Mellon Wisconsin and Chancellor's Fellowships

The Mellon Foundation in partnership with the State of Wisconsin has provided funding for 8 summer fellowships for PhD candidates with dissertator status in the College of Letters and Science in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Chancellor has provided funding for an additional 19 fellowships for PhD, MFA, and DMA candidates with dissertator status in the Arts and Humanities. These fellowship competitions are administered jointly by the Graduate School’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in a PhD, MFA or DMA program in the College of Letters and Science
  • Have dissertator status by the beginning of Spring 2021
  • Dissertation research is in the arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences
  • In the final stages of writing your dissertation (Fellowship recipients are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of Summer 2022)

How to Apply

  • Information requested in the online application
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor
  • Your CV in PDF format.
    The online application system allows you to save your application and complete it at any time before the deadline.

Awardees will receive a total stipend of $7,635 ($2,545/month) over the course of the summer term (June 1 – August 31, 2021), in addition to having all tuition and required fees covered. These fellowships on their own do not provide health insurance eligibility during the summer term. If you have university funding that provides health insurance benefits in the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 terms, you may qualify for health benefits over the summer.

Fellowship winners must enroll for three research credits in the summer term. As 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

Contact Information
If you have any questions about this fellowship opportunity, please contact Nathaniel Haack at

The Graduate School
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your PhD, DMA, or MFA program?
  2. Is your PhD program in the Arts, Humanities, or Humanistic Social Sciences?
  3. If your graduate program is not in the arts or humanities please describe how your reseach is related to the humanistic social sciences (if you are unsure if your research qualifies, please consult with your research advisor)
  4. What is the title of your dissertation?
  5. Please provide an abstract of your dissertation (limit: 250 words).
  6. Please describe your need for this fellowship support (limit: 250 words).
  7. What is the timeline for completion of your dissertation, including the number of chapters you have completed (if applicable) and when you expect to complete various dissertation milestones (limit: 250 words).
  8. Anticipated graduation date
  9. Please upload your current CV/Resume
  10. Please submit the name and email address of your faculty advisor. When you save this application an email will be sent with a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation.
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