AAA&S Visiting Scholars Program

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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Grant amount: US $60,000

Next anticipated deadline: Oct 27, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 27, 2021

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: United States

Must travel to: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 4 years of receiving their PhD

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The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship program offers a collaborative work environment and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. It also creates a national network for these scholars, assisting them in their research and professional development.

Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. The program also provides Visiting Scholars with the opportunity to develop their professional skills through involvement in the programmatic work of the Academy. This could include pursuing research for a project committee, assisting in the preparation of an issue of Daedalus, helping to organize a conference or a symposium, or other comparable activities. The Academy provides office space and computer services as well as library privileges in cooperation with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. The program also features a mentorship program that will pair each Visiting Scholar with an Academy Fellow who is an expert in a similar field of study.

The fellowship is a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with a mutual option to renew for a second year. One of the goals of the Visiting Scholars Program is to build a community of research scholars in residence; regular attendance at the Academy facilitates this goal. Research trips, interviews, attendance at scholarly meetings or speaking engagements should be limited to no more one weekday per week during the fellowship term, and scholars may not accept any teaching appointment or other major commitments during the fellowship. 

The fellowship is a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with a mutual option to renew for a second year. The annual stipend for the fellowship is $60,000. Health benefits are included, as are modest stipends for moving and research travel.

The Academy provides office space, computer services, and library privileges; it also assists with information on locating housing in the Boston/Cambridge area.

Visiting Scholars are members of an intellectual community dedicated to multidisciplinary scholarship and collaborative approaches to pressing cultural and societal issues. Please include in your proposal a statement considering how your work would benefit from your participation in a multidisciplinary community.

Nearly 60 academic institutions from across the country have become Affiliates of the American Academy, supporting the Visiting Scholars Program and participating in Academy studies on higher education.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The program is open to scholars who received their Ph.D. degree within four (4) years before the application deadline date who do not hold a tenure-track faculty appointment and have not previously published a scholarly monograph.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the U.S. as of the application deadline date.
  • Graduate student applicants must have the degree in hand by August 1, 2018. 


  • Applicants may not hold a tenure-track teaching appointment nor have previously published a scholarly monograph.