ACLS 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 Program

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Faculty appointments are not required. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The ACLS Fellowship program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary.

The ACLS Fellowship program includes a joint fellowship with the New York Public Library, as well as named awards. The following fellowships will be awarded to selected applicants from within the ACLS Fellowship program:

ACLS Barrington Foundation Centennial Fellowships in Classical Studies;

ACLS Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Centennial Fellowships in English and American Literature;

ACLS Centennial Fellowships in the Dynamics of Place;

ACLS Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Arts and Letters;

ACLS Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fellowships in Chinese History;

ACLS H. and T. King Fellowships in Pre-Columbian Art History

ACLS Oscar Handlin Fellowships in American History;

ACLS Pauline Yu Fellowships in Chinese or Comparative Literature;

ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowships in Music Studies; and

ACLS Yvette and William Kirby Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Studies.


Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident; have a PhD that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline (an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of a PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify); have had a lapse of at least two years between the last "supported research leave" and September 1, 2020. Please see FAQ about the definition of supported research leaves and how the timing of such leaves affects eligibility.

Award Amount/Award Period
  • $75,000 for full professor and equivalent
  • $50,000 for associate professor and equivalent
  • $40,000 for assistant professor and equivalent

6-12 consecutive months.

Application Deadline

September 25, 2019

Award Type

Individual Fellowship

Learn More

ACLS Fellowships