Application: Dissertation Prospectus

We realize that prospectus requirements vary from institution to institution. We are looking for approximately 10 double-spaced pages giving a succinct overview of your argument, its originality, methodology, and scope. If the format of your document differs from this, you may submit as is; take care to give a comprehensive description of your project.

Application: I am just beginning my graduate coursework, or I am senior faculty, or I am not in academia; should I still apply?

The Mellon School gives preference to scholars who would most directly benefit from our program's offerings, including the faculty and student writing workshops. It tends to be the case that upper-level graduate students and junior faculty have greatly benefitted from these two-week workshops. However, we do welcome other applications; please take care to specify in your application why the format of the Mellon School would be beneficial to you at this particular point in your career.

Application: Preferred Submission Format

We prefer to receive your submission as ONE PDF document, with the filname as "LastName, FirstName Application.pdf". Other accepted formats are .doc and .docx formats. Please include your first and last name in your filename upon submission. Submissions must be in English to be considered.

Application: Statement of Interest

Similar to a cover letter, this one-page document lets us know your specific interest in this summer's Mellon School and helps us to relate your current work with our current offerings.

Application: Transcripts

We require transcripts from graduate-level coursework only. Transcripts from your undergraduate coursework are not required. Either an electronic copy or a scanned copy of your official transcript is fine. Please attach your transcript as a PDF with the rest of your application. If you prefer to send your transcripts by post, they may be mailed to:

The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research 
c/o Harvard University Department of English
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

All transcripts must be postmarked by March 1.


Dormitory Accomodations

Dormitory accomodations are located only a 10 minute walk from the Barker Center. The 2017 cost for dorms is $81 per night (subject to change), plus a flat fee for linens, which include two sets of sheets, blanket, pillow/pillowcase, bath towel, and face cloth.

The dorms have the advantage of being convenient and affordable, and of providing a space for participants to gather. Accommodations in the dorms, however, are very basic, with limited or no access to kitchen, etc. Dorm rooms are single-occupancy and bathrooms are shared.

The dorms can accommodate arrivals Read more about Dormitory Accomodations

Parking Availability

Parking is limited and difficult in the Harvard Square area and near the dorms. Participants are encouraged to take public transportation, the MBTA – known as the “T.” Maps of the T routes – subways, buses, commuter rails – are located on the walls in each station. The closest station is located next to the information kiosk in the middle of Harvard Square. Complete information, including fares and schedules, is also available on line at www.mbta.com.