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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities 

How to apply

Read this page first for an overview of requirements.

Then access the online application.




Application Process for the 2017-2019 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, 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, 2017. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2018 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, 2014 and no later than July 1, 2017. 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, 2017. 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, 2017 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 2017.

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 2018
  • 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, 2017. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.

All applications and attached materials are due no later than Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Late applications will not be considered.

Please check out the FAQ page. Email, or call the SHASS Dean's Office at 617-253-0888.

Begin the Online Application
Online application will be available November 1, 2016.