Mellon-EPIC Fellowship Application for Graduate Students: Medical, Environmental and Digital Humanities AY 2018-2019

All applications are due by June 25, 2018 11.59pm. All recommendation letters (via email to are due by June 29, 2018 11.59pm. If you are interested in applying for multiple STEs, we would kindly ask you to submit a separate application for each STE. Graduate students may use the same recommendation letter for all applications.

The EPIC Program is now accepting applications for the AY 2018-2019 Seminars in Teaching Excellence (STE) for the following seminars:

  • Medical Humanities (Fall 2018)
  • Environmental Humanities (Winter 2019)
  • Digital Humanities (Spring 2019)

These STEs will explore the pedagogical approaches to teaching these interdisciplinary curricular fields that are in development within the Humanities Division. The seminars will have the additional aim of developing recommendations for how each experimental track can be formally integrated into the Humanities curriculum at UCLA towards innovative and collaborative teaching.

The goals for the Medical, Environmental, and the Digital Humanities STEs are as follows:

  • explore general scholarship and debates surrounding each interdisciplinary field.
  • study and discuss best practices and pedagogical approaches for teaching each field.
  • create sample curricula for each fields that may be incorporated or formalized within Humanities departments and higher education institutions as a concentration for undergraduate study and a locus for innovative and collaborative teaching.

The Seminars in Teaching Excellence (STE) will explore topics that are fundamental to teaching and learning in the humanities and support innovative approaches to humanities curricula through productive discussions and collaborations between UCLA and area community college faculty, and UCLA graduate students. The outcome for each seminar will vary and will be determined by the faculty leads and participants of each STE, but at the very least the seminars are required to provide:

  • an annotated bibliography of relevant scholarly articles
  • one other product that can used or adapted to provide pedagogical training and instructional support for faculty and TAs

The seminars require a maximum of 30 hours of face-to-face meetings and 20 hours of at-home preparation (i.e., reading, development of project materials). Fellows are expected to attend all meetings, notify the co-leads in the event of professional/personal conflicts of interest, and contribute to the final project.

Meeting times for each STE (subject to change):

  • Medical Humanities Fall 2018, Tuesdays 2pm to 5pm
  • Environmental Humanities Winter 2019, Fridays 11am to 1pm (biweekly)
  • Digital Humanities Spring 2019, Wednesdays 1-4pm, biweekly from week 2



Each candidate must fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply to the Mellon-EPIC Fellowship in Teaching Excellence:

  • Candidate’s home department must be part of the Humanities Division, Musicology or the Department of History at UCLA.
  • Candidate must be enrolled full-time during the academic year.
  • Candidate must have at least one full quarter of TA experience at UCLA prior to the quarter when the STE is offered.
  • Candidate must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Candidate must arrange for a UCLA faculty member to send an email referral on his/her behalf. The referral must be sent by the faculty member directly to and it must speak to the candidate’s commitment to excellence in teaching in the humanities and/or advocacy of TA training at UCLA. Please advise your faculty recommender to submit a .pdf file. All recommendation letters are due by June 29, 2018 11.59pm
  • Due to limited space in each STE, priority will be given to graduate students between years 2 and 5 of their graduate program. More advanced graduate students may still apply and will be considered should space be available.

Graduate students with home departments in the Humanities Division, Musicology or the Department of History at UCLA are eligible to apply to participate in the STEs as Mellon-EPIC Fellows. There are ten spaces reserved for graduate student Fellows in each STE. Fellows will be awarded $5,000.


Please note: The Urban Humanities STE will be offered during the Fall 2019 Quarter. Applications for co-leads and faculty and graduate student participants will be available during the Winter/Spring 2019 Quarters.