ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
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About the Program

The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship program will not be offered in 2019-20. The description below is for informational purposes only.

Supports small teams collaborating on a single substantive project in humanities and related social sciences.  The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. However, the aim of the fellowship program is to support scholarship that highlights the intellectual significance and innovation of collaborative research. Thus please note that applicants from the same discipline may face increased scrutiny from peer reviewers about how each collaborator’s expertise contributes to the project and collaborators from the same institution must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged.


A collaborative project must be constituted of at least two scholars who are each seeking salary-replacement stipends for six to twelve continuous months of supported research leave to pursue full-time collaborative research and writing during the fellowship tenure. The Project Coordinator must have an appointment at a US-based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience.

Award Amount/Award Period

Up to $201,000 for 2 years.

Application Deadline

The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship program will not be offered in 2019-20.

Award Type

Collaborative Grant

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ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships