ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship

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ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies is glad to announce the Leading Edge Fellowship program. The award is open for recent PhDs in art and architectural history and related fields who seek to help communities respond to issues caused by the Covid-19 crisis and advance public understanding of the pandemic.

The program is organized to help the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve the problems outside the academy. The applicants will get receive proper support to continue their higher education.

The American Council of Learned Societies, founded in 1919. It is a private and nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations in the humanities and related social sciences. The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder, and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China.

Who May Be Eligible?

To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. that was/will be conferred by their universities between September 1, 2016, and August 31, 2020
  • Applicants who earned their PhDs in any field in the humanities or humanistic social sciences may apply, so long as they demonstrate that their scholarly research draws primarily on the materials, methods, and architectural history or visual culture, and contributes to one or both of these fields.
  • Students must be authorized to work legally in the United States for the duration of the fellowship term. Neither ACLS nor the host organization can sponsor fellows for visas.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system in which students need to log in to their account and fill their details completely to get considered for the award.

Supporting Documents

  • A cover letter tailored to each selected position and addressed to the host organization (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two jobs will submit two distinct cover letters.
  • A résumé (1-2 pages) and a list of three references. Applicants applying for two positions will submit two biographies and records of texts. No reference letters are required at the time of application.


The American Council of Learned Societies will provide the stipend of $60,000 plus health insurance and professional development funding for the successful applicants. The recipients will be able to support their relevant expenses and education costs.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2020, at 9 pm EDT.

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