The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce the Mellon Scholars Program of fellowships, internships, and workshop for 2019-2020. These competitive programs are designed to increase the participation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and others in the field of African American history prior to 1900.

The Mellon Scholars Research Fellowship Program aims to promote research in the collections of the Library Company and to enhance the production of scholarly work in African American history of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Fellows must be in residence for the entire term of the award. The following research fellowships will be offered for 2019-2020:

  • Post-doctoral fellowship, with a stipend of $50,000 for the academic year, or $25,000 for one semester. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2019; application deadline March 1, 2019.
  • Dissertation fellowship, with a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year, or $12,500 for one semester. Applicants must be in the later stages of research or writing; application deadline March 1, 2019.
  • Short-term fellowships, for doctoral candidates and senior scholars, with a stipend of $2,500 for one month of research between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020; application deadline March 1, 2019.

The Mellon Scholars Internship Program (June 2 through June 29, 2019). Interns will be rising seniors or recent college graduates and will receive a $1,500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline: March 1, 2019, with a decision to be made by April 15.

The Mellon Scholars Summer Workshop (June 16 through June 22, 2019) is a one-week professional development program. Workshop participants will be students in their first year of graduate study in an MA program or advanced undergraduates. Participants will receive a $500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline: March 1, 2019, with a decision to be made by April 15.

Visit librarycompany.org/academic-programs/paah/fellowships for application guidelines. For questions about the Mellon Scholars Program, contact Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens Program Director, at paahdirector@librarycompany.org.


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