Scholars who have received their PhD degree after June 2007 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 PhDs with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.

One Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be appointed to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for the whole academic year, 2010-2011, and each fellow will be awarded a stipend of $40,000. He/she 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 fellow 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 in Middletown. The themes for 2010-2011 will be "Worlding" and "Genealogies of Reason" -- please click on this link for complete descriptions of the themes: 

Scholars whose interests bear upon one of these themes are encouraged to apply.

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 web-site: 

Applications should include: 

a) a letter from the applicant, including a statement of current research interests and a brief proposal for a one-semester  undergraduate course related to the Center for the Humanities theme

b) a full curriculum vitae 

c) three letters of recommendation   

d) copies of published work, extracts from the dissertation, or drafts of work in progress (not to exceed  25 pages) 

There is no official application form. 

Preliminary interviews will be held by telephone. Finalists will be brought to the Wesleyan campus for longer interviews during February or March of 2010.

Applications should be mailed or express-mailed, postmarked by January 4, 2010 to: 

Professor Jill Morawski
Center for the Humanities
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Wesleyan University
95 Pearl Street
Middletown, CT 06459

Applications faxed or emailed will not be accepted.