Information for International Applicants
ACLS administers several programs that are also open to international applicants. Some of these are for scholars at US universities studying world areas outside North America. Others are for scholars at universities in other countries. Still others have no restrictions as to citizenship or home university. All applications must be submitted in English.
The programs are listed in alphabetical order. Please read carefully the eligibility criteria to determine if you qualify.
This program for early-career scholars in the field of art history is open to all applicants with PhDs conferred within the past six years, regardless of citizenship, country of residency, or institutional affiliation.
With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (for early career fellowships), ACLS seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States and Canada through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. The program currently offers Early Career Fellowships for which applicants must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident must have a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, or other long-term affiliation, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by ACLS, supports research and teaching worldwide. For this program, there are no restrictions as to the citizenship or home university of applicants, the location of their research, or the language of the major scholarly work that results.
The program offers a suite of fellowship and grant competitions that expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS organizes the following competitions:
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Early Career Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Translation Grants in Buddhist Studies
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhism Public Scholars
- The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies
In partnership with the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS), the Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe (SISECSE) enables scholars to undertake local fieldwork and research in Bulgaria and engage in interdisciplinary discussions. In 2023, 2024, and 2025, ACLS and CAS will convene leading scholars from Eastern Europe and North America for a two-week residency in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.
The competition will be open to scholars in any field or discipline in the humanities and interpretive social sciences pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research in the region (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine). Scholars should be based at institutions in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) or Central/Eastern Europe (see prior list).