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Fellowship Competition

The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2015-2016. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received their PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 July 2015. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as Postdoctoral Research Fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year.

In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures, including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information on Columbia’s Core Curriculum please visit

The second course may be a departmental course, the design of which will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s academic department. In the second year, Fellows teach one course: either a Core course (if only one of the two first-year courses was in the Core) or a departmental course. This will leave one semester in the second year free of teaching responsibilities. In the third year, Fellows again teach one course, either a Core course or a departmental course (to be decided jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s department), leaving one semester again free of teaching responsibilities. Please note that all teaching—whether a Core class or a department one—is to be arranged by the Fellow through the Fellow’s home academic department. Please also note that at least two of the three courses taught in the first two Fellowship years must be in the Core.

In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include attendance at the Society's lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated. The annual stipend will be $61,000. Each Fellow will also receive a research allowance of $6,000 per annum.

Application Materials for 2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Online Application Form

Application Materials 2015-16 (includes announcement, instructions, and checklist)

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadline: postmark 6 October 2014

We do not accept recommendations delivered via dossier services (e.g. Interfolio).

Notification: You will receive an e-mail notice from the Society indicating that your Online Application Form has been received. For inquiries, e-mail

If you wish acknowledged receipt of all application materials, please include with your application materials a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the message “Application to Columbia University Society of Fellows received.”

A small number of applicants will be invited to interview in January 2014. Fellowship decisions will be announced by 1 March 2014. Applicants who have not been contacted by 11 January 2014 should assume that their candidacy is no longer active.

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