The University of Rochester Bridging Fellowship Program releases faculty from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another department of the University for the purpose of learning another discipline. More specifically, Bridging Fellowships enable faculty to develop new approaches to performance and research interests; stimulate the formation of new interdepartmental and intercollegiate collaborations; make it possible for faculty to develop new courses for a broader student base; and stimulate better integration of curricula within the Eastman School and between the ESM and UR colleges. Bridging Fellowships are not intended for research projects or performance opportunities of the sort supported by traditional leaves of absence.
The program is open to faculty members who teach full-time in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music. The number of awards that can be given in any academic year will be constrained by the cost of covering an applicant’s teaching duties while participating. The application deadline is usually November or December of the year preceding the year in which the fellowship semester is to take place. A formal announcement is sent from the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.
Applications should include (1) a description of the proposed program of study (including beginning and ending dates of the requested fellowship); (2) a statement of the applicant’s qualifications together with a current curriculum vitae; (3) a statement about the expected effect of the proposed program on the applicant’s teaching and presumptive value to educational programs at the Eastman School; (4) a statement about the expected effect of the proposed program on the applicant’s professional development; (5) a description of any other benefits that might accrue to the Eastman School as a result of the fellowship. Four letters of support should accompany the application: from the dean of the college in which the applicant proposes to study; from the chair of the department in which the applicant proposes to study; from the faculty member in the hosting department who will act as the Bridging Fellow’s Advisor; and from the applicant’s chair.
Applicants are encouraged to consult previous Bridging Fellows or the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for additional information and for advice in drafting their applications.
Revised, August 2016