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 current competition year 2012-13, ACLS made awards totaling $15.3 million to more than 300 scholars selected from 4,200 submitted applications.
Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. (See What is peer review?)
The 2012-13 competition offers fellowships and grants in 14 programs (see program descriptions). With the exception of the New Faculty Fellows program and the Public Fellows program, an individual may apply to as many fellowship and grant programs as are suitable. However, not more than one ACLS or ACLS-joint award may normally be accepted in any one competition year.
Information on the 2012-13 competitions is now available (see program descriptions).
For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group.