Mellon Junior (Postdoctoral) Fellow, Humanities, Urbanism, and Design Initiative at Penn

Pennsylvania, United States
$55,000.00 - $55,000.00
Dec 02, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Mellon Junior (Postdoctoral) Fellow, 2021-22

Application deadline: January 29, 2021

The initiative in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D) at the University of Pennsylvania is a ten-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster critical and integrative considerations of the relationship between the humanities and the design professions in the analysis and shaping of the built environment. Under the renewed grant (beginning in 2018), the initiative takes “The Inclusive City” as its theme, focusing on issues of inclusivity and diversity. The program has a number of component parts, including a bi-weekly Faculty Colloquium, the sponsorship of graduate and undergraduate courses, student research funding, an Undergraduate Colloquium, special lectures, participation in conferences, a Doctoral Dissertation (ABD) Fellowship program, and a Junior Fellowship program. For more information on the initiative see: 

Applications are now invited for two one-year Junior Fellowships to be held in 2021-22. One fellow will be selected from the humanities and one from design-related fields such as planning, architecture, and landscape. Each will be hosted at Penn by a department in the other discipline.

Mellon Junior Fellows will be selected on the basis of their ability to contribute, through research and teaching, to the interdisciplinary aims of the initiative. Preference will be given to projects related to the “Inclusive City” theme. During their nine months in residence, Junior Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue their own research. They will participate in the bi- weekly Colloquium, present their research at one of the Colloquium sessions, and will participate fully in the academic life of their host departments. In the spring semester they will teach an undergraduate seminar, which may be co-taught by the two fellows.


Applications are invited from junior scholars in all humanistic and design disciplines whose work deals with the built environment of cities, landscapes, and architecture, in relation to the Mellon initiative’s theme focusing on diversity and inclusion. Applicants for 2021-22 will hold a PhD that was defended no later than December 2020 and who will have held the PhD degree for no longer that 10 years on September 1, 2021. Candidates may hold tenure-track positions but may not be tenured at the time of application or during the fellowship year. Applications are welcome from scholars of all nationalities and academic affiliations.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices.

Terms of appointment

The fellowship stipend is $55,000. Health insurance will be provided for fellows but not for family and dependents. Fellows may employ the stipend to supplement their sabbatical salaries. As participants in the Colloquium, they will receive a research fund of $2,500, which will be disbursed according to University guidelines.

Fellows are required to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year in which the fellowship takes place (August 31, 2021–May 16, 2022).

Application Guidelines

Applications and letters of reference must be received by January 29, 2021. These materials should be sent to Ms. Alisa Chiles, H+U+D Program Manager (

Applications should be assembled as one PDF comprising

1. cover sheet (template available on website here)

2. curriculum vitae

3. research proposal (750 words maximum)

4. undergraduate seminar proposal (200-word description plus syllabus)

Your PDF and the email that conveys it should be titled: "Your last name" HUD application; e.g., Chakrabarty HUD application

Also arrange to have three letters of reference, which discuss your research proposal, sent directly to Ms. Chiles ( by the application due date of January 29. The letters should be in the form of PDFs, and the PDFs and the emails that convey them should be titled

Your last name_Reference writer’s last name HUD reference; e.g., Chakrabarty_Ramirez HUD reference

Address questions to

Daniel A. Barber or Andrea Goulet