Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Collaborative Humanities

The Cogut Institute, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers fellowships to students participating in or planning to participate in the Doctoral Certificate in Collaborative Humanities. Mellon Collaborative Humanities Fellowships relieve students from all teaching duties in their home department. Students already scheduled for a fellowship year, with approval of the student's program, may defer that fellowship and be relieved of teaching duties in a later year. The fellowship does not extend the student's funding clock. It includes a $1,000 research and travel award.

The Doctoral Certificate in Collaborative Humanities promotes interactive forms of cross-disciplinary work oriented toward the most challenging questions facing humanities research today. Collaboration is built through research practices dedicated to thinking together across disciplines and geographical locations. Participants pursue these forms of inquiry through teaching models and student practices that experiment with group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers, and other forms of intellectual partnership. Read more about the Collaborative Humanities Initiative and the Mellon Graduate Fellows in Collaborative Humanities.


The fellowship is open to Brown University students pursuing doctorates in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. Students currently in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of their doctoral program may apply whether or not they have started the sequence of collaborative seminars and have formally enrolled in the certificate program. Students hold the fellowship in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of their doctoral program.


Applications are closed at the moment. Information about the 2020–2021 application cycle is forthcoming. To apply, please submit:

  1. The Doctoral Certificate application through UFunds including your statement of purpose, completion timeline, C.V., and letters of support. Fellowship recipients will be asked to provide the project description at a later time.
  2. A writing sample of 10 to 25 pages via the fellowship application form (You must be logged into your Brown University email account to access the form).

Applications are reviewed by the governing board of the Cogut Institute. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Questions? Please contact Damien Mahiet, Associate Director.