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ACLS News

ACLS Awards $15.3 Million in Fellowships in 2013

10/21/2013

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In the 2012-13 competition year, ACLS made awards totaling $15.3 million to more than 300 scholars selected from nearly 4,000 submitted applications.

“ACLS employs a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that the selected fellows represent the very best in their fields,” said Nicole Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. This year’s fellows were chosen from among thousands of excellent applications at all scholarly ranks "for their potential to create new knowledge that will improve our understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and societies."

Pre-doctoral fellowships:
This year, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art awarded a record total of 79 fellowships to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious Ph.D. research in the humanities. More information about 2013’s pre-doctoral fellows is available here

ACLS Fellowship (Central Program), Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships:
In the 2012-13 ACLS Fellowship competition, a total of 65 fellowships were awarded to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. ACLS received over 1,100 applications for the fellowship this cycle, making 2013 one of the most competitive years in the program’s history.

In addition to its central fellowship program, ACLS also announces the competition results of its two career-advancement programs, the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship and the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship. The two programs, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers. Further details about the Ryskamp, Burkhardt, and Central Fellowship programs is available here

ACLS Public Fellows Program:
In 2013, ACLS selected 20 recent humanities Ph.D.s as ACLS Public Fellows. The innovative fellowship program and career-transitioning initiative allows fellows to gain valuable, career-launching experience in areas such as arts management, communications, public administration, and digital media. This year's 20 Public Fellows will take up two-year assignments at a diverse set of partnering organizations in the government and non-profit sectors, including the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Amnesty International, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. More information can be found here

ACLS made awards across more than a dozen programs in 2013. The 2013-14 competition year offers fellowships and grants in 13 programs, including the new Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS fellowship program in Buddhist studies. Information on current competitions and deadlines is available here

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