A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences, USA


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to offer A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences to study in the USA. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.

The theme for 2017-2019 is Translation, Adaptation, and Transplantation. They seek applications from scholars whose research addresses theories and practices of translation in intercultural and transcultural contact zones and transnational circulations.

Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to cross-disciplinary activity in the humanities and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes.

Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing Postdoctoral research program.

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of humanities and humanistic social sciences. The theme for 2017-2019 is Translation, Adaptation, and Transplantation.

Scholarship Award: In 2017-2018 the stipend for postdoctoral fellows will be at least $60,282 per academic year, with a $5,000 per year research allowance. Fellows will be furnished with office space and computer equipment. Fellows are eligible for health insurance.

Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this fellowship program:

  • Fellows must hold a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences.
  • Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are within 5 years of having received their Ph.D. To be eligible for this competition, the degree must be received between August 2012 and August 2017.
  • Applicants who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to file their final thesis prior to the begin date of the fellowship (August 28, 2017) must provide a letter from their home institution (department chair, head of graduate studies, or advisor) confirming the degree award schedule.
  • Doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.
  • In an effort to foster disciplinary diversity in our program of six postdoctoral fellows, we are not likely to award fellowships to candidates whose teaching would be in the Departments of History, English, or Geography.
  • The fellowship has no nationality requirements. If accepted, international candidates will be responsible for securing their own paperwork, visas, etc. as needed, though the university can provide some support in that process.
  • Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with this one.

Nationality: Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Fellows must hold a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences.

English language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

How to Apply: Applicants application must include the following:

  • 100 word abstract of dissertation or book project.
  • Proposal of up to 2,000 words. The proposal should outline completed research (including dissertation); work in progress; research that will be conducted as a Mellon Fellow (please give the main project a title); an explanation of how that research relates to the theme of Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation; a description of professional goals and plans for publication; an indication of the undergraduate courses you might teach; and other relevant information. Include how you believe you would benefit from being at UW-Madison, including the faculty associations you would like to develop.
  • Curriculum vitae; include work forthcoming and in progress.
  • Writing sample of up to 25 pages.
  • Confidential reference letters from three writers. Reference letters should address the significance and feasibility of the proposed research; quality of the proposal; qualifications for the project; past work; and potential contributions to and benefits from being a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison.
  • Optional: Statement of teaching philosophy and/or sample syllabi or descriptions of courses you have taught or would like to teach.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is November 1, 2016.

Scholarship Link