The Center for Middletown Studies offers up to two competitive faculty fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year and/or for summer term 2023. These fellowships support faculty seeking to fund the development of one or more external grant proposals for research initiatives with relevance to themes and issues addressed in Middletown Studies scholarship.  

The Center’s mission is to build on the body of scholarship inaugurated by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd in their landmark studies Middletown (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937). The Center aims to reframe Middletown-based scholarship to emphasize inclusive, community-engaged research that addresses social, economic, and political inequalities. It also supports research on these issues that focus on communities other than Muncie, especially those in economically distressed cities and regions.

The faculty fellow is expected to submit one or more external funding proposals within one year of completing the fellowship award. The application for external funding should seek at least $10,000. The Fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend for summer (2023) research OR a one-course buyout during the 2022-2023 academic year, as well as administrative support from the Center.

Applicants should submit a short proposal, a short c.v., and any supplemental materials to by July 25, 2022. Recipients will be announced by August 19, 2022. The proposal should be no more than two single-spaced pages and should outline the idea for the project, explain its significance and its connection to themes and issues related to urban and community studies and specifically to Middletown Studies scholarship. It should identify one or more targeted grant programs. Supplemental materials may include a short writing sample, a bibliography, and/or evidence of communication from a funding officer.

We especially welcome proposals that seek to address urban inequalities and minoritized populations in a decolonizing and/or intersectional framework and/or address the centennial anniversary of Robert and Helen Lynd’s original Middletown investigation (2024-2025).  

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