Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships at Dartmouth

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for two postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from Fall 2019 to the end of Spring 2021. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields.

We are currently not accepting applications for Anthropology; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Theater; Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages; History; and Russian. Applicants must focus on materials customarily associated with research in the humanities or employ methods common in humanistic research.

Terms of appointment

Fellows are expected to teach two courses in their home department(s) or program(s) in each year of their residency. At least one of the four courses should contribute something new to the Dartmouth curriculum, and at least one should be an introductory lecture course. Fellows will not, however, be asked to teach basic language courses.

The appointed fellows will enjoy full use of such college resources as the library, computing center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center.

The 2018-2020 fellows received an annual stipend of $57,528 plus benefits, an annual research allowance of $2,000, and a first-year-only computer allowance of $2,500. The terms for the 2019-2021 fellows will be similar.

Applicants for the 2019-2021 fellowships must have completed a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2017. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2019 should supply a letter from their home institution corroborating such a schedule.


Applications for the 2019-2021 fellowship must be received on Interfolio on or before October 1, 2018.

Please do not submit material materials via email or postal mail; only information submitted via Interfolio shall be considered. That deadline includes all supporting documentation and reference letters. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed.

In addition to a completed application form, three confidential letters of reference, a CV, and academic transcripts, candidates should submit a personal statement (of no longer than 2,000 words) outlining their completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and any other information relevant to their candidacy.

All documents are required electronically via Interfolio by October 1, 2018 at 12 midnight EST.

Please note that even if you have begun the submission process before that date, Interfolio will cut you off from further submissions after that date and time. We will only review files that are complete by our stated deadline.

Application Requirements

Transcripts uploaded to Interfolio technically are considered "unofficial." Uploaded transcripts are required and accepted at the time of application; finalists may be asked to submit official paper transcripts. If your graduate institution does not list grades on transcripts, please note the circumstances in your personal statement.

The certification of degree requirement is intended for applicants who do not yet have a Ph.D. but expect to complete one by the June 30th that precedes that start date of this fellowship. Such applicants should submit a letter on institutional letterhead attesting to their anticipated schedule for completion. It may be signed by the advisor, chair of the department, or other relevant faculty member.

Interfolio may mark as “incomplete” any application that does not have a document uploaded in the “certification of degree” spot. Applicants who have earned their Ph.D. may upload in this spot a transcript or digital image of their diploma.

Fellowship applications and departmental requests to house a fellow will be evaluated by the Leslie Center's Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Associate Deans of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & International Programs. Strong fellowship applications will be circulated to relevant departments and programs, which will then be invited to apply for one of the candidates. Departments and programs will be expected to justify requests for a fellow by detailing the benefits expected from, and afforded to, that fellow, and by indicating how the fellow might contribute something new, or currently lacking, to the intellectual life of the college.

There is no requirement that the fellows be U.S. citizens, but the Mellon Foundation does want to see the fellowships awarded to individuals who seem likely to make their careers in the United States.

Please contact us with any questions.


  • October 1: Interfolio Application for Mellon Fellowship due
  • October through March: Evaluations
  • March: All candidates notified by email of their final status
2 academic years
America : United States (New England)
Humanities : Archaeology, Architecture, Art & Art History, Classical Studies, Digital Humanities, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Music & Musicology, Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 2 years
Award granted
Ca. US$ $57.528/year + allowances