Faculty Fellowship

The Lender Faculty Fellowship supports a two-year research agenda to critically and creatively explore contemporary social issues, develop innovative approaches to these problems, and implement useful and sustainable initiatives.

The selected faculty fellow will work with a team of student fellows to create an interdisciplinary research team focused on the proposed social issue. The Lender Symposium will serve as the culmination of the two-year projects, with invited national guests and experts participating in a thorough discussion of the research and proposals developed by the Lender fellows team.

Faculty applying for the Lender fellowship will be dynamic and accomplished scholars/teachers committed to an agenda of engaging issues relevant to social justice. They will be expected to foster an interdisciplinary team that will simultaneously encourage student learning and growth and the pursuit of concrete engagement with real-world problems.

The faculty fellow will receive research support for both years of the project, a summer stipend, and additional resources to facilitate the development and execution of their project, as well as to publicize the results.

Only Syracuse University full-time faculty, either tenure or non-tenure track, are eligible for the Lender Faculty Fellowship.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday, April 12, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Faculty Fellows will be expected to:

  • Propose a clear issue/problem that will sustain the two-year research/engagement project
  • Be committed to working closely and openly with the student members of the team
  • Develop partnerships with other faculty and entities on campus to support the project
  • Develop partnerships with other entities and communities relevant to the research
  • Pursue additional external sources for funding and support of the project

Faculty Fellows will receive:

  • Formal designation as a Lender Faculty Fellow
  • A $10,000 stipend to cover their work during the summer ($5,000 per summer)
  • Research funds of up to $5,000
  • Additional funds of up to $5,000 for the Lender Symposium at the culmination of their project
  • Support from the Lender Center staff

Faculty applications must include:

Letter of support

In addition to submitting the application, please request a signed, confidential letter of recommendation/support on letterhead from your department chair. Letters of support should address the following:

  • Relevance of this project to the faculty member’s research/teaching
  • Relevance of this project to the department’s curriculum
  • Perception of the faculty member’s ability to lead a diverse, interdisciplinary team

Letters should be emailed separately via PDF attachment to lendercenter@syr.edu 

Supplemental materials

Applicants are encouraged to provide additional materials related to their project and their ability to create meaningful collaborations between students, faculty, and community partners. Appropriate supplemental materials can include:

  • Letters of support from previous/ongoing community partners
  • Letters of support from students engaged in research/engagement projects
  • Examples of published research, performances, exhibitions, or other relevant scholarship related to the proposed project

Supplemental materials can be uploaded to the application or emailed separately via PDF attachment to lendercenter@syr.edu 

Questions? Email lendercenter@syr.edu.