Apply for Global Faculty Fellowship

The RISD Global Faculty Fellowship should enhance and advance the Faculty Fellow’s own research, creative, scholarly and/or social justice work, and teaching practices, as well as the educational mission of RISD at-large and in the world.

Fellows should engage audiences in the academic community and beyond to stimulate and deepen discourse around globalization, global issues and art and design today. On completion of the annual appointment, the Fellow will also make a presentation to staff and faculty about this work. A written report on the results of the fellowship is required.

Global Futures Lab
"Where is Africa?" Panel
Providence, RI, USA 2019

Global Faculty Fellowship, Eligibility and Application

Global Faculty Fellows are released from teaching one course per year (part-time faculty will receive a stipend). Fellows are expected to be resident in the RISD Global Office on an established schedule during the academic year, as determined by the Fellow and RISD Global office. The Fellow receives support for the travel component of the fellowship and have access to resources to bring relevant speakers, artists, scholars, and critics to campus to engage with the broader community.


For Academic Year 2020-2021, one fellowship is available. Full- and part-time RISD faculty with an emerging research project (scholarly or practice-based) that focuses on the intersections of globalization and their field and thinks critically about the impacts and implications of globalization on their practice, their discipline, and their teaching.

The ideal project is a one-two year, early stage research project; the fellowship is intended to provide the fellow the time and resources to develop their work towards future research and project grant applications.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: January 3rd, 2020

  • The qualifications and experiences that enable you to participate in the RISD Global Fellows program, including evidence of your interest in the intersections between globalization and art and design today
  • How the RISD Global Faculty Fellowship will support your work and teaching practice, and the kind of research you envision during the Fellowship period
  • A timeline for how you plan to manage the research project over the course of the one year fellowship
  • An outline of how you would develop the project towards future grant applications to enable its fuller realization
  • What you intend to offer to the RISD Global Office, the academic community and the public
  • The impact your work can have —when fully realized in the future— on your field and the issues/challenges you wish to address/engage/study

In addition, we require a letter of support from your Divisional Dean.

  • Meet with RISD Global to learn more about the fellowship and opportunity.
  • Speak with previous Global Faculty Fellows and/or the Dean of Faculty to better understand the opportunity.
  • Consult with your Dean and Department Head in advance of submitting an application so that departmental course tables can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Prepare your statement of interest. RISD Global and/or the Dean of Faculty are happy to support this process if/as useful.
  • Request the letter of support from the Dean of your Division.
  • Submit your application materials no later than midnight on January 3, 2020.
Apply for Global Faculty Fellowship

Selection Process and Criteria

Based on the criteria listed below, the RISD Global Committee in collaboration with RISD Global will review all proposals and make recommendations to the Provost for final approval. Applicants will be informed by RISD Global in January, 2020 for the fellowship commencing September 2020.

  • Fully completed application submitted by the deadline.
  • Evidence of a project that will bring new knowledge/findings/ways of thinking about the intersections of globalization and one’s field through writing, practice-based research, workshops, etc.
  • Preference is given to projects that engage beyond Western Europe and the United States and embrace postcolonial thought and decolonization practices, methods and thinking.

For more information contact:

Patricia Barbeito, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty


Faculty Advising

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for an advising session to help craft your application.

Schedule an appointment