Two Dissertation Year Fellowships are available for the academic year 2018 – 2019 in connection with a year-long Sawyer Seminar on Literature & Culture and Linguistic Anthropology funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each Fellow will receive a salary of $28,000 (plus California resident tuition and fees, but not nonresident supplemental tuition) and may not hold any other appointment during the period of the Sawyer Seminar fellowship.

The Sawyer Seminar aims to investigate the relevance of concepts, tools, and interpretive practices of linguistic anthropology to scholars in the humanities today. Areas to be covered in the seminar include translation/transduction, sound, and the formation of publics, as well as the cultural practices of religion, sexuality, and politics. These ideas will be engaged through a series of public lectures and workshops, and the Fellows will be integral in helping to organize these monthly events, will be key participants throughout the seminar, and will present their research at one of the seminar’s events.

For a full description of plans for the Sawyer Seminar, see the Department of Comparative Literature website.

To be considered for these fellowships, applicants must be advanced to candidacy in any field of literary and cultural studies, or in linguistic anthropology or a related field.

To apply, please send the following documents as email attachments to [email protected] and

  • A cover letter in which you tell us about your dissertation project and how it engages with the issues to be taken up in the seminar
  • A writing sample of 25 pages drawn from your dissertation
  • Arrange for your dissertation director to send a letter of support.

All materials must be received by March 15, 2018.

The Sawyer Seminar is named for John E. Sawyer, a former president of Williams College who also served as the Mellon Foundation’s third president.