FAQ: Emerging Voices Fellowship Program Updated June 15, 2020

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NOMINATION PROCESS

Q: Who is eligible to nominate fellows for the Emerging Voices program?

Q: Is there a limit to the number of candidates an individual dean can nominate for this competition? How many nominations can an institution put forward? 

Q: Since each institution is limited to nominating four scholars across all its schools, what should they look for in narrowing their list of nominees?

Q: I am the nominating Dean at my institution. How do I submit nominations to ACLS?

Q: May I nominate a candidate who has already accepted an offer of full-time employment for the academic year 2020-21?

Q: What is the deadline for nominations for the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship Program to be submitted?

Q: May I add new information to the nomination after I have submitted it?

ELIGIBILITY

Q: Who is eligible to receive an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship?

Q: I am a recent PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Can I apply?  

Q: Why are applications limited to nominated applicants?

Q: What are the degree requirements for this fellowship competition?

Q: Will ACLS consider candidates with the equivalent of a PhD?

Q: Does a nominee need to be a US citizen to be eligible?

Q: Will you consider nominees with a PhD from an overseas institution?

Q: What PhD fields are eligible for this program?

Q: Will ACLS consider nominations for the Emerging Voices Fellowship program who have held another ACLS fellowship?

Q: I have accepted an offer of full-time academic employment for the 2020-21 academic year. Am I eligible for this fellowship?

Q: May I hold an Emerging Voices Fellowship if I have other employment?

Q: I have an academic appointment but I will be on sabbatical this academic year. Would I be eligible to hold the fellowship?

AWARD

Q: What is the annual stipend for this fellowship?

Q: Do fellows receive benefits?

Q: What is the purpose of the $5,000 personal stipend?

REVIEW PROCESS AND APPLICATION MATERIAL

Q: What are the components of the application?

Q: Should my uploaded documents be single-spaced or double-spaced?

Q: Are nominees allowed to update their submissions with new information to a resume or cover letter after their initial response?

Q: How should nominators advise PhDs to write their statements and CVs? What should be their approach?

Q: How will the matching process work? Will candidates have an opportunity to meet with host institutions as part of the finalist selection process?

Q: Are reference letters required for this program?

Q: What should my Dean's Letter of Nomination include?

Q: Once nominations are submitted, what is the process that follows?

Q: Who is reading my application?

Q: Can I receive reviewer comments on my application?

Q: What is the deadline for nominees to submit their materials?

FELLOWSHIP CONFIRMATION AND ACCEPTANCE

Q: When will ACLS notify finalists with choices for fellowship posts?

Q: Is there any flexibility regarding fringe benefits offered as part of the award?

Q: If accepted, may I defer the start date of the fellowship?

Q: Must I relocate to take up this fellowship?

Q: Will funds be provided for research?

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Nomination Process

Q: Who is eligible to nominate fellows for the Emerging Voices program?

A: All US institutions with PhD-granting programs in the humanities and/or humanistic social sciences are eligible to submit nominations for the Emerging Voices program. 

Nominations must be submitted to ACLS via e-mail to emergingvoices@acls.org by the relevant dean at your institution. If your institution has a Dean for Humanities, nominations should come from that person. If your institution does not have that post, nominations would come from the Dean of the division in which humanities and/or humanistic social sciences PhD programs are housed, such as the Dean for Arts and Sciences. Nominations may also come from the Dean of the Graduate School, if that is more appropriate.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of candidates an individual dean can nominate for this competition? How many nominations can an institution put forward? 

Each institution is invited to nominate up to four candidates for the summer 2020 competition of the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship. ACLS suggests that deans across humanities and humanistic social sciences departments and schools coordinate their efforts for this competition to arrive at a single institutional list of four nominees, to be submitted by the relevant dean to emergingvoices@acls.org.

Q: Since each institution is limited to nominating four scholars across all its schools, what should they look for in narrowing their list of nominees?

A: Strong candidates for this fellowship program will be both outstanding scholars and effective communicators to diverse audiences inside and/or outside the classroom. They will have demonstrated their ability to use the classroom as a vehicle to attract students to humanistic study and research. Priority in the review process will be given to nominees who show great promise in making the humanities meaningful to non-specialist audiences; come from diverse backgrounds including historically underrepresented groups; and have experience or show promise of leadership in institutional contexts or within their disciplines or interdisciplinary area of study. 

Q: I am the nominating Dean at my institution. How do I submit nominations to ACLS?

A: Nominations should be emailed to emergingvoices@acls.org. Please see the call for nominations for details.

