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Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Fellowships for Scholars

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The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $55,000, plus up to $5,000 to support participation in workshops, trainings, and/or conferences at universities, research centers, and media organizations that encourage connections between journalism and the academy, as well as up to $3,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities
  • Fellowships may be held at any US-based college or university, including the awardee’s home institution
  • Tenure: one academic year
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 24, 2018
  • Notifications will be sent via email by late March 2019


ACLS invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program is designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs by offering fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. More information is available on the program's overview page.

These fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts and who desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Luce/ACLS fellowships are portable and are tenable at any US-based college or university. All fellows are required to participate in two program-sponsored symposia during the academic year. In addition to these required symposia, fellows may elect to participate in workshops, trainings, and/or conferences at universities, research centers, and media organizations that encourage connections between journalism and the academy; see the FAQ for more information.

ACLS will award up to six fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year with tenure beginning between August and September 2019. The award carries a stipend of $55,000, plus $5,000 to support short-term opportunities to participate in workshops, trainings, and/or conferences at institutions, research centers, and media organizations that bridge journalism and the academy, as well as funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $3,000.

Scholars may apply both for a Luce/ACLS Fellowship and for other forms of support, including other ACLS fellowship programs. Please note that an applicant may accept only one ACLS award in a given competition year.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a US citizen or permanent resident as of the application deadline date
  • have a PhD degree that was conferred by the application deadline. (An established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify.)
  • be able to attend and participate in two program-sponsored events, a workshop in Fall 2019 (date and location TBA) and a symposium in Spring 2020 (date and location TBA)

Objectives

  1. To encourage connections between scholarship on religion and the training and practice of journalism;
  2. To provide scholars studying the role of religion in international contexts (from any humanities or social science discipline) the opportunity both to advance their scholarship and to connect their specialist knowledge with journalism and media audiences;
  3. To promote greater public understanding of the role of religion in international affairs.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Up to two additional pages of images or other similar supporting non-text materials (optional)
  • Statement of interest in connecting scholarly research to journalistic audiences (no more than two pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font), including a description of any plans to pursue media engagement
  • Bibliography of relevant scholarly and journalistic sources (no more than two pages)
  • Publications list (no more than two pages)
  • Two reference letters

Evaluation Criteria

Peer reviewers in this program are asked to evaluate all eligible proposals on the following six criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The applicant’s demonstrated commitment to connecting her/his scholarly research with journalistic and media audiences.
  4. The rationale for the proposed site(s) of the fellowship and likelihood that the scholars and resources available there will enable the applicant to carry the project forward and advance the applicant’s interests in media engagement.
  5. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
  6. The scholarly experience—and potential for scholarly achievement—of the applicant.

Please note: Fellows may not teach or undertake other significant administrative responsibilities during the fellowship tenure.