Call for Applications
Type: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
Institution: Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA (USA)
Five Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities are
available for the 2021-2022 academic year on the general topic of
Migration. The Wolf Humanities Center's Postdoctoral Fellowships are
open 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 2021-2022 academic year, our topic will be Migration.
The Fellowship carries a stipend of $59,300 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.
We are 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.
2021-2022 Topic: Migration
Application Deadline: October 15, 2020
- 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,
2015 and December 1, 2020 are eligible to apply. You must have your
degree in hand, or have passed your defense, no later than December
1, 2020 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
2021). You are eligible to apply if you pass your defense by December
1, 2020, but will not graduate until May 2020.
- Scholars are required to spend the year (August–May) in residence
- During their year in residence, Fellows pursue their proposed
research, are required to teach one course during the year, and must
also participate in the Center's weekly Mellon Research Seminar
(Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those
- The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international,
who meet eligibility requirements.
Visa eligibility: 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. If awarded a fellowship,
international scholars are required to be in residence August 1,
2021–May 31, 2022.