Application Information

Applications for the 2015-17 fellowships are due on November 1, 2014.


  • Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 5 years past receiving their PhD. To be eligible for this competition, degree must be received between August 2010 and August 2015.
  • Fellows 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 it by August 2015 must provide a letter from their home institution (department chair, head of graduate studies, or advisor) corroborating the degree award schedule. Ideally this will be a separate letter attached in the "other documents" section; if that is impossible it may be included in a reference letter.
  • Doctoral candidates and those holding PhDs or other doctoral degrees from UW-Madison are ineligible.
  • In an effort to foster disciplinary diversity in our program of six postdoctoral fellows, we are not likely to award fellowships to candidates whose teaching would be in the departments of Anthropology or Religious Studies.
  • The fellowship has no nationality requirements. If accepted, international candidates will be responsible for securing their own paperwork, visas, etc. as needed, though the university can provide some support in that process.
  • Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with this one.


In 2015-2016 the stipend for postdoctoral fellows will be at least $58,526 per academic year, with a $2,000 per year research allowance, $3,000 per year travel allowance, and $2,500 computer allowance in the first year. Fellows are eligible for health insurance; read more.

Application materials

Your application must include the following:

  • 100 word abstract of dissertation or book project.
  • Proposal of up to 2,000 words. The proposal should outline completed research (including dissertation); work in progress; research that will be conducted as a Mellon Fellow; an explanation of how that research relates to the Mellon theme; a description of professional goals and plans for publication; an indication of the undergraduate courses you might teach; 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. The proposal should clearly articulate a connection to the competition theme.
  • Curriculum vitae; include work forthcoming and in progress.
  • Writing sample of up to 25 pages.
  • Confidential reference letters from three writers. Reference letters should address the significance and feasibility of the proposed research; quality of the proposal; qualifications for the project; past work; and potential contributions to and benefits from being a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison. Letters may be addressed to Susan Friedman and Sara Guyer, Co-chairs of the fellowship program.
  • Optional: Statement of teaching philosophy and/or sample syllabi or descriptions of courses you have taught or would like to teach.

Application submission

Applications must be submitted via Interfolio. Submit your application here.

  • You do not need to complete your application in a single session. You may start it, log out, and return to it later.
  • When you begin your application, you will be asked to upload your proposal, curriculum vitae, and writing sample as separate documents.
  • If you would like to including teaching information and/or you have a letter corroborating the degree award schedule, upload these as additional documents.
  • All reference letters must be submitted through Interfolio.
  • All materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by midnight (eastern) on November 1, 2014 to ensure full consideration. However, we encourage you to submit your application even if not all reference letters have arrived by Nov. 1. Instructions for automatically attaching late-arriving reference letters available here.

Because this fellowship includes teaching, a criminal background check may be required of fellowship recipients.


Questions: Jessica Courtier, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows Coordinator, or 608-516-8109
Interfolio help desk