Princeton University, Princeton-Mellon Initiative Fellowships and Visiting Scholars in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities

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This is an opportunity for Independent Scholars with interdisciplinary interest in architecture, urbanism, and the humanities to apply for a 12-month Mellon Fellowship or Visiting Scholar appointment at Princeton University.



Princeton-Mellon Fellows in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities


Institution Type:  College / University
Location:  New Jersey, United States
Position:  Fellow, Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Scholar, Visiting Professor


The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is an interdisciplinary program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that combines the efforts of a diverse group of faculty, programs, and schools to develop a dynamic understanding of urban issues past, present, and future. Its theme, Cities on the Edge, encompass several interrelated concepts, including the juncture of built/natural environmental studies, center/periphery, hemispheric comparatives, migration, New Jersey urbanism, social justice, the humanities as a force of change, and the margin as a place of radical possibility. Additional information about the Princeton-Mellon's themes and program may be found at
We seek to hire Mellon Fellows with an abiding interest in multi-disciplinary work focused on the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and the humanities. Candidates can come from any discipline. They may be academics, designers, and/or practicing writers or artists. The individual may teach or team-teach an interdisciplinary course on some aspect of urbanism (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty) and participate in Princeton-Mellon Initiative events. 
Fields of specialization might include (but are not limited to) the humanistic dimensions of architecture, architectural history, design, urban planning, public policy, urban studies, environmental studies, science and technology studies, geography, history, philosophy, art history, material culture, politics, sociology, anthropology, literature, religion, cultural studies, queer studies, race and ethnicity studies, gender studies, performance studies, visual arts, documentary studies, photography, and creative writing. Fellows may focus on any geographic area.
We will accept applications from those who have earned a Ph.D. in any discipline (or those who expect to earn their doctorate before September 2022), or a terminal Master's degree in architecture, planning, or related practice discipline. Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, vita, 500-word description of a proposed course (uploaded under "Teaching Statement"), brief (chapter or article-length) single-authored writing sample, 1,000-word description of a research project, and contact information for three references by January 1, 2022, 11:59 pm, EST for full consideration. Letters of recommendation will be requested for a smaller group of applicants at a later date.
The Mellon Fellow will receive up to $75,000 for a 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of on or about September 1, 2022, plus benefits. On rare occasions, appointments for less than twelve months will be considered. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. Appointment rank will be determined based on the applicant's qualifications at the time of appointment. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Those seeking a postdoctoral (or post-terminal degree) fellowship should apply to:
Applicants seeking a visiting position (for a sabbatical year, etc.) please apply to candidates hold primary positions at other universities or colleges. In exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars.






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Primary Category:Urban History / Studies
Secondary Categories:Environmental History / Studies
Social Sciences
Urban Design and Planning
Race / Ethnic Studies
Posting Date:09/02/2021
Closing Date01/31/2022