The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program
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 included World Citizenship, Life, Media, and Democracy. The theme for 2014-16 is Religion and Secularism, and the theme for 2015-2017 is Violences.
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 fist semester of the fellowship.
Applications for the 2016-18 fellowships will open in late August, 2015.