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Position Details: Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree
after June 2020 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or
humanistic social sciences – broadly conceived – are invited to
apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, made possible through a grant
from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Wesleyan University. The
purpose of this Fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently
completed their Ph.D.’s with free time to further their own work in
a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a
distinguished faculty. Two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will be
appointed to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for
the academic years, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026, and will be awarded a
stipend of $65,000 (with an additional $2,500 of research funding).
Each will teach a one-semester undergraduate course; participate in
the collegial life of the Center for the Humanities, which sponsors
conferences, lectures, and colloquia; and give one public lecture.
The Fellows will be provided with an office at the Center for the
Humanities, and will be expected to work there on weekdays while
the university is in session, and to reside locally.
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Candidates do not need to have their PhD in hand at the time of
application, but will need to have it by June, 2024.
Special Instructions To Applicants
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we
require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, including a
statement of current research interests and a brief proposal for a
one-semester undergraduate course, indicating how they relate to
one or both of the Center for the Humanities themes, (2) a full
curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample of published work, extracts
from the dissertation, or drafts of work in progress (not to exceed
25 pages). In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they
will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive
community, as well as their experience working with individuals
from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three
referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of
recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email
addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most
up-to-date email addresses for each one).
After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will
see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees
whose email addresses you have provided will receive an
automatically-generated email requesting that they submit a letter
of reference for you.
We regret that we cannot reply to individual inquiries concerning
the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Wesleyan’s Center for
the Humanities. All information that applicants may need is
available at this website.
There is no official application form. Deadline for applying is
January 8, 2024. Interviews will be held via Zoom during late
February or early March of 2024.
Note for Interfolio users: We gladly accept letters of
recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account,
please use the “web delivery” method to upload your letters
directly to our online application. For further instructions, look
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