Call for Applications: Mellon Environmental Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications from advanced doctoral students in the School of Arts & Sciences for a one-year Mellon Environmental Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship. We seek applicants whose research, teaching, and public engagements support and complement PPEH’s core commitments:

  • broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative research on the environment across the arts and sciences

  • arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts

  • public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns

  • the creation and growth of living archives via practices of urgent collection

Applicants must be enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and defend their dissertation during the 2020–2021 academic year to be eligible.


Beginning in Summer 2020, the selected Graduate Fellow will receive 12 months of support covering tuition, fees, and summer research funds. The summer portion of the fellowship will enable the student to practice public engagement with their work. The Graduate Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research agenda as well as actively participate in PPEH’s ongoing projects and initiatives, in Philadelphia and beyond.  


Application Materials: 

  • 1500-word Research Statement in which the candidate describes how their dissertation project intersects with the environmental humanities and addresses how their work  fosters collaboration across disciplines

  • CV

  • 500-word Public Engagement Statement about how their project might build wider public engagements in and through the environmental humanities

  • Letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. advisor or graduate chair, which also confirms a dissertation completion timeline


Submission Instructions:

  • Application materials must be collated into a single PDF and emailed by March 1, 2020 to

  • Letter of recommendation can be sent directly from faculty advisor/chair under separate cover.


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