In 2005, Brown University received a $1.16 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support two year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities, humanistically-oriented social sciences, and new fields with close ties to the humanities. The Cogut Institute has since received two renewals of this grant. The Mellon grant enables us to invite two postdoctoral fellows to Brown annually, each for a term of two (2) years. Fellowships are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years.
All Brown academic departments are eligible to submit proposals to the Cogut Institute. The Cogut Institute does not recruit postdoctoral fellows directly. Brown programs, centers, and institutes are also welcome to submit proposals jointly with Brown academic departments. Individuals may not apply to the Cogut Institute for postdoctoral fellowships. After a departmental proposal is chosen by the Cogut Institute governing board, that department recruits and hires a candidate for the position. Mellon Fellows are appointed to academic departments, where they teach one course per semester.
All fellows are affiliated with the Cogut Institute, where they participate in Institute activities as appropriate to their research. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with Brown faculty affiliated with the Institute, to participate in fellows’ seminars, lectures, and conferences, and to participate in the planning of working groups and large-scale seminars on various topics. The Institute seeks to provide a stimulating scholarly environment in which to pursue research, develop new interdisciplinary connections, and network with others. The program enriches the Brown curriculum by bringing visiting faculty working in new fields to campus and by providing students with new areas for study and research. In turn, the hosting departments are in a unique position to provide mentoring based on field expertise. It also gives recent PhDs opportunities to gain teaching experience, to develop their research and to publish as they seek permanent positions.
The Cogut Institute Governing Board reviews all departmental proposals and determines the placement of the two (2) new Fellows each year. Proposals, submitted electronically only, should include a job description (written in accordance with the Dean of Faculty requirements for faculty postings) and a one-page statement outlining how the proposed area of teaching and research fits into the intellectual goals for research and/or teaching in the department, program, center, and/or institute.
Congratulations to the following departments for their successful Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship proposals:
American Studies and the Department of English for a fellowship in Native and Indigenous literature and expressive culture;
Anthropology and the Swearer Center for a fellowship in linguistic anthropology; and
the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Africana Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for a fellowship on race, medicine and the legacies of slavery.