ACLS Receives $2 Million From the Arcadia Charitable Trust to Expand the ACLS Fellowship Program


Arcadia—a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—has awarded a grant of $2 million to the American Council of Learned Societies to expand the central ACLS Fellowship program by awarding 35 additional fellowships over the next four years.

The grant enables ACLS to increase the number of awards in the fellowship program to 78 annually, with the goal of increasing support for the research of scholars at teaching-intensive colleges and universities—those in which faculty have comparatively greater teaching responsibilities, less time, and fewer resources to support their scholarship. This partnership with Arcadia will help ACLS, known for its rigorous standards of peer review, to demonstrate a more diverse and inclusive ideal of academic excellence.

“In the United States today, some see higher education as a private good: workforce training that rewards individuals with job placements upon graduation. Our view is that education prepares individuals for a lifetime of both productive work and thoughtful citizenship,” says Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. “Such an education requires teacher-scholars who are dynamically engaged with humanities research. We are incredibly grateful that this contribution from Lisbet and Peter will help more faculty at a wider range of colleges and universities fulfill that role.”

The ACLS Fellowship program supports research projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose ultimate goal is a major piece of scholarly work. Awards range from $40,000 to $70,000, depending on career stage, and are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve months to research and writing.

Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin co-founded Arcadia in 2002. Peter Baldwin is the Global Distinguished Professor in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. His latest book is a trans-national legal history of copyright from 1710 to the present. He is also a member of the ACLS Board of Directors. Lisbet Rausing did her PhD at Harvard University, where she was also a lecturer and assistant professor. She has written two academic monographs as well as numerous scholarly articles. Lisbet founded, and remains a director of, Ingleby Farms & Forests, which today owns and farms more than 100,000 hectares in nine countries.

Further information about the ACLS Fellowship program is available online at The application deadline is September 27, 2017.