Application and Selection Process
The application period for 2020-22 Mellon Fellowships will begin in September 2019. The start date of the application period will be announced in late August 2019. Applications for the 2020-2022 fellowship must be received via Interfolio on or before October 1, 2019.
Applications for Mellon Fellowships are to be submitted via Interfolio. Please do not submit materials via email or postal mail; only information submitted via Interfolio shall be considered. Materials to be submitted by the deadline include the application and all required documents listed in Interfolio. 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 more 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, 2019 at 12 midnight EST.
Please note that even if you have begun the submission process before the deadline, 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 provide an explanation 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” field. Applicants who have earned their Ph.D. may upload in this field 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 to house 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.