Past Programs

ACLS New Faculty Fellows

The ACLS New Faculty Fellows program is no longer offered. The final competition was held in 2012-13. The program description that follows is for information purposes.

Fellowship Details

  • Annual stipend: $50,000, plus $5,000 research/travel allowance, health insurance, and a $1,500 one-time moving allowance
  • Tenure: two academic years starting fall 2013.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 24, 2012.
  • Notifications will be sent by the end of January 2013.

ACLS invites nominations from participating institutions for the fourth competition of the New Faculty Fellows program. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was created to assist recent Ph.D.s in the humanities who are beginning their careers in an inhospitable job market. During the three previous competition cycles, from 2009-2010 to 2011-12, the program supported 146 New Faculty Fellows at 50 participating institutions.

Approximately 25 New Faculty Fellow awards will be made for appointments that will begin in fall 2013. New Faculty Fellows will serve two-year appointments at universities across the United States where their particular research and teaching expertise will augment current departmental offerings. The teaching load is three courses over two semesters of the academic year, the majority of which will be in the undergraduate curriculum. Additionally, mentors at the receiving institutions help integrate Fellows into their scholarly communities.

The New Faculty Fellows program has a two-stage application process: In the first stage, participating institutions may nominate a limited number of recent PhD recipients from their institution for participation in the competition. (ACLS does not accept nominations either directly from recent PhDs. or from non-participating institutions.)

Nominees must fulfill, furthermore, the following eligibility criteria:

  • PhD in a humanities discipline or humanistic social science, which includes history, anthropology, and such areas as political theory, historical sociology, and economic history.
  • PhD awarded between January 2011 and December 2012. A candidate's degree must have been conferred prior to December 31, 2012.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to relocate to take up offered positions.
  • There is no citizenship requirement.
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants may be nominated again if they still fulfill the eligibility requirements.
  • ACLS does not accept applications from candidates whose work is primarily creative (e.g. music composition or performance).
  • PhDs who have already secured tenure-track positions are not eligible.

The deadline for nominations to be received by ACLS is October 5, 2012. Nominations consist of the following information: candidate’s name, department, PhD conferral date, email address.

Applicants to the New Faculty Fellows program cannot apply to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the same competition year.

In the second stage of the application process, nominated candidates need to fill out an online application that is the equivalent of a job dossier, consisting of a completed application form, two-page cover letter, two-page curriculum vitae, twenty-five-page writing sample, and three reference letters. Further specifications and formatting instructions for all uploadable documents will be available through the application portal. Please note that applications not complying with any part of the guidelines will not be reviewed. Candidates will receive access to the online application via email sent by ACLS no later than October 11, 2012. Only applications submitted online by 9 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on October 24, 2012 will be considered.

Notifications of the results of the fellowship competition have been sent to all applicants.


Updated 01/18/2013