Applying to the Mellon School

Faculty and advanced graduate students of drama, theater, and performance studies, as well as independent scholars and artists, are invited to apply for participation in the Mellon School. All accepted participants qualify for free tuition, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.

A complete application to the Mellon School consists of:

  • An Application Form completed here (click to access the application form)
  • A Cover Letter (one page), including a description of why you wish to participate in this year's theme (for independent scholars and artists, please also address why your work is a good fit for the session's theme, two pages)
  • A CV
  • A Research Statement (flexible on page limit)

Before submitting your application, please visit our Application FAQ.


Applications for the 2021 session of the Mellon School are now closed. Applications were due by April 1, 2021 by 11:59pm ET.

Via email to, Subject line: “Mellon School 2021 Application”

Please complete the Application Form here, and then submit your Cover Letter, CV, and Research Statement as one document (if possible) with “Last Name, First Name” in the file name, in .PDF, .DOC, or .DOCX file formats. Applications must be in English to be considered. Electronic submission of all application materials is preferred. Receipt of the application and documents will be confirmed by Tuesday, April 6, 2021.