Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

The Wolf Humanities Center awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than five years out of their doctorate. Preference will be given to candidates not yet in tenure track positions, whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.

The programs of the Wolf Humanities Center are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2022-2023 academic year, our topic will be Heritage.

The Fellowship appointment is twelve months (July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023) and carries a stipend of $61,080 plus a $3000 research fund and single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents). Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research.

The Wolf Humanities Center is keen to support projects that contribute to the dismantling of racism as it exists within the humanities. We know that such efforts can take an infinite variety of forms, and we encourage you to include in the course of your application an explanation of how your scholarship contributes to this effort if it does.

Topic: Heritage

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021 
  • The PhD (and its international equivalent, such as the DPhil) is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).
  • Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2021 are eligible to apply. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 1, 2021 to be eligible. You are eligible to apply if you pass your defense by December 1, 2021, but will not graduate until June 2022. You are also eligible to apply if your department or institution does not require you to defend and you are on target to graduate no later than June 2022. You are not eligible to apply if you will defend anytime in 2022. For clarification about eligibility, please email Sara Varney.
  • The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet eligibility requirements. International scholars outside of North America are appointed under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). Scholars seeking to hold an H-1B visa during the fellowship year at Penn are ineligible (no exceptions can be made). The Wolf Humanities Center reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.
  • Fellows are required to be in residence for the term of the fellowship.
  • During their appointment, Fellows are required to teach one course rostered in one or more of the humanities departments or programs in Penn's School of Arts & Sciences (not the Wolf Humanities Center), and must also participate in the Center's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

 Fellows also collaborate on the planning of a symposium on the topic of Heritage, participate in professional development workshops, and are appointed a faculty mentor.
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