The University of Pennsylvania, UPenn, is offering Five (5) one-year International Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year for untenured scholars in the humanities who received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2005 and December 2013. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. The topic for 2014-2015 is color.

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms.

Worth of Awards

Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research. The stipend is $46,500. Health insurance is provided for fellows but not for family and dependents. Fellows also receive a research fund of $2500. Fellows are required to be in residence during their fellowship year (September 1–May 31)

Application Guidelines

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, is open to scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate. Candidates may hold a tenure-track position but may not be tenured either before or during the fellowship year.

For the 2014–2015 Fellowship, candidates must have received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2005 (not before) and December 2013. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2013 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2014). The Ph.D. is the only terminal degree eligible (i.e., MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible).

During their year in residence, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their own research. Fellows are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Forum’s weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–2:00), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting a cohort of fellows, the Forum aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty (who do not yet have tenure). Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not held a comparable postdoctoral fellowship elsewhere or enjoyed previous use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn’s intellectual life.

How to Apply

Applicants should

  • Download the application form, complete it and save it in PDF format naming it Last name_First initial.pdf (e.g: Smith_P.pdf)
  • Save your c.v. as a PDF, naming it only:
    Your last name_First initial_cv.pdf (e.g: Smith_P_cv.pdf)
  • You need to submit three references. Ask your referees to write and save/name their document like this: Your last name_Referee’s last name.pdf (e.g: Smith_Jones.pdf) and submit it in the online form form. Send them the link to upload their references (see link below).
  • Reference letters should not be merely testimonials. They should also contain a substantive appraisal of your ability as it relates specifically to your field and to your proposed research.
  • Then proceed to upload your own application documents on the online application form (see link below).
  • Applications will be accepted via online webform only.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of December 2013.

To read more about the fellowship, click here

To see the link you should forward to your referees, click here

To download the application form, click here

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