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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at the Society for the Humanities 2018-2019

The Mellon Foundation has made available two fellowships for graduate students to become Fellows of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University during the 2018/2019 academic year. Graduate Fellows will not teach courses. Graduate Fellows will be invited to all events at the Society for the Humanities. The Fellowship includes a College of Arts & Sciences graduate tuition waiver, a $26,000 stipend, and health insurance. The two Graduate Fellows will share an office at the A.D. White House during the academic year. 

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of AUTHORITY. Selected Fellows will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. The Invited Society Scholars will be Prasenjit Duara, Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University, Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, and Holly Hughes, Professor of Theatre and Drama at University of Michigan.



Cornell University graduate students in the humanities who are working on topics related to the 2018-2019 focal theme, AUTHORITY, are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed the A exam and all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation before the application deadline on November 1, 2017. Awards will be restricted to students entering their 4th, 5th or 6th year of study at the time the Fellowship begins.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be emailed to Emily Parsons,, by NOVEMBER 1, 2017. Please email materials in a single PDF in the order below with the subject line “GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION - Last Name”.

Order of Materials:

1. A cover page with:

Full name and net ID
Home department
Proposed project title
Recommenders’ names and emails

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. A one-page dissertation abstract (up to 300 words)

4. A detailed statement of the research project the applicant will pursue during the fellowship year (1,000 – 2,000 words)

5. A Cornell University etranscript (for instructions, visit

6. A scholarly writing sample (published or unpublished) that is no more than 35 pages long

7. Sent under separate cover: Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate's research proposal. Please ask referees to send their letters directly to Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2017.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2017.

Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will consider only fully completed applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the closing date.