Postdoctoral Fellowship "Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry"


Washington University in St. Louis announces the twenty-third year of Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, a postdoctoral fellowship program endowed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching across the humanities and interpretive social sciences. We invite applications from recent PhDs, DPhils, or D.F.A.s (with degree in hand by June 30, 2024, and no earlier than June 30, 2021) who have not previously held a research-oriented postdoctoral fellowship.

In mid-August 2024 the newly selected Fellows will join the University’s ongoing interdisciplinary programs and working groups. Each fellowship is anticipated to run for two academic years, and the nine-month academic year salary for 2024-2025 will be $63,100. Postdoctoral Fellows pursue their own continuing research in association with a senior faculty mentor at WU. During the two years of their fellowship, they will teach three undergraduate courses and collaborate in leading an interdisciplinary seminar on theory and methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.

Applicants should submit, through Interfolio, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of their research program (no more than 1800 words and accessible to reviewers in other disciplines), and a brief proposal for a broadly encompassing interdisciplinary seminar in theory and methods. Applicants who have not completed their doctoral work should indicate, in their cover letter, how many chapters of their dissertation are complete and how complete the remaining chapters are. Applicants should arrange for the submission of three confidential letters of recommendation, also via Interfolio. Further information on Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry is available on the web at Please email additional questions to

Submit materials by Thursday, December 7, 2023.

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Application date
2 academic years
Social sciences