Mellon Foundation Fellowship

National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York

Deadline February 17, 2017
Date Posted December 20, 2016
Type Fellowship
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


In Fall 2017, the 9/11 Memorial Museum will award two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation post-doctoral fellowships to qualified candidates whose scholarly work reflects an engagement with issues related to or emerging from the 9/11 attacks. Eligible fields of study include: American studies, anthropology, architectural history, area studies, art history, cultural studies, education, history, intelligence studies, international relations, literature, memory studies, military history, museum studies, performance studies, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, or related fields.

This award provides a resident Fellowship for a two-year term (Fall 2017 – Summer 2019) at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, including two years of salary and benefits.

The fellowship is intended to bring a Fellow’s scholarly interests into the development of the Museum’s programs, and to allow for the Fellow to experience the programming and professional opportunities offered by this and other museums. The fellowship provides travel funds and support for hosting a conference at the Museum at the end of the Fellows’ terms. The Fellows will be placed within the Museum’s Education Department, and will have appointments as visiting scholars at NYU.


Candidates should demonstrate an interest in pursuing research projects that can contribute to the Museum’s public-facing activities: education, public programs, exhibitions and collections. The fellowship opportunity allows a successful candidate to engage fully with the daily operation of a major museum, and to interact with museum visitors around significant issues of public history and memory.

Applicants must have received a Ph.D. prior to the beginning of their appointments. Fellows will be full-time employees and are expected to participate in the professional and intellectual life of the Museum, and to acknowledge the support of the Museum and the Mellon Foundation in publications and lectures that stem from research conducted during the fellowship term. All fellows will be expected to offer at least one public lecture during their tenure at the Museum.

The Museum will also appoint a non-resident Senior Scholar, who will provide counsel, review and mentoring to the Mellon Fellows.



  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in working in a Museum environment.
  • A full CV.
  • A writing sample of no more than 30 pages.
  • A proposal (1,500-word maximum) outlining research and professional interests that would be supported by a two-year term in the Museum. This proposal should focus on both Museum functions that are of interest to the applicant, as well as potential scholarly directions for her/his work and the means of disseminating this work.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Written confirmation that the applicant will be able to successfully complete the I-9 Form by providing the appropriate documents to establish identity and eligibility to work in the United States


  • The application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017. Awards will be announced by the end of March 2017. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be sure that applications are complete.
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