Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

Job Type: Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is now accepting applications for the new Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program, which offers opportunities for faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to pursue humanities scholarship beyond the academy and to deepen their support for doctoral curricular innovation on their campuses.

The Scholars & Society program supports tenured humanities faculty in PhD-granting programs or departments as they pursue research projects in residence at US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organizations of their choice. Fellows and their host organization colleagues are expected to create a mutually beneficial partnership in which they collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices.

The goal of the fellowship year should be to conduct a major research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences that treats a significant issue or grand challenge in society—such as democratic governance; technological change; racism and inequality; climate change; economic exclusion; or migration and immigration, to name a few possibilities. The program supports projects at all stages of development, and applicants may propose projects that originate from their own research interests and agendas as well as those that are created in collaboration with, or in service of, their chosen host organizations. The program also offers two workshops over the course of the fellowship year to help fellows refine their projects, build connections with individuals and institutions engaged in public scholarship, and plan future programming related to doctoral program innovation on their campuses.

Scholars & Society Fellowships are tenable in the 2019-20 academic year and provide:

  • A $75,000 stipend
  • Up to $6,000 for research, related project costs, and travel/relocation costs as necessary
  • $10,000 in support for the fellow’s host organization
  • Sponsored attendance at the program’s fall and spring workshops
  • Additional funding to sponsor on-campus and off-campus programming in the year following the fellowship.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system. Further information about the program and application process is available online. The application deadline is 9pm EDT on October 24, 2018.

Questions? Visit the program FAQ page or contact

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $25 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

Posted: September 21, 2018