Study in a Second Discipline

The Study in a Second Discipline program, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, promotes interdisciplinary scholarship by providing tenured faculty an opportunity to extend or enlarge the range of their knowledge by study of disciplines other than those in their present field(s) of specialization.

The Study in a Second Discipline program is limited to interdisciplinary study between UGA academic units. The period of study may be up to, but not exceed, one academic year.

Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Competition is open to tenured faculty members who have established a record of scholarly or creative activity within their base discipline.

The sponsoring department or unit must agree to release the successful applicant from instructional responsibilities for the duration of the Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will provide funds to each Study in a Second Discipline Fellow’s home unit to ensure that the Fellow’s teaching load is maintained at a high performance level during his/her period of study. Options for replacing the Fellow in the classroom may include visiting faculty.

The release time funding level will be considered on a case-by-case basis determined by the home unit’s cost for covering the Study in a Second Discipline Fellow’s instructional load for the duration of the fellowship. A maximum of $30,000 will be provided to the home unit by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in release time funding. If the cost of covering the Fellow’s instructional responsibilities exceeds $30,000, it is the responsibility of the home unit to provide the additional funding. Release time funding should not be used by the Fellow for other purposes.

Within two months of the conclusion of the fellowship, the Study in a Second Discipline Fellow is required to submit a brief report to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost summarizing the outcome of the period of study.

Applying for a Study in a Second Discipline fellowship

When making application, it is important to focus on the program’s goal of increasing inter-disciplinary scholarly work through understanding and cooperation among faculty in separate, yet complementary, fields of study.  Evidence of scholarly or creative accomplishment in an applicant’s discipline will serve as an indicator of the applicant’s likelihood of ultimately contributing toward this goal.

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants for a Study in a Second Discipline Fellowship must propose a well-defined and systematic program of study in a second discipline through auditing courses, undertaking independent study, conducting research, or other scholarly activity that will contribute to their acquiring competence in the new discipline in consultation with one or more advisers from the host department(s).
  • There must be a demonstrable relationship between the individual's primary field of specialization and the new discipline.
  • Application for study in a field in which the applicant already is employed is not acceptable.
  • The Study in a Second Discipline program provides funding for instructional release time only and not to pay for auditing courses, course materials, travel to professional conferences, etc.
  • The executive officer of the home unit must submit a letter of support for the Study in a Second Discipline applicant that contains:
    • A brief assessment of how the applicant’s proposed course of study will enhance the Fellow’s teaching, research, and/or outreach effectiveness.
    • A brief summary of how the applicant’s teaching load will be covered during his/her period of study as a Fellow.  This summary should include the cost of compensating the faculty member(s) who will assume the Fellow’s teaching responsibilities during his/her period of study.
  • The application proposal must include a brief letter of support from the department head(s) of the unit(s) which will host the Fellow’s study during his/her year as a Study in a Second Discipline Fellow.

Selection Process

Applications for the program will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Six broad criteria will guide the selection process:

  1. The need for formal study in another discipline to undertake new inquiries in research and teaching.
  2. The second discipline should be sufficiently different so that the applicants could not accomplish their objective on their own.
  3. The second discipline should not be so remote from the applicants' primary areas that they cannot apply the new field in their research and teaching.
  4. The goals of the proposal must complement the goals of the University and the sponsoring department.
  5. The proposal should add significantly to the knowledge in the discipline and to the University community in general.
  6. The proposal should include a well-developed plan for study. This may include specific courses or other activities to be accomplished in the host unit.

Applications for Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships for Academic Year 2014-2015 are due in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on or before Friday, December 6, 2013, at 5 p.m.

Proposals should be submitted to:
David Dodson
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
205 Administration Building

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  The committee will submit its recommendations to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. 

Please direct questions concerning the Study in a Second Discipline program to David Dodson, ddodson@uga.edu, 706-542-0015.

To view a list of past Study in a Second Discipline Fellows, please click here

This page revised June 2013