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Bridging Fellowships

Allowing faculty to engage in interdisciplinary study

The Bridging Fellowship program supports faculty members in interdisciplinary study. Specifically, the program releases members from departmental obligations for one semester to allow them to move to another part of the University for the purpose of learning aspects of another discipline.

Learn more about Bridging Fellowships below, including how to apply and past winners. Additional details are available in the University-wide Faculty Handbook ; Eastman School of Music faculty can reference the Eastman-specific Bridging Fellowship page.

How to apply

The deans’ office of each school generally solicits applications once a year. Completed applications require the approval of the applicant’s chair (when appropriate) before being submitted to the dean for final approval. For an untenured faculty member, a Bridging Fellowship does not delay a tenure decision even when combined with a one-semester academic leave. Typically, the University has no more than four Bridging Fellowships in a given academic year.

The process for applying for a Bridging Fellowship is as follows:

  • Faculty members may submit proposals for Bridging Fellowships to their respective deans. The proposal must be approved by the dean and by the provost.
  • In addition, the proposal must meet the standards established for an academic leave as described in Section IV.E of the Faculty Handbook.
  • The proposal must include a well-designed plan of research and must ultimately benefit the educational programs of the University.
  • The Bridging Fellow must submit a written evaluation to the provost at the conclusion of the bridging semester summarizing the goals, activities, and outcomes of the experience.

Bridging Fellowships and academic leaves

The distinctive feature of Bridging Fellowships is that they are for study in an area that is peripheral to the fellow’s central professional concern, and they permit the acquisition of knowledge and methods in a different field. These fellowships are thus distinct from academic leaves, and holding a Bridging Fellowship does not affect subsequent consideration for such leaves.

Faculty who receive Bridging Fellowships continue to receive their regular salaries and benefits for the duration of their fellowships (ordinarily one semester). Bridging Fellowships are not considered regular academic leaves of absence. Therefore, a faculty member might qualify for an academic leave of absence immediately after a bridging experience. For junior tenure-track faculty, a Bridging Fellowship does not “stop the clock” on the contractual arrangement with the University.

Past winners

Since it began in 1983, Bridging Fellowships have enabled University of Rochester faculty to develop new approaches to research and performance; stimulate the formation of new interdepartmental and intercollegiate collaborations; make it possible for faculty to develop new courses for a broader student base; and stimulate better integration of curricula within and between schools.

Below are a few examples of how Rochester faculty have used their Bridging Fellowships. You can also explore a chart of all previous winners.

Digital music research

Music theorist David Headlam, an expert on analyzing the qualities of sounds, and Professor Mark Bocko, an expert on superconducting electronics, credit the Bridging Fellowships with jump-starting their cross-divisional collaboration. Their partnership has resulted in new courses as well as new research projects and new laboratory space devoted to the study of digital music.

Combining space and religion

Astrophysicist Adam Frank spent the semester with colleagues in Religion & Classics to explore the nature of religion and the nature of science as different ways of understanding the place of humans in the universe. The collaboration resulted in his publishing The Constant Fire in 2011.

Music and entrepreneurship

Donna Brink Fox, professor of music education at the Eastman School of Music, turned her study of organizations and entrepreneurs at the Simon Business School into new vistas for musicians and music organization.

