Wolf Humanities Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2025-2026 Job at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA

Job Description

Wolf Humanities Center Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2025-2026

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Jun 03, 2024
Deadline: Nov 03, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Wolf Humanities Center awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than five years out of their doctorate. Preference will be given to candidates not yet in tenure track positions, whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.

The programs of the Wolf Humanities Center are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2025-2026 academic year, our topic will be TRUTH .

The 2025-2026 Fellowship appointment is twelve months (July 1, 2025-June 30, 2026) and carries a minimum stipend of $66,300, plus a $3000 research fund and discounted single-coverage health insurance.

During their appointment, Wolf Humanities Center's Postdoctoral Fellows are required to teach one course rostered in one or more of the humanities departments or programs in Penn's College of Arts & Sciences (not the Wolf Humanities Center) and must participate in the Center's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30). Fellows also collaborate on the planning of a public symposium on the Center's annual topic, participate in professional development workshops, and are appointed a faculty mentor.

  • The PhD (and its international equivalent, such as the DPhil) is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).
  • Scholars who received or will receive their PhD (or DPhil) between May 2020 and September 2025 are eligible to apply.
  • Scholars who received or will receive their PhD from the University of Pennsylvania during our noted window of eligibility are welcome to apply.
  • The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet eligibility requirements. International scholars outside of North America are appointed under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). The Wolf Humanities Center reserves the right to revoke the offer if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.
  • Upon receiving the award, finalists who have not received their PhD must provide a letter from their department confirming that they have completed, or will complete, all requirements (i.e. dissertation defense) by June 30, 2025. A finalist’s failure to meet this deadline will result in the offer being withdrawn.
  • Fellows are required to be in residence for the term of the fellowship.

Application Instructions
To apply, please fill out the five required forms : 1.) Applicant Profile & Education, 2.) Applicant Research, 3.) Proposed Course Description, 4.) Equal Employment Opportunity, 5.) Where did you hear about this position?. Upload the three required documents: 1.) C.V., 2.) Research Plan, 3.) Writing Sample, and submit requests for 3 confidential letters of recommendation.*

All forms, documents, and letters must be uploaded and submitted by end of day November 3, 2024.

To apply, visit

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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