Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Fellowships for Scholars
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About the Program

The program aims to deepen public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy.
Designed for scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences, Luce/ACLS fellowships support research on any aspect of religion in an international context and encourage scholars to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. As religion plays important roles in many dimensions of society, this program welcomes proposals that explore connections between religion and the environment, gender rights, health and medicine, migration and immigration, politics and economic policy, and media and entertainment, among others. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.


Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident as of the application deadline date; have a PhD degree that was conferred by the application deadline (an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the PhD in publications and professional experience may also qualify); be able to attend and participate in two program-sponsored events, a workshop in November 2020 and a symposium in April 2021 (locations TBA).

Award Amount/Award Period

Stipend: $55,000, plus $3,000 for project-related research and travel costs and $5,000 to support attendance at an ACLS-hosted media workshop in Fall 2020 as well as other media training and engagement activities of the fellow's choosing.

Application Deadline

October 23, 2019.

Award Type

Individual Fellowship

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