2019-20 ACLS Fellowship & Grant Competitions

August 6, 2019

2019-20 ACLS Fellowship & Grant Competitions

Greetings from the American Council of Learned Societies!


We are pleased to announce that the 2019-20 ACLS competitions are now open for programs with fall deadlines. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote research across the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science fields and support scholars from the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at https://www.acls.org/Fellowship-and-Grant-Programs/Competitions-and-Deadlines.


Application deadlines vary by program:


September 25, 2019, 9pm EDT

*ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes several named awards and Project Development Grants)

*Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)

*Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships


October 23, 2019, 9pm EDT

*Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

*Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars

*Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

*Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships


November 6, 2019, 9pm EST

*Luce/ACLS Predissertation Travel Grants to China

*Luce/ACLS Early Career 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) – pending renewal of funding


November 13, 2019, 9pm EST

*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 Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations

*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Collaborative Programming Grants


November 20, 2019, 9pm GMT

*African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


January 8, 2020, 9pm EST

*ACLS Digital Extension Grants

*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies


March 2020 (date TBA)

*Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows – pending renewal of funding


The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In the 2018-19 competition year, ACLS awarded over $25 million to nearly 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at https://www.acls.org/Fellows-and-Research/Recent-Awardees. We look forward to an equally successful competition year in 2019-20, and we encourage you to circulate this notice to members of your community who may be interested in these fellowship and grant opportunities.


For all questions, please contact fellowships@acls.org.

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