Penn Humanities Forum

bullet How to Apply
bullet Download Application Form
bullet Submit Application
bullet Submit Reference Letters
bullet 2015-16 Topic: Sex

bullet 2006-07 | Travel
bullet 2005-06 | Word & Image
bullet 2004-05 | Sleep & Dreams
bullet 2003-04 | Belief
bullet 2002-03 | The Book
bullet 2001-02 | Time
bullet 2000-01 | Style
bullet 1999-00 | Human Nature

Email or call Jennifer Conway
Associate Director
Penn Humanities Forum
Tel: 215.898.8220


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the Humanities

Call for Applications, 20152016
Topic: SEX

Five (5) one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available for the 2015-2016 academic year for untenured scholars in the humanities who received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2006 and December 2014. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree.

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms. Please refer to full Application Guidelines below. International scholars, please note carefully the final paragraph in that section concerning visa terms (only J-1 visas will be granted).

The programs of the Penn Humanities Forum are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2015–2016 academic year, we have set Sex as the theme.
Humanists and those in related fields (e.g., anthropology, history of science) are invited to submit research proposals on any aspect of this topic. Exclusions are projects in social science disciplines, educational curriculum building, and work by performing artists (n.b., scholars of performance are eligible).

Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research. The stipend is $46,500. Health insurance is provided for fellows but not for family and dependents. Fellows also receive a research fund of $2500. Fellows are required to be in residence during their fellowship year (September 1–May 31).

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2014.
Applications will be accepted via online webform only.
Awards will be announced by the end of December 2014.

Application Guidelines

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, is open to scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate. Candidates may hold a tenure-track position but may not be tenured either before or during the fellowship year.

For the 2015–2016 Fellowship, candidates must have received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2006 (not before) and December 2014. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2014 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 2015). The Ph.D. is the only terminal degree eligible (i.e., MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible).

During their year in residence, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their own research. Fellows are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–2:00), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting a cohort of fellows, the Forum aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty (who do not yet have tenure). Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not held a comparable postdoctoral fellowship elsewhere or enjoyed previous use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.

NOTE: International scholars are appointed Mellon fellows under a J-1 visa only (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made. The Penn Humanities Forum 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.