IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Humanities

Deadline: 30 October 2017
Open to: Ph.D in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2015 and no later than July 31, 2018
Scholarship: USD 56,650 annual stipend, a USD 5,000 research account, a modest moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package


Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The IPRH–Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities will spend their two-year terms in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will participate in all activities of the Mellon Environmental Humanities research group, as led by the IPRH–Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. The Fellows will pursue an individual research project in an area of the environmental humanities; participate in a seminar and programs focused on the methods and challenges of interdisciplinary work in the environmental humanities; work together on a collaborative, public-facing project in the field; and work with the research group to develop the outline for an Environmental Humanities curriculum. Each fellow will be required to teach one of the courses developed in the second year of the fellowship term.

This search for Mellon Fellows is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of Environmental Humanities. Special consideration will be given to scholars whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.


Applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2015 and no later than July 31, 2018. Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible (visiting, non-tenure-line assistant professors are eligible); lecturers with indefinite appointments that renew (rather than terminate after a fixed term) are ineligible. PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted. Please note that these are external fellowships; current full- and part-time faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as scholars who received their doctorates from the Urbana campus, are not eligible for these awards. Scholars who cannot legitimately anticipate the conferral of their degrees by July 31, 2018, should not apply.


The appointment will begin on August 16, 2018, and the successful applicants must be on the Illinois campus by that date for employment processing and orientation. The Post-Doctoral Fellows will be required to live within 20 miles of Champaign-Urbana during the academic years of the appointment.

The fellowship carries a USD 56,650 annual stipend, a USD 5,000 research account, a modest moving allowance, and a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply?

Applications must be submitted online at the Application Portal.

Applicants must upload the following application materials through the online system:

  • A one-page abstract, with current project title (250-300 words)
  • A detailed narrative statement (2,000 words)
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 10 pages)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation to be uploaded by the applicant’s referees.

For more information please visit the official page.

Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to Nancy Castro at [email protected]

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