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A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UW-Madison is an interdisciplinary program providing postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it provides two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhD recipients. The program, established in 2010, builds upon interdisciplinary initiatives on campus exploring the broad question, “What is human?” These initiatives have been examining the transnational circulations of culture and power on a global landscape, questions of biocultures and biopolitics, and new ways of thinking about media in the context of the digital revolution.

Each year the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program invites applications under a theme related to these initiatives. Themes to date have been World Citizenship (2010-11), Life (2011-12), Media (2012-13), Democracy (2013-14), Religion and Secularism (2014-15), Violences (2015-16), Climates and Natures (2016-18), and Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation (2017-19). The theme for 2018-20 fellowships is Truth, Fact, and Ways of Knowing.

The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program is affiliated with the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities. A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows are members of the Institute for Research in the Humanities and are also affiliated with a humanities or humanistic social science department in the College of Letters & Science, where they will teach a total of three courses over two years with no teaching in the first semester of the fellowship.

Each year, the program invites three new fellows to UW-Madison for two-year appointments. The fellows have offices in 432 East Campus Mall, the home of the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, as well as access to UW-Madison's world-class libraries and campus facilities. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows are invited to participate in any of the campus's many conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities. (See humanities.wisc.edu and irh.wisc.edu  for programs and events.) Fellows are also welcome (as time and interest permit) to attend the Institute's weekly Monday seminars (3:30-5:00PM) and Tuesday follow-up lunch seminars (noon-1:15PM) and join the stimulating community of fellows for ongoing informal exchanges.

More details, including application and deadline information for the 2018-20 program, can be found here.