Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies
American Studies, Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
June 30, 2020
Starting Date: 
December 10, 2019
Post date: December 10, 2019

The American Studies Program at Williams College invites applications for a two-year Mellon post­doctoral fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), beginning July 1, 2020. We welcome applications from candidates who have completed their PhD within the last five years and also those who have not yet completed their PhD, but will have the PhD in hand by the start date of the appointment.

The period, area, and research specialization for the position are open. Candidates whose work engages Indigenous legal studies, political science, and visual studies are especially encouraged to apply, as are those whose work addresses Indigeneity in Latin America. Diverse theoretical and methodological approaches rooted in NAIS and Indigenous knowledges are preferred.

We especially welcome applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we strongly prefer applicants who can demonstrate a capacity for excellent teaching and a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religious views, socio-economic status, and more.

The successful candidate will be appointed full-time for a term of two years and will have a teaching load of one course each semester. The salary for this position is $55,000 per year. The fellow will also be provided with full benefits including health and dental insurance, plus an allowance of $3,000 per year for research and professional travel. This position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Application Instructions 

Information about the Williams College American Studies Program is available at Applications should be submitted via lnterfolio and should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than two pages describing your research and teaching;

  • c.v.;

  • a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, preceded by an abstract of no more than 250 words;

  • names and contact information of three letter writers. Those who advance to the semi-finalist stage will be asked to submit 3 reference letters.

Completed applications submitted by February 15, 2020 will receive full consideration.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check (­check-policy/). Fax and email applications will not be accepted. Inquiries should be sent to Eli Nelson at

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non­discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Review Begins: 
February 15, 2019

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