Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: Fellowships at a Participating Research Center

American Council of Learned Societies

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Grant amount: Up to US $105,500

Anticipated deadline: Sep 25, 2020 6:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Program Information

These Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 residential research centers participating in the program. Such an environment, beyond providing free time, encourages exchanges across disciplinary lines that can be especially helpful to deepening and expanding the significance of projects in the humanities and related social sciences. This year's successful applicants may take up the fellowship in 2017-18 or in either of the succeeding two academic years, but candidates must commit themselves firmly to their preferred year and residential center on their completed applications. Candidates must also commit themselves to relocating as needed in order to be in residence for the entire nine-month tenure of the fellowship.

ACLS will award up to 10 Burkhardt Fellowships for residency at these centers in the 2016-17 competition year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $95,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $7,500 and for relocation up to $3,000.

Scholars are free to apply both for a Burkhardt Fellowship and for forms of support offered directly by all of the participating centers, as well as to other ACLS fellowship programs. Successful applicants who accept a Burkhardt Fellowship will be withdrawn from other ACLS competitions.


  • To encourage more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences;
  • To link a small number of outstanding scholars and their projects to one of a limited number of residential study centers with an established record of advancing multidisciplinary scholarship;
  • To sustain the scholarly momentum of the emerging intellectual leaders in fields of the humanities and related social sciences.

ACLS invites applications that extend the frame within which research is planned in ways that will encourage conceptualizing and bringing to completion projects of wide scope and high significance. There are many ways in which scholarship may take on such scope and significance, from work that compares historical or literary trends across two or more cultures; that requires command of two or more scholarly disciplines to advance analysis; that explores topics requiring insights be combined from two or more fields of the humanities; or that is poised to take fields of study in new directions.

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  • Open to recently tenured humanists. 
    • These are scholars who will have begun their first tenured contracts by the application deadline but began their first tenured contracts no earlier than the fall 2012 semester or quarter.
  • An applicant must be employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and previous supported research leaves do not affect eligibility for the Burkhardt Fellowship.


  • This is a residential fellowship; scholars who are unable to commit to a nine-month residence at one of the 13 participating centers should not apply.
  • ACLS does not fund creative work or the performing arts (e.g., novels, films, performance, or musical composition), nor does it fund textbooks or pedagogical projects, or work that deals purely with translation.