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ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program

With generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship Program created 26 two-year fellowships over a period of five years (2009-2014), placing new PhDs in teaching and research residencies on campuses of the ACM member colleges.

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The Fellowships were open to new PhDs in the arts, humanities, humanistic social sciences disciplines, and in interdisciplinary environmental studies areas. The program combined campus-based mentoring with consortial orientation and workshops to introduce Fellows to the challenges and rewards of teaching, scholarship, and professional development in the residential liberal arts college. 

Even as the program aimed to make a compelling case among new PhDs for the desirability of a professional career engaged in undergraduate teaching and scholarship at a liberal arts institution, it also assisted ACM institutions with strategic programmatic and pedagogical enhancement as Fellows brought with them new specializations and fresh approaches to teaching and learning.

Toward these ends, the program sought to attract excellent Post-doctoral Fellows from the nation's top research universities. In arranging for a one-half teaching load over a two-year Fellowship and offering a rich program of mentoring, instruction, and support, the ACM-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships helped prepare a strong cohort of new PhDs for successful careers as teacher-scholars equipped to reinforce the collaborative goals of the consortium and the larger aims of liberal arts education.

Cohorts of Fellows

Each year of the grant, colleges submitted proposals to receive funding for fellowships. Through a competitive process, proposals were selected to be funded, and the colleges then advertised the positions and hired the fellows. See the complete list of fellows, by college.

"Cohorts" of fellows consisted of the recipients of two-year fellowships beginning in a particular year. In some cases, fellows left after just one year to accept a permanent position elsewhere; in those cases, the college hired another fellow for the second year of the fellowship (plus an extension year, in some instances).

The first cohort of ACM-Mellon Post-doctoral Fellows began their residencies in fall 2009, followed by the second cohort in fall 2010, the third cohort in fall 2011, and the final fourth cohort in fall 2012.