Application and Selection Process
Applications for the 2018-2020 fellowship must be received on Interfolio on or before October 1, 2017.
Please do not submit material materials via email or postal mail; only information submitted via Interfolio shall be considered. That deadline includes all supporting documentation and reference letters. Incomplete dossiers will not be reviewed.
In addition to a completed application form, three confidential letters of reference, a CV, and academic transcripts, candidates should submit a personal statement (of no longer than 2,000 words) outlining their completed research (including dissertation), work in progress, professional goals and plans for publication, and any other information relevant to their candidacy.
All documents are required electronically via Interfolio by October 1, 2017 at 12 midnight EST.
Please note that even if you have begun the submission process before that date, Interfolio will cut you off from further submissions after that date and time. We will only review files that are complete by our stated deadline.
Transcripts uploaded to Interfolio technically are considered "unofficial." Uploaded transcripts are required and accepted at the time of application; finalists may be asked to submit official paper transcripts. If your graduate institution does not list grades on transcripts, please note the circumstances in your personal statement.
The certification of degree requirement is intended for applicants who do not yet have a Ph.D. but expect to complete one by the June 30th that precedes that start date of this fellowship. Such applicants should submit a letter on institutional letterhead attesting to their anticipated schedule for completion. It may be signed by the advisor, chair of the department, or other relevant faculty member.
Interfolio may mark as “incomplete” any application that does not have a document uploaded in the “certification of degree” spot. Applicants who have earned their Ph.D. may upload in this spot a transcript or digital image of their diploma.
Fellowship applications and departmental requests to house a fellow will be evaluated by the Leslie Center's Advisory Committee, in consultation with the Associate Deans of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary & International Programs. Strong fellowship applications will be circulated to relevant departments and programs, which will then be invited to apply for one of the candidates. Departments and programs will be expected to justify requests for a fellow by detailing the benefits expected from, and afforded to, that fellow, and by indicating how the fellow might contribute something new, or currently lacking, to the intellectual life of the college.
There is no requirement that the fellows be U.S. citizens, but the Mellon Foundation does want to see the fellowships awarded to individuals who seem likely to make their careers in the United States.
Please contact us with any questions.