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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018-2020

The Society for the Humanities will sponsor two postdoctoral teaching-research fellowships in the humanities, each awarded for the two-year period beginning July 2018. Each fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year. While in residence at Cornell, Mellon Fellows hold department affiliations and joint appointments with the Society for the Humanities, have limited teaching duties, and the opportunity for scholarly work. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available in two areas of specialization. See below for details about the current Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship competitions in English and History of Art.



Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in English

Academic Years 2018 - 2020 
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of English invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning July 1, 2018. The fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year.

Cornell English department invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the field of literature and science. We understand this field to include or adjoin such areas as history and philosophy of science, environmental humanities, new materialism, animal studies, medical humanities, cognitive science, history of technology, science studies, information science, and digital humanities. Candidates may specialize in any literary period or genre, or work across categories. The postdoctoral fellow will join a cluster of English scholars and creative writers working in a variety of literary periods and modes who incorporate literature and science studies into their teaching and writing.

Postdoctoral Fellows teach one course per semester (four different courses over two years). Candidates should propose an introductory, 2000-level course designed to appeal to students from across the University, and an upper, 4000-level course designed primarily for English and other literature majors. These courses should be conceived of as smaller seminars, and can reflect the fellow’s particular research interests, but should also introduce undergraduates to foundational topics and methodologies in the interdisciplinary field of literature and science studies.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2018/19 - 2019/20 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2012 and no later than June 30, 2018. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.


Application Procedures:

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9228 by November 30, 2017.

1. Cover page (will be generated via your AJO account) with:

a. Full name and home institution
b. Date (or expected date) of Ph.D
c. Research interest(s)
d. Referees’ names and emails

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Detailed statement of research interests

4. Statement of teaching experience and methods

5. Course proposal with sample syllabus for introductory, 2000-level course

6. Course proposal with sample syllabus for upper, 4000-level course

7. One writing sample [30-page limit]

8. Three letters of recommendation.  Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before November 30, 2017.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274
Email: humctr@cornell.edu  



Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Art

Academic Years 2018 - 2020
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of History of Art invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning July 1, 2018. The fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year.

We are seeking applicants who are specialists in the in the field of 20th-century Europe and North America, spanning the years 1914-1991, with particular emphasis on art between WWI and WWII. The History of Art department’s strength lies in its pioneering global focus. A successful candidate would be able to dialogue with other faculty members’ global concerns.

Postdoctoral Fellows teach one course per semester (four different courses over two years). Candidates should propose an introductory, 2000-level course and an upper, 4000-level course. These courses should be conceived of as smaller seminars and their topics should fall within the field of 20th-century European and North American art.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2018/19 - 2019/20 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2012 and no later than June 30, 2018. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.


Application Procedures:

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9176 by November 1, 2017.

1. Cover page (will be generated via your AJO account) with: 

a. Full name and home institution
b. Date (or expected date) of Ph.D
c. Research interest(s)
d. Referees’ names and emails

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Detailed statement of research interests

4. Course proposal with sample syllabus for introductory, 2000-level course

5. Course proposal with sample syllabus for upper, 4000-level course

6. One writing sample [30-page limit]

7. Three letters of recommendation.  Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2017.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274
Email: humctr@cornell.edu