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Mellon Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Fellow Stephanie Jones from Grinnell College (left) and Jacqueline Scott (Loyola University Chicago) during a discussion at the Faculty Fellows meeting in Chicago on January 27-28, 2017.

At the post-graduate level, Mellon Faculty Fellowships offer tenure-track appointments at one of the ACM colleges to new Ph.D. or terminal master's degree graduates whose backgrounds and life experiences will enhance diversity on the ACM campuses and who have recently earned their graduate degree, preferably from a Big Ten Academic Alliance institution or the University of Chicago. There will be 30 faculty fellow appointments in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or the arts over the seven years of the grant.


Read about the Faculty Fellows


The Mellon Faculty Fellowships aim to enhance the diversity of new faculty who teach at liberal arts colleges, while also enhancing the careers of the fellows and teaching programs of the colleges.

The fellowships provide:

  • Funding for two years of each fellow's salary and benefits;
  • The opportunity for these new scholars to teach half-time for at least the first year (and either a second year of half-time teaching or an extended fourth-year leave, at the discretion of the college), while also advancing their research agenda and becoming familiar with teaching and researching in a liberal arts college;
  • Mentoring by a professor at the ACM college, targeted professional development activities, and opportunities to network with other faculty and undergraduate fellows at ACM member colleges, such as at annual program-sponsored summits.

Eligibility for Fellowships

  • Fellowships are available for faculty positions in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, or the arts.
  • The Mellon Faculty Fellowships are open to all qualified candidates, while also encouraging applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, first generation college students, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service, and leadership in the academy.

Faculty Fellows Candidate Registration Portal

Register your interest in being considered for tenure-track positions at ACM colleges!

Current graduate students and recent Ph.D. or terminal master’s degree recipients at Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions or the University of Chicago are invited to visit the Faculty Fellows candidate registration portal to indicate their interest in being considered for tenure-track positions at ACM colleges which may be eligible for faculty fellowships.

While only current graduate students and alumni of Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions and the University of Chicago may register their information in the portal, candidates who meet the eligibility requirements from other institutions may also qualify for a Mellon Faculty Fellowship if hired.

Potential candidates may check the available faculty position postings at ACM colleges.

Go to the Candidate Registration Portal


For More Information

If you have questions about the Mellon Faculty Fellowships, contact ACM Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs Brian Williams (312.561.5922).

The Mellon Faculty Fellowships and the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate are supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.