Mellon Fellowship

The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the London School of Economics is looking to appoint a Mellon Fellow as part of its innovative four-year programme that engages the humanities with the social and spatial dynamics of cities. We are seeking dynamic and engaged scholars and practitioners who are currently developing their careers in the arts, culture, literature, philosophy or other related humanities disciplines to contribute to the interdisciplinary work of LSE Cities, an international research centre that explores the interactions between space and society.

Applications for the fellowship in 2014/15 closed on 28 February 2014.

The intellectual objective of the Fellowship is to provide those working in the humanities with a meaningful way of connecting with the study of urban life, and to open up new avenues for practical collaboration and intellectual exchange between the humanities and urbanism. Spending nine months at LSE Cities, the Mellon Fellow will develop his/her own research in the context of the work on the urban environment carried out by the department, working with postgraduate students in an ‘urban design studio’ setting and collaborating with academic colleagues across the LSE and other institutions, promoting the opportunities for cross disciplinarity that their own field of expertise can contribute.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of original contributions to the field including interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of the past, present and future cultures of the city – through writing, curating, public engagement or other narrative means. As well as post-qualification experience extending beyond academia, they should be able to demonstrate evidence of a portfolio of work that applies arts/humanities scholarship to an understanding of the everyday experience of the contemporary city. They should display their interest in interacting critically with diverse disciplines – and within experimental contexts – as well as their desire to develop new modes of public engagement. They should also provide evidence of excellent communication and presentation skills. They should hold a post-graduate degree or equivalent experience in the Humanities, Arts or a qualitative social science discipline

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

The Mellon Fellowship at LSE in Cities and the Humanities includes a generous contribution towards research and travel expenses, and accommodation if required.

The Mellon Fellowship programme will be integrated with the establishment of an international Urban Research Network programme connecting the LSE with other research centres in rapidly urbanising regions of the world.

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