Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellows
In 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded UC Irvine’s School of Humanities a $2.7 million grant to pilot a major initiative to transform graduate education by streamlining the process for obtaining the Ph.D. degree and launching humanities scholars into professional careers. Commonly referred to as the “5+2” program, this model for graduate education allows students to complete the dissertation in five years, followed by up to two years as a Mellon Humanities Faculty Fellow (MHFF).
All Humanities students who complete their degrees by the spring quarter of their fifth year and have a demonstrated record of strong scholarship and teaching are eligible to apply for an MHFF position. Faculty Fellows teach four courses; this teaching load affords Faculty Fellows the time to pursue their scholarship and prepare their dissertations for publication. In addition, Faculty Fellows are provided with $1,000 each year to support research-related activities, assistance in publication and job application, and guidance in pedagogy.
All Faculty Fellows are hired as Assistant Adjunct Professors at 67% time with full benefits. The appointment period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The call for applications is circulated as early as the Winter quarter each academic year. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Geneva Lopez-Sandoval.
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