Message From ACLS President Joy Connolly

Matthew Goldfeder, Director of Fellowships in ACLS’s Office of Fellowships and Public Programs, is pursuing new endeavors on the west coast. He will take leave of his position on September 30.

ACLS grew substantially in scope during the years of Matthew’s service, granting over $25 million in fellowships in 2018-19 from $15 million in 2013-14. Eight new programs were established since 2012, including ACLS’s new involvement with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Matthew played a key role in implementing this expansion. We are proud of his achievements in broadening ACLS’s reach to new audiences, including faculty at teaching-intensive institutions and from underrepresented groups. Thanks in part to his hard work, ACLS now welcomes a more diverse community of reviewers and fellowship recipients.

In all the work he has undertaken on behalf of the humanities and related social sciences, Matthew has sought to ground change in data and data analysis. His examination of applicant pools and review structure revealed ways ACLS could meaningfully increase its impact through better outreach and clearer communication through every step of the fellowship application. Under his leadership ACLS programs were transformed from paper and snail-mail to fully online processes, allowing an ever-widening group of constituents easier access to apply, conduct reviews, and receive funding. Among Matthew’s achievements is his effective mentorship of colleagues as they take their own career steps within ACLS or in graduate school.

As part of the transition as Matthew prepares to depart, we are beginning the search for a new Program Officer. All of us here at ACLS wish Matthew the very best.

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.