2022/2023 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships (Stipend of $60,000)

Last Updated on August 22, 2022

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

ACLS invites research proposals from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences.

Given the disproportionate effect the pandemic’s social and economic disruptions have had on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, ACLS will continue in the 2022-23 competition year to offer these fellowships solely to untenured scholars who have earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track.

In 2022-23, the program will award up to 60 fellowships. ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS aims to select fellows who are broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. They also believe that diversity enhances scholarship and seek to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond. In ACLS’s peer review, funding packages, and engagement with fellows, we aspire to enact our values of equity and inclusion.

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 research project, critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships support projects at any stage of development. This program does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.


  • The fellowship stipend is set at $60,000 for a 12-month fellowship. Awards of shorter duration will be prorated at $5,000 per month, with the minimum award set at $30,000.
  • Independent scholars and adjunct faculty will receive an award supplement $7,500 for costs incurred during the research term, including research support, access to manuscript development workshops, learned society conference attendance, health insurance, or child- or eldercare.


Applicants must:

  • Be US citizens, permanent residents, Indigenous individuals residing in the United States through rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, DACA recipients, asylees, refugees, or individuals granted Temporary Protected Status in the United States. In addition, foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or US territories for three or more years before the application deadline are also eligible, provided that they do not establish permanent residence outside the United States during the period of the fellowship.
  • Have a PhD officially conferred between September 29, 2014 and September 28, 2022.
  • Not hold a tenured faculty position.


Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font, inclusive of any footnotes or endnotes).
  • Up to two additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials (optional)
  • Bibliography (without annotation, no more than two pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Publications list (no more than two pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • A brief personal statement of up to one page (double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font) describing your intellectual trajectory as a scholar
  • A brief writing sample (no more than five pages total, single or double spaced, including any footnotes or endnotes, in Times New Roman 11-point font), including a brief description of context and the sample’s relation to the proposed project
  • In the 2022-23 competition year, this program does not accept reference letters.

Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system no later than 9pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 28, 2022.

For more information, visit ACLS Fellowships

Deadline: September 28, 2022

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