Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities

The Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities program is a unique opportunity for 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 extension). Fellows teach two courses per year in one of Stanford’s humanities departments or interdisciplinary programs, where they will be provided with office space and a faculty mentor. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its programs and workshops. Finally, fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the fellowship, which includes weekly meetings with other fellows to share work in progress and workshops with Stanford faculty devoted to pedagogy, publishing, and other professional development topics.

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 in fall quarter 2023, applications will be accepted from the following fields of study: Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesHistory; and Linguistics.

The deadline for 2023-24 Fellowships was Oct. 15, 2022. Applications for the following year will open in August 2023.

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  • All candidates for the Mellon Fellowship must have received a qualified PhD within the specified time frame: 2022 Competition (for fellowships beginning Autumn 2023): PhD received between July 31, 2019 and July 31, 2023Please note that, in response to the COVID shutdown, we have extended the period of eligibility from three to four years past the award of the PhD.
  • Applicants to the Mellon Fellowship cannot hold PhDs from Stanford University.
  • 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.


  • Fellows are required to teach two courses during each year of their participation in the program. Stanford is on a quarter system, so every fellow will have at least one term per year without a teaching obligation.
  • 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 weekly 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 11:59 pm Pacific time October 15th.
  • 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 springPlease note, we will not be able to provide feedback on individual applications due to the number of applicants and volume of inquiries received.
  • If you accept another position or postdoctoral fellowship, please withdraw your application by emailing

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 (one to three pages, single spaced). Please note, that Linguistics applicants only are requested to provide a 1-3 page research statement, instead of a dissertation abstract.
  • A sample of written work (article length, no longer than 40 pages, double spaced);
  • Two letters of recommendation. As soon as you fill in the contact information for your letter writers, the system will send a message to them containing complete instructions on how to submit a letter on your behalf. You may want to fill in this section before completing the rest of the application in order to give your letter writers ample time to compose and submit their letters. Please be sure to follow up with your recommenders, as spam filters can interfere with the delivery of automated emails. Recommenders are encouraged to submit letters through our online application system, but those who wish to submit their letter via email should send them to Recommendation letters are due by the application deadline, and consideration of letters received after that date cannot be guaranteed

Note: Courses will be offered through standing Stanford departments; applicants should familiarize themselves with recent course offerings and department curricula.


The deadline for submission is October 15th.


  • The stipend for 2022-23 is $92,000.
  • Fellows are eligible for a full package of employee benefits.
  • In addition, Fellows are provided a research account to fund research-related expenses.
  • We will provide a one time $4,000 stipend for a new computer and peripherals, as well as reimbursement for moving expenses up to $5,000.

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