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    The new Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies is a global competition. 

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    Digital Innovation Fellow Stephen Berry at the 2014 ACLS Annual Meeting

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    African Humanities Program senior advisers Lynette Steenveld, Adigun Agbaje, and Sandra Barnes at Makerere University in Uganda

Fellowships & Grants

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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 2013-14 competition year, ACLS made awards totaling over $15 million to nearly 300 scholars selected from more than 3,000 submitted applications.

Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. (See What is peer review?)

The 2014-15 competition offers fellowships and grants in 12 programs, with information on the current competitions and deadlines available here.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or are based at institutions outside the U.S. should see the information we provide international applicants here.

With the exception of 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.

For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art history and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

However, proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary humanities and related social sciences are welcome, and most programs do not restrict the focus of research to any geographic region or to any cultural or linguistic group of study.

For more information, see "What are the humanities."

As many of our programs have more specific eligibility criteria, please read the program pages carefully and review their specific FAQ if you have further questions as to what types of applications are or are not eligible.

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Focus on Research

ACLS asked its fellows to describe their research: the knowledge it creates and how this knowledge benefits our understanding of the world. Read the latest entries from:

Emma J. Teng F'06 on the Hidden Histories of Mixed Race Families 

Arleen Marcia Tuchman F'07  on the Cultural History of Diabetes 

Kenneth M. Price F'08  on Editing Whitman in the Digital Age 

Michael Bess F'08  on Justice and Identity in a Bioengineered Civilization 

Paul Gootenberg F'06, F'88  on Writing (and Finishing) the History of Cocaine 

See the complete series