Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Below is a list of post-doctoral fellowships. Dissertation fellowships provide graduate students with time to complete their manuscripts. Post-doctoral fellowships provide a similar opportunity for people who have recently earned their PhD. In some cases, however, postdoctoral fellowships entail teaching or other duties. Each is administered separately and independent of UIC. Any questions should be directed to the administering institution. 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Submit an application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany. ‚Äč

American Council of Learned Societies Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
ACLS invites applications for the annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2016. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at UF
Founded in 2005 and launched in 2009, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida is directed by Bonnie Effros, Rothman Chair and Professor of History. The Center has three interrelated purposes:

  • to facilitate and promote the research programs of humanities scholars* at UF
  • to provide an intellectual space and a physical location within the University and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for critical and collaborative discussions of the humanities that reach across and beyond individual disciplines, and
  • to provide a place for outreach to the community in which we live and teach.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Woodrow Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of voluntary marriage migration, women’s role in African-American adult literacy, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.

Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
Fellows include scholars from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties.  The fellowships are held for one academic year.  Each Society Fellow will receive $45,000.  Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an additional $2000 to assist with travel costs. Deadline is announced annually, usually mid-Fall term.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research. The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Deadline is usually end of January.

Dartmouth Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for one  postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the 2011-2013 academic years. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields. Deadline is usually October 1.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausach Dienst (DAAD)
See DAAD’s great list of research funding opportunities in Germany and Europe:

The Getty -- Research Grants for Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute's annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Deadline to apply is announced annually, usually early-Fall term.

The John W. Kluge Center Fellowships, Library of Congress
The John W. Kluge Center accommodates up to two dozen post-doctoral Fellows pursuing resident research, usually for periods from six to twelve months. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural topics of a kind normally not encouraged in specialized departmental settings are welcome. Selection of a diverse group of Fellows is by various competitions. Post-doctoral Fellows have an opportunity to discuss their research with the Kluge Scholars and to explore possibilities for intellectual collaboration with other Fellows. Deadline is usually mid-July.

Princeton University, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Postdoctoral (Cotsen) Fellows are appointed for three-year terms to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic department, in the Program in Humanistic Studies, or in other university programs.

Smithsonian Opportunity for Research and Study (SORS)
Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships -- These fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Applicants must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, must have completed at least one semester, and must not yet have been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program.
Predoctoral Fellowships -- These fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months. Applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree, and must be engaged in dissertation research. In addition, candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct their doctoral research at the Smithsonian.

Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships -- Postdoctoral Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for more than seven years as of the application deadline. Applications for senior fellowships may be made up to eighteen months in advance. Stipends for senior fellowships are the same as for the postdoctoral program, but the Smithsonian's stipend may be matched by other sources of funding such as a sabbatical salary.

Wesleyan University, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Fellowship Program

Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree after June 2007 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences - broadly conceived - are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Wesleyan University.  The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D.'s with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.