ACLS 2023 Leading Edge Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Students (Win $60, 000)

The Leading Edge Fellowship program, which illustrates the potential of humanistic knowledge and methodologies to solve issues, develop capacity, and advance justice and equity in society, is happy to announce the fifth competition. Recent humanities PhDs are matched with community-based nonprofits that support social justice through Leading Edge Fellowships. The substantive positions that fellows take on make use of the advanced communication, research, project management, and creative problem-solving abilities that they developed while pursuing their humanities PhDs. The Mellon Foundation’s assistance has allowed for the success of this endeavor.

The fellowships are meant to encourage collaborations between fellows and the organizations that will host them. Each applicant may submit an application for up to two of the below-listed Leading Edge Fellowship opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant’s Doctorate must have been or will be officially granted between September 1, 2018, and September 1, 2023, by their university.
  • Candidates who are expected to graduate in the spring or summer of 2023 must be ready to demonstrate, with support from their dissertation advisor or department chair, that they have made adequate progress toward degree conferral by September 2023.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to accept the fellowship if they do not have a Doctorate in hand by September 1, 2023.
  • Any area of the humanities or humanistic social sciences is acceptable for applicants’ PhDs.
  • Throughout the whole fellowship time, applicants must be able to work in the United States. This covers those who are Native Americans who have legal status in the country under the Jay Treaty of 1794, as well as people with DACA, TPS, political asylum, or refugee status. Fellows cannot be sponsored for visas by ACLS or the host organization.

Documents Required for Application

  • A completed application form, including a short answer section about applying humanistic doctoral training to sectors beyond the academy.
  • A cover letter tailored to each selected project and addressed to the host organization (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two positions will submit two distinct cover letters.
  • A resume (1-2 pages) and a list of three references. Applicants applying for two positions will submit two resumes and lists of references. No reference letters are required at the time of application.

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