Call for Applications
Deadline: November 15, 2010

 The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for its postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it will provide 3 two-year postdoctoral fellowships for recent Ph.D. recipients starting on August 29, 2011. Fellows will be affiliated with a department in the College of Letters and Science, as well as the Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Center for the Humanities. They will also teach one undergraduate course per semester in one of the humanities or humanistic social science departments in the College of Letters & Science. 

The UW-Madison Mellon Postdoctoral Program builds upon interdisciplinary initiatives well established on campus to explore the question What is human?, to examine transnational circulations of culture and power throughout history on a global landscape, and to forge new ways of thinking about the digital revolution. Each year of the Mellon Postdoctoral Program will focus on a theme related to these initiatives; applicants should explain how their project relates to this theme.

The theme for 2011-13 applicants is Life.  We invite applications from scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose research reflects upon ancient to contemporary conceptions of life, including projects on vitality and vitalist philosophy; the meaning of life; the theory of biopolitics; life as the matter of art (Bioarts); theories of survival; the ends of life; biocultures; the relations between human, animal, and machinic life; the value of life, from the perspective of religion, politics, history, ethics, medicine, or law; organic and nonorganic life forms; virtual life, including work on digitality and new media; Lebensphilosophie and its legacies; the earth as living form; concepts of life and the posthuman; lived experience as a contested term; consciousness, spirit, and spirituality; normative and non-normative understandings of bodily life; vulnerability. We especially welcome work at the intersection of the humanities and life sciences; work that theorizes or historicizes the concept of life; work that involves cross-cultural and comparative perspectives; and work that challenges disciplinary or methodological boundaries. Applicants should explain how their work relates to this theme.

The stipend for Mellon postdoctoral fellows is $53,560 per academic year, with a $2,000 per year research allowance, $3,000 per year travel allowance, and a $2,500 computer allowance for the first year. Fellows are eligible for health insurance ( Application Information
o      Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 5 years past receiving their PhD.
o      Fellows must hold a PhD in a humanities discipline or in the humanistic social sciences. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to have it by September, 2011 will be asked to provide a letter from their home institution corroborating the degree award schedule.
o      Application dossiers must include:
     - Application Form: Download an application form from this website: 
     - Proposal of up to 2,000 words that incorporates an explanation of completed research (including dissertation); work in progress; research that will be conducted as a Mellon Fellow, including its relation to the Mellon theme; professional goals and plans for publication, possible undergraduate courses to be taught; and other relevant information. Include how you believe you would benefit from being at UW-Madison, including the faculty associations you would like to develop.
     - 25-page writing sample
     - Curriculum vitae
     - Three letters of reference sent directly to UW-Madison. Reference letters should be submitted electronically as PDF or Word documents sent to
o      Send all materials electronically to All materials except reference letters must be in a single MS Word or PDF document.

Deadline for applications: November 15, 2010. All materials must be submitted by this date.
Because this fellowship includes teaching, a criminal background check may be required of fellowship recipients.
Questions: Jessica Courtier, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator, or 608.516.8109 



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