A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities
Deadline: November 14, 2011
The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for its
postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities and humanistic social
sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will award three
two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhDs starting on August 27,
The theme for 2012-13 is "Media: Cuneiform to Digital and Beyond." From
discourse networks to print culture; from semiotics to graphic systems; from
codex to video; from radio to radiography; and from data mining to the
culture industry, the interdisciplinary humanities have produced a wide
range of theories and histories of media. We invite applications for
excellent, cutting-edge work focused on any media (verbal, visual, audial,
kinetic); on any forms (oral, print, performance, digital); and on any media
systems (local, global, private, mass market). We encourage both a long and
broad view of media studies and welcome applications from researchers across
the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose work reflects upon or
has significant implications for ancient to contemporary conceptions of
media and mediation in any region(s) of the world. We seek work that
challenges disciplinary or methodological boundaries. Applicants should take
care in their proposals to explicate how their research relates to this
In an effort to foster disciplinary diversity in our postdoctoral program of
six fellows, because these disciplines are already represented, we are
unlikely to award fellowships to candidates whose teaching would be in the
departments of Geography, Art History, or Philosophy. PhDs and doctoral
candidates of the UW-Madison are ineligible.
The stipend for Mellon postdoctoral fellows is $55,167 per academic year,
with a $2,000 per year research allowance, $3,000 per year travel allowance,
and a one-time $2,500 computer allowance. Fellows are eligible for health
In addition to boasting over 50 departments and centers in the humanities,
UW-Madison is the home of the Center for the History of Print and Digital
Culture as well as the locus of new initiatives and projects in the Digital
Humanities, Public Humanities, and Visual Culture.
- Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more
than five years past receiving their PhD. To be eligible for this
competition, degree must be received between August 2007 and August 2012.
- Applicants must hold a PhD in a humanities discipline or in the
humanistic social sciences. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect
to have one by August 2012 will be asked to provide a letter from their home
institution corroborating the degree award schedule.
- Application materials must include the following items in this order,
submitted as a single MSWord or PDF document: Application Form, Proposal of up to 2,000 words that incorporates an explanation of completed research (including dissertation); work in progress; research that will be conducted as a Mellon Fellow, including its relation to the Mellon
theme; professional goals and plans for publication; possible undergraduate
courses to be taught; and other relevant information. Include how you
believe you would benefit from being at UW-Madison, including the faculty
associations you would like to develop.
- 25-page writing sample
- Curriculum vitae
- Optional: Statement of teaching philosophy and/or sample syllabi or
descriptions of courses you have taught or would like to teach.
Submit your application materials at this website:
Arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to UW-Madison.
Reference letters should be submitted electronically as PDF or Word
documents sent to
Deadline for applications: November 14, 2011. All materials, including
reference letters, must be submitted by this date.
Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with
Because this fellowship includes teaching, a criminal background check
may be required of fellowship recipients.
Questions: Jessica Courtier, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows Coordinator,