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The program description below is for the 2015-16 competition for which the application deadline has passed. Information on ACLS’s 2016-17 fellowship programs will be provided on the website in summer 2016.

Fellowship Details

  • Amount: $75,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $5,000 and for relocation up to $2,000
  • Tenure: one academic year
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 23, 2015.
  • Notifications will be sent via email by late February 2016.

ACLS invites applications for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowships are named for the late Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise. These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

New in the 2015-16 competition, the Burkhardt program has been expanded into two sets of opportunities for recently tenured humanists. The first set of Burkhardt Fellowships continue to support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 participating residential research centers, and are open to faculty at any degree-granting academic institution in the United States. An additional set of Burkhardt Fellowships are designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty and support an academic year of residence at a wider range of locations including campus humanities centers and university academic departments to be proposed by the applicant. (Liberal arts college faculty may apply for either of the Burkhardt awards and should select the fellowship opportunity that will best serve their project.)

Please select an option below for more information on the particular set of fellowships: