The American Council of Learned Societies began awarding fellowships and grants to individual scholars in 1926. Since then, ACLS has sought to meet the needs of an ever-changing academy and meet new challenges faced by scholars, whether early-career, independent, established educators, those working within the administrative ranks, and those forging paths in public-facing research.

Humanistic Scholarship Responding to Today’s Most Pressing Issues
Structural Racism
Climate Change
Women’s Movements

“‘Drawing Unbelonging’ uses comics as a medium of inquiry to engage the sociopolitical through the lens of the personal, to critically look at pressing issues of our time, and draw attention to systemic and interconnected issues pertaining to race, gender, disability, and environmental inequality.”

Kay Sohini F’21 discusses the process of creating her graphic dissertation using comics as a method, and how nontraditional approaches to scholarship can create space for inclusive work accessible to the public.

Left: Image from Sohini’s graphic dissertation, “Drawing Unbelonging”

Support for Scholars Before and Beyond the Award

ACLS continues to provide valuable professional development resources for both applicants and awardees beyond the award period. We regularly host office hours sessions and webinars during the application period to answer questions and provide technical assistance to prospective applicants. Current and past awardees also participate in ACLS professional development workshops and convenings, including dissertation workshops for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows and Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies awardees; roundtable discussions and panels on topics including public-facing scholarship and mentorship for Luce/ACLS Fellows in China Studies; and an annual residency for Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows in the History of Art in Los Angeles.