Fenwick Fellow Program

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to Mason faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in her or her field. The competition is open to tenured and tenure-track or multi-year appointment term faculty members at Mason and provides one award of up to $5,000 for research materials and assistance, along with the use of an office in Fenwick Library for one academic year. Each year the Fenwick Fellow application guidelines are announced during early Spring Semester.  Applications are usually accepted March through April. All submitted applications contain a brief proposal and curriculum vitae along with a signed acknowledgement and approval from the applicant’s department chairperson.

Application contents include:

  • A project summary and information about the central problem to be addressed
  • Evidence of the applicant’s previous work in the general area
  • Research methodologies to be used.
  • Explanation of why research space in the library is needed
  • A budget, broken down to show specific materials and/or services to be purchased with the award
  • Expected results of the fellowship

A six-member selection committee reviews the applications and selects one to recommend to the University Librarian. An announcement of the winner is made at the start of each new academic year to the university community. The following Spring after the completed fellowship, University Libraries sponsors a public Fenwick Fellow lecture.

See the current and past Fenwick Fellows and their projects.