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Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities

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The Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities program 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 year). 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.

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.

For fellowships beginning Fall 2021, applications will be accepted from the following fields of study: Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, German Studies, Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and Music.

Applications for 2022-2023 are now open. Apply online.

  • 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: 2021 Competition (for fellowships beginning Autumn 2022): PhD received between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2022. In addition to doctoral students, those currently serving as assistant professors, lecturers, or postdoctorates in other programs may apply, provided they earned their degree within the time frame specified. In general, those who have previously held a position similar to the Mellon Fellowship are less likely to be competitive for this program. Doctorates in Arts (DA) and other doctoral degree equivalents may apply but are unlikely to be selected.
  • 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 1st.
    • 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

    Please note, that while we no longer request letters of recommendation as part of the initial application, we will require finalists to provide three such letters. There will be a tight turnaround, so it is advisable to have potential recommenders in mind ahead of time.

  • Deadline[+]
    • The deadline for submission each year, is November 1st.
  • Stipends[+]
    • The stipend for 2021-22 is $86,000. 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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