Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellowships

For 2017-2018, the University will be offering two Mellon-Foundation funded fellowships, as part of the yearlong Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “Urban Art and Urban Form” (  This fellowship is funded through a one-year grant from the Mellon foundation.

Graduate students from any school, department, or division of the University of Chicago are eligible to apply.  PhD students must be ABD.  All fellows should be solidly grounded in a core discipline yet also concerned with the interdisciplinary questions and themes of the seminar.

The Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form seeks to establish a conversation—across the arts and disciplines—about how art contributes to the formation and transformation of urban space. What role has art played and what role can it play in shaping the urban environment? How do built spaces and public artworks interact with one another or converge? How do we conceive the aesthetic dimension of urban design (from architecture and landscape design, to pedestrian networks, place-making, and city planning)?

To be considered for a fellowship, a student will submit an application that includes:

1. a transcript;

2. a Statement of Purpose describing the dissertation, MFA thesis project, or professional goals related to this topic, including a discussion of the significance of the work to the student’s field as well as the contribution it will make toward the themes of the Sawyer Seminar (not to exceed 3 pages, double-spaced);

3. a timeline for completion of dissertation writing and defense or MFA thesis;

4. letters from two members of the student’s dissertation committee or faculty members familiar with the student’s artistic or other work;

5. a CV;

6. and, for write-up candidates, one approved dissertation chapter.

The award includes a $24,000 stipend. Tuition and other benefits may be available depending on the fellow’s division or school.  Check with your Dean of Students office to learn more.

Applications are due by March 27, 2017, and should be emailed to Anne Dodge,, with the subject heading “Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowship.”


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