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Founded in 1976, with the financial support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University ranks as one of the first and most prestigious of postdoctoral fellowship programs. Over the years, it has supported the research of over 160 Fellows in a variety of humanistic disciplines—from literature, art history, and music to anthropology, history, philosophy, and political theory—whose scholarship has garnered numerous book prizes, grants, awards, and other forms of professional recognition and acclaim.

Housed in the Heyman Center for the Humanities on the Morningside campus of Columbia University, the Society provides its Fellows with daily opportunities to share work and to engage in interdisciplinary discussion not only with each other, but with visiting scholars, members of the Columbia faculty, and with the many guest lecturers sponsored by the Heyman Center every semester. The Fellowship offers junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.

Alumni of the Society currently hold professorships around the world—in Turkey, Germany, China, France, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom—as well as at some of the top-ranking universities in the United States, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Berkeley.

More about the Society           2012 Annual Report

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