Mellon Summer Research Fellows Program (SURF)

A 10 week summer program in which students work on a project directly related to their faculty mentor’s research. Students receive a $4,200 stipend, free dormitory housing for the summer research period, a travel and supplies budget, and a one-credit course annotation on their transcript. Faculty mentors also receive a stipend of $2,000. Students will present their research at the end of the summer at the Trinity Summer Research Colloquium. In order to apply, students must possess a faculty mentor from an Arts or Humanities department.

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Mellon Institute

A 10 week summer multidisciplinary research cluster that enables faculty-student research teams from different disciplines to carry out inter-related research projects pertaining to one central topic. Mellon selects one Institute proposal annually for student and faculty stipends ($4,200 and $2,000 respectively), travel and supplies budget, free dormitory housing, and one-credit course annotation on the student’s transcript. Proposals for Mellon Institute topics are accepted from teams of at least two faculty members from at least two Arts and Humanities departments.

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Mellon Initiative Student Mini-Grant

Mellon Initiative Mini-Grants provide funding opportunities for student-directed projects guided by faculty mentors in independent study work or as a supplement to coursework. There are currently two types of mini-grants:

  1. Traditional Arts/Humanities projects. Students can apply for up to $500 for materials and regional travel to enable them to carry out their projects.
  2. Innovative Arts/Humanities projects: In collaboration with Trinity University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Mellon Initiative is now offering grants of up to $ 750 for Arts/Humanities projects that push the boundaries of typical arts/humanities research. What's innovative, you ask? We have some ideas (e.g. digital humanities projects, civic/social engagement projects, arts/humanities projects that incorporate methods/approaches from outside of the arts/humanities), but innovation by definition is something that is new, so you tell us!

Spring 2021 applications are due March 5. 

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