Over the past century, ACLS has awarded tens of thousands of scholars in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Through fellowships, grants, convenings, and groundbreaking initiatives, ACLS seeks to meet the needs of an ever-changing academy and the challenges faced by scholars, including early-career, independent, and established educators, those working within the administrative ranks, and those forging paths in public-facing research.


The Intention Foundry convenes scholars, societies, and college and university administrators to identify and collectively build actionable solutions to advance equity, inclusion, and justice within the academy.
ACLS fellowship and grant programs support research and community-engaged projects that advance the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
ACLS administers this centerpiece of the Mellon Foundation’s initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning.


ACLS supports humanistic scholarship of all kinds: scholarship that studies the human past and present and helps to imagine our future. Support for humanistic scholarship takes on special urgency at a time when climate change, pandemic disease, and social inequity threaten our lives, our societies, and our institutions.

ACLS is a vocal advocate for the advancement of humanistic study and scholarship. Throughout our history, we have published and developed seminal resources that have significantly influenced the world of humanistic research and the distribution of scholarship. We support humanistic knowledge by making resources available to scholars and by strengthening the infrastructure for scholarship at the level of the individual scholar, the department, the institution, the learned society, and the national and international network.

ACLS Scholars in Action
Nichole Nelson F’20

Nichole Nelson, 2020 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, explains how her PhD in history and fellowship experience helped her build a career in housing justice.

Frederick M. Ranallo-Higgins F’22

Frederick M. Ranallo-Higgins F’22 shares his experience working as a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhism Public Scholar and Associate Editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Jue Liang F’23, F’19, G’16

Jue Liang F’23, F’19, G’16 researches gender and Tibet Buddhism as a fellow of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Kay Sohini F’21

Kay Sohini, 2021 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, discusses the process of creating her graphic dissertation and the importance of nontraditional approaches to scholarship.

Discover research by ACLS fellows and grantees celebrating the diversity of the human experience

Scholarly Resource Lists