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.
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.
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:
- Traditional Arts/Humanities projects. Students can apply for up to $500 for materials and regional travel to enable them to carry out their projects.
- 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 $1,000 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!