Mellon Fellows (for incoming students)
Funding will be awarded to the best students in competition across eight programs or departments: English, History, Literature, Medieval Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Theology (in the case of Theology, grants will be restricted, in concert with Mellon Foundation policy, to students engaged with religion as humanistic, rather than confessional, inquiry).
Mellon Fellows will receive a normal graduate stipend plus four years of summer funding at $5,000 each summer. (The Department, via its Graduate School allocation, contributes the normal stipend and the normal amount of summer support, that is, two summers of $4,000; the Mellon grant contributes $12,000.)
Presidential Fellows who are Mellon Fellows will receive, in addition to their already higher stipends, five summers of additional support at $3,000 per summer (The Department contributes what it normally would to a Presidential Fellow, via its Graduate School allocation; Mellon contributes $12,000; and the Graduate School contributes an additional $3,000.)
Notebaert Fellows, who already receive the University’s maximum level of support, are not eligible for the additional funding associated with the Mellon Fellowships.
Nominations must be submitted by departments at the same time that other select fellows are nominated. Nominations should be sent to the Associate Dean of Recruiting and Admissions by the third Friday of February (February 26, 2011) and are to follow the guidelines for other select fellowships (a one-page letter from the Director of Graduate Studies articulating the reasons why the faculty in the program consider this candidate to be a good fit for this program and what makes him or her an outstanding applicant).