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ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Program

American Council of Learned Societies

Grant amount: Up to US $201,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 27, 2019 6:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty College / University

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship program will not be offered in 2018-19.

ACLS invites applications for the ninth annual competition for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships, which support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance. The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, during which time project funds may be expended, to be initiated between July 1, 2017 and September 1, 2019. Collaborator’s research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.

Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. However, the aim of the fellowship program is to support scholarship that highlights the intellectual significance and innovation of collaborative research. Thus please note that applicants from the same discipline may face increased scrutiny from peer reviewers about how each collaborator’s expertise contributes to the project and collaborators from the same institution must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged. Up to eight awards will be made in the 2016-17 competition.

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  • A collaborative project must be constituted of at least two scholars who are each seeking salary-replacement stipends for six to twelve continuous months of supported research leave  to pursue full-time collaborative research and writing during the fellowship tenure.
  • The Project Coordinator must have an appointment at a US-based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience.


  • What the Collaborative Research Fellowship Program does not fund:
    • Large research clusters that do not produce publications jointly authored by all project collaborators
    • Collaborative projects that result in an anthology or edited volume of secondary scholarship
    • Projects that are not primarily focused on research
    • Projects whose primary aim it is to transform existing research results into digital format
    • Projects whose primary emphasis is on organization of events (workshops, lectures, exhibitions)

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