The ACLS Public Fellows program places recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.
This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
The ACLS Public Fellows program involves two separate application processes each program year:
In the fall, nonprofit and government organizations apply for the opportunity to host an ACLS Public Fellow, who will take up his or her appointment in the following year. For more information, visit
Apply to Host an ACLS Public Fellow
In the spring, recent humanities PhDs who meet the program's eligibility requirements apply for two-year fellowship placements at one of the year's selected host organizations. For more information about becoming an ACLS Public Fellow, visit
ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs
Questions about this program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.