Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors


THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES at the Institute for Advanced Study, with the support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, established a program of one year memberships for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. While at the Institute they will be expected to engage exclusively in scholarly research and writing.

The School supports approximately three scholars each year under the auspices of the Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors. Appointments are for one academic year from September 1st until July 31st, and will carry all the privileges of Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study. The stipend will normally match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution at the time of application, but the amount offered will be adjusted in the event the scholar receives simultaneous support from other sources.


To be considered, assistant professors must be working on projects in areas represented in the School of Historical Studies, and should preferably have gone beyond revising the dissertation. The School is interested in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of Western, Near Eastern and Far Eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, and the history of science. 

To be eligible, scholars must currently hold the title “Assistant Professor” (not including the title “Visiting Assistant Professor”) at a college or university in the U.S. or Canada and as of the application deadline the scholar must be no more than 6 years beyond the date of the Ph.D. Scholars must also be able to return to their current institution after the fellowship.

To Apply:

Click here for instructions for submitting the application online. As part of the selection process short-listed applicants will be invited to participate in a video interview on Friday, January 24, 2025. 


Applicants who are eligible for the Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors are encouraged to apply simultaneously in the regular membership competition. The application for the two programs is the same, and to be considered for both, applicants need only mark both programs on the application form.