Two Mellon Fellowships

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

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 15, 2015

The Humanities Institute, a division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, announces an inaugural fellowship program. The Institute is pleased to offer two Mellon Fellowships for the year 2015 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Potential fellows are invited to submit an application for a project Fellowship 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, environmental history and policy, urban design and urban social history, and cultural anthropology, exploration, botanical illustration and book-arts with a primary focus on areas that connect the built and natural landscape to the human experience. Specific collections in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and Archives could 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, landscape and garden design, and forward new solutions for modern society’s relationship with the built environment.

Participants will be given full access to the 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 of the Garden.

Current graduate students (PhD candidates) and post-doctoral researchers, who like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center are eligible for the nine to twelve month fellowship .Fellows are expected to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, exhibitions, and various lectures in other Departments Campus-wide, and give a short presentation about their own research.

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Posted: November 26, 2014