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Position Title: Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Postdoctoral Fellowship

Close Date: March 9, 2020

Position Description:

The College of Arts and Science invites applicants for Mellon Partners for Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education, generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a collaboration among five colleges and universities—Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University.  The partnership supports faculty development on all campuses involved; seeks to improve graduate education at Vanderbilt, while preparing students to meet the needs of diverse types of institutions; and enhances undergraduate education at partner schools.

Four Mellon Partners Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to individuals who received a PhD from Vanderbilt in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between September 2016 and May 2020.   The two-year fellowship—which will extend from Fall 2020, to the end of Spring 2022—will provide, through the selected institution, a salary of $47,747, benefits, a $2,500 research fund each year, up to $2,500 for one-time moving expenses when applicable, and offer teaching and Digital Humanities opportunities at one of the Mellon Partner institutions: Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, or Tougaloo College. Applicants may be asked to participate in interviews with one of the Partner institutions.

To apply, please include:

  • Application narrative (up to 1,000 words) indicating your professional interest in & suitability for this specific fellowship. Applicants are encouraged to briefly discuss potential fit at each institution. At the end, please indicate at which institutions you would accept placement, and then rank them in the order of preference (from 1-4).
  • CV (no more than 5 pages)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (up to 5 pages)

All of the above materials should be collected into one pdf and sent to the Arts and Science Dean of Academic Initiatives, Bonnie J. Dow, via email to by March 9, 2020.

  • Three letters of recommendation are also required, but should be sent directly by the recommenders. One must be from the academic advisor (If the candidate is ABD, the advisor’s letter should specifically address the likelihood of completing the degree by May 2020). All letters should be sent  to the Arts and Science Dean of Academic Initiatives, Bonnie J. Dow, via email to

***There will be an informal Q&A with current postdocs about this fellowship on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at noon in the 4th floor conference room (Room 409) in Buttrick Hall. Anyone interested in applying to this fellowship is encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to (and provide any dietary restrictions) by February 3, 2020 to secure your attendance.***