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🔗National Park Service Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Full Time
  • Washington D.C., DC
  • $65,000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Job Summary: The National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and American Conservation Experience invite scholars who received their doctorate within the last five years to apply for a two-year NPS Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences received between May 1, 2018, and August 15, 2023. Applicants must demonstrate comfort with working collaboratively and across disciplinary boundaries; excellent research, writing, and communication skills; flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly; and a strong interest in public scholarship. Selective factors include merit of scholarship, commitment to the public humanities, and demonstrated capacity to complete research successfully. Fellowship is contingent upon a successful security background check.

  • How to Apply:

    Applications must be submitted online through the American Conservation Experience application portal. Applicants can apply to multiple fellowship positions and will be considered for each position for which they meet eligibility qualifications. A unique cover letter and C.V. should be submitted for each opening.

    All applications must include:

    • A cover letter stating interest and vision for the fellowship (letters may include a summary of the dissertation, a statement of personal research interests and plans, discussion of past engagement with public humanities, discussion of willingness to participate fully in NPS research and education programs).
    • A full curriculum vitae.
    • A writing sample no longer than 5,000 words, accessible to the general public.
    • The names and contact information for three references.
  • Job benefits: Fellows will be employees of ACE and are eligible to participate in ACE’s health insurance and benefits plans. Travel funding is provided, and Fellows will not be responsible for allowable/approved program travel. Each Fellow will receive an annual research fund of $3,000.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Please see individual job listings for more detailed information.
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American Conservation Experience

The NPS Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program places recent humanities PhDs with NPS sites and programs across the agency. In collaboration with NPS staff and partners, the incoming cohort of fifteen (15) Fellows will contribute to planning and preparation for America at 250, an initiative inspired by the semi-quincentennial of the Declaration of Independence. Learn more about each position, including location and required experience, at the American Conservation Experience application portal.

Fellows will work with NPS mentors as well as scholars and community partners from outside the agency to design and implement a plan for conducting research and sharing results with varied audiences. This includes the collaborative development of novel interpretive and educational projects. Up to twenty percent of each Fellow’s time will be dedicated to advancing their own career-centered scholarly projects. The Fellows will be integrated into a larger, dynamic cohort for learning and professional development opportunities, guided by internal and external mentors in topics such as digital humanities, public humanities, and engaging with difficult histories.

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