Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music
Academic Years 2021-2023
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of
Music invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
position beginning August 1, 2021. The Fellowship offers a stipend of

The Department of Music invites applications from scholars working on music
and Blackness across Africa and the African Diaspora. While the specific
area of specialization is open, we are interested in work that challenges
geographic and disciplinary boundaries and that explicitly engages critical
race theory and Black studies in innovative ways, through any combination
of historical, ethnographic, and analytical methods. The successful
candidate will teach two courses per year during their appointment. We
expect the Fellow will be able to offer undergraduate music courses and
interdisciplinary graduate seminars on Blackness and anti-Blackness in the
African diaspora and/or in the specific context of African American
experience. The Fellow will participate equally in the Department of Music
and the Society for the Humanities’ cohort and will be expected to
participate in Department and Society events. Postdoctoral Fellows teach
one course per semester. Candidates should propose an introductory,
2000-level course and an advanced, 4000-level course. These courses should
be conceived as seminars and can reflect the fellow’s particular research

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are
an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans,
and Individuals with Disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2021-22
and 2022-23 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree
after September 1, 2015 and no later than June 30, 2021. Applicants who do
not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter
from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will
be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins. International
applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.

For further information:
Email: Catherine Appert, [log in to unmask], Search Committee Chair,
Associate Professor, Cornell Department of Music


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