A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences, 2017-19

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Application deadline: 1st November 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will provide 3 two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhD recipients starting on August 28, 2017. Fellows are members of the Institute for Research in the Humanities and Center for the Humanities, and are also affiliated with a humanities or humanistic social science department in the College of Letters & Science, where they will teach a total of three undergraduate courses over two years with no teaching in the first semester of the fellowship. The theme for 2017-2019 is Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation.


  • Fellows must hold a PhD 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 PhD. To be eligible for this competition, the degree must be received between August 2012 and August 2017.
  • Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD 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.


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; read more.

Application materials

Your 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 submission

Applications must be submitted via Interfolio.

  • You do not need to complete your application in a single session. You may start it, log out, and return to it later.
  • When you begin your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae, proposal, and writing sample as separate documents.
  • If you would like to include teaching information and/or you have a letter corroborating the degree award schedule, upload these as “additional documents.”
  • All reference letters must be submitted through Interfolio.
  • All materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by November 1, 2016 to ensure full consideration. However, we encourage you to submit your application even if not all reference letters have arrived by Nov. 1. Instructions for automatically attaching late-arriving reference letters available here.

Because this fellowship includes teaching, a criminal background check may be required of fellowship recipients.

For more information, click here.


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