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 formally been awarded their degrees between [the current application cycle is completed.] We are unable to grant any exceptions to this requirement due to the nature of the fellowship.

In what form do we accept materials?
We only accept online materials in the form of PDF. We ask that applicants not include any special characters, spaces, or underscores in the file names. Example: -. %. &, *, #.

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.

How can I send letters of recommendation?
The online application system has a recommendation portal, through which applicants request letters of recommendation from their letter writers via email. The email sent to letter writers includes a link that allows writers to attach documents in PDF form. Applicants can check on the status of their letters and resend requests through our online portal. Applicants also receive a confirmation email when each letter of recommendation has been received.

How many letters of recommendation can I send?
Our office requires three letters of recommendation. Additional letters will not be accepted.

Can I use a dossier service to submit my letters?
Yes. Our online form will allow the dossier service to deliver the letters through the online system. If you plan on submitting your references through Interfolio, please follow the directions in our application. 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. Please be aware that Interfolio’s turn around time for attaching documents is two days.

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 send additional documents not requested in the application?
No. In an effort of fairness, we maintain the same requirements for each application. We will not accept any additional documents from applicants.

How can I attach a letter of certification?
Our office does not view letters of certification as confidential in nature, as they are solely confirming the expected conferral date. Applicants are responsible to upload the documents themselves in the appropriate upload box on the application.

Can I send additional updates to my CV, after my application has been submitted?
No. Once an application is submitted, no additions or supplements can be made.

In what languages do you accept application materials?
All application materials must be submitted in English.

When will I hear if I’ve been awarded the fellowship?
We expect to be able to announce the fellows in April 2018.

How long should my teaching experience description and new research project proposal 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 be a continuation of my dissertation or work on my first book?
Candidates are welcome to propose a project that would involve turning their dissertations into books. Please note that a successful Mellon Proposal will be one that focuses on interdisciplinary work. We suggest making that a primary focus in your application.