Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residences that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority. To apply for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships, the Cornell University graduate students in the humanities who are working on topics related to the year’s focal theme are invited. The Society invites scholars to explore the ‘ends of authority,’ understood as its purposes, goals, and ideals as well as its limitations, aporias, and paradoxes. Applicants could investigate the rise of authoritarianism across different historical and political or religious contexts, exploring its conditions, its appeal, and its critiques. Through the program, fellows will receive a $26,000 stipend and health insurance. The fellowship program includes a College of Arts & Sciences graduate tuition waiver.

Cornell’s Society for the Humanities was established in 1966 as one of the first humanities institutes in North America. The Society is proud to sponsor numerous internal grants, workshops, and funding opportunities for Cornell faculty and graduate students in the Humanities as well as hosting over 100 annual lectures, workshops, colloquia, and conferences organized by Cornell’s distinguished humanities faculty.


  • Cornell University graduate students in the humanities who are working on topics related to the year’s focal theme are invited to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed the A exam and all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation before the application deadline

How to Apply:

To apply for the graduate fellowship, the applicant must submit all the following materials in a single PDF in the order below with the subject line “GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION_Last Name”.

  • A cover page with:
    • Full name and net ID
    • Home department
    • Proposed project title
    • Recommenders’ names and emails
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A one-page dissertation abstract (up to 300 words)
  • A detailed statement of the research project the applicant will pursue during the fellowship year (1,000 – 2,000 words)
  • A Cornell University e-transcript (for instructions, visit
  • A scholarly writing sample (published or unpublished) that is no more than 35 pages long
  • Sent under separate cover: Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s research proposal. (Ask referees to send their letters directly to

Submitting Details:

The required application materials must be emailed to Emily Parsons at

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The Fellowship includes a College of Arts & Sciences graduate tuition waiver, a $26,000 stipend, and health insurance.
  • The two Graduate Fellows will share an office at the A.D. White House during the academic year.
  • Graduate Fellows will be invited to all events at the Society for the Humanities.
  • Awards will be restricted to students who are entering their 4th, 5th or 6th year of study at the time the Fellowship begins.

Application Deadline:

November 1, 2017, is the application deadline. Awards will be announced by the end of December 2017.

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Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact by phone: 607-255-9274 or email:

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