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ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
Holding a PhD for Projects Related to COVID-19

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Funding Source:

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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Henry Luce Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 9:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Fellowships of $60,000 to USA, Canada, and international individuals holding recently awarded PhDs for projects related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Fellows will receive professional development funding. Focus areas include advancing public understanding of the pandemic and helping communities respond to issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. All fellowships starting in 2020 will be held remotely.

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the Leading Edge Fellowship program, which aims to demonstrate the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve problems outside the academy. In the first cycle of the fellowship competition, ACLS seeks applications from 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. 

Leading Edge Fellows

  • Take on secure, intellectually meaningful work 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
  • Are expected to undertake professional development activities with other fellows over the course of the fellowship
  • Begin annual fellowship terms in September or October 2020

Leading Edge Hosting Organizations

  • Benefit from fellows' scholarly perspectives and broad sets of skills and capacities, including strong writing, project management, cultural competencies, and problem-solving skills
  • Define substantive projects for fellows
  • Provide supervision and access to requisite resources to execute the project(s)
  • Offer opportunities for networking and mentorship throughout the fellowship year
  • Are prepared to bring on fellows and supervise projects remotely

First-round reviewers will evaluate applications based on:

  • Demonstrated ability to connect academic and non-academic skills and capacities to the qualifications and responsibilities of the applicant’s selected project(s) 
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to contributing to solutions to problems in society 
  • Willingness to partner, collaborate, listen, and learn from others
  • Applicant's academic and extra-academic accomplishments 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191144

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stipend: $60,000 plus health insurance and professional development funding.

Term of Contract:

Tenure: Up to 12 months beginning in September or October 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- 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/or findings of art and architectural history or visual culture, and contributes to one or both of these fields.
- Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States for the entire duration of the fellowship term. Neither ACLS nor the host organization can sponsor fellows for visas.

For an inclusive list of humanities and related social sciences fields, see the URL for Full Text, below.

This program does not accept applications from students receiving a Ph.D. in the fields of business, public policy or public administration, education or arts education, clinical or counseling psychology, creative writing, journalism, library and/or information sciences, law, social work, social welfare, urban planning, public health, filmmaking, performing arts, or any field of pre-professional or applied study. Master’s degrees, even if they are the terminal degree in the field, will not be accepted as substitutes for the Ph.D.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: July 31, 2020, 9 pm EDT

Applicants may choose to apply to either one or two of the Leading Edge Fellowship projects offered in the current competition. You may apply to the program more than once, provided that you still meet the eligibility requirements.

FAQs: https://www.acls.org/FAQ/Leading-Edge-Fellowships

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

ACLS Online Fellowship Application system: https://ofa.acls.org/

For questions about eligibility, please contact fellowships@acls.org.

American Council of Learned Societies
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6706

Telephone: 212-697-1505

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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