ACLS administers several programs that are also open to international applicants. Some of these are for scholars at US universities studying world areas outside North America. Others are for scholars at universities in other countries. Still others have no restrictions as to citizenship or home university. All applications must be submitted in English and all major scholarly products that result must be in English. (Exceptions: In the program in Buddhist Studies, scholarly products may be written in languages other than English.)
The programs are listed in alphabetical order. Please read carefully the eligibility criteria to determine if you qualify.
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships: The project coordinator must have an appointment at a US based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars.
Supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program offers small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project.
African Humanities Program: For scholars at African universities who are citizens of African countries.
With financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, ACLS funds dissertation completion for doctoral candidates in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, and early-career postdoctoral research and writing for scholars in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The ninth competition will take place in 2016-16.
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society: The principal organizer must be affiliated with a university or research institution and must hold a PhD. There are no restrictions as to citizenship of participants or location of the project; however, it is expected that scholars from academic institutions in Taiwan will participate in conferences, workshops, and planning meetings.
With funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, ACLS administers a program supporting conferences and publications on "Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society." This program awards funds to support planning meetings, workshops, and/or conferences leading to publication of scholarly volumes.
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: An applicant must be employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required.
With generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences.
Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art: This program is open to all applicants with PhDs conferred within the past six years, regardless of citizenship, country of residency, or institutional affiliation.
Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies:
With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (for postdoctoral fellowships), ACLS seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers.
The program offers three competitions:
- Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants: Applicants must be enrolled at a university in the United States or Canada.
- Postdoctoral Fellowships: An applicant must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada or be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
- Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants: The coordinator must hold a PhD from a university in the United States or Canada OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any university.
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion: The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States.
These fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies: No restrictions as to the citizenship or home university of applicants, the location of their research, or the language of the major scholarly work that results.
With the generous support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, ACLS supports research and teaching through its Program in Buddhist Studies. Working with the Foundation, ACLS offers an articulated set of fellowship competitions that expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS organizes competitions for the following:
The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program: The program, administered by the Social Science Research Council, is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States.
The program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies.