Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities


“Cultures in Transnational Perspective”

Call for Applications
Deadline: February 1, 2006

The division of humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, will appoint four Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for a 2-year tenure beginning in the fall of 2006. Fellows must have earned their doctoral degree no earlier than January 2000 and no later than June 2006. The Mellon Fellowship provides a stipend of $45,000 a year, standard fringe benefits, a one-time moving allowance of $1,500, plus a small research budget of $1,000. All Fellows will be housed in relevant home departments for which they teach two courses each year. They are required to be in residence and to participate in the monthly Mellon Fellows Seminars and annual Mellon Conference, as well as the on-going intellectual life of their home departments. Fellows will also write a progress report due on June 15th of each year of residence.

The Mellon program at UCLA is designed to explore the emerging field of Transnational Studies. Its aim is to broaden the study of minority cultures from its national focus to global and comparative perspectives. We seek innovative scholarship that explores minority cultures as major components of world culture and history, generated by immigrant and minority writers, artists, filmmakers, playwrights, and musicians residing in metropolitan centers across the world and thereby reshaping the canons of literature, art, and music in their respective countries. The program encourages the investigation of such patterns of encounter over several centuries in order better to understand what is distinctive about each period and in each field of research.

There is no application form. Applicants should send a cover letter, a description (no more than 1500 words) of the scholarly project relevant to the program, a CV, and three letters of recommendation by February 1, 2006, to:

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at UCLA
Royce Humanities Group
212 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The program is co-chaired by Professors Françoise Lionnet (French and Francophone Studies; Comparative Literature) and Shu-mei Shih (Asian Languages and Cultures; Comparative Literature).

For more information, please contact Cyndia Soloway via e-mail at

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006