Mellon-Wisconsin Semester or Summer Term Fellowship - General Overview
This document provides general information about the Mellon-Wisconsin Semester & Summer Fellowships
Background: The Mellon Foundation in partnership with the State of Wisconsin provides funding to the College of Letters and Science for this initiative. The funds represent an on-going commitment to support graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School. For the last two years of the grant, the Graduate School has decided to make this a year-long fellowship competition, with three separate funding terms. Students can only receive funding for one term.
Eligibility: International and domestic students, including permanent residents and refugees, may apply for these fellowships. In addition, students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship:
1. students must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program located within the College of Letters and Science (students in MFA or DMA programs are not eligible);
2. students must be engaged in dissertation research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. If applicants are unsure about whether their research qualifies, they should consult with their research advisor;
3. students must have achieved dissertator status by the beginning of the term preceding their application for the following term; and
4. students should be in the final stages of writing their dissertations; recipients are expected to complete their dissertations within a year of completing their fellowship.
Benefits and Responsibilities: The Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowships provide one term of fellowship support (fall, or spring, or summer) to allow students to work full-time on their dissertations. While students may apply multiple times, they may receive this support only once. Fellowship recipients must enroll in three research credits while supported by the fellowship and advisors must agree to be minimally available for fellows. Tuition, segregated fees, and health insurance will be covered by the Graduate School for fellowships awarded during the fall and spring terms. For the summer term, the stipend will cover the three summer months, but students must be enrolled in the 8-week summer course; however, eligibility for summer health insurance is not provided. Because the purpose of the fellowship is to allow students to focus full-time on their dissertation preparation, additional campus employment during the fellowship period will not be permitted.
Application Timeline: Beginning Academic Year 18-19 the Mellon Wisconsin Fellowship will run as a year-round competition. At the beginning of each term, a Call for Applications is released at the start of the fall semester for spring fellowships, at the start of the spring semester for summer fellowships, and at the beginning of the summer term for fall fellowships. Detailed instructions will be provided for the application process. All completed applications are read by a review committee comprised of L&S faculty members.