Mellon Seminar Fellows, 2020-2021

Mellon Seminar Fellows, 2020-2021

Applications due February 17, 2020

The Price Lab is pleased to offer up to twelve Andrew W. Mellon DH Fellowships for the 2020–2021 academic year. University of Pennsylvania tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, and research staff who are either in the humanities or whose work engages questions of significant concern for the humanities are eligible. Additionally, we are excited to announce a new Regional Fellows program that will allow us to offer up to three of the twelve fellowships to scholars from schools in the Philadelphia area. The awards carry a $5,000 research fund.

All fellows will be asked to describe their interest in and previous experience with digital humanities tools and methods. Newcomers seeking an introduction to emerging areas of DH research are welcome to apply, as are those with more advanced skills in digital methods. These fellowships are intended to serve as a gateway into the digital humanities for Penn faculty and researchers, and as a way to build a broad and diverse community of scholars excited to explore the potential of new digital tools in their various fields.

Price Mellon fellows are core participants in the Lab’s biweekly DH Seminar, held Mondays from noon – 1:30 pm during the academic year (please leave time in your teaching schedule to accommodate this required seminar). Together with graduate fellows and academic technology specialists, fellows learn new digital tools, methods, and modes of collaboration. Seminars generally feature a guest speaker who is directly engaged in digital humanities research and include ample time for questions and conversation.

To Apply:
To be considered for a fellowship, please email the following materials to Stewart Varner (, Managing Director of the Price Lab by February 17, 2020:

  • A current c.v.
  • A 600–900 word statement of application. This should include a brief (200-word) statement of your general interest in DH and your motivation for joining the Price seminar, followed by a concise description of a current research project. Your project description should emphasize either (1) your use of new digital tools or of quantitative, computational, and other non-traditional methods, or (2) an example of a digital project you have worked on or may want to develop.

Please be sure to indicate in your statement whether you are applying to be a regional fellow or if you are officially affiliated with Penn.

Please feel free to contact Stewart Varner (, Managing Director of the Price Lab, if you have any questions or simply want to talk through an idea before drafting an application.