American Council of Learned Societies: ACLS Fellowship Program in Humanities and Social Science

The American Council of Learned Societies is a nonprofit federation of 80 scholarly organizations dedicated to supporting the development and promoting the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. As the preeminent representative of American humanities and interpretive social sciences scholarship, ACLS believes knowledge is a public good.

The ACLS invites applications for its 2023-24 fellowship program from scholars pursuing research on topics grounded in any period, world region, or humanistic methodology. It aims to select fellows broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study.

Fellowships help scholars devote six to 12 months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at any appropriate site for research. The project’s goal should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can be a monograph, article, publicly engaged humanities project, digital research project, critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships support projects at any stage of development. This program does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or pedagogical projects.

The fellowship stipend is set at $60,000 for a 12-month fellowship, and this year, the ACLS intends to award up to 60 fellowships. Awards of shorter duration will be prorated at $5,000 per month, with the minimum award set at $30,000. Independent scholars and adjunct faculty will receive an award supplement of $7,500 for costs incurred during the research term, including research support, access to manuscript development workshops, learned society conference attendance, health insurance, or child or elder care.

Given the disproportionate effect the pandemic’s social and economic disruptions have had on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, ACLS will continue in the 2023-24 competition year to offer these fellowships solely to untenured scholars who have earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, Indigenous individuals residing in the United States through rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, DACA recipients, asylees, refugees, or individuals granted Temporary Protected Status in the United States. In addition, foreign nationals living in the United States or U.S. territories for three or more years before the application deadline are also eligible if they do not establish permanent residence outside the United States during the fellowship period. Applicants must have a PhD officially conferred between September 29, 2015, and September 28, 2023, and must not hold a tenured faculty position.

Please contact Lynn Wong if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.