Mellon Fellowship Program

In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia Global Centers | Amman has established the Mellon Fellowship Program to support emerging displaced scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for scholars to reintegrate into academia and resume their academic pursuits.

Fields may include literature, linguistics, philosophy, archaeology, cultural heritage and historical preservation, museum studies, religious studies, musicology, history, and criticism and theory of the arts. Scholars working on interdisciplinary projects in the fields of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods—such as anthropology, sociology, gender and ethnic studies are also welcome.

Eligible candidates are scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who have been forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions. They could be graduate students who have had their education disrupted or post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers. Creative writers, artists, and curators may also apply.

Fellows will be expected to participate in scholarly presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions. They will be connected to a global network of academics and scholars in Jordan, New York (from Columbia University), and beyond.

Call for Applications for the Fellowship starting in January 2022 is now open.


Guidelines for Applicants

Applicants for the fellowship starting January 2022 must submit a dossier that includes the following materials in English by July 15, 2021:

  • A curriculum vitae that includes academic credentials and professional experience;
  • A personal statement (two pages), which includes motivation for applying to this program, as well as a description of and reason for displacement. The statement should describe the applicant’s intellectual trajectory, career goals and teaching philosophy;
  • A proposal describing the field of interest, academic work that will be undertaken during the 12-month fellowship and beyond, and broader potential significance of the applicant’s work;
  • One to two writing samples/publications;
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic colleague who is familiar with applicant’s previous work; and,
  • Copies of academic transcripts.


Terms and Conditions

  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $25,000 USD that includes individual health insurance for the duration of the 12-month fellowship. They will be based at Columbia’s Global Center in Amman and will be provided with office space, access to meeting rooms and conference facilities, as well as IT equipment (including a computer device, internet connection, printer, scanner, phone line, and IT technical support).
  • Fellows will have access to Columbia University’s online library resources as well as online courses at Columbia and other platforms. As part of the program, fellows will be matched with a relevant faculty member at Columbia University who will guide them throughout the year.
  • Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so that they may devote themselves to the work outlined in their proposal. Please note that fellows are responsible for their housing costs. We will offer travel and visa assistance where possible.


How to apply?

Please send all the materials listed above in a combined pdf file to: Lina Sharaan, Human Resources and Finance Officer, at [email protected] with the subject line: Application - Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars.



Scholars who are unable to complete their applications for reasons beyond their control, such as lack of access to a computer, are welcome to contact Columbia Global Centers | Amman for assistance. Please direct any inquiries regarding eligibility to Nour Laswi, Program Officer of the Mellon Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars, at [email protected]