Penn-Mellon Just Futures Initiative is accepting applications for 2022-2023 Graduate Fellowships!

The Penn-Mellon Just Futures Initiative invites graduate students with approved prospectuses for a dissertation in any discipline related to the study of "Dispossessions in the Americas: The Extraction of Bodies, Land, and Heritage from La Conquista to the Present," to apply for a 2022-2023 Fellowship. 

Please read the call below and feel free to contact the Center at with any questions you may have.



2022-2023 Academic Year

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022 by 11:59pm Eastern Time

The Penn research team of the Andrew W. Mellon Just Futures Initiative will award 2 graduate fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year to graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to the study of “Dispossessions in the Americas: The Extraction of Bodies, Land, and Heritage from La Conquista to the Present.” We are particularly interested in graduate applicants whose research relates to the theme of dispossessions via mechanisms of deceit, disease, or violence.

The Mellon Just Futures Initiative Graduate Fellowship, in conjunction with the SAS Graduate Division, will provide the graduate student’s 10-month stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Recipients are expected to split their time between their own research and their research contributions to the Mellon collaborative research project. Among other activities, graduate fellows will supervise and coordinate undergraduate research assistants, will participate in weekly research team meetings, and will help organize and participate in international conferences.

A complete application requires the following:

1.     A cover letter

2.     A current CV

3.     A five-page (double-spaced) description of your dissertation that includes: (a) its main questions and objectives, (b) its current status, (c) your research plans for the 2022-2023 academic year, and that specifically address (d) how your dissertation relates and contributes to our research project. (Be sure to read and explicitly address our proposal narrative.)

4.     A copy of your transcript (official or unofficial)

5.     A letter of endorsement from your Dissertation Supervisor, who should email it separately to with your name and last name in the subject line

Please collate items 1 through 4 in one single pdf document and submit it to Please write “Mellon Graduate Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the email.

Questions concerning the Mellon Just Futures Graduate Fellowships can be directed to the same email address.