Mellon Foundation grant establishes post-docs in humanities

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to support postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities, history and humanistic social sciences.

The funds will create 12 two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities in the College of Letters & Science.

Disciplinary Crossings is expanding the scope and reach of the humanities in a number of fields that address the "crossings" of knowledge between the West and the regions of Eurasia, the Pacific Rim, Indian Ocean and the eastern Mediterranean.

The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships will build upon the Disciplinary Crossings initiative.

The Mellon Foundation, located in New York, previously provided $2.5 million to the College for Disciplinary Crossings in the 21st Century Public University, enabling the hires of 12 new faculty members.

Funding for fellowships in the humanities can be hard to find and that makes the Mellon Foundation's support all the more valuable.