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We have an upcoming fellowship opportunity at the Press that may be of interest.

The Fellowship is a 14-month paid position, starting June 1, 2021. It offers participants the chance to work in the acquisitions department (generally, and not necessarily within the science section) of the Press, while at the same time gaining a comprehensive overview of academic publishing. For a little more background information on the grant, please see this link to our original press release (new one is still forthcoming):

The external link to the posting is below. It offers a redirect for internal candidates.—-Acquisitions-Assistant_WDR-00024714-2

Note the closing date for the listing: Midnight of March 14, 2021.

The extended description for the fellowship is also pasted below.

Mellon Diversity Fellow – Acquisitions Assistant

Closes: March 14, 2021

Job Summary

Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, Cornell University Press is seeking a Mellon Diversity Fellow to join our acquisitions department.  The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books. This is a 14-month term appointment with medical benefits and paid leave time.


  • assist acquiring editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication;
  • assist as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties;
  • exercise independent judgment in screening proposals;
  • liaise with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process;
  • coordinate workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design & Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment);
  • liaise with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal abilities.
  • Basic research skills using libraries and electronic media.
  • Evidence of academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in the humanities, social sciences or natural history.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
  • Must be proficient using MS Office.
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask and prioritize work, and function independently within a team-oriented environment. 
  • Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.
  • Sustained personal engagement with low-income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.
  • No relocation assistance is provided.
  • No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Application Instructions

Submit cover letter/letter of interest AND resume/CV (preferably in a combined file) using the link below. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 14, 2021.—-Acquisitions-Assistant_WDR-00024714-2

About the Andrew W. Mellon University Press Diversity Fellowship Program

Associated with both the educational mission of universities and the business models of the publishing industry, university presses occupy a distinct space where the values and priorities of both worlds converge. Diversity of all kinds is important to both, as it contributes to the “robust exchange of ideas” key to higher education and helps foster the innovation necessary for evolving businesses.  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.

About Cornell University

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell University Press is an exciting and dynamic publisher at which to start, develop, or hone your career. When we do have open positions they are posted on the Cornell University jobs website. We also announce open positions through our social media channels and in industry-relevant media.

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