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The Mellon Fellowship is for scholarship across boundaries

Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences awards two fellowships each year to promising young scholars working at the intersection of humanities disciplines, or between the humanities and other disciplines.  This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.

Terms of Appointment

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts.  Applicants must designate one of the four academic units in which they would like to be located. Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2015.  Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2016 and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time.  The salary will be $63,000 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible for the positions, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2012 and no later than July 1, 2015.  If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, we require an attached Letter of Certification from your institution’s Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or your Department Head, to confirm that you are expected to be formally awarded your degree by July 1, 2015.  Please make sure that your letter writer specifies the date of your expected conferral date.  Applicants who have not formally awarded their degree by July 1, 2015 will not be considered. Fellows may not hold other appointments throughout the duration of the Fellowship.  Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than MIT.  International scholars will be considered for the position, but fellowships are contingent upon eligibility to legally work within the United States.  MIT will offer a J1 visa sponsorship if needed.  The Mellon Selection Committee will announce the Fellows in April 2015.

Application Materials

  • Letter describing the applicant’s teaching and research experience, and presenting a brief proposal for a new research project to be completed during the term of the fellowship

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • One-page description of an undergraduate class to be offered in Spring 2016

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or Department Head, certifying that the applicant will be formally awarded a PhD diploma by July 1, 2015.  This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.

All applications and attached materials are due no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time.  Late applications will not be considered.


Please check out the FAQ page.  Email:, or call the SHASS Dean’s Office at 617-253-0888.

Begin the Online Application

Online application will be available September 15, 2014

This employer is not accepting applications for this position through AcademicJobsOnline.Org. Please see the job description above on how to apply.

Contact: Magdalena Rieb, 617.253.0888
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School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

Visiting Scholars are our way of facilitating the residency of a limited number of distinguished scholars from other academic institutions or accomplished professionals whose expertise coincides with current research groups. The program is part of its mission of working across disciplines, cultures, and communities. Visiting Scholar positions are non-compensated appointments established to accommodate the scholars’ research and enrich the CMS/W research community.

Postdoctoral Associates are usually associated with one of our research groups as well. They come to MIT to develop their scholarly competence, working under the supervision of MIT faculty members. As these positions become available, they are either announced below and on MIT’s job listings web site and advertised in professional and scholarly publications.

Postdoctoral Fellows come to MIT with grants or fellowships from outside funding agencies or government entities, in order to develop their scholarly and research skills. Funding must be secured prior to making an application for appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and the dates of the appointment must match the dates of the funding.

Read the full details about the benefits and processes of each.

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