ACLS Research University Consortium Meets in New York City
The ACLS Research University Consortium in support of the humanities and related social sciences comprises the 35 leading research universities listed below, each of which has pledged to provide ACLS $50,000/year to enable the increase of stipends for scholars selected to receive ACLS Fellowships. The consortium began in 2001 with 30 members.
The Andrew W. Mellon and Ford Foundations laid the groundwork for this major initiative with their awards totaling $9 million in 1997; those funds inaugurated the ACLS campaign to reinvigorate the central ACLS Fellowship program, by increasing both the number of awards and the level of stipends. Before the campaign, fellowship stipends were set at $20,000 for all ranks and 55 fellowships were awarded annually for a total of $1.1 million. In 1997, the portion of the ACLS endowment devoted to fellowships was $24 million.
Thanks to the contributions from the ACLS Research University Consortium, foundations, individuals, and our other college and university Associates, over the last decade ACLS has been able to increase significantly support for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences. In 2017, our central ACLS Fellowship program will award 71 fellowships with stipends ranging from $40,000 for assistant professors to $70,000 for full professors for a total of $3.72 million. In 2016, ACLS awarded over $18 million in fellowships to over 300 individual scholars. With the central ACLS Fellowship program setting the pace, other national funders such as NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation have increased the size of their fellowship stipends.
The 2017 meeting, held on February 13 in New York City, was the ninth meeting of the group. Representatives of 33 of the 35 member instititutions participated along with ACLS staff (see list of participants). Topics discussed include the current political and policy environment, diversity initiatives, the interface between community colleges and research universities, and the public reach of the humanities.
ACLS Research University Consortium Members
Indiana University, Bloomington
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Ohio State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Madison