Newhouse Center fellows

Become a Newhouse Fellow

The Newhouse Center fellows’ community consists of Wellesley faculty on sabbatical, Wellesley summer fellows, three to five scholars and artists from outside the college, and the undergraduate fellows of the Mellon Mays program. All fellows are given office space and are encouraged to engage actively in Newhouse Center programs. 

Application deadline for external fellows only in 2020–2021 is November 15, 2019. No paper applications will be accepted. For Wellesley faculty who would like to apply for a semester or a year in 2020–2021, please write to the director. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.


Internal Newhouse Faculty Fellows are chosen from among Wellesley College faculty members on sabbatical leave. Faculty members in all humanities departments and programs are eligible, as well as faculty members in social sciences whose current research is humanistic in character.

Internal Newhouse fellows may be in residence for either one or two semesters. They participate in talks and fellows’ lunches as well as give a talk at the end of their term. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend to be used for books, travel, and other associated costs of scholarly research, excluding equipment, accrued within the time period of the fellowship.

Wellesley faculty may count an application for the Newhouse Center for the Humanities (NCH) Fellowship as one of the three applications demonstrating their “strenuous effort” to secure grant support.

Fellowship applications for internal faculty only are accepted on a rolling basis. Internal applicants should send the director a current CV and a project proposal (which includes a schedule of steps toward publication). Please write to the director with questions. 


The Newhouse Center hosts three to five external fellows each academic year. Residencies are ordinarily for the full academic year, but one-semester residencies may also be considered. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research, but they also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution, attending fellows’ lunches and sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community. Fellows may also work with the director to develop programming for the center in the form of guest speakers, a faculty series, or a mini-conference.

Newhouse External Faculty Fellows are chosen through open competition and both junior and senior faculty members at other institutions may apply. Fellowships with or without stipends are available. Stipended faculty fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,000 for two semesters. Newhouse fellows in residence may not teach at other institutions during the period of the fellowship.

The Newhouse Center will make available private office space, some clerical support, technical and computing resources, and the collegiality of both the Center and the Wellesley community at large.

Wellesley College is an EO/AA educational institution and employer. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they will contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship applications are now being accepted. Apply to be a Newhouse Fellow by Friday, November 15, 2019.


Beginning in summer 2019, the Newhouse Center will offer up to four summer fellowships for Wellesley humanities faculty who are working on a project that is nearing readiness for publication. To build a sense of community among members of the humanities departments at Wellesley, faculty will be required to be in residence for four weeks during the summer. In the fall immediately following the residency period, faculty will also be required to give a presentation to the community on the work they have readied for submission. Preference for summer grants will be given to those who declare their intention to submit their work to a peer-reviewed journal or academic press.

Wellesley faculty will be given an office for the summer, access to a computer, and a stipend of $4,000 for costs associated with research, excluding equipment. The 2019 summer fellowship program runs from June 15 to August 15. Please send a project proposal, a list of intended journals or presses, and a CV to the director via email by March 2, 2020. The advisory board will vote on fellowship applications and will follow a strict recusal policy. Please note: only Wellesley faculty are eligible to apply for this fellowship.