Mellon Scholars Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH), with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce the Mellon Scholars Program of fellowships, internships, and workshop for 2022-2023.

  • The Mellon Scholars Internship Program (June 1 through June 29, 2022). Interns will be rising seniors or recent college graduates and will receive a $1,500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline: March 1, 2022, with a decision to be made by April 15.
  • The Mellon Scholars Summer Workshop (June 13 through June 17, 2022) is a one-week professional development program. Workshop participants will be students in their first year of graduate study in an MA program or advanced undergraduates. Participants will receive a $500 stipend and additional support for travel and housing. Application deadline: March 1, 2022, with a decision to be made by April 15.

For general information about the Library Company’s fellowship program, contact Christine Nelson, Fellowships Manager, at fellowships@librarycompany.org.

Application procedures for Fellowships

Eligible candidates may apply for both a short-term and either a dissertation or post-doctoral fellowship. To apply, go to the application page; fill out an online coversheet and upload a single PDF document containing a brief résumé and a two- to four-page description of the proposed research. Applicants for short-term fellowships should also have one letter of recommendation sent under separate cover in PDF format. Applicants for post-doctoral and dissertation fellowships should include a writing sample of no more than 25 pages and should have two letters of reference sent under separate cover in PDF format. If you wish to apply for more than one fellowship, simply check more than one box on your electronic cover sheet.

For general information about the Library Company’s fellowship program, contact us via e-mail at .

For more information about the Mellon Scholars Program, contact Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Program Director, at paahdirector@librarycompany.org.

Application procedures for Internships and Workshop

Eligible candidates may apply for both the workshop and the internship. If you wish to apply for more than one summer program, simply check more than one box on your electronic cover sheet. To apply:

  • Go to the application page; fill out an online coversheet and upload a single PDF document containing a résumé and a 2-4 page personal statement describing future goals and how the internship or workshop would further those goals.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work should be sent to fellowships@librarycompany.org.
  • In addition, official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) school transcripts should be mailed to: Library Company of Philadelphia, Attn: Mellon Scholars Internship and Workshop Committee, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Following the application deadline, select internship and workshop applicants will be contacted to schedule a short Skype interview. For more information about the Mellon Scholars Program and application guidelines, contact Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Program Director.