Mellon Wisconsin Semester or Summer Fellowship Application

The Mellon Foundation in partnership with the State of Wisconsin provides funding to the College of Letters and Science for this initiative. The funds represent an ongoing commitment to support graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School.

  • NOTE: Due to the end of funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Graduate School expects this to be the last term in which we will accept applications for this fellowship. Applicants may indicate a preference to use the fellowship in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 in the application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program located within the College of Letters and Science (students in MFA or DMA programs are not eligible);
  • Be engaged in dissertation research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences;
  • Have achieved dissertator status by the beginning of the term in which you will hold the fellowship (i.e., Fall 2019 to hold in Spring 2020 or Spring 2020 to hold in Summer 2020); and
  • Be in the final stages of writing their dissertations (Fellowship recipients are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of the term one year after holding the fellowship)

How to Apply
A completed application includes:

  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor (do not wait until the last minute to request this letter!);
  • Information requested in the online application; and
  • A PDF file of your CV. The online application system allows you to start your application and return to update at any time before the deadline.

Benefits and Responsibilities
Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowship awardees will receive a total stipend of $2,460/month, in addition to having all tuition and required fees covered. Spring 2020 fellowships provide eligibility for health insurance during the fellowship period, while Summer 2020 fellowships do not provide health insurance eligibility.

Award Information
The Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowships provide fellowship support for one semester (fall or spring), or the summer term to allow students to work full-time on their dissertations. While students may apply multiple times, they may receive this support only once.

Conditions of Award
Fellowship winners must enroll for three research credits during the semester and summer term, and advisors must agree to be minimally available for fellows. Summer tuition and segregated fees will be covered by the Graduate School; however, eligibility for health insurance is not provided over the summer term. Because the purpose of the fellowship award is to allow students to focus full-time on their dissertation preparation, additional campus employment during the fellowship period will not be permitted

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Is your PhD program located within the College of Letters & Science? Note: students enrolled in MFA or DMA programs are not eligible to apply.
  2. Name of advisor or the person writing your letter of recommendation.
  3. Please submit the name and email address of your recommender for the Mellon Wisconsin Fellowship.
  4. What is the title of your dissertation?
  5. Please provide an abstract of your dissertation (limit: 250 words).
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