Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for the 2012-13

Deadline: May 4, 2012

B/ORDERING VIOLENCE: Boundaries, Indigeneity, and Gender in the Americas

We invite current UW PhD students who have completed all the requirement of their degree except for the dissertation (ABD students) in the humanities or the social sciences to apply for an Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. The Fellow will be involved in the scholarly activities of the Sawyer Seminar, “B/ordering Violence: Boundaries, Indigeneity and Gender in the Americas.” The seminar sees borderlands not as fixed but constantly (re)produced between and within national states. Accordingly, the seminar will convoke a set of distinguished internationally recognized scholars whose work considers the complexities of external national borders in the Americas as well as the multiple internal borders that characterize the politics of belonging for diasporic and Indigenous communities in South, Central and North America. The seminar will also explore the dynamics of migration and the social and political implications of migration across the Americas.
At the University of Washington, a growing number of scholars in the humanities and social sciences are working toward an innovative research agenda that incorporates three themes that will guide our exploration of the borderlands in the Americas: (1) the discourses and practices of border-making; (2) Indigenous perspectives on political boundaries; and (3) gender and violence in the borderlands. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to be writing a dissertation in the social sciences or humanities that engages at least one of the three main themes of the seminar. The Fellow will be expected to help coordinate and participate actively in the seminar activities. Fellows will also be required to work with the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the organization of one Sawyer Seminar event to be held during spring quarter 2013.

This appointment is for one academic year beginning in September 2012. Candidates must have already completed their exams and advanced to PhD candidacy by the time of application. The fellowship covers the cost of tuition, includes a waiver of all components of tuition and mandatory fees, excluding the UPASS, and provides a $15,849 stipend. The fellowship also provides health insurance coverage (medical, dental and vision) under the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP). Full-time registration (10 credits) in each quarter of the award is required.
Application Materials: In one pdf file, applicants should send the following materials to the following Catalyst drop box ( 1) A two-page cover letter stating your interest in the Pre-doctoral Fellowship, providing details on your current research and how it would benefit from and contribute to the Sawyer Seminar; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) One writing sample (20 pages maximum); 4) A brief 250 word proposal for an event (invited lecture, panel, cultural activity etc.) that the applicant would like to organize as part of the Sawyer Seminar program for Spring 2013. Additionally, one letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s faculty advisors must also be submitted to (
Principal Investigator (UW): José Antonio Lucero,

Supported by
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Sexuality
Simpson Center for the Humanities
University of Washington, Seattle