Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022-2023 Fellowship positions. The application deadline is Monday, February 28th.
The 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 three departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, and Music and Theater Arts. Applicants must designate one of the three academic units in which they would like to be located. Two Mellon Fellows will be selected for a one-year appointment, effective July 1, 2022. Based on funding, there might be a possibility of a one-year extension. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2023 and, if extended, one per semester the following year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. In addition to teaching and developing courses, fellows are also expected to conduct research and contribute to the intellectual life of the School. Salary will be $73,000 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, 2019 and no later than July 1, 2022. 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, 2022. 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, 2022 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 May 2022.
Applications must be received by Monday, February 28th. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Fellows will be announced in May 2022.
Applications must include the following items:
1. Letter describing the applicant's teaching and research experience
2. A brief proposal presenting a new research project to be completed during the term of fellowship.
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. One-page description of an undergraduate class to be offered in Spring 2023
5. Three letters of recommendation 6. 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, 2022. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.
How to Apply
All applications and attached materials are due no later than Monday, February 28th, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Late applications will not be considered.
The current application cycle is available through Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/20912
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ana Ludwig at 617- 715-4525.