Frequently Asked Questions


I am in the final stages of completing my degree. Can I apply?

Yes. Candidates who have not yet completed degrees may apply if they will submit their dissertations by the month of September. For example, if you apply for the Fellowship beginning in October 2021, your dissertation should be submitted by September 2020. Your acceptance will be final upon completion of their doctoral degrees by April 1, 2021.

It has been several years since my PhD was awarded, until when can I apply?

Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees no earlier than the date specified in the Call for Applications. If you were on documented medical leave or maternity leave, please contact us to adjust this date.

What is Mandel Scholion Center policy on diversity and equal opportunity?

We are looking for candidates with high research skills and who strive for excellence. We welcome diverse candidates. Please add any information you think is important on these matters on your application form

Can I still apply if I don't have any peer-reviewed publications?

It is possible to apply for the Fellowship without having published peer-reviewed work, but your prospects are slimmer. Nonetheless, the Call for Applications is published every June, and you can apply within the four years following the completion of your PhD.

Can my proposal be on any topic?

Yes, you can propose research on any topic that is relevant to the Humanities at large.

Can I submit a research proposal for a project that will start this year during my current post-doctoral fellowship?


What guidelines should I follow when writing my proposal for my post-doctoral project?

Please explain what is new about your proposal and how it is appropriate for a three-year time frame. We advise you to seek a balance between specialists in the field and a proposal written for a broad humanities committee. It is also useful if you explain briefly how your new project came out of your doctoral research. Although we know that you will most probably spend part of your postdoctoral years turning your dissertation into a book, it is important to give the committee an idea of your future plans and directions.

How are the applications processed?

Each application is sent to 2 external readers. The applications that receive excellent assessments from both readers are then read by all the committee members and a short list of 6-8 people are invited to be interviewed and the Mandel Fellows are chosen from these interviewees.

How do I get the recommendation letters to you?

When you submit your application through the online university platform, you will be assigned a private (randomly generated) email address to which your recommenders should send their letters. You can log into the online university platform anytime to check who sent an email, when it was sent, and the name of any attached files, but you won’t be able to read the recommendations.

Does it matter when one submits the application?

Yes, you can submit only until September 15th 2020. We will not receive application or documents after the final date.

If I have applied unsuccessfully in the past, should I try again?

Definitely, you should apply again. Some of our post-docs were only successful on their second and third tries. Good luck!