The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures

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The Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminars awards up to $225,000 to bring together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the arts, humanities, and interpretive social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Proposals that include concrete plans for engaging participants with diverse institutional and disciplinary affiliations are encouraged. Georgetown University has been invited to submit one grant application.

Each seminar normally meets for one year, though some have continued for longer periods. To allow for planning, seminars need not be scheduled for the coming academic year. Sawyer Seminar awards provide support for one postdoctoral fellow and the dissertation research of two graduate students, who are expected be active participants in the intellectual life of the seminar. Seminars are not expected to produce a written product, though many do.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please submit:

  • 1-page project description
  • CV

as a single PDF document (both project description and CV) to the Office of Research Services at no later than Monday, January 7, 2019. The External Awards Review Committee will review these applications to select the University’s applicant.


up to $225,000


Internal application deadline:

January 7, 2019

Full application deadline (if selected):

March 29, 2019



For more information visit the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars’ website (new window)


For questions about the sponsor, please contact Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations at (202) 687-1067 or

For questions about the limited submission process, please contact Jennifer Kluge, Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean for Research at