ACLS Announces 2021-2022 Faculty Fellowships for Untenured Faculty

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is seeking research proposals from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences for the Council’s 2021-2022 ACLS Fellowship competition. Given the disproportionate effect the current economic downturn is having on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, this year the awards are designated solely for untenured scholars who have earned their PhD within the past eight years. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track.

ACLS Fellowships are intended to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at any appropriate site for research. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and sabbatical pay. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2021 and no later than July 1, 2022. The fellowship term must conclude no later than December 31, 2022.

The ultimate goal of the fellowship project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The ACLS Fellowship program does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

The fellowship stipend is set at $60,000 for a 12-month fellowship. Awards of shorter duration will be prorated at $5,000 per month, with the minimum award set at $30,000. Independent scholars, adjunct faculty, and faculty with teaching-intensive appointments will receive an award supplement of $3,000 for research support, access to manuscript development workshops, or learned society conference attendance.

Applicants must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient.; and have a PhD officially conferred between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2020.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 30, 2020.

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