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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at Society for the Humanities 2019-20

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, with support from the Mellon Foundation, invites applications for fellowships from Cornell graduate students whose research projects reflect on the 2019-20 theme of ENERGY. 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.

Graduate Fellows will not teach courses. Graduate Fellows will be invited to all events at the Society for the Humanities including the weekly Fellows Seminar. Fellows include scholars and practitioners from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties. Fellows will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. 

2019-20 Invited Society Scholars

The following Invited Society Scholars will each spend a week in residence, leading a seminar with the Fellows and offering a public lecture. 

  • Dominic Boyer, Director of CENHS (Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences), Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Jazz Studies, Columbia University
  • Cymene Howe, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Kathi Weeks, Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Duke University


Cornell University graduate students in the humanities who are working on topics related to the 2019-20 focal theme, ENERGY, 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 of October 31, 2018. 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 OCTOBER 31, 2018. 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:
    1. Full name and net ID
    2. Home department
    3. Proposed project title
    4. 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), no more than 35 pages
  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 October 31, 2018.

For further information: Phone: 607-255-9274 / Email:

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2018.

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.