ACLS Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies


Grant amount: Up to US $70,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 26, 2019 6:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Working Professional Faculty

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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Overview:

Summary

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Faculty appointments are not required. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. 

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2020 and no later than February 1, 2021.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): up to $40,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $50,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline.

It is ACLS’s expectation that the continuing growth of the program will allow for the fellows selected to be even more broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that demographic diversity enhances scholarship, and aspire to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond.

ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research in any discipline of the humanities and related social science on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS continues to welcome applications from scholars proposing disciplinary or interdisciplinary work in international and area studies, as it has since, in the years after World War II, ACLS worked with the Social Science Research Council to develop and sustain scholarly expertise focused on particular areas or cultural regions of the world.

In addition to these awards, the program offers ACLS Project Development Grants that support projects from faculty at teaching-intensive institutions. Applicants from these institutions who are not selected for fellowships but present particularly promising proposals may be awarded a grant of $5,000 to help advance their projects. (See FAQ for more information.)

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council's Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, former fellows, and individual friends of ACLS.

ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships

ACLS may award residential fellowships in conjunction with The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The Center provides opportunities for up to 15 fellows to explore the rich, diverse collections in the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The Center also serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among fellows, invited guests, the wider academic and cultural communities, and the interested public. It provides individual office space and common areas in the Library building. Fellows are required to be in residence from the beginning of September 2020 through the end of May 202` and to participate in Center activities. These may include lunches, panel discussions, public conversations, symposia, and interviews. More information about The New York Public Library and its collections is available on the website.

The stipend for ACLS/NYPL fellowships will be $70,000, regardless of the applicant’s faculty rank or rank equivalency. ACLS/NYPL fellowships are subfellowships within the overarching ACLS Fellowship program; they have the same eligibility requirements, application form, and schedule. The only additional proviso is that these residential fellowships will be granted to scholars whose projects will benefit from research in the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Please Note: Because this is a joint fellowship, applicants for ACLS/NYPL residential fellowships must also apply to the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the NYPL. The application for the NYPL competition is available here.

An application for an ACLS/NYPL residential fellowship may have any one of the following outcomes:

  • a fellowship awarded solely by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the NYPL,
  • an ACLS Fellowship awarded solely by ACLS, or
  • an ACLS/NYPL residential fellowship awarded jointly by the two organizations.

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

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must:
    • be a US citizen or permanent resident
    • have a PhD that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline.
      • (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of a PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
    • have had a lapse of at least two years between the last "supported research leave" and September 1, 2020.
      • Please see FAQ about the definition of supported research leaves and how the timing of such leaves affects eligibility.

Ineligibility:

  • The ACLS Fellowship program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.