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Mellon Diversity Fellowship

Mellon Diversity Fellowship at the University of Chicago

Country: USA
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Applications are open for Mellon Diversity Fellowship at the University of Chicago in the United States of America. The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books. This 14-month fellowship seeks to address the lack of staff diversity in the academic publishing industry by providing underrepresented individuals in publishing real work experience and a network to assist them in their professional development.

This is a 14 month position with medical benefits and paid leave time. The fellow participates in the acquisition of new publications by acting as a liaison among acquisitions editors, authors and reviewers as well as other press departments with direction from others. Collects confidential materials and maintains the database of proposals and manuscripts under review.


  • Assists the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication.
  • Assists as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties.
  • Exercises independent judgment in screening proposals.
  • Liaises with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process.
  • Coordinates workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design and Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment).
  • Liaises with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations.
  • Evaluates author illustration and permission programs and directs authors on the modification needed.
  • Conducts picture research and discusses contract terms and permission fees as needed. Proofreads materials circulated as part of the pre-publication materials for books.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Applicants for this Mellon Diversity Fellowship position at the University of Chicago must have the following qualifications

  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
  • Knowledge of academic environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Familiarity with databases generally and FileMaker.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline29 March,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe University of Chicago



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