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Fellowship Competition

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About the Fellowship Competition

Quick facts

Eligibility: Newly appointed fellows must have received the Ph.D. between January 1, 1999, and July 1, 2005.

Application Due Date: October 1, 2004

Fellowship duties: Research on project that is the focus of the application, teaching duties in the Core Curriculum, attendance at Society of Fellows lectures and events and Core Curriculum training meetings, active participation in the intellectual life of the Society.

Stipend: $50,000 plus full fringe benefits. Each fellow is eligible for an additional $3,000 in research aid.

Housing: Fellows may apply for Columbia University housing.

Mellon Fellowships

One year appointment at a rank equivalent to that of lecturer. The appointment may be renewed for a second year. As Mellon Fellows, successful candidates teach a section of Columbia University's famous core courses: Contemporary Civilization, Literature, Music, or Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations or Humanities. In their second year, Mellon fellows may teach an additional one-semester course on a topic of their choice.

Application Time-Table

  • Application deadline: October 1, 2004
  • Acknowledgement of receipt.
  • It's your responsibility to ensure that all your materials reach us by the due date.

  • Interview
  • Invitations issued in late December or early January.

  • Fellowship decisions announced in the spring of 2005.
  • All information supplied by the candidate and evaluative comments are kept confidential.

    Contact Information:

    Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.


    Fellowship application materials can be downloaded below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. If you have further questions about the fellowship not addressed in the Information Sheet below, please contact Judy Huyck via telephone at (212) 854-4631, fax at (212) 854-4069, or you can email us,

    Postal Address
    The Society of Fellows in the Humanities
    Columbia University
    Heyman Center
    Mail Code 5700
    2960 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027

    All application materials for the 2005–2006 Fellowship must be postmarked by October 1, 2004.

    Please download the following four files, which together constitute the complete Fellowship application packet.

    Fellowship Announcement 2005–2006

    Instruction Sheet


    Letter of Reference

    You will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the following files.


    Print off this page and check off each item as you put it in the envelope. Remember, the Society of Fellows staff will not be able to contact you individually regarding missing sections of your application. It is your responsibility to check with us to confirm that your referees have sent in their letters on time.

  • Application Form
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Application fee (check drawn in U.S. dollars, made out to Columbia University)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Project Description (not more than 1,500 words)
  • Three Letters of Reference

  • Society of Fellows, Columbia University
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