Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the Humanities
Call for Applications, 2014–2015
Five (5) one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for the 2014-2015 academic year for untenured scholars in the humanities who received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2005 and December 2013. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree.
The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. Please refer to full Application Guidelines below. International scholars, please note carefully the final paragraph in that section.
The programs of the Penn Humanities Forum are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2014–2015 academic year, we have set Color as the theme. Humanists and those in related fields (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are invited to submit research proposals on any aspect of this topic. Exclusions are projects in social science disciplines, educational curriculum building, and work by performing artists (n.b., scholars of performance are eligible).
Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research. The stipend is $46,500. Health insurance is provided for fellows but not for family and dependents. Fellows also receive a research fund of $2500. Fellows are required to be in residence during their fellowship year (September 1–May 31).
Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Applications will be accepted via online webform only.
Awards will be announced by the end of December 2013.
The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, is open to scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate. Candidates may hold a tenure-track position but may not be tenured either before or during the fellowship year.
For the 2014–2015 Fellowship, candidates must have received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2005 (not before) and December 2013. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2013 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2014). The Ph.D. is the only terminal degree eligible (i.e., MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible).
During their year in residence, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their own research. Fellows are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–2:00), presenting their research at one of those seminars.
In selecting a cohort of fellows, the Forum aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty (who do not yet have tenure). Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not held a comparable postdoctoral fellowship elsewhere or enjoyed previous use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.
NOTE: International scholars are appointed Mellon fellows under a J-1 visa only (Research Scholar status). No other visa categories are eligible, and no exceptions can be made. This includes permanent residence status, which Penn does not sponsor for postdoctoral fellows. The Penn Humanities Forum reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.