The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 ACLS Fellowships.

The ACLS Fellowship Program supports scholars who are poised to make original and significant contributions to knowledge in any field of the humanities or interpretive social sciences. In 2024, the program will award more than $3.6 million to 60 exceptional early-career scholars selected from a pool of 1,100 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.  

“The applications we received this year were nothing short of inspiring – a powerful reminder of the capacity of humanistic research to illuminate and deepen understanding of the workings of our world” said John Paul Christy, ACLS Senior Director of US Programs. “As scholars face increasing challenges to pursuing and disseminating their research, we remain committed to advancing their vital work.”

In the 2023-24 competition year, ACLS reserved these fellowships for early-career, untenured scholars. ACLS Fellowships provide up to $60,000 to support scholars for six to 12 months of sustained research and writing. Awardees who do not hold tenure-track faculty appointments receive a supplement of $7,500 for research or other personal costs incurred during their award term.

The 2024 fellows represent a diverse range of disciplines and institutions of higher education, as well as independent scholars pursuing research beyond the academy. Among this year’s funded projects are a philosophical exploration of intention and the “carceral reasoning” that punishes survivors of violence; an account of the genesis of maritime law and the ways that the division of oceans as property left many Indigenous communities legally “adrift”; and a study of Chinese state and corporate influence on labor, language, religion, and culture in contemporary Zambia.

The ACLS Fellowship Program is funded primarily by the ACLS endowment, which has benefited from contributions by the Mellon Foundation, Arcadia Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS Research University Consortium, ACLS Associate member network, and the generous gifts of fellows and friends of ACLS.

Meet the Fellows and Learn About Their Projects
2024 ACLS Fellows