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Application Process

Applications for faculty fellowships should be submitted to the Department Head of each faculty member who is seeking a course release. Please note that faculty members can only submit one application per year. The faculty fellowship application is to be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Research in their College upon approval from the Department Head.  


  1. October 24, 2016: Deadline for submitting proposals to Department Head for approval.
  2. November 4, 2016: All proposals approved by Department Head are to be forwarded to the Associate Dean for Research of the appropriate College by the faculty member.
  3. November 18, 2016: Associate Deans for Research forward up to three Fellowship proposals, per college, with their statements of support as well as those from appropriate Department Heads to the Rock Ethics Institute (
  4. The Rock Directors team will review fellowship applications with input from the core faculty who would be collaborating with the faculty fellows.
  5. December 18, 2016: Applicants will be notified. 

Application Materials

Faculty members who wish to apply for a Rock Ethics Institute faculty fellowship should submit the following materials:

  1. The application should begin with a 100-word abstract for the proposed fellowship project.
  2. The applicants should include a detailed statement of no more than 2000 words (single-spaced) inclusive of the following:  
    • The nature and significance of the proposed research including discussion of the ethical/moral relevance of the project and how the proposed work advances the mission and goals of the Rock Ethics Institute, as outlined on our website.
    • The collaborative research that is being developed or augmented and how the infusion of ethics will enhance integrated research and curriculum development at Penn State.
    • A description of the project or projects to be initiated during the fellowship period and a timeline for completion for each project.
    • An overview with specifics regarding expected deliverables, e.g., paper presentations, published papers, creative works, grant submissions, or curricular innovations.
    • A description of how the applicant would collaborate with specific Rock Core Faculty, including detailing the potential for collaboration and naming specific potential collaborators.
    • Plans to continue and support the work beyond the funding period should be addressed.
    • Applicants should specify which semester they would plan to take the fellowship course release.

3. Letter(s) of support from the Department Head(s).

    4. Short (no more than 5 pages) CV/biosketch. NSF or NIH biosketches are encouraged.

    Other Details

    Faculty fellows will be required to submit a report on their activities at the end of the fellowship period. This report should detail the outcomes accomplished and plans to continue the work begun during the fellowship period. Additional progress reports will be requested to track the impact and sustainability of the research project. Fellows will be asked to meet with the Rock directors team during their fellowship period in order to discuss their project progress and consider collaboration opportunities with Rock core faculty. Fellows will also be asked to give a talk on their Rock sponsored research.

    Please direct any questions you have about the faculty fellowships to Eduardo Mendieta by filling out our online contact form