Q: May I nominate a candidate who has already accepted an offer of full-time employment for the academic year 2020-21?

A: No. Given the limited number of fellowships available, ACLS intends to support qualified candidates who lack full-time salaried academic positions with benefits for the 2020-21 academic year. If you are a nominator and you are unsure about whether or not someone you would like to nominate meets this criterion, please email emergingvoices@acls.org with a brief summary of the nominee’s employment circumstances.

Q: What is the deadline for nominations for the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship Program to be submitted?

The deadline to submit nominations for this fellowship is 5pm, June 10, 2020.

Q: May I add new information to the nomination after I have submitted it?

A: No, all nominations will be judged as is at the time of submission. However, deans may be contacted during the review process for further information or clarification about elements included in the nominations they submit for consideration.

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Eligibility

Q: Who is eligible to receive an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship?

A: Scholars must be nominated by the US institutions where they received their PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences and that degree must be conferred between January 1, 2018 and August 1, 2020. They must also have authorization to work in the United States for the duration of the position; neither ACLS nor the host university is able to sponsor visas in this short time frame.

Q: I am a recent PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Can I apply?

A: Only candidates who are nominated by the institution from which they received the PhD may apply. If you received your PhD between January 1, 2018 and August 1, 2020 and meet other eligibility requirements described here, you are advised to ask your adviser, department chair, or the humanities/social sciences/graduate dean at the school where you received the PhD about the nomination process underway at that institution.

Q: Why are applications limited to nominated applicants?

A: Due to the rapid response nature of this competition, ACLS is seeking nominations from deans who, through their roles, can identify and promote emerging talent from their schools, based on their experience as leaders within the academy. While we appreciate the value of individuals’ ability and care in demonstrating their own merits and achievements, the abbreviated timeframe needed to place fellows for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year and our own finite staff resources do not allow ACLS to administer an open application process.

Q: What are the degree requirements for this fellowship competition?

A: Nominees must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2018 and August 1, 2020.

Q: Will ACLS consider candidates with the equivalent of a PhD?

A: No, the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship program is specifically targeted to recent recipients of a PhD in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Individuals with terminal degrees other than the PhD are not eligible.

Q: Does a nominee need to be a US citizen to be eligible?

A: No, but nominees must be authorized to legally work in the United States during the fellowship period. Due to the rapid selection and placement process of this program, neither host organizations nor ACLS can sponsor applicants for visas.

Q: Will you consider nominees with a PhD from an overseas institution?

A: No, at this time only nominees who hold PhDs from US institutions with PhD-granting programs in the humanities and/or humanistic social societies are eligible for this fellowship.

Q: What PhD fields are eligible for this program?

A: ACLS welcomes nominees for the Emerging Voices Fellowship competition with PhDs in the humanities and related social sciences, which include, but are not limited to, American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. PhDs in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). PhDs in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary humanistic studies are also welcome. This program does not accept applications from students receiving a PhD in the fields of business, public policy or public administration, education, clinical or counseling psychology, creative writing, journalism, library and/or information sciences, law, social work, social welfare, urban planning, public health, filmmaking, performing arts, or any field of pre-professional or applied study. Master’s degrees, even if they are the terminal degree in the field, will not be accepted as substitutes for the PhD. For questions about eligibility, please contact emergingvoices@acls.org.

Q: Will ACLS consider nominations for the Emerging Voices Fellowship program who have held another ACLS fellowship?

A: Yes, as long as the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship program stated eligibility requirements are met.

Q: I have accepted an offer of full-time academic employment for the 2020-21 academic year. Am I eligible for this fellowship?

A: No. Given the limited number of fellowships available, ACLS intends to support qualified candidates who lack full-time academic positions for the 2020-21 academic year.

Q: May I hold an Emerging Voices Fellowship if I have other employment?

A: Emerging Voices Fellowships are full-time commitments, and as such, they may not be held with other significant teaching or administrative responsibilities. Fellows may undertake limited external service or teaching (the equivalent of one course over the academic year) as long as it does not conflict with the responsibilities of the fellowship position.

Q: I have an academic appointment but I will be on sabbatical this academic year. Would I be eligible to hold the fellowship?

A: No. These fellowships are not suitable for candidates who are on sabbatical or otherwise on leave from full-time academic positions in 2020-21.

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AWARD

Q: What is the annual stipend for this fellowship?

A: All fellows will receive a stipend of $60,000.

Q: Do fellows receive benefits?

A: Fellows will receive health insurance benefits through the hosting university.

Q: What is the purpose of the $5,000 personal stipend?

