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A. W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to support exceptionally promising students as they pursue advanced study in the disciplines of the humanities. The Mellon Fellowship is a competitive award for first-year doctoral students only and cannot be deferred. Mellon Fellows are expected to carry a full course load during the nine-month academic year of the fellowship. Summer study is not included. Fellows may not accept supplementary awards or employment, including teaching assistantships. Fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. Each year, approximately 85 fellowships are available. The fellowship covers full graduate tuition and required fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a one-year stipend of $17,500.

(Note: Many institutions are willing to defer their graduate support to allow students to accept a Mellon Fellowship for their first year of study. Winners should consult the graduate schools where they are applying to determine each institution’s policy.)

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are funded by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. There have been over 2,000 fellowships awarded since the competition began in 1982. Former Mellon Fellows are now teachers and scholars at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.


In order to be eligible to apply for a Mellon Fellowship:
You must be a college senior or college graduate applying for graduate school admission, in accordance with normal procedures, for a Ph.D. program. Your Ph.D. program should begin in September 2005.
Your intended discipline must be in the traditional humanities. See our list of eligible fields.
You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Holders of Master’s degrees are NOT eligible, unless the Master’s program was terminal (meaning there is no Ph.D. program offered at the institution), or when the Master’s program is in a substantially different field than the intended Ph.D. program. All masters degrees from international universities are considered terminal. Joint BA/MAs are allowed.


GRE Test Deadline - November 3rd, 2004 (suggested):
Official scores from the general test of the GRE are required, and take at least 2 weeks to reach our office. We recommend taking GREs as early as possible to ensure that scores arrive before our deadline. Scores can be from a computer-based or written test, but must have been taken within the past five years. For computer-based testing, call Sylvan Centers at 1-800-GRE-CALL. For written testing, call 1-609-771-7670. Results should be directed to Institution Code 1491, Mellon Fellowships.

Application Request Deadline - November 12th, 2004 (no exceptions):
Requests for an application must be placed through our website, since a brief prescreening is involved. Mellon Competition Staff will review each request to determine eligibility before the URL address for our secure online application will be sent. If you have any difficulties with our request form, please contact Mellon Competition Staff at or at 1-800-899-9963 x127 or x301.

Completed Application RECEIPT Deadline - December 1st, 2004 (no exceptions):
All application materials, including GRE scores, recommendations, statement, writing sample, and transcripts must be RECEIVED by December 1st, 2004

For further, more complete application and program information, students are directed to the website at

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