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ACLS Announces Results of Central Fellowship, Ryskamp, and Burkhardt Competitions

5/8/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2012-13 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year, a total of 65 fellowships were awarded to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. ACLS received over 1,100 applications for the fellowship this cycle, making 2013 one of the most competitive years in the program’s history.

“ACLS employs a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that the selected fellows represent the very best in their fields,” said Nicole Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs at ACLS. “This year’s fellows were chosen from among hundreds of excellent applications for their potential to create new knowledge that will improve our understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and societies.”

ACLS Fellowships provide salary replacement for scholars who are embarking on six to 12 months of full-time research and writing. The program is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s college and university Associates, past fellows and individual friends of ACLS.

For more information about the recipients of ACLS Fellowships and their projects, click here.

In addition to its central fellowship program, ACLS also announces the competition results of its two career-advancement programs, the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship and the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship. The two programs, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.

“The Ryskamp and Burkhardt fellowships are targeted interventions in the careers of exceptionally talented scholars,” said Stahlmann. “This outstanding group of 23 fellows stands poised to make significant contributions to a variety of humanistic disciplines through projects as diverse as a biohistory of the late Roman Empire, a study of evolving concepts of dead bodies in 20th-century America, and an investigation into the interplay of revolutionary Azeri and Turkish literature and Soviet communism, among other topics.”

For a listing of this year’s recipients of the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship, click here; information about this year’s Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows is available here.

Since 2002, ACLS’s Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowships have supported advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowships are intended to provide time and resources to enable the selected scholars to conduct their research under optimal conditions. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work.

The Burkhardt Residential Fellowships, launched in 2000, are named for Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin exemplify scholarly dedication to a demanding and ambitious research enterprise. Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year of residence at any one of the 13 national residential research centers participating in the program. The environment at these centers encourages exchanges across disciplinary lines that can be especially helpful to deepening and expanding the significance of projects in the humanities and related social sciences.

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