The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The American Philosophical Society (APS) is inviting applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship Program. The student who are recent PhDs in the fields of history of science, 18th- or 19th-century American history, art history, museology, or any other related humanities disciplines are eligible. Aim of the program is to provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s library and museum.The fellowship will award up to $45,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation.

The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.


Candidate must be eligible of the following:

  • PhD in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. 18th- and 19th-century American history, the history of science, and the history of art often relate most closely to exhibition content
  • However, the museum’s approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome
  • Applicants must have PhD in hand by June 30, 2017
  • Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences.
  • Comfort with working collaboratively
  • Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections
  • Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly
  • Project-oriented organizational skills

How to Apply:

To be applying, candidate must be submit:

Supporting Documents:

  • Cover letter stating interest in exploring curatorial work.
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae, with items listed within categories in reverse chronological order (include external support received during graduate study, fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, tuition grants, etc.)
  • Statement of current research interests (no more than 1,500 words).
  • This statement should include a description of a potential research project during the Fellowship, preferably one related to the APS collections or programs.
  • Excerpt(s) from dissertation or thesis (no more than 5,000 words). An excerpt from a working draft is acceptable.
  • Example of non-scholarly writing, if available.
  • A letter from a Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) confirming that the applicant will complete their PhD by June 30, 2017.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

This two-year Fellowship’s Compensation is $45,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is November 28, 2016.

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