Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2016/17: "Climates and Natures"

The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at UW-Madison is an interdisciplinary program providing postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it provides two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent PhD recipients.

The program, established in 2010, builds upon interdisciplinary initiatives on campus exploring the broad question, “What is human?” These initiatives have been examining the transnational circulations of culture and power on a global landscape, questions of biocultures and biopolitics, and new ways of thinking about media in the context of the digital revolution.

Each year the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program invites applications under a theme related to these initiatives. Themes to date have been World Citizenship (2010-2011), Life (2011-2012), Media (2012-2013), Democracy (2013-2014), Religion and Secularism (2014-2015), and Violences (2015-2016).

The theme for 2016-2017 is Climates and Natures.

The A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Program is affiliated with the Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities. A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows are members of the Institute for Research in the Humanities and are also affiliated with a humanities or humanistic social science department in the College of Letters & Science, where they will teach a total of three courses over two years with no teaching in the first semester of the fellowship.


  • Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 5 years past receiving their PhD. To be eligible for this competition, the degree must be received between August 2011 and August 2016.
  • Fellows must hold a PhD in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences.
  • In an effort to foster disciplinary diversity in our program of six postdoctoral fellows, we are not likely to award fellowships to candidates whose teaching would be in the Departments of History, English, or Geography.
  • The fellowship has no nationality requirements. If accepted, international candidates will be responsible for securing their own paperwork, visas, etc. as needed, though the university can provide some support in that process.
  • Selected recipients may not hold another fellowship simultaneous with this one.


In 2016-2017 the stipend for postdoctoral fellows will be at least $59,627 per academic year, with a $5,000 per year research allowance and $2,500 computer allowance in the first year. Fellows are eligible for health insurance.

Application date
2 Nov 2015
Date of residence
29 Aug 2016
2 years
America United States Great Lakes
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
US$ 120.000