Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) —
Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Note to PIs: The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the fellowship

This fellowship supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of writing their PhD dissertation. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD and is open to scholars pursuing humanistic research on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or methodology. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2022.


Applicants must:

  • Be a PhD candidate in a humanities or social science department in the United States.
  • Have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e., have obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • Have, at the time of application, progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program. (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the PhD.)
  • Not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.
  • Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.

Award amount

$35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. In addition, fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

Award period

One (1) year.

Application deadline

October 27, 2021.

Learn more

Visit for information including application package, previous fellowships, technical assistance, and program statute and regulations.

Last updated: July 2021.