Cluster Areas

Mellon Clusters in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences

Affiliation

  • Students can apply to formally affiliate with a cluster at the point of application and beyond. Students are selected as Mellon Fellows only at the time of application but may formally affiliate with a cluster as a cluster fellow at any point in their graduate careers. To learn more, visit the How to Apply page.
  • Students who apply may be formally accepted as fellows at the time of application and beyond.

Funding

  • Humanities and NQSS Mellon Fellows receive a research award at the time of admission, however doctoral students may opt to affiliate with a cluster at any point, regardless of their funding source.

Participating Programs

  • African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literary Studies, English, French & Italian, German, History, Media, Technology & Society, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Rhetoric & Public Culture, Screen Cultures, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre and Drama
  • Please note that these are programs most frequently affiliated with a cluster but this does not represent an exhaustive list.

Clusters in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Science and Engineering

Affiliation

  • Students can apply to formally affiliate with a cluster during their second year and beyond.
  • Students who apply may be formally accepted as fellows during their second year and beyond.

Funding

  • Funding varies by cluster. Science and Engineering Fellows may receive financial aid support for one or more quarters, depending on the cluster.

Participating Programs

  • Science, engineering, and related programs in McCormick, Weinberg, the School of Communication, Medill, and Kellogg
  • Please note that these are programs most frequently affiliated with a cluster but this does not represent an exhaustive list.

Life and Biomedical Sciences (NULaBS)

Affiliation

  • Students can apply to formally affiliate with a cluster at the beginning of the second year. Students in the Life and Biomedical Sciences select a cluster with which to affiliate within their chosen research lab and most often do not need a formal application.
  • Students who apply are formally accepted as fellows during their second year.

Funding

  • Clusters in the Life and Biomedical Sciences receive an operating budget to support cluster programing.

Participating Programs

  • Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program (IBiS) and Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP)
  • Please note that these are programs most frequently affiliated with a cluster but this does not represent an exhaustive list.