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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows - Applications Due March 13, 2019, 9pm ET

ACLS has launched the ninth annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofit and government organizations listed below. Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations and will have access to professional and peer mentoring. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000 per year, as well as health insurance, a relocation stipend, and $3,000 toward professional development activities. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows will take up roles in the fields of arts management, communications, development, environmental conservation, international affairs, public policy, and publishing, and will work intensively on projects advancing equitable economic development, civic engagement, inclusive communities, and much more. 

The 2019 hosting organizations and positions are:

Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA) – Community Engagement & Audience Development Manager

American Public Media (St. Paul, MN) – Senior Research Analyst

Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY) – Communications Project Manager

Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) – Program Manager

Citizens’ Committee for the Children of New York (New York, NY) – Policy & Budget Analyst

Committee to Protect Journalists (New York, NY) – Research Manager

Community Change (Washington, DC) – Policy Advisor

Data & Society Research Institute (New York, NY) – Editor

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC) – Program Officer

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT) – Grants Manager

Library of America (New York, NY) – Outreach Programs Manager

National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver, CO) – Legislative Policy Specialist

National Low Income Housing Coalition (Washington, DC) – Research Analyst

Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC) – Campaign Advocate, Latin America Project

PEN America (New York, NY) – Festival Programs Manager

Public Books (New York, NY) – Associate Editor

Rare (Arlington, VA) – Community Engagement Manager

Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – Policy Analyst

San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (Seattle, WA) – Senior Researcher

World Justice Project (Washington, DC) – Program Manager

Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2015, and June 21, 2019, and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 5, 2019. Further information about the eligibility criteria and full position descriptions are available at All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system ( by 9pm EDT on March 13, 2019

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