Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History Academic Years 2017 - 2019

Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
Deadline: November 1, 2016

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of History invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning July 1, 2017.  The fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year.

We are seeking applicants who are specialists in in the history of Central, Eastern or Southern Europe, 1600 to the present.  The Mellon Fellow will be expected to teach 2 courses per year (4 different courses total): one introductory, 2000-level course on a topic concerned with any aspect of the history of Central, Eastern or Southern Europe, and one upper, 4000-level undergraduate research seminar on a more specialized topic, designed for history majors. The History Department places great emphasis on superlative teaching, as well as on innovative research.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017/18-2018/19 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2011 and no later than June 30, 2017.  Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.  Mellon Fellowships are no longer restricted to citizens of the US and Canada; international applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online at by November 1, 2016.

  1. Cover page with:
    (a) Full name and home institution
    (b) Date (or expected date) of Ph.D
    (c) Research interest(s)
    (d) Referees’ names and emails
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Detailed statement of research interests
  4. One writing sample [30-page limit]
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy
  6. Course proposals for the courses the Mellon Fellow will teach while in residence at Cornell: two courses during each year of the fellowship: one lower-level course and one upper, 4000-level course and a sample syllabus for each
  7. Three letters of recommendation.  Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2016.

For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274

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