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ACLS News

ACLS Increases Award Amounts for 2014-15 Central Fellowship Competition

5/22/2014

ACLS is pleased to announce an increase in both the number and top award amount of ACLS Fellowships, starting in the 2014-15 competition year. The commitment of additional resources to ACLS’s central, endowment-funded fellowship program is part of our broad efforts to meet the growing need for research support among humanities scholars.

"Since the recession, most fellowship granting agencies have experienced rising demand, and ACLS is no exception,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu.  “Reviewers for our fellowship competitions frequently tell us that the number of high quality applications far outstrips the number of fellowships that ACLS can award." 

Speaking at ACLS’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Ms. Yu noted that the program would grow along two dimensions. The number of fellowships awarded to scholars at the rank of associate professor will increase from 20 to 25, which will bring the total yearly awards in the program to 70. In addition, ACLS will raise the maximum stipend level awarded to fellows at the rank of full professor to $70,000 (an increase of $5,000 over the 2013-14 competition). ACLS last raised stipend levels for the ACLS Fellowship, which is the oldest of 12 fellowship programs administered by ACLS, in 2011

Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, among them The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Council's college and university Associates, including a consortium of 33 universities that provides ACLS with special support; and former fellows and individual friends of the ACLS. ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels through 12 distinct fellowship programs. In the 2013-14 competition year, ACLS will award over $15 million in fellowships to more than 300 scholars selected from nearly 4,000 submitted applications.

To learn how you can support research in the humanities, visit ACLS’s giving page

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