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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

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The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship is a unique opportunity for the best recent PhD recipients in the humanities to develop as scholars and teachers. Up to four fellowships will be awarded for a two-year term (with the possibility of a third). Fellows teach two courses per year in one of Stanford’s fifteen humanities departments, and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program, which includes regular meetings with other fellows and faculty to share work in progress and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its programs and workshops.

The Mellon Fellowship provides postdoctoral fellowships in Stanford's fifteen humanities departments. Program admissions focus on selected fields of scholarship in each application year (on a rotating basis). For fellowships beginning Fall 2018, applications will be accepted from the following fields of study: History and Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

We invite applicants to apply for fellowships in fields where their work has demonstrable relevance to teaching and research in the designated Stanford department.

The deadline to apply for fellowships beginning Fall 2018 was 11:59 PM PT November 15, 2017.

  • Eligibility[+]
    • The Mellon Fellowship provides postdoctoral fellowships in Stanford's fifteen humanities departments. Program admissions focus on selected fields of scholarship in each application year (on a rotating basis). We invite applicants to apply for fellowships in fields where their work has demonstrable relevance to teaching and research in the designated Stanford department.
    • Applicants to the Mellon Fellowship cannot hold PhDs from Stanford University.
    • All candidates for the Mellon Fellowship must have received a qualified PhD within a specified time frame, as follows: 2017 Competition (for fellowships beginning Autumn 2018): PhD received between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2018. In addition to doctoral students, those currently serving as assistant professors, lecturers, or postdoctorates in other programs are welcome to apply, provided they earned their degree within the time frame specified for the year they apply. A Doctorate in Arts (DA), honorary doctorate, or any other degree equivalent is not considered a qualifed PhD for purposes of application to this program.
  • Requirements[+]
    • Fellows enjoy substantial time to pursue research, teach two courses per year in an affiliated Stanford Department, and participate in active program of scholarly exchanges with other Fellows, Stanford faculty, and outside visitors.
    • Each Fellow is affiliated with some Stanford Humanities department, which arranges teaching and office space. This complements the Fellowship’s cross-disciplinary community by promoting Fellows’ full engagement in the activities of their home disciplines here at Stanford.  
    • Fellows are expected to be in residence at Stanford for the full academic year (mid-September through mid-June), and even in quarters when they are not teaching are expected to hold regular office hours to consult with students and to participate in the academic life of the Stanford Community.
    • Fellows are also expected to be active participants in the cohort of Fellows, attending regular meetings at which presentations of current work and discussions of intellectual and professional matters of interest to the group are offered.
  • Application Process[+]
    Applications should be submitted via our online application system by 11:59PM PT November 15, 2017. We discourage the submission of additional materials with your application and cannot return such materials to you. Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received, and will be notified of the fellowship competition outcome in the spring. If you accept another position or postdoctoral fellowship, please withdraw your application by emailing mellonfellows@stanford.edu.
  • Application Content[+]
    • Contact and biographical information about the applicant
    • A cover letter (circa one page, single spaced) describing research and teaching interests to an interdisciplinary search committee
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Dissertation abstract (up to three pages, single spaced)
    •  A sample of written work (article length, no longer than 40 pages, double spaced);
    •  A separate description of teaching experience and interests (up to three pages, single spaced) Note: Courses will be offered through standing Stanford departments; applicants should familiarize themselves with recent course offerings and department curricula; and
    • Three confidential letters of recommendation. It is strongly preferred that letters be uploaded directly through the online system. Letters may also be sent to mellonfellows@stanford.edu.  
     
    You will receive a confirmation email once your online application is complete. Only complete applications will be considered. 
     
    Application deadline is 11:59PM PT November 15, 2017
     
  • Stipends[+]
    The stipend for 2017-18 is $77,000. In addition to the stipend, Fellows are eligible for a full package of employee benefits and are also provided with a research account to fund research-related expenses.
     

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