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About the Program


The Belmont University Welcome Home Diversity Council and the Office of the Provost have developed the Belmont University Fellows Program, a post-graduate teaching and scholarship program that provides a mentored, comprehensive, university-level teaching and research experience with a Belmont faculty member.  The fellowship is focused toward members of under-represented groups that have recently completed their terminal degree.

Belmont University’s Vision statement, “To be a leader among teaching universities, bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service” recognizes the centrality of teaching as part of a successful, 21st century, student-centered, academic institution.       

Building from this, the Belmont University Fellows Program provides a unique and valuable opportunity to increase diversity among faculty.  Fellows have received a terminal degree in their discipline, and desire a position at a teaching-focused institution.  Fellows will be recruited based on their academic and professional accomplishments.  This two year program allows the Belmont Fellow to be mentored by a full-time faculty at Belmont University to develop and deliver rigorous curriculum while engaging in scholarly activity. 

The Fellows Program

Belmont University Fellows are appointed to a 12-month, full-time contract (with University benefits) that includes teaching (up to three courses per semester, but not less than two courses per semester) each year (including summer teaching/research assignments), under the guidance and supervision of the Faculty Mentor.  The Fellow is engaged in scholarly activity with the Faculty Mentor and Belmont students.  Fellows begin their two-year fellowship on June 1; exceptions may occur.

The Fellow will regularly participate in sessions, programs and activities provided by the Teaching Center for the Fellows and for the first- and second-year faculty development groups.  Fellows and mentors will also participate in general Teaching Center activities available to all faculty.

Responsibilities of the Fellow

Fellow appointments are governed by Belmont University Policy. The purpose of a fellow appointment is to provide the holder of a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree with additional teaching, service and scholarly training for an academic career. Thus, the role of Fellow appointees is clearly differentiated from full-time faculty. Fellow appointments are characterized by all of the following conditions:

  • The contract is temporary.
  • The contract primarily involves teaching, service and scholarship.
  • The Fellow’s activity is viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic career.
  • The Fellow works under the mentorship and supervision of a faculty member.
  • The Fellow has the freedom and is expected to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

Appointment as a Fellow carries with it an obligation to the mentor, the Department with which she/he is associated, the University, and the agency that supports her/him. These obligations include:

  • The conscientious discharge of teaching, service and scholarly responsibilities.
  • Conformance to ethical standards in research.
  • Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Fellow's research activities.
  • Prompt disclosure to the mentor regarding the possession and desire to distribute materials, software, copyrightable and potentially-patentable discoveries derived from the Fellow's work.
  • Collegial conduct towards members of the research laboratory and others.
  • Compliance with all applicable university policies and applicable terms of any sponsored agreement which provides support for the Fellow.
  • The Fellow shall follow the program manual and will be expected to perform as a full-time employee at the location at which they are assigned. 

Fellowship Benefits 

  • Competitive stipend
  • Vacation
  • Travel allowance
  • Professional Networking
  • University Holidays
  • Health plan
  • Mentorship
  • Active teaching

Proof of doctoral degree

To be eligible for a fellow appointment at Belmont, international applicants must hold an advanced degree that is equivalent to those provided by U.S. institutions. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide transcripts that certify that s(he) has received her/his degree, and it is the responsibility of the mentor to make sure that the documentation is satisfactory. Originals of the transcripts will be kept in the Provost’s office.  If the applicant has completed all requirements toward the advanced degree but has not received his/her degree, he/she must provide the documents certifying her/his status has been affirmed in its final form, including all necessary signatures, and indicate the date that the degree will be conferred.  In no case will a fellow appointment be made unless the applicant’s degree has been formally approved by the degree-granting institution. This same rule applies to applicants receiving their degree from Belmont University. There may be an occasion in which a future Fellow is appointed to an adjunct or full-time position at Belmont. Such an appointment should follow normal procedures for filling the position.