Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 


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Read this page first for an overview of requirements. Then access the online application.

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The Mellon Fellowship is for scholarship across boundaries

Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences awards two fellowships each year to promising young scholars working at the intersection of humanities disciplines, or between the humanities and other disciplines. This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.

Terms of Appointment

The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts. Applicants must designate one of the four academic units in which they would like to be located. Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2018. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2019 and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. The salary will be $66,000 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible for the positions, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2015 and no later than July 1, 2018. If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, we require an attached Letter of Certification from your institution's Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or your Department Head, to confirm that you are expected to be formally awarded your degree by July 1, 2018. Please make sure that your letter writer specifies the date of your expected conferral date. Applicants who have not been formally awarded their degree by July 1, 2018 will not be considered.

Fellows may not hold other appointments throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than MIT. International scholars will be considered for the position, but fellowships are contingent upon eligibility to legally work within the United States. MIT will offer a J1 visa sponsorship if needed. The Mellon Selection Committee will announce the Fellows in April 2018.

Application Materials

  • Letter describing the applicant's teaching and research experience, and presenting a brief proposal for a new research project to be completed during the term of the fellowship
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page description of an undergraduate class to be offered in Spring
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or Department Head, certifying that the applicant will be formally awarded a PhD diploma by July 1, 2018. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.

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