Society for the Humanities
Cornell University

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Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities

Paul Fleming Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies

Program Coordinator

Julie McLean


Cornell's Society for the Humanities was established in 1966 as one of the first humanities institutes in North America. Located in the historic home of Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White, the Society brings distinguished Visiting Fellows and Cornell Faculty and Graduate Student Fellows together each year to pursue research on a broadly inter-disciplinary focal theme. In addition to participating in our legendary Wednesday Fellows seminar, Fellows offer one experimental, innovative seminar on their research topic. The Society's presence at Cornell has fostered path-breaking inter-disciplinary dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large with our internationally recognized Fellows. The Society is proud to sponsor numerous internal grants, workshops, and funding opportunities for Cornell faculty and graduate students in the Humanities as well as hosting over 100 annual lectures, workshops, colloquia, and conferences organized by Cornell's distinguished humanities faculty.

Fellowships The Society for the Humanities administers two fellowship programs. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, which is Cornell University's continuing program under a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides postdoctoral fellowships for nontenured scholars and teachers in the humanities. The program is designed to encourage the academic growth of promising humanists with recent Ph.D. degrees. The appointments are for one year. While in residence at Cornell, postdoctoral fellows have department affiliation, limited teaching duties, and the opportunity for scholarly research. The Society Fellowship Program has a focal theme each year. Applicants should be working on topics related to the year's theme. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Visit the organization's website for complete program information.