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The Lincoln Center Faculty Fellows program provides funding for tenured/tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty or lecturers in support of a project that has an applied ethics component. Projects can be focused on either research, education or community engagement, or any combination. Project support can be requested for any stage of the project – planning, implementation, follow-up. The fellowships are a granted for one fiscal year, and fellows not only enjoy financial awards, but in kind support from Lincoln Center staff and a strong welcome into the Lincon Center scholarly community.
Lincoln Center recognizes that faculty from across the university are doing work that has an ethical dimension. In the interest of advancing this good work, Lincoln Center allocates resources for the Faculty Fellows program and invites applications from all the disciplines. Examples from past projects include:
Although the awards made through the Lincoln Center program are not large in scale, every year the program draws a greater volume of quality proposals, leaving only 1 in 4 proposals funded. Once awards are determined Lincoln Center convenes the Lincoln Center community, consisting of Lincoln Professors, current Lincoln Fellows and Lincoln Faculty Affiliates, to welcome the incoming Faculty Fellows and congratulate the current Faculty Fellows on nearing the completion of their projects. In addition, Lincoln Center staff works with Faculty Fellows to offer them support regarding research development, and curricular initiatives, and community engagement to further advance their work.
An interesting outcome of the Lincoln Center Faculty Fellows program is that it not only offers support to a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, but the flexibility of the eligibility and funding criteria also opens doors for faculty in differing phases of their academic careers, as well as for projects with a wide range of outcomes. Some projects yield scholarly work that reaches important subsections of the academic community, and other projects generate products, such as curriculum, that is disseminated to community partners, while others create infrastructures that allow for more productive future collaborations.
Without being a requirement, a consistently pleasing outcome of Lincoln Faculty Fellows projects has been meaningful student engagement. Aside from projects that overtly focus on student engagement, it is common for Lincoln Faculty Fellows projects to provide unique undergraduate and graduate research or outreach experiences. Not only are these opportunities exceptional for the quality of their content, but for the diverse student populations that the participating students represent.