Postdoctoral Opportunity - Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University

The Stanford Humanities Center invites applications for the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, a unique opportunity for recent PhD recipients in the humanities to develop as scholars and teachers. Up to four fellowships will be awarded for a term of two years (with the possibility of a third). Fellows teach two courses per year (or the equivalent) in one of Stanford’s 15 humanities departments or programs. They are also expected to participate in the intellectual life of the program, which includes regular meetings with other fellows and faculty to share work in progress and to discuss topics of mutual interest. Fellows will also be affiliated with the Stanford Humanities Center and will have the opportunity to be active in its programs and workshops.

Program admissions focus on selected fields of humanities scholarship in each application year on a rotating basis. Eligible fields for the 2021 competition (for fellowships beginning autumn 2022) are:

• Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
• German Studies
• Iberian and Latin American Cultures
• Music

We invite applicants from any field whose work has demonstrable relevance to teaching and research in one of the eligible Stanford departments. Candidates should specify in the application cover letter the primary eligible field for which they would like to be considered.

Candidates for this competition must have received their PhD between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2022. Fellowships will begin on September 1, 2022. Stanford PhDs and employees are not eligible for consideration.

The stipend for 2021-22 will be $86,000, and compensation will include additional support for computer equipment, research, and relocation expenses.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PT on November 1, 2021. To apply, complete the online application process via the link at You will be asked to electronically submit the following material:

• Cover letter (circa one page) describing your research and teaching interests to an interdisciplinary search committee
• Curriculum vitae
• Dissertation abstract (up to three pages).
• A sample of written work (article length, no longer than 40 pages)
• A separate description of teaching experience and interests (up to three pages)
Note: Courses will be offered through standing Stanford departments or programs; applicants should familiarize themselves with recent course offerings and curricula.

Applicants who reach the finalist stage will be contacted (most likely in January) for three letters of recommendation.

Faxed or emailed materials cannot be considered. Only complete applications submitted through the online system will be accepted. All applications will be acknowledged. Finalists may be interviewed.

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