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Brown in the World/The World at Brown

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Cogut Center a three-year grant to support a two-part program providing leading future scholars of the humanities at Brown with international exposure, while also allowing the Cogut Center to build upon its highly successful residencies of visiting professors of the humanities and distinguished visiting fellows.


Brown in the World: International Placement of Brown University Scholars

Through the Brown in the World program, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows associated with humanities and Cogut Center programs have the opportunity to spend a semester at a partner institution for purposes of joint teaching and program development. These placements offer invaluable learning experiences for these scholars in training, enriching their perspectives, scholarship, teaching abilities, and networks of colleagues around the globe.

Mellon Global Graduate Fellows
A central aim of Brown in the World is to allow the University to pilot ideas related to the development of the Critical Global Humanities certificate program for graduate students. As appropriate, Mellon Global Graduate Fellows could also be Cogut Center fellows. The Mellon grant supplements regular student financing via the Graduate School. Funding covers transportation, housing and stipends. Initial locations include Cogut Center partner institutions in Berlin, Madrid, Cape Town and Nanjing. Funding provides for one Mellon Global Graduate Fellow per year for one semester.

Mellon Global Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral fellows at Brown (including but not limited to fellows associated with the Cogut Center) may apply for a one-semester extension of their term to teach in an overseas location. Funding provides for one Mellon Global Postdoctoral Fellow per year for one semester.


The World at Brown

As described above, the Cogut Center provides multiple programs to bring Brown faculty and students into regular and innovative contact with each other, with national and international scholars and scholarship, and with the coming generations of scholars whose training for academic life and for the world at large is the key task of the University. Among the many ways through which the Cogut Center achieves these connections are two programs that bring visiting scholars to Brown: visiting professors of the humanities and distinguished visiting fellows.

Visiting Professors of Humanities
Mellon funding allows for three, one-semester appointments of distinguished international scholars who would teach seminars and convene workshops, potentially in partnership with scholars recruited under the Brown Humanities Initiative. We anticipate one visiting professor per year for the proposed three-year grant cycle, but we would be flexible in order to accommodate the schedules of selected scholars.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows
This part of the program offers up to a total of six, one-month visiting appointments of distinguished international scholars who will deliver lectures and convene workshops, potentially in partnership with the scholars recruited under the Brown Humanities Initiative. This means one visiting professor per semester for the six semesters of the proposed three-year grant cycle, but would be flexible with regard to scheduling to accommodate the participation of selected scholars.


Selection Process

Mellon Global Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships
In January, the Cogut Center will issue a call for proposals to all humanities departments and centers. The board of the Cogut Center will select the strongest proposals among those
submitted for AY2011-2012, AY2012-2013 and AY2013-14 appointments, respectively.

For the Mellon Global Postdoctoral Fellowships, after proposals are chosen, the host department to the postdoctoral fellowship will advertise in appropriate journals and web outlets, at conferences, and post ads on the MLA job list and other relevant job lists. Eligible applicants will have completed their doctorates within five years of applying and work in any area of the humanities, the humanistically-oriented social sciences, or in new fields with close ties to the humanities. Departments make decisions about who to select and designate a member of their faculty to act as host and mentor to the fellow.

In addition to their departmental affiliations, the Mellon Global Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are members of the Cogut Center. This affiliation gives them access to a growing community of humanities researchers and potential collaborators.

Visiting Professors and Distinguished Visiting Fellows
The selection process for visiting professors and distinguished visiting fellows is overseen by the Cogut Center, working with its governing board and Brown’s Dean of the Faculty to select and engage scholars. Proposals from Brown University faculty to the Governing Board should include a letter outlining the nominated scholar's profile and distinction.

In January of each year during the grant term, the Cogut Center places ads in various generally humanities-related journals, and requests nominations from Brown humanities faculty. Visiting professors and fellows might be assistant, associate or full professors at their home institutions and must be committed to innovation in disciplinary and transdisciplinary studies.

Visiting professors teach one senior seminar during their semester at the Cogut Center. They are provided an office and the option of participating in various Center programs.

Proposals are processed on a rolling basis. Departments should contact the Cogut Center for more information.