A: The disposition of the $5,000 personal stipend is at the discretion of the fellow. The funds may be used for any purpose that will support the fellow’s research, professional development, or personal circumstances, including but not limited to research and editorial support, child or elder care, travel, equipment purchase, and so on. We aim to offer fellows maximum flexibility in the use of the funds. Please note that depending on how the funds are remitted, fellows may owe tax on this stipend.

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REVIEW PROCESS AND APPLICATION MATERIAL

Q: What are the components of the application?

A. The application materials will include:

  • A CV
  • Brief application form, including demographic information
  • Dissertation abstract (no more than one full page, single-spaced)
  • A three-page, single-spaced personal statement (in place of a cover letter) responding to specific prompts. Nominees should log into the online application portal for information about the writing prompts and document upload.
  • Nomination letter (nominees will be prompted to request this letter from nominating deans using our system)

Q: Should my uploaded documents be single-spaced or double-spaced?

A: Your dissertation abstract and personal statement may be single-spaced and should be in 11-point Times New Roman font. Your CV may be in whatever format you usually keep it.

Q: Are nominees allowed to update their submissions with new information to a resume or cover letter after their initial response?

A: No, materials submitted by nominees will be judged as it is at the time of submission. However, ACLS and/or the host university staff may contact a finalist nominee during the review process for further information or clarification about elements in their materials.

Q: How should nominators advise PhDs to write their statements and CVs? What should be their approach?

A: There is no perfect format for a statement or CV. In the absence of a specific position description, each nominee should highlight their strengths and experience in being both an outstanding scholar and an effective communicator to diverse audiences inside and/or outside the classroom.

Q: How will the matching process work? Will candidates have an opportunity to meet with host institutions as part of the finalist selection process?

A: Yes. Our peer-review process will begin in late June and conclude in early July. Host institutions will receive short lists of finalists for individual positions in mid-July, at which point interviews will take place, with an eye towards finalizing all 2020-21 placements by late July.

Q: Are reference letters required for this program?

A. A letter from the nominating dean should accompany the application materials and should be submitted through our online fellowships application system by the June 20, 2pm EDT deadline.

Q: What should my Dean's Letter of Nomination include?

A: Please write a separate Letter of Nomination should be sent for each candidate nominated. Letters should include information highlighting the strengths and qualities of the candidate, especially those related to their potential to make the humanities meaningful to non-specialist audiences, as well as context on why this candidate was chosen including the criteria used by your department and/or institution. 

Q: Once nominations are submitted, what is the process that follows?

A: Once a nomination is submitted, ACLS will invite the nominee to access ACLS’s secure online fellowship application system to complete an application and upload select supporting materials.

Q: Who is reading my application?

A: Materials submitted by nominees will be reviewed by scholars whose collective expertise covers a range of disciplines in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.

Q: Can I receive reviewer comments on my application?

A: Due to the compressed timeline of summer 2020 placements and the anticipated volume of applications, we regret that we will be unable to provide comments to applicants.

Q: What is the deadline for nominees to submit their materials?

A: Given the rapid response nature of this program, ACLS requires that the nomination letter and supporting materials submitted by nominees be received by 2pm Eastern, Saturday, June 20. ACLS will not accept materials beyond the deadline date.

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FELLOWSHIP CONFIRMATION AND ACCEPTANCE

Q: When will ACLS notify finalists with choices for fellowship posts?

A: ACLS will notify finalists with choices for fellowship posts by early August.

Q: Is there any flexibility regarding fringe benefits offered as part of the award?

A: As part of the award information package ACLS will provide a comprehensive overview of benefits included in the fellowship award.

Q: If accepted, may I defer the start date of the fellowship?

A: No. As a rapid response initiative, ACLS cannot accommodate deferrals for this program. The term of the fellowship is 12 months. In accepting the fellowship, it is understood that scholars will be available to start at the beginning of and serve without interruption through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Q: Must I relocate to take up this fellowship?

A: ACLS and the participating host institutions will not ask awardees to relocate and will not pay for or arrange relocation for awardees as part of this program. In some instances, scholars may be placed in a position that offers geographic proximity, in which case, should the host institution be able to accommodate them, they may have the option or be asked to work in person. However, geographic proximity is not a factor in the selection process.

Q. Will funds be provided for research?

A: Fellows may use the $5,000 personal stipend for research-related fees, that will support the fellow’s research, at their own discretion. We aim to offer fellows maximum flexibility in the use of the funds. Please note that depending on how the funds are remitted, fellows may owe tax on this stipend.