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 University Research Council's Distinguished Fellowship



To provide support and time to conduct research/creative activity of NKU faculty by providing release time and student research support.

URC Distinguished Fellowship
Faculty will receive two course buyouts, one in fall and one in spring.  They will also receive financial support for a student researcher for the second semester of their fellowship paid $10/hr for 10 hours for 16 weeks funding provided by Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

Any full time faculty (tenured). Fellowship cannot be concurrent with a sabbatical and faculty cannot drop below a teaching load of 50% with the fellowship (in accordance with the faculty workload policy [section 13.1] of the Faculty Handbook). Priority will be given to those currently teaching a 4-4 teaching load (or equivalent heavy workload) with an established scholarship record.

Fellowship recipients agree to be featured in the Spotlight on Scholarship to present the work they conducted during their fellowship.

Applications will be submitted via email in a single PDF to the Vice Provost of Graduate Education, Research and Outreach ( by 4:30 on Monday, January 24, 2022.  Written material must be single spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman with 1inch margins.

Application and Rubric

Rick Boyce
The University Research Council is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 recipient of the URC Distinguished Fellowship – Dr. Rick Boyce (Biological Sciences). Dr. Boyce’s project will focus on the examination of honeysuckle leaf blight and the impact that this blight has on the future of honeysuckle in the region.
JOe Cobbs
Congratulations to our 2020 recipient - Dr. Joe Cobbs from the Department of Marketing, Sports Business and Construction Management. Dr. Cobbs will
receive one course release for each semester of his fellowship and a research assistant in Spring 2021 to work on International and Longitudinal Perspectives of Sports Rivalry.