Full list of past winners


YEAR FELLOW HOME DEPARTMENT BRIDGING DEPARTMENT SEMESTER
2021 – 2022 Kipper, J. Philosophy Computer Science Fall 2021
2021 – 2022 Iosevich, A. Mathematics Goergen Institute of Data Science Fall 2021
2021 – 2022 Kapusta, J. Musicology (ESM) History Spring 2022
2020 – 2021 Not awarded
2019 – 2020 Anderson, M. Musicology (ESM) Simon Business School Fall 2019
2019 – 2020 Prendergast, R. Modern Languages & Cultures Humanities Center Fall 2019
2018 – 2019 Frontier, A. Chemistry Humanities Center Spring 2019
2018 – 2019 Luehmann, A. Teaching & Curriculum (Warner) Chemical Engineering Spring 2019
2018 – 2019 Esse, M. Musicology Dance and Movement Fall 2018
2018 – 2019 Jacobs, R. Brain & Cognitive Sciences Computer Science Fall 2018
2017 – 2018 Baldo, J. Humanities (ESM) Humanities Center Spring 2018
2017 – 2018 Stocchi-Perucchio, M. Modern Languages & Cultures History Spring 2018
2017 – 2018 Guiffrida, D. Counseling & Human Development (Warner) East Ridge Family Medicine, URMC Fall 2017
2017 – 2018 London, B. English Humanities Center Fall 2017
2016 – 2017 Frank, A. Physics & Astronomy Earth & Environmental Sciences Spring 2017
2016 – 2017 Johnson, J. Political Science Teaching & Curriculum (Warner) Spring 2017
2015 – 2016 Doran, A. Modern Languages & Cultures Music Theory Spring 2016
2015 – 2016 Luque, A. Medicine Neuroimaging
2014 – 2015 Not awarded
2013 – 2014 Ney, A. Philosophy Physics & Astronomy Spring 2014
2012 – 2013 Orr, L. Physics & Astronomy Simon School of Business Spring 2013
2012 – 2013 Gage, M. Mathematics Computer Science Fall 2012
2011 – 2012 Not awarded
2010 – 2011 Outram, D. History Religion & Classics Spring 2011
2010 – 2011 Shaefer, C. Modern Languages & Cultures Philosophy Fall 2010
2009 – 2010 Temperley, D. Music Theory Brain & Cognitive Sciences Fall 2009
2008 – 2009 Duro, P. Art & Art History English Fall 2008
2008 – 2009 Steingrover, R. German (ESM) English / George Eastman House Fall 2008
2007 – 2008 Foster, R. Anthropology Art & Art History Spring 2008
2007 – 2008 Gao, Y. Physics & Astronomy Biomedical Engineering Fall 2007
2006 – 2007 Danko, H. Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media Linguistics All Year
2006 – 2007 Macey, P. Musicology History Fall 2006
2006 – 2007 Rubin, J. History Musicology Fall 2006
2005 – 2006 Fox, D. Music Education Simon School of Business Spring 2006
2005 – 2006 Frank, A. Physics & Astronomy Religion & Classics Fall 2005
2005 – 2006 Tucker, J. English Visual & Cultural Studies Fall 2005
2004 – 2005 Applegate, C. History Musicology Spring 2005
2004 – 2005 Marvin, E. Music Theory Brain & Cognitive Sciences Fall 2004
2004 – 2005 Pouget, A. Brain & Cognitive Sciences Physics & Astronomy Spring 2005
2003 – 2004 Jones, T. Electrical & Computer Engineering Chemistry Fall 2003
2003 – 2004 Koskoff, E. Musicology Anthropology Spring 2004
2003 – 2004 Douglass, D. Physics & Astronomy Music Theory Spring 2004
2002 – 2003 Teitel, S. Physics & Astronomy Brain & Cognitive Sciences Spring 2003
2001 – 2002 Outram, D. History Art & Art History Spring 2002
2001 – 2002 Laitz, S. Music Theory Chamber Music Spring 2002
2001 – 2002 Dobson, G. Simon School of Business Medical Center Fall 2001
2000 – 2001 Segal, S. Mathematics History Spring 2001
2000 – 2001 Reis, H. Clinical & Social Psychology Psychiatry Fall 2000
2000 – 2001 Scotto, C. Music Theory Mathematics Spring 2001
2000 – 2001 McHugh, E. Humanities (ESM) Musicology Spring 2001
1999 – 2000 Pedersen, J. Humanities (ESM) Visual & Cultural Studies Fall 1999
1999 – 2000 Wheelock, G. Musicology Visual & Cultural Studies Spring 2000
1998 – 1999 Not awarded
1997 – 1998 Aslin, R. Brain & Cognitive Sciences Biology Fall 1998
1997 – 1998 Ossi, R. Music Modern Languages & Cultures Spring 1999
1997 – 1998 Cranston, M. Mathematics Economics N/A
1997 – 1998 Nordeen, E. Brain & Cognitive Sciences Biology N/A
1997 – 1998 Nordeen, K. Clinical & Social Psychology Pharmacology Fall 1998
1997 – 1998 Turner, D. Chemistry Pediatrics Spring 1999
1997 – 1998 Morris, R. Composition Religion & Classics Fall 1998
1997 – 1998 Scheie, T. Humanities (ESM) Musicology Spring 1999
1996 – 1997 Homerin, E. Religion English Fall 1997
1996 – 1997 Allen, J. Computer Science Brain & Cognitive Science Spring 1998
1996 – 1997 Wason, R. Music Theory Modern Languages & Cultures Spring 1998
1995 – 1996 Hayhoe, M. Psychology Computer Science Fall 1995
1995 – 1996 Bocko, M. Electrical Engineering Eastman Fall 1995
1995 – 1996 Gans, R. Electrical Engineering Computer Science N/A
1995 – 1996 Carter, A. Anthropology Medical School Fall 1995
1995 – 1996 Headlam, D. Music Theory Electrical Engineering Spring 1996
1994 – 1995 Rothenberg, L. Political Science Geology Spring 1995
1994 – 1995 Bergonzi, L. Music Education Public Policy Analysis Fall 1994
1993 – 1994 Hahn, T. English Art History Fall 1993
1993 – 1994 Hemaspaandra, L. Computer Science Political Science Spring 1994
1992 – 1993 Braun, D. Philosophy Foreign Language & Linguistics Fall 1992
1992 – 1993 Marvin, E. Music Theory Psychology Spring 1993
1991 – 1992 Manion, M. Political Science Economics N/A
1990 – 1991 Locke, R. Musicology Art History Fall 1990
1990 – 1991 Baldo, J. Humanities (ESM) Musicology Spring 1991
1989 – 1990 Nachman, A. Mathematics Electrical Engineering N/A
1989 – 1990 Kitagawa, Y. Foreign Language & Linguistics Psychology Spring 1990
1989 – 1990 Eisenberg, R. Chemistry Optics Spring 1990
1989 – 1990 McGowan, J. Humanities (ESM) Philosophy Spring 1990
1988 – 1989 Not awarded
1987 – 1988 Thomson, W. Economics Computer Science All Year
1987 – 1988 Harper, J. Mathematics SEAS Spring 1988
1987 – 1988 Gabriel, A. Anthropology Psychiatry Spring 1988
1987 – 1988 Lubkin, S. Mathematics Computer Science Semester
1987 – 1988 Dempster, D. Humanities (ESM) Music Theory Fall 1987
1986 – 1987 Not awarded
1985 – 1986 Powers, B. N/A N/A All Year
1984 – 1985 Ilardi, B. Sociology Warner All Year
1984 – 1985 Wagner, S. Psychology Medical Center All Year
1983 – 1984 Twentyman, C. Psychology N/A All Year
1983 – 1984 Benston, A. Foreign Language & Linguistics Philosophy All Year
1983 – 1984 McGrath, W. History ESM Spring 1984
1982 – 1983 Weimer, D. Political Science Pharmacology Spring 1983
1981-1982 Not awarded
1980 – 1981 Schmitt, M. School of Nursing Anthropology All Year
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