The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 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 (2016-17), and Translation, Adaptation, Transplantation. The theme for 2018-2020 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.

The application for the 2018-2020 fellowships will be available in late August, 2017.