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The Leslie Center for the Humanities
Dartmouth College
6240 Haldeman Center, Room 263
Hanover, NH 03755
Tel. 603-646-0896
Fax. 603-646-0998

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships


October 1 - DEADLINE

Oct- Dec 2013 - Evaluations

Jan 2014 - Successful Candidates notified by email

Jan 2014 - Unsuccessful Candidates notified by USPS


Application for Mellon Fellowship Form  Deadline October 1


With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for TWO postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from Fall 2014 to the end of Spring 2016. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields.

We are currently NOT accepting applications for Asian/Middle Eastern Studies and Languages (AMES/ AMELL), Art History, Film and Media Studies, History, Italian, Music, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, Theater, Women and Gender Studies.

Applicants must focus on materials customarily associated with research in the humanities or employ methods common in humanistic research.

Terms of appointment

Fellows are expected to teach two courses in their home department(s) or program(s) in each year of their residency. At least one of the four courses should contribute something new to the Dartmouth curriculum, and at least one should be an introductory lecture course. Fellows will not, however, be asked to teach basic language courses.

The appointed fellow will enjoy full use of such college resources as the library, computing center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center.  The 2012-2014 Fellows received an annual stipend of $53,045 plus benefits, and annual research allowance between $2,500 and $3,000, and a first-year only computer allowance of $2,500. The terms for the 2014–2016 fellow will be similar.

Application and selection process

Applicants for the 2014–2016 fellowships must have completed a Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2012. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2014 should supply a letter from their home institution corroborating such a schedule.

Applications (hard copy only)  for the 2014–2016 fellowship must be received in the Administrator's office on or before October 1, 2013. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed. In addition to a completed application form, three letters of reference, (in sealed signed envelopes if submitted with application materials but can be mailed separately)  a CV, and academic transcripts (photocopies of undergraduate degrees are acceptable but original copies are required for post graduate degrees), candidates should submit a personal statement (of no longer than 2,000 words) outlining their completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and any other information relevant to their candidacy. All documents are required in hard copy ONLY to be received in the Administrator's office by October 1, 2013.

Fellowship applications and departmental requests to house a fellow will be evaluated by the Leslie Center's Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Associate Deans of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & International Programs. Strong fellowship applications will be circulated to relevant departments and programs, which will then be invited to apply for one of the candidates. Departments and programs will be expected to justify requests for a fellow by detailing the benefits expected from, and afforded to, that fellow, and by indicating how the fellow might contribute something new, or currently lacking, to the intellectual life of the college. There is no requirement that the fellows be U.S. citizens, but the Mellon Foundation does want to see the fellowships awarded to individuals who seem likely to make their careers in the United States.

Should you have questions, please direct them to

All application materials and other correspondence should be addressed to:

The Administrator
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
Dartmouth College
Leslie Center for the Humanities
6240 Haldeman Center  Room 263
Hanover, NH 03755


Last Updated: 9/26/13