Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University

  • Award Period: Academic year 2024-2025
  • Application Deadline: 2 October 2023 11:45 PM EDT

The Society of Fellows brings together early career scholars engaged in innovative scholarship to be part of a cross-disciplinary community. The Society offers one-year fellowships, renewable for up to two additional years, to support teaching, research, and professional development, in part through its lecture series, manuscript workshops, and opportunities to organize conferences and other public events.

The Society of Fellows is committed to assembling a diverse and inclusive academic community. Toward this end, we especially encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and those whose interests contribute to realizing this goal.


Fellows are appointed as Postdoctoral Research Scholars (Mellon Fellows) in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University and as Lecturers in appropriate departments, centers, and institutes at Columbia University (see list of participating Departments, Centers, and Institutes below). This one-year fellowship is renewable for a second and a third year. In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program: Contemporary Civilization. Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, or Global Core. Courses in the Global Core typically explore the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East in an historical context. For more information on Columbia’s Core Curriculum please visit The second course may be a departmental course, the design of which will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s academic department. In the second and third years, Fellows teach one course per year, leaving one semester free of teaching responsibilities. The courses taught in the second and third years of the fellowship may be departmental courses or Core courses as described above; however, at least two of the four courses taught over the three Fellowship years must be in the Core.


The Application Form can be accessed at Before you can proceed to the application form itself and detailed application instructions, you must register as a new user on the landing page. Please follow the instructions carefully, noting that the deadline for submission is Monday, 2 October 2023. A select number of candidates will be invited to interview in January 2024. Fellowship decisions will be announced by early March 2024.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


PhD (or disciplinary equivalent) in the humanities or humanistic social sciences received within the past four years and completed by the fellowship start date. For the current application cycle, the PhD must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2024.

Departments, Centers, and Institutes

  • African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History & Archaeology
  • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
  • Classics
  • East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • English & Comparative Literature
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Germanic Languages
  • History
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender
  • Italian
  • Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Slavic Languages
  • Sociology

General Instructions

The application consists of the following:

  1. Application. Complete and submit the Application. Please note that the Application must be submitted by the deadline in order for the submission to receive consideration. In addition to your personal information, the Application requires submission of Microsoft Word or PDF files containing your curriculum vitae, a research project proposal (no more than 1,500 words), a writing sample (no more than 3,500 words; footnotes and bibliography, which do not count in the word limit, may be appended), and a two-page undergraduate course syllabus of your own design.

  2. TWO letters of recommendation. In order for your recommenders to be alerted to your request for their recommendations, you must enter their names and emails. You can do so by clicking the “Add Recommender” button found under “Reference Letters” in the Side Menu. You should do so far ahead of the application deadline (2 October 2023) so that they have sufficient time to submit letters on your behalf. Recommenders will receive automated notification of your request and instructions for submitting their recommendations once you have added them via the “Add Recommender” button. Please be sure to follow up with your recommenders, as spam filters can interfere with the delivery of automated emails. You can check the status of recommendation submissions and re-send the automated notification to your recommenders by logging into your application account.

Please Note: We do not accept recommendations delivered via dossier services (e.g. Interfolio).

Applications must be submitted by Monday, 2 October 2023 11:45 PM EST. There are no exceptions or extensions to this deadline.

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust.
Andrew W. Mellon FoundationThe William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust