Center for Humanities seeks postdoctoral, graduate fellowship applications

Washington University graduate students from all fields in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship and two graduate student dissertation fellowships, awarded to WUSTL’s Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars program.

The fellowships are offered in conjunction with the Center for the Humanities’ yearlong Mellon Sawyer Seminar project, “How Deep Is the Ocean: The Rise and Fall of Jazz as Popular Music.”

Applicants from the fields of African-American studies, American studies, cultural studies, sociology, ethnomusicology, history, English, women and gender studies, film and media studies, psychology and education are encouraged to apply. All applicants, however, will be considered.

Those applying for the postdoctoral fellowship must submit an application, a research project proposal, writing samples, a one-page prospectus of a new course, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

The postdoctoral fellow will take an active role in the seminar’s organization as part of the steering committee and will teach one course or seminar on an interdisciplinary aspect of popular music and its relationship to jazz. The fellow will participate in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar’s sessions and intellectual program.

Candidates must have received their doctoral degree between Jan. 1, 2005, and June 30, 2008. The fellow must be in residence at WUSTL during the term of the appointment, May 31, 2009, to May 31, 2010. The stipend is $40,000 plus benefits, including a moving allowance, medical insurance and research support.

Students applying for the dissertation fellowships must provide a two-page summary of their dissertation, including an outline of chapters. They also must explain how their dissertation relates to the subject of the seminar, how they envision their role in the seminar and how the seminar will contribute to their dissertation. Three letters of recommendation are required. The stipend for the dissertation fellowship is $20,000.

The application deadline for the fellowships is Feb. 15. Awards will be announced April 1.

For more information, contact Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, at 935-5576 or at