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ACLS Receives $11.6 Million from the Mellon Foundation in Support of Ryskamp, Burkhardt, and New Faculty Fellows Programs

7/6/2010

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the American Council of Learned Societies $11.6 million in continued grants for the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships, Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars, and New Faculty Fellows program.

“We are grateful that the Mellon Foundation shares our commitment to making long-term investments in scholarship,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “ACLS works to benefit researchers at every stage in their career, from new scholars to active emeriti. This trio of programs helps maintain ACLS as a principal national source of support for humanities research.” 

The renewal grants for the Ryskamp Fellowships and Burkhardt Fellowships provide funding for three additional years of fellowships and related program activities for scholars at the pre-tenure and recently-tenured stages, benefitting 21 scholars each year. Thus far these fellowships have been awarded to 228 scholars. These programs honor two leaders in philanthropy and education. Frederick Burkhardt, who died in 2007, was ACLS president from 1957 to 1975, during which time he began the endowment supporting the Council’s present course. Charles Ryskamp was a distinguished scholar and museum director, who also served as an adviser to Paul Mellon. As a long-time trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Ryskamp, who died earlier this year, consistently encouraged the support of young scholars in the humanities. Read more about Dr. Ryskamp and Dr. Burkhardt.

The New Faculty Fellows program has also been renewed for 2010-11 and will allow another cohort of 50 recent Ph.D.s to take up two-year positions at universities and colleges. With the New Faculty Fellows program, ACLS implements a rapid response to an urgent problem concerning the new generation of scholars: preserving in the academy the most promising talent in whom great investments have already been made.

These three programs aid scholars in the humanities and social sciences in beginning and establishing their careers as faculty. In 2010 ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 380 scholars (please see Recent Awardees for complete lists). At a time of diminishing funding for the humanities, ACLS is proud to be a major source benefitting humanistic scholarship in the United States.

Read more about ACLS fellowship competitions, including the Ryskamp, Burkhardt, and New Faculty Fellows programs.

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