Mellon Postdoctoral Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows program at Wesleyan University's Center for the Americas has greatly enriched the University's intellectual resources and has provided the mentoring, encouragement, and support that have enabled the Fellows to flourish. Interaction between the Fellows and the community of teacher/scholars at the Center for the Americas has benefited both groups and has led to exciting developments in the Center's commitment to creating a comparative hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas.

Mellon Fellows at the Center are appointed in cohorts of two; the initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second. Mellon Fellows teach one course per semester (half the normal university teaching load) and have the opportunity to teach courses that are diverse both in content and in format. During the first year, each Fellow will teach a small, research-related seminar and a larger lecture course that will offer students a broader understanding of the field. In the second year, each Fellow will offer a course in his/her area of expertise; together they will design and team-teach a course with a comparative perspective.

As members of the Center for the Americas, the Mellon Fellows have an opportunity to work with nationally recognized teacher/scholars who are committed to the professional development of young scholars. Fellows can expect to work closely with senior colleagues who will read and comment on articles and book manuscripts, offer advice on career development decisions, support fellowship applications, and help Fellows to become integrated into the various professional networks. In terms of their development as teachers, Fellows will receive guidance on the organization and delivery of course materials and on the preparation of syllabi and assignments. The Fellows are also welcome to participate in a wide range of campus lecture series and colloquia.