ACLS Fellowships including ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships and ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships

Funding Agency:
American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Faculty appointments are not required. The ultimate goal of the 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 creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2019 and no later than February 1, 2020.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): up to $40,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $50,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline.

In 2018-19, the program will award up to 81 fellowships. Approximately 28 fellowships will be awarded at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 28 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 25 at the full Professor level. It is ACLS’s expectation that the continuing growth of the program will allow for the fellows selected to be even more broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that demographic diversity enhances scholarship, and aspire to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond.

Deadline: Sep. 25, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The ACLS Fellowship program includes a joint fellowship with the New York Public Library (additional information below), as well as named awards made possible by generous donors. The following fellowships will be awarded to selected applicants from within the the ACLS Fellowship program:

  • ACLS Barrington Foundation Centennial Fellowships in Classical Studies;
  • ACLS Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Centennial Fellowships in English and American Literature;
  • ACLS Centennial Fellowships in the Dynamics of Place;
  • ACLS Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Arts and Letters;
  • ACLS Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fellowships in Chinese History;
  • ACLS Oscar Handlin Fellowships in American History; 
  • ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowships in Music Studies;
  • and ACLS Yvette and William Kirby Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • have a PhD that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of a PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
  • have had a lapse of at least two years between the last "supported research leave" and September 1, 2019. Please see FAQ about the definition of supported research leaves and how the timing of such leaves affects eligibility.



Amount Description

Maximum award:
$70,000 for full Professor and scholars of equivalent accomplishment
$50,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent
$40,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent

Funding Type


Duke Awardees


  • Laura F. Edwards: Professor, History, Duke University  -  Only the Clothes on Her Back: Textiles, Law, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century United States


  • Rebecca Stein (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Duke University): Captured: How the Digital Camera Has Changed the Israeli Occupation


  • Laura Suzanne Lieber (Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Duke University) - Staging the Sacred: Orchestrating Holiness in Late Antiquity
  • Jennie Grillo (Assistant Professor, Divinity School, Duke University) - The Afterlife of the Apocryphal Daniel: Martyrdom, Idolatry, Liturgy



Junior Faculty


Arts & Humanities
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 25, 2019