Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: For Liberal Arts College Faculty

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

One of the strengths of American higher education is the diversity of institutions that interact but remain distinct. In this educational ecosystem, liberal arts colleges serve as strongholds of the humanities by placing those fields at the core of their curricula. To support recently tenured faculty at these institutions, ACLS has designated a set of Burkhardt Fellowships specifically for them, with awards designed to support ambitious research in the humanities and encourage intellectual networks across types of institutions.

These Burkhardt Fellowships support an academic year (nine months) of residence at a university academic department or university-based humanities center of the applicant’s choice. 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 location 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.

In the 2016-17 competition year, ACLS will award up to 10 Burkhardt Fellowships for residency at the applicant’s proposed location. 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.


  1. To encourage more adventurous, more wide-ranging, and longer-term patterns of research than are current in the humanities and related social sciences;
  2. To provide a small number of outstanding scholars at liberal arts colleges time away from other responsibilities to pursue their research and a choice as to what communities of scholars and resources will best advance their scholarship;
  3. To help create sustained scholarly conversations and durable networks among faculty at diverse types of institutions;
  4. To sustain the scholarly momentum of 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 explores new modalities of scholarship including digital and collaborative work; that requires the command of two or more scholarly disciplines to advance its analysis; or that explores topics requiring intense immersion in centers of scholarly activity dedicated to a particular discipline or subfield.

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


  • 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 liberal arts college 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. 
  •  \Eligible residential sites include humanities centers and academic departments located at universities in the United States, and applicants may propose residencies at any such sites that they deem will best advance their projects. 


  • This is a residential fellowship; scholars who are unable to commit to a nine-month residence at their proposed location 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.