2018 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

The Humanities Institute within the Luesther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden

Job type: fellowship

Application deadline: January 12, 2018


the Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is please to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration, arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients 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. Recipients are also encourage to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.

Eligibility: Current Ph.D. candidates adn 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. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participte in the Humanities Institute’s activies, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $42,000 (US dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

For more information and how to apply, please visit the website.

Posted: October 24, 2017