American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships Program


Deadline: ~October 1

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Justin Steinberg, Romance (09/10); Donald Harper, East Asian (08/09); Jennifer Cole, Anthropology (07/08); Patchen Markell, Political Science (07/08); Josef Stern, Philosophy (07/08); Martha Feldman, Music (05/06); Kesha Fikes, Anthropology (05/06)

Competition Level: Approximately 20 fellowships will be available at the assistant and associate professor levels, and approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the full professor level. In the 2007/08 competition, the ACLS received 1,016 applications and made 65 awards (36 women and 29 men); the numbers for 2008/09 and 2009/10 are not available.

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by application deadline; a lapse of 2 years since last supported research leave (i.e., an individual’s most recent supported research leave must have concluded prior to July 1, 2008); Ph.D. conferred at least two years before the application deadline (an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify)

The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.  The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. The ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

The fellowship is intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.  The fellowship stipend is up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor; up to $40,000 for Associate Professor; and up to $60,000 for full Professor.

In addition to this program, the ACLS offers a number of fellowship programs that are more specific in their focus. Please visit the Website to determine which is appropriate for you.

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