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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

Frequently asked questions

*** Please note that the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships will not be offered next year ***

Competition 2019

Two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships will be offered to promising young scholars in the Humanities for the academic year 2019-2020. The Fellowship is a two-year (maximum) appointment, non-renewable. The Fellowship consists of the following remunerations:

  • Annual salary of $52,000 CAD
  • Enrollment in the McGill University employee benefits program
  • Annual research allowance of $8,500
  • Annual allowance to invite a visiting speaker up to $2,500
  • One-time relocation allowance expenses of $1,000

Fellows may be considered for teaching one course per year during the tenure of their Fellowship, contingent upon availability. Those who teach will be paid an additional teaching salary of approximately $8,220 per course.Fellows are provided with office space by their host department.

Position title

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher


Conduct active research in their field of expertise while in residence at McGill University, with the goal of obtaining an academic position.

Work schedule/hours

35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Start/end dates

August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021 (2 years maximum; non-renewable)


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2019 (inclusive); Applicants who have not yet received their PhD degree at the time of application must include in their application a letter from their Department Chair specifying the date of their doctoral thesis defense.
  • Must propose a research project based in the Humanities (interdisciplinary applications are welcome).

The Fellowship offer will be withdrawn if a successful applicant does not complete all degree requirements for the PhD by June 1, 2019.

Eligible departments (location of work)

Anthropology (Humanities-based research only) 

Islamic Studies

Art History and Communication Studies

Jewish Studies

East Asian Studies 

Languages, Literatures and Cultures



Langue et littérature françaises

Political Science (Political Theory only)

History and Classical Studies

Religious Studies

To apply

Applicants must secure support from a full-time McGill faculty member in one of the eligible departments listed above, who will act as their immediate supervisor during their Fellowship tenure. An application must include a letter from the faculty member indicating a clear commitment to act as the applicant’s supervisor. Please note that each supervisor may sponsor only one candidate.

Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online (AJO) by Monday, November 26, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University and the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. However, only the applicants selected for the Fellowship will be contacted.

Application materials required:

  1. A one-page research statement detailing the proposed project
  2. A full curriculum vitae
  3. A copy of all university graduate transcripts (to be uploaded by the applicant); McGill may request that official transcripts be sent at a later date
  4. A copy of your doctoral diploma, or a letter from your Department Chair specifying the date of your PhD defense
  5. A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages (an extract from your PhD thesis, a published work, or a draft of a work in progress)
  6. Two letters of recommendation (to be uploaded by the referees)
  7. A letter of support from your proposed supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at McGill (to be uploaded by the supervisor); Please include your proposed McGill supervisor in your list of referees on AJO. The supervisor is in addition to the two other referees.

For more information, contact Nozomi Kanekatsu at adr.arts [at]

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Posting period: November 1, 2018 – November 26, 2018