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Applications Now Open for 2023-2025 Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships

New Cohort Features Nationwide Hosts and Projects

Applications are now open for the National Park Service (NPS) Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship program’s next cohort. The program, supported by NPF thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, supports the work of a collection of humanities scholars whose research and analysis of the fascinating history in and around our national parks helps us discover untold perspectives and new voices. Established in 2017, the program’s initial phase engaged four postdoctoral scholars to research how national parks are impacted and/or informed by issues related to gender and sexuality equality, the legacy of the civil rights movement, and the history of labor and productivity.

The expanded 2023-2025 cohort will contribute to the planning and preparation for America at 250, and initiative inspired by the semi-quincentennial of the Declaration of Independence, helping NPS tell a more inclusive and complete story of the American past and present. Projects range from enhancing the representation of women’s history at national historic landmarks and disability at historic sites to helping reintegrate Indigenous ecological knowledge in national river management strategies and documenting punk and go-go in the nation’s capital. Fellows will be selected and notified in the spring of 2023, in collaboration with the American Conservation Experience (ACE).

Hosts for the 2023-2025 Fellowship cohort include:

  • Alaska Regional Interpretation Team
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
  • National Historic Landmarks Program
  • Lowell National Historical Park
  • NPS National Capital Region Cultural Anthropology Program
  • NPS Intermountain Region Park History Program
  • NPS Northeast Region Cultural Resources & Partnership Wild & Scenic Rivers
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Park History Program & Office of Commemorations and Anniversaries
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • War in the Pacific National Historical Park and American Memorial Park
  • Vicksburg National Military Park

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