ACLS Awards $15 Million to Nearly 300 Scholars in 2014


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of its 2013-14 fellowship competitions. In total ACLS awarded $15 million across a dozen fellowship programs to nearly 300 scholars selected from over 3,000 submitted applications.

This year’s fellows, representing all scholarly ranks, from advanced graduate student through emeritus professor, and independent scholars, were selected in a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process from an extraordinary pool of promising applications. The 300 awardees join a vibrant community of over 10,000 scholars who have received support from ACLS to pursue research in the humanities and related social sciences.

ACLS made awards across a dozen programs in 2014. Information on each, including links to rosters of this year’s fellows and their projects, is available below.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships and Digital Innovation Fellowships
Fostering diverse modes of research in the humanities has been central to ACLS’s mission from the very beginning. The Collaborative Research Fellowship program encourages scholars to work in teams to conduct research that will result in a joint publication. This year, eight teams of scholars representing diverse combinations of discipline, methodology, and institution were selected for the fellowship. The Digital Innovation Fellowship program, now in its ninth year of funding groundbreaking digital scholarship, selected seven scholars whose work will advance the digital transformation of research in their fields.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships were awarded to 64 advanced graduate students from 32 universities. In 2013-14, ACLS announced an increase in the fellowship stipend to $30,000, up from $25,000 in the previous year. 

Ten Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art were awarded to graduate students pursuing ambitious PhD research in object- and image-based American art history.

ACLS Fellowships (Central Program), Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowships, and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowships
A total of 65 ACLS Fellowships were awarded to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars to support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

ACLS awarded 14 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships to advanced assistant professors undertaking particularly ambitious research and named 10 new Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows. Burkhardt Fellowships are awarded to recently tenured scholars who wish to spend a fellowship year conducting research at one of 13 national residential research centers participating in the program.

ACLS Public Fellows Program
In 2014, ACLS named 20 recent humanities PhDs as ACLS Public Fellows. Now in its fourth year, the innovative fellowship program allows fellows to gain valuable, career-building experience in areas such as arts management, public administration, digital media, and policy. This year's 20 Public Fellows will take up two-year assignments at partnering organizations such as Kiva, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the New America Foundation.

ACLS International Fellowship Programs
This year saw the selection of the inaugural cohort of fellows and grantees of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellowship Program in Buddhist Studies.

ACLS made 31 awards across its programs in China studies, which include the Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, as well as the Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. 

ACLS’s African Humanities Program, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has entered its sixth competition cycle. The 2014 AHP Dissertation Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows will be announced in the fall. AHP also launched a new publication series in collaboration with Unisa Press in Pretoria, South Africa.