Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellows enrich Brown University's curriculum and research culture by bringing to campus expertise in new fields. In turn, Postdoctoral Fellows have the opportunity to gain additional teaching experience and develop their research while seeking permanent positions. Since 2005, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds the recruitment of two postdoctoral fellows annually. Brown University also recruits four Postdoctoral Fellows in International Humanities every two years.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to departments or combinations of departments/programs emphasizing one of two priorities:

  1. The need for instruction in a traditional field not adequately covered by the relevant department or combination of department(s)/program(s)
  2. The case for an appointment in a new or experimental area that may constitute a position description for a future faculty search

A list of present and past awards is available.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in International Humanities may also be defined in one of these ways. In International Humanities searches, the recruitment of fellows from outside North America is strongly encouraged. A list of present and past awards is available.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows in International Humanities are scholars who have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown University within the last five years and pursue work in the humanities, the humanistically-oriented social sciences, and new fields with close ties to the humanities. They are appointed to academic departments, where they teach one course per semester. They are also affiliated with the Cogut Institute where they participate in a weekly seminar with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate fellows. The Institute seeks to provide a stimulating scholarly environment in which to pursue research, develop new interdisciplinary connections, and network with others. Fellows join lectures and conferences as appropriate to their research and may play a role in the planning of working groups and events.


All Brown University academic departments are eligible to submit proposals to the Cogut Institute. Brown University programs, centers, and institutes are also welcome to submit proposals jointly with academic departments. After a departmental proposal is chosen by the Cogut Institute governing board, that department recruits and hires a candidate for the position. Individuals may not apply to the Cogut Institute for postdoctoral fellowships: the Institute does not recruit postdoctoral fellows directly.


The Institute calls for departmental applications every year for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships and every other year for the Postdoctoral Fellowships in International Humanities. Applications from academic departments and partner units for Postdoctoral Fellowship positions open on Wednesday, September 16, and close on Tuesday, October 20. Proposals should be submitted using this form (you must be logged into your Brown University email account) and should include:

  1. 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 
  2. A job posting as it would appear on Interfolio, written in accordance with the Dean of Faculty requirements for faculty postings

The Cogut Institute Governing Board reviews all departmental proposals.