Wesleyan Center for the Humanities Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree after June 2020 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences - broadly conceived - are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Wesleyan University. (Candidates do not need to have their Ph.D. in hand at the time of application, but will need to have it by June, 2024). The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D.s with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.
Two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for the academic year 2024-2025 with the possibility of reappointment for 2025-2026 based on performance. Each fellow will be awarded an annual stipend of $65,000 (with an additional $2,500 of research funding) and will teach a one-semester undergraduate course; participate in the collegial life of the Center for the Humanities, which sponsors conferences, lectures, and colloquia; and give one public lecture. The Fellows will be provided with an office at the Center for the Humanities, and will be expected to work there on weekdays while the university is in session, and to reside locally. Please see our Future Themes page for 2024-2025 theme descriptions. Scholars whose interests bear upon one of the chosen themes are encouraged to apply for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.
We regret that we cannot reply to individual inquiries concerning the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Wesleyan's Center for the Humanities. All information that applicants may need is available at this website.
Online applications (see link below) should include:
a) a letter from the applicant with a statement of current research interests and a brief proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course, indicating how they relate to one or both of the Center for the Humanities themes for 2024-2025;
b) a full curriculum vitae;
c) three letters of recommendation;
d) a writing sample of published work, extracts from the dissertation, or drafts of work in progress(not to exceed 25 pages).
Materials should be submitted here. Interviews will be held via Zoom during February or March of 2024.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: January 8th, 2024
PLEASE DO NOT HAVE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SENT DIRECTLY TO THE CENTER STAFF. THE ONLINE APPLICATION WILL INSTRUCT YOU REGARDING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.
Applications faxed or emailed will not be accepted.