2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

The Humanities Institute, LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 10, 2016

The Humanities Institute, a division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2016 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers.  Candidates are invited to submit an application for a project that would expand the Garden’s role in humanities scholarship.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; botanical and environmental history, philosophy and policy; urban design and urban social history; cultural anthropology; and botanical exploration and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Archives should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. We are especially interested in combining knowledge from fields within the arts and sciences to promote new thought about the history of botany, and landscape and garden design, and forward new solutions for modern society’s relationship with the built environment. The recipient will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape and greenhouses of the New York Botanical Garden.


Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center.  For non-US citizens, a J-1 Visa is required for the term of the fellowship appointment.  Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of fellowship: nine months (tenure can be activated as early as May 1, 2016, and no later than September 1, 2016).

Annual Stipend awarded: $42,000, plus health benefits

Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their research and also participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, exhibitions, and various lectures in other Departments Campus-wide, and give a presentation about their own research.

How to apply:

The application must be submitted as a single documentMicrosoft Word or PDF file—to: HIfellows@nybg.org

Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org.

All applications will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt.  If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers at vsellers@nybg.org.

Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project Proposal, including a 2-3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to the larger field of studies related to the environmental humanities.
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders.
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation is March 10, 2016.
  • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by March 10, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.  Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants.  Awards will be announced by March 31, 2016.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their one-year plan—including their schedule for residence in New York/the New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows:  Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows:  A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship stipend.

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at nybg.org/education/mertz-library/humanities.

Posted: February 15, 2016