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FAQs

UMBC will begin accepting applications for Cohort VI on August 2, 2020

These FAQS are for the UMBC Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity  and UMBC Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in the Arts

Eligibility Questions 

Q: I currently work at UMBC, but my position is not permanent (i.e., Visiting Lecturer, Adjunct, Postdoctoral Fellows), am I still eligible to apply?

ANo. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from UMBC or currently holding a postdoctoral or any faculty position (i.e., Visiting Assistant Professors, Visiting Lecturers, Adjuncts, etc.) are not eligible to apply. 

Q: I received my Ph.D. from UMBC, am I eligible to apply?

A: No. Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from UMBC or currently holding a postdoctoral or any faculty position at UMBC are not eligible to apply.

Q: I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes.

Q: My terminal degree is an Ed.D., a DMA, or an MFA, am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes. Applicants with a terminal degree in the arts might also consider applying for the UMBC Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in the Arts.

Q: I am a scholar in X field? Can I apply for the fellowship? Is this field represented at UMBC?

A: UMBC can only support postdoctoral fellows or fellows in the Arts who are working in fields that are represented at UMBC. If you are unsure if you field is represented at UMBC, please refer to the list of majors and program at UMBC http://degrees.umbc.edu/

Q: I received my degree prior to May 2018, can I still apply?

A1: Applicants for UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity must have received their degrees no earlier than May 2018 and no later than July 1, 2021. 

A2: Applicants for the UMBC Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in the Arts can have received their terminal degree earlier than May 2018 but no later than July 1, 2021. The Arts fellowship has more flexibility on earliest date of terminal degrees to allow for arts practitioners longer time since earned degree to apply.

Q: I have not yet completed my degree, am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, however, fellowships are only awarded to individuals who complete their doctoral or terminal degree before the fellowship start date of July 1, 2021.

Q: I already completed a postdoctoral fellowship, am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes, however, postdoctoral or Arts fellowships are only awarded to individuals who complete their doctoral or terminal degree before the fellowship start of July 1, 2021.

Q: I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at another institution, can I still apply?

A:  No, individuals who already hold a tenure-track faculty position are ineligible to apply.

Application Questions

Application Submission Questions: 

Q: Can I submit my application through the mail or email my application?

A: All applications must be submitted via Interfolio:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity [Link Available August 2, 2020]
  • UMBC Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts [Link Available August 2, 2020]

Q: Can I submit an application after the deadline?

A: Yes, however, full consideration will be given to those applicants that submit all materials to Interfolio by October 2, 2020. We are unable to review any applications that are received after October 23, 2020. 

Q: I am having trouble uploading my application to Interfolio, what should I do?

A: For any issues related to uploading and submitting any component of your application, please contact Interfolio’s Tech Support.

Q: How do I submit updated materials in my application after the deadline has passed?

A: Applicants may submit updated materials to Interfolio until October 2, 2020. Updates after this deadline, must be emailed to Dr. Autumn Reed (autumn2@umbc.edu) in PDF format with the subject  “INTERFOLIO APPLICATION UPDATED MATERIAL, FULL NAME”. In the body of the email, please include your name, description of the updated materials, and send the attachments as PDFs labeled with UPDATE, the DATE, LAST NAME, and DOCUMENT TYPE     (e.g., UPDATE_10.6.2020_REED_CV). 

Letters of Recommendation Questions:  

Q: Can my letter of recommendation writers mail or email my recommendation?

A: All application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, must be submitted via Interfolio.

Q: Will letter of recommendation writers receive automatic prompts to upload their letters from the Interfolio service after the application period has closed?

A: Interfolio contacts the confidential letter of recommendation writers using the email address you provide for each writer. The email will contain instructions for them to submit their confidential letters of recommendation. 

Q: My letter writers are having trouble uploading their letters to Interfolio, what should they do?

A: For any issues related to uploading and submitting letters or recommendation, please contact Interfolio’s Tech Support.

Cover Letter Questions:

Q: What information should I include in the Cover Letter?

A: The Cover Letter is your letter of greeting for your application packet in which you introduce yourself, provide a summary of your work and experiences your application, and mention the one or two fields at UMBC that should review your application. 

Research Statement Questions: 

Q: What should I include in the Research Statement?

A: The Research Statement provides an opportunity to describe and propose research or creative activity to be conducted during the fellowship. 

Q: Are applicants expected to have their own research plan, or do the fellows help with existing research?

A: Fellows are expected to outline their own independent plan of research or creative activity that they intend to undertake during the fellowship.

Personal Statement Questions: 

Q: What should I include my Personal Statement?

A: The purpose of the fellowship is to Program is to support promising scholars who are committed to diversity and inclusive excellence in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure track appointments at UMBC. In the Personal Statement applicants should detail their demonstrated commitment or experience fostering diversity and inclusion in higher education and ways in which they will further this commitment if awarded the fellowship. 

Writing Sample Questions: 

Q: What may I submit as a writing sample or sample of creative work?

A: Applicants may submit up to two writing samples that are together, no more than 35-pages.  Examples include, a dissertation chapter, journal article, work in progress, or links to creative and scholarly portfolios or work.

Fields of Interest Questions:

Q: I would like to have three fields consider my application is that possible?

A: Applicants should select up to two primary fields to review their application. Mention of additional fields for potential collaboration may be discussed in your materials.

Q: I discussed my fields of interest in the Cover Letter, do I still need to upload a separate document with my fields of interest for application review.

A: The information of up to two fields of interest should be in both the cover letter and listed separately in a document uploaded to Interfolio.

Application Review Questions: 

Q: What is the application review and selection process?

A: The application deadline is October 2, 2020. Departments/Programs will review and evaluate applications and submit their nominations to the appropriate Dean and the Provost’s Selection Committee. Finalists will be contacted in early November to schedule on-campus interviews. Fellowship offers will be made in early February 2021.

Q: How are mentors selected for fellows?

A:  Fellows are also asked to select the fields which they would like to review their application. Once application review commences, the selected departments and programs will nominate faculty mentors for those applicants they select for further consideration. Applicants may identify potential faculty members as part of their application materials. 

General Fellowship Questions:

Teaching Questions: 

Q: Are fellows expected to teach a pre-existing course or to possibly create a new course?

A: This depends on the host department, but most fellows teach one pre-existing course and may also develop a new course.

Research Questions: 

Q: Are there opportunities to do research with mentors outside of the UMBC main campus?

A: Research or creative work as part of the fellowship must be conducted under the supervision of a UMBC faculty member. That does not mean, however, that a fellow may not collaborate with others outside of the institution but it is expected that primary collaborations and scholarly/creative work will occur on the UMBC campus. Mentors will work with fellows to determine collaborations.

Q: Can I bring grant funding or apply for additional external funding during the fellowship period?

A: Fellows may bring additional grant funding they may have or apply for additional funding for research or creative activity from external agencies during their fellowship.

Q: If awarded the fellowship will I need to relocate to Maryland?

A: All fellows are expected to be in residence at UMBC during the academic year and participate in departmental seminars and related activities.

Q: Who has been awarded the fellowship in the past?

A: Information about past awardees for UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity can be found here. Please note that the UMBC Fellowship for Faculty Diversity in the Arts is being offered for the first time for this next incoming cohort so there are no past awardees for this fellowship.

Application Review and Timeline:

Q: What is the application review and selection process?

A: The application deadline is October 2, 2020. Departments/Programs will review and evaluate applications and submit their nominations to the appropriate Dean and the Provost’s Selection Committee. Finalists will be contacted in early November to schedule on-campus interviews. Fellowship offers will be made in early February 2021.