FAQ

Application: Dissertation Prospectus

We realize that prospectus requirements vary from institution to institution. We are looking for approximately 5-15 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.

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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.

Dormitory Accomodations

Dormitory accomodations are located only a 10-15 minute walk (through the Harvard campus) from Farkas Hall. The 2018 cost for dorms was $83 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 (about $15), and an access card to the dorms (about $15).

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,...

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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.

Session Schedule and Dates

The 2017 Mellon School starts Monday, June 5, 2017 at 10:00am and ends on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:30pm. Registration on Monday, June 5 begins at 9:30am.

Each day, there is mandatory programming from 10am-7pm.

A typical day:
10am-12pm: Seminars
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch (provided by the Mellon School)
1:00pm-2:30pm: Lecture Discussion
2:30-3:00pm: Break
3:00pm-4:30pm: Writing Workshops
4:30-5:30pm: Break
5:30-7:00pm: Lecture

In addition to the daily seminars, the program will include discussions, research workshops, performances, and evening lectures...

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