Publication Date

October 9, 2015

Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring ACLS fellowships in African, China, and Buddhist Studies.

African Humanities Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), with financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, announces competitions for:

  • Dissertation-completion fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Early-career postdoctoral fellowships in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa

Stipends are $10,000 for dissertation-completion Fellows and $17,000 for postdoctoral Fellows, plus an additional $1,000 per Fellow for books and media at both award levels.

Fellowships release recipients from teaching and other duties for an academic year to permit full-time research and writing. (They may be used to “buy time.”) Recipients of both kinds of fellowship are also eligible for further support in the form of a residency at a participating research center in Africa for a sustained period of writing. Approximately forty fellowships will be awarded annually in all five countries combined. Awards will be decided by an international committee of distinguished scholars in the humanities.

Eligible Applicants: Dissertation applicants must be doctoral candidates in the final year of writing the dissertation. (No dissertation fellowships are available in South Africa.) Postdoctoral candidates must be scholars who have obtained the PhD within the past eight years.All applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country residing and working in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

Eligible Projects: Proposed projects must be in the humanities, defined by the study of history, language, and culture, and by qualitative approaches in research. The list of humanities disciplines includes anthropology, archaeology, studies of the fine and performing arts, history, linguistics, literature studies, studies of religion, and philosophy. Projects in social sciences such as economics, sociology, or political science, as well as in law or international relations, are not eligible unless they are clearly humanistic in content and focus.

Selection Criteria:

  • The intrinsic interest and substantive merit of the work proposed
  • The clarity of the intellectual agenda
  • The feasibility of the work plan
  • The record of achievement of a postdoctoral scholar and the promise of a PhD candidate
  • The contribution the work is likely to make to scholarship on the continent and worldwide

The African Humanities Program seeks to strengthen humanities scholarship in Africa:

  • By promoting diversity in terms of gender and historical disadvantage, along with diversity in disciplines, institutions, and regions. Women are especially encouraged to apply.
  • By making research opportunities available to staff at African universities.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

Application forms and instructions for the 2015-2016 competition are available at or may be requested by email at

China Studies Grants

  • Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies
  • Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies
  • Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
  • Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences)

Application Deadline: November 4, 2015

More information is available on the ACLS website at

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies invites applications for the following competitions:

  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
  • Beginning in 2015-16, the Foundation offers a new competition for research fellowships that support scholars with a PhD.

Applications for research fellowships are welcome from scholars at any stage of career, from any location in the world.

The deadline for these competitions is November 17, 2015. More information is available on the ACLS website at

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This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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