Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships 2020

The Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society program aim to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs. The program offers opportunities for faculty with full-time appointments in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs in the United States to engage significant societal questions in their research, serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy, and deepen their support for innovations in doctoral education on their campuses.

Fellowship Activities

Fellows should participate in two workshops that bookend the fellowship year—the first is designed to help fellows refine their projects and build connections with scholars and institutions engaged in public scholarship; the second, in the spring, will offer a chance for fellows to reflect on their experiences, learn and exchange ideas about innovations in doctoral education, and plan to program for the year following the fellowship.

Benefits and Funding

  • In the 2020-21 competition year, ACLS will award up to 12 Scholars and Society Fellowships for a nine-month term during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds of up to $6,000 for research, travel/optional relocation, and related project costs. ACLS also will cover the costs of fellows’ attendance at the workshops.
  • Fellows must commit themselves to relocate (if necessary) in order to be in residence for the entire nine-month tenure of the fellowship.
  • The award also carries $10,000 in support for each fellow’s host organization and provides additional funding of up to $15,000 to sponsor on-campus and off-campus programming in the year following the fellowship.


  • Applicants for Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships must:
  • Be employe of fulltime faculty positions in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs at a university in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship.
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is not a requirement.
  • Commit to a nine-month residency off-campus and at the non-academic institution that they have proposed.
  • Commit to participate in-person in two multi-day workshops (in late summer 2021 and late spring 2022) during the fellowship year.


  • Amount: $75,000 stipend for the fellow, plus $6,000 during the fellowship year for research, travel, and project costs, and $10,000 in support for the selected partner organization. The award also provides up to $15,000 in funding in the post-fellowship year for programming at the fellow’s home institution and/or partner site.
  • Tenure: 2021-2022 academic year
  • Events: all fellows will participate in two program-sponsored workshops
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 28, 2020.
  • Notifications will be sent via email by mid-April 2021.

Apply here : https://www.acls.org/Competitions-and-Deadlines/Mellon-ACLS-Scholars-Society-Fellowships

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