Provost’s Authors Fellowship

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is pleased to announce the guidelines for the Provost’s Authors Fellowship program for the 2022-23 academic year.  This program provides faculty development support for tenured associate professors who are engaged in the development and publication of scholarly books as they pursue promotion to full professor.  Faculty members accepted into this program are awarded summer support, access to a community of dedicated writers, and course release time so that they can focus on their scholarly activities and writing.



  • Fellows will receive two months of summer salary (one month in 2022 and one month in 2023).
  • Fellows will be granted a semester’s release from organized teaching during the 2022-23 academic year, at the discretion of the candidate’s dean and department chair, to provide the fellow with more focused time for scholarly activities and writing.
  • Fellows will be organized into small writing groups (approximately five faculty per group).  Each group will meet at least monthly to read and provide feedback on one another’s work. Attendance at these monthly meetings (whether in-person or online) is a mandatory component of the program.
  • Fellows from the previous two cohorts will serve as mentors for the 2022-23 cohort.

Application Information


Participants in the Provost’s Authors Fellowship program must be tenured associate professors and satisfy the following criteria:

  • Served in rank at UT Austin for at least three years as of 1 September, 2022
  • Not being considered for promotion during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 promotion cycles
  • Currently working on a scholarly book project (although this fellowship program does not support work on a textbook)
  • Not participated in an earlier cohort of the Provost’s Authors Fellowship program

Application Requirements

The application materials listed below must be submitted here by 10:00 pm on Friday, 28 January 2022:

  • Letter of interest (not more than 1,000-words) consisting of the following three parts:
    • Project Description of the research/scholarship underlying the book manuscript
    • Current Status of the associated research/schoalrship and the writing of the book manuscript
    • Benefit Statement clarifying the impact that participation in this program could have for the participant’s professional trajectory towards promotion
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be chosen using the following criteria:

  • The anticipated impact of the proposed book on the faculty member’s scholarly trajectory
  • Demonstrated consistent pipeline of materials produced over the past few years that provide a foundation for the book
  • The impact that participation in the program will have on progress toward the promotion to the rank of full professor
  • Preference will be given to associate professors who have not had research leave while in rank (for example, a faculty research assignment (FRA), Dean’s Fellow or other scholarly course releases or research leaves)

Participation Requirements

  • Participate in assigned small writing groups of fellows
  • Meet monthly with assigned writing group to discuss one another’s scholarly work. Fellows must commit to participate in each meeting throughout the entire year, including the summer, for a total of at least 12 meetings. If a fellow cannot attend in person, remote electronic (e.g., Zoom) participation is allowed
  • Serve as future mentors to another cohort of fellows.
Applications Closed

The Provost’s Authors Fellowship application for 2022-23 is closed. The next cohort will be announced soon.