ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships for Ph.D. Students in the Fields of Humanities

Fellowship in Art and Humanities , in Social Science
  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : March 15, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 207768
  • Fields of study Humanities
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 24 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Students in the Fields of Humanities

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) accepts applications for the fifth competition of the Leading-Edge Fellowship program 2023. This program’s primary objective is to demonstrate the potential of humanistic knowledge and approaches to solve problems, advance justice and equity in society, and build capacity.

The Leading-Edge Fellowship is for applicants from diverse backgrounds, including historically under-represented people like scholars from low-income backgrounds, formerly incarcerated scholars, Black American, Hispanic or Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, first-generation college students, queer and trans scholars, and scholars with disabilities.

The supporting body behind this initiative is Mellon Foundation. Fellows will play essential roles in improving their skills and capacities honed while earning the humanities Ph.D. These roles include research, project management, advanced communication, and creative problem-solving.

The 24 months’ fellowships are to foster partnerships between fellows and their hosting organizations. Each candidate may apply for up to two Leading Edge Fellowship opportunities listed below.

Important Dates and Details

  • Applications Status: Open
  • Applications Deadline: 15 March 2023 (9:00 pm EDT)
  • Tenure: 24 months
  • Start Date: September 2023
  • Position Title: Research Manager
  • Host Organization: Lis of Hosting Organizations
  • Organized by: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
  • Location:S. or Remote
  • Degree Required:D.
  • Gender:Male/Female
  • Medium of Instruction: English
  • Number of Opportunity: N/A
  • Funding Type: Fully-funded
  • Eligible Country:N/A
  • Focus Areas:Humanities (Social Justice)

Host Organizations

Below is the list of hosts participating institutions:

Benefits of the ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

The ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships will cover the following expenses:

  • A stipend of $66,000 in the first year and $70,000 in year two
  • Professional development funding of $3,500 per year
  • Relocation costs of $5,000
  • Health insurance
  • Post-fellowship placement opportunity

Eligibility Criteria

All candidates should meet the following requirements to apply for the ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships:

  • Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree conferred by their university between 01 September 2018 and 01 September 2023.
  • Those who will graduate in the Spring or Summer of 2023 should verify with confirmation from their dissertation advisor or department chair.
  • Applicants should submit a Ph.D. from any humanities or humanistic social sciences field.
  • Should demonstrate authorization to work in the United States throughout the fellowship term.

How to Apply for the ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships?

All applicants should submit a complete application package, including the following documents, via the online portal:

  • A short answer section about applying humanistic doctoral training to sectors beyond the academy
  • Cover letter of one to two pages personalised to each selected project and addressed to the host organization
  • A resume of one to two pages
  • List of three references.

Note: No reference letters are necessary at the time of application. Those who apply for the two fellowship positions, please submit two resumes and a list of references.


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