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The Humanities Center offers residential fellowships to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages, giving them the opportunity to pursue their work in a supportive intellectual community.

Fellowships for External Faculty

External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars. Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. Awards are made from an applicant pool of approximately 350.

Fellowships for Stanford Faculty

Internal Faculty Fellowships are intended primarily for active Stanford Academic Council faculty, but lecturers and senior lecturers with continuing appointments and emeriti faculty may also apply. One goal of the fellowship selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars across the spectrum of academic fields and ranks. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities

The Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities brings outstanding younger scholars (within three years of the PhD) to Stanford on two-year fellowships (with the possibility of a third). Fellows enjoy substantial time to pursue research, teach two courses per year in an affiliated Stanford Department, and participate in an active program of scholarly exchanges with other fellows, Stanford faculty, and outside visitors.

Each fellow is affiliated with a Stanford humanities department, which arranges teaching and office space. This complements the Fellowship’s cross-disciplinary community by promoting fellows’ full engagement in the activities of their home disciplines here at Stanford. Mellon Fellows are also full participants in the intellectual life at the Stanford Humanities Center. Fellows will have the opportunity to be active in the Humanities Center's programs and workshops.

The Mellon program aims to foster fellows’ careers through close engagement with established scholars, including Stanford faculty associated with the program, internal and visiting fellows at the Stanford Humanities Center. The Fellowship invites major figures in the humanities to present public lectures and participate in small group sessions with the fellows, and the fellows gather throughout the year, to present their research to one another and for professional development workshops devoted to pedagogy, publishing, and mentoring.

Stanford departments have hosted Mellon Fellows for over thirty years, based on a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the 1970s. In 2001, the fellowships were brought together into a coherent program under the leadership of Seth Lerer. Lerer developed the program into a genuine community of scholars, fostering intense dialogue across disciplines based primarily on regular and close engagement by the fellows with one another’s work. 

The Mellon Fellowship is currently directed by Adrian Daub, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies.

Fellowships for Stanford Graduate Students

The Stanford Humanities Center awards three highly selective fellowships for Stanford doctoral students in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences: the SHC Dissertation Prize Fellowship; the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Sciences); and the SHC Career Launch Fellowship.

The SHC Dissertation Prize and Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship are awarded to advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations. SHC Dissertation Prize fellows are required to spend the year in residence at the Humanities Center. Mellon dissertation fellowships have no residency requirement. Students submit one application to be considered for one or both of these two fellowships. (For information on the Humanities Lieberman award, please see the Humanities and Sciences' funding resources page.) The application cycle for these fellowships opens in August each year, with a deadline in early January.

For more information and to apply, please see the SHC Dissertation Prize and Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship application page.

The SHC Career Launch Fellowship (inaugural cohort 2021-22) supports Stanford graduate students in year 7 or above whose work demonstrates accomplished work of the highest distinction and the promise of future achievement. These fellowships are intended to serve as a bridge between the end of the university’s formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship or faculty position. In addition to completing the dissertation, fellows pursue professional development part-time during one quarter (e.g., teach a course connected to the fellow’s research profile, develop skills in the digital humanities, engage closely with a public humanities initiative, or another endeavor of the fellow’s choosing). The application cycle for these fellowships takes place in the spring quarter; for the 2021-22 fellowship year, applications will open on April 15, 2021 and close on May 20, 2021.

For more information and to apply, please see the SHC Career Launch Fellowship application page.

Fellowships for Stanford Undergraduate Students

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the eighth year of awarding Hume Humanities Honors Fellowships. Each year, eight seniors to ten are selected for the Hume Humanities Honors fellowship. Seniors should be in a humanities discipline and writing an honors thesis. Students are nominated by faculty advisors, and selected by a Stanford Humanities Center committee early in the fall quarter.

Hume Humanities Honors fellows receive a stipend of $1,500 for research project materials, have an individual desk in the Humanities Center undergraduate office, and participate in a variety of specially-tailored group activities throughout the year. 

In the stimulating scholarly environment of the Humanities Center, undergraduate fellows benefit from a year-long association as a cohort, as well as with graduate student and faculty fellows in residence. These intensive intellectual interactions are meant to enable the students to deepen their scholarly focus and expose them to advanced and inspiring research in the humanities. 

These fellowships are made possible by gifts from George H. Hume and Leslie P. Hume.

For more information about this program, please contact Jenny Martinez by email or at (650) 723-3054.

Fellowships for International Visitors

Each year, the Stanford Humanities Center brings high profile international scholars to Stanford for short-term residencies. Stanford departments, programs, and research centers and institutes are each eligible to nominate one candidate for consideration for a residency. During their stay, the international scholars are asked to share their research through a series of presentations, and engage with faculty and students to develop ongoing intellectual collaborations. Often, these experts are working in similar fields or on complementary projects to their campus counterparts. A selection committee made up of faculty and administrators from Stanford’s humanities and social science disciplines appoints approximately six scholars per year to come to Stanford. Visitors are chosen for their ability to expose the campus to new and relevant research agendas or geographic regions, and the likelihood that the residency will result in lasting scholarly contributions. For insight into the kind of work scholars undertake while at the Humanities Center, please see the Q&As with former international visitors.