Academic Job: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoc Fellows (Rice U.)

Deadline for Applications: December 01, 2017

2018-19 Rice Seminar | Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Humanities Research Center hosts yearlong residential postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at Rice, and prepare junior scholars for future faculty positions.

The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives. The most visible goal of the seminars is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminars themselves. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.

For a description of the 2018-19 Rice Seminar, Wastes: Histories and Futures, please click here.

The position is for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Fellows receive a $55,000 salary, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar, developing or continuing individual or collaborative research projects, and giving a presentation to colleagues at Rice. Fellows will also design and teach (or co-teach) a semester-long course, the topic of which will be determined in consultation with the HRC and/or appropriate department.


Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline are eligible to apply and must have received a PhD between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2018.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter, outlining applicant’s interest in the topic of the seminar

  • Two page CV

  • Research Statement (i.e., a 200 word abstract of the research project)

  • Research Proposal (i.e., a 1000 word description of the research project)

  • Course Proposal for a one-semester course for undergraduate students

  • Three letters of recommendation