American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Felloships 2020-2021, USA

Publish Date: Sep 09, 2019

Deadline: Sep 25, 2019

ACLS Fellowships

The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications.


  • Maximum award:
    $75,000 for full Professor and scholars of equivalent accomplishment
    $50,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent
    $40,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent
  • Tenure: six to twelve consecutive months devoted to full-time research and/or writing, to be initiated between July 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 25, 2019.
  • Notifications will be sent via email by early March 2020.
  • For information on how to request reviewer feedback, see FAQ.

The ACLS Fellowship program includes a joint fellowship with the New York Public Library (additional information below), as well as named awards made possible by generous donors. The following fellowships will be awarded to selected applicants from within the ACLS Fellowship program:

  • ACLS Barrington Foundation Centennial Fellowships in Classical Studies;
  • ACLS Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Centennial Fellowships in English and American Literature;
  • ACLS Centennial Fellowships in the Dynamics of Place;
  • ACLS Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Arts and Letters;
  • ACLS Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fellowships in Chinese History;
  • ACLS H. and T. King Fellowships in Pre-Columbian Art History;
  • ACLS Oscar Handlin Fellowships in American History;
  • ACLS Pauline Yu Fellowships in Chinese or Comparative Literature;
  • ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowships in Music Studies; and
  • ACLS Yvette and William Kirby Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

The information provided here is a summary of the program, and details eligibility, application requirements, and evaluation criteria. Please read carefully through the material and accompanying FAQ.


ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Faculty appointments are not required. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The ACLS Fellowship program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2020 and no later than February 1, 2021.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): up to $40,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $50,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $75,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline.

In 2019-20, the program will award up to 81 fellowships. Approximately 28 fellowships will be awarded at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 28 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 25 at the full Professor level. It is ACLS’s expectation that the growth of the program in the past couple years allows for the fellows selected to be even more broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that demographic diversity enhances scholarship, and aspire to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond.


ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research in any discipline of the humanities and related social science on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS continues to welcome applications from scholars proposing disciplinary or interdisciplinary work in international and area studies, as it has since, in the years after World War II, ACLS worked with the Social Science Research Council to develop and sustain scholarly expertise focused on particular areas or cultural regions of the world.

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