Supported by The Mellon Foundation, NYBG’s Humanities Institute is a center for innovative thinking at the place where science and the humanities meet—with a spotlight on the growing field of Food Humanities. Our lively community of fellows and visiting scholars explores the Garden’s historic collections in the Mertz Library and the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, furthering interdisciplinary research projects that span issues in foodways, justice, and more, with a special focus on the Bronx.

Mellon Fellowship in Food Humanities

The Humanities Institute at the New York Botanical Garden offers a full-time residential Mellon Research Fellowship in the field of Food Humanities for Pre- and Post-Doctoral students. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in topics related to the Food Humanities with special focus on the multi-cultural communities in and around the Bronx, New York, including but not limited to, histories of food and urban agriculture, food justice and food security in the Bronx, Indigenous food traditions, and history of community gardens and urban farms.

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