FAQ

Q. Do I have to contact a specific department? Do I send my recommendations to a specific department?
No, please do not send your applications to specific academic departments. Applications are submitted online.

Q. Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply? Can international candidates apply?
International candidates can apply. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen, but if you are not, you will need to obtain the appropriate visa before you teach in the U.S., if you have not already done so.

Q. What academic areas can apply? I am a(n) (anthropologist, sociologist, etc.).  Am I excluded from applying?
This year, the fellowship is themed oriented, on the “Religious Culture and the Arts: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.” Applications should have this theme. Applications with other themes will not be considered.

Q. Must my degree be in one of the disciplines listed?
No, your degree should be in one of the areas specified, however, you may still apply and the selection committee will make the determination of suitability.

AREAS: History, English, History of Art, Musicology, Classics, Anthropology, German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, History of Science and Technology, or Near Eastern Studies.

Q. Is there an age limit? When do I have to have my PhD? Do I have to have received my PhD before I apply?
There is not an age limit. We only ask that you not have gotten your PhD before June 30, 2011, but that you must have received it before you begin teaching for the fellowship on June 30, 2016. You do not need your PhD in hand at the time of application.

Q. What kinds of courses can be taught? What does an acceptable academic statement of  research and teaching proposals consist of?
Courses may be upper- or lower-level undergraduate courses that are both unique in that they are your interests, and that they fill a niche in the department to which the committee assigns you. There is no limit on the length of the academic statement, but it is recommended that you keep your proposals as concise as possible. Background on previous teaching experiences and pedagogy methods are welcomed.

Q. How should I address my letter of application, reference letters etc.?
Please address your letter of application and/or have reference letters addressed to the: Mellon Selection Committee

Q. Can I email my application letter/CV/proposals to you?
No, applications are submitted online.

Do NOT email your application or CV, or questions about whether proposed topic is viable. Those submissions and questions will NOT be considered. The committee cannot comment on the appropriateness of proposals in advance. A careful reading of the topic description and the application form itself generally answers most questions.

Q. How will I know that my application was received in full?
Interfolio has a list of the requirements. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check on the application site to verify all requirements have been met by the deadline posted.

Q.  When can I expect notification of the committee’s decisions?
If at any point your application is no longer under consideration, you will be notified via email. In general the committee usually meets in February. Applicants can expect to be notified no later than March or April 2016.