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Mellon Clusters in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences

Students participating in the Mellon clusters take core and elective courses and participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular symposia, lectures, seminars, mini-conferences, and other events that bring together students and researchers from Northwestern and beyond. These events broaden students’ training opportunities and widen their networks of contacts and colleagues, provide additional intellectual stimulation, and ensure exposure to cutting edge inter- and multi-disciplinary research.

At the time of application to Northwestern, students who wish to participate in a Humanities and Qualitative Social Science cluster may indicate this interest on the online application. Once a cluster has been selected, the option to attach a “cluster statement” will become available. Select students will be named Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellows at the time of admission, a designation indicating the student’s strong fit for the cluster and carrying additional benefits. However, TGS students may formally affiliate with a cluster at any point during their graduate career at Northwestern.

All students participating in the cluster must fulfill all the requirements of their doctoral program, but in addition are credentialized in the topical area of the cluster.

Humanities and qualitative social sciences clusters