Fellowships | ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship

The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications. Recent PhDs from across all fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences are encouraged to apply for this fellowship.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the third competition of the Leading Edge Fellowship program, which demonstrates the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance justice and equity in society. Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities. Fellows lead substantive projects that draw on the skills and capacities honed in the course of earning the humanities PhD, including advanced communication, research, project management, and creative problem solving. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Leading Edge Fellows

  • Take on substantive, intellectually meaningful projects in a challenging job market
  • Receive annual stipends of $60,000 plus health insurance and professional development funding
  • Take the lead on defined portfolios of projects lasting up to 12 months
  • Undertake professional development activities with other fellows over the course of the fellowship
  • Begin annual fellowship terms in September 2021

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $60,000 plus health insurance and professional development funding
  • Tenure: 12 months beginning in September 2021
  • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org). Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: May 6, 2021, 9pm EDT