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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 

How to apply

Please read this page first for an overview of requirements. Access the online application.




Application Process for the 2014-2016 Fellowships


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, Foreign Languages and Literatures, 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, 2014. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2015 and one per semester the following year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. Salary will be $61,500 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, 2011 and no later than July 1, 2014. If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, please forward a 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 formally receive your degree by July 1, 2014. Please make sure that your letter writer specifies the date of your expected conferral date. Applicants who have not formally received their degree by July 1, 2014 will not be considered. Fellows may not hold other appointments during the period 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 March 2014.

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 2015
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or Department Head, certifying that the applicant will formally receive a PhD diploma by July 1, 2014. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.

Application due no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Applications must be received at MIT by January 15, 2014. Late applications cannot be considered.

Please check out the FAQ page. Email, or call Elizabeth Rollins in the Dean's Office at 617-253-8962.

Begin the Online Application
Online application will be available September 15, 2013. Access the online application.