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FAQs | Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship 



Are there any exceptions made regarding eligibility of applicants who received their Ph.D. outside of the date range specified?

We only accept applications from candidates who have received their degree between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2014. We are unable to grant any exceptions to this requirement.

Can I submit an application if I applied last year?

Yes. As long as you still meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can re-apply for the fellowship.

If my letters do not arrive before the deadline, will my application still be accepted?

You are responsible for making sure that your reference letters are submitted before the deadline. Applications missing required material cannot be considered.

Can I use a Dossier service to submit my letters?

Yes. The form will allow the Dossier service to deliver the letters through the online system. If you plan on submitting your references through Interfolio, please go to the field in the online form that requests the referee’s “email.” Instead of writing in the referee’s email, please type in the Interfolio email address attached to the letter of recommendation you would like to submit. The request for a letter will be forwarded to your Interfolio account, and you can attach it from there.

When will I hear if I’ve been awarded the fellowship?

We expect to be able to announce the fellows in March of 2014.

How long should my describing my teaching experience and my proposal for a new research project be?
We do not have any restrictions on how long your letter should be. It is good to keep in mind however, that the committee will be reviewing a high volume of applications, so it will be helpful to be descriptive yet concise. Most applicants submit letters between 1-2 pages.

To whom should I address my letter?
Your letter can be addressed to the “Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee”.

Can my Mellon Research project include a continuation of my Dissertation/working on my first book?

Candidates are more than welcome to propose a project that would involve turning their dissertation into a book. However, please note that this fellowship specifically focuses on work that crosses boundaries between different disciplines within the Humanities. A successful Mellon Proposal will be one that focuses on interdisciplinary work.