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Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

ACLS invites applications for , which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2019. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion 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.

Eligibility for Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Applicants must :

  • be Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States.
  • have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation ( i.e., obtained ABD status ) by the application deadline.
  • be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program. (
  • not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.
  • have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.

Stipend : $30,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000

Tenure : one year beginning summer 2018

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online and must include :

    • Completed application form
    • Proposal ( no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font )
    • One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense / filing
    • Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [ optional ]
    • Bibliography ( no more than two pages )
    • Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review ) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font; or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages ( with translations provided ).
    • Two reference letters, one of which must come from the applicant’s dissertation advisor
    • A statement from the applicant’s institution ( preferably from the applicant’s department chair, director of graduate studies, or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to (1) attest to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion; (2) stipulate that, in the event of an award, the university will not charge the student tuition or fees beyond a limit of $5,000; and (3) pledge that if an ACLS award is made, the university will not provide the applicant with any subsequent aid. The person submitting the statement should not be one of the reference letter writers.

    Note that transcripts are not required.

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application Deadline : 25th October, 2017

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ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form.

Projects may involve development of  :

  • new digital tools that further humanistic research (such as digital research archives or innovative databases),
  • research that depends on or is greatly enhanced by the use of such tools,
  • the representation of research that depends on or is greatly enhanced by the use of such tools,
  • or some combination of these features.

ACLS will award up to six ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships in this competition year, including one project on which two scholars are collaborating. Collaborating scholars should apply separately and indicate that their project is collaborative.

Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $60,000 towards an academic year’s leave and provides for project costs of up to $25,000. ACLS does not support creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects.

This year’s successful applicants may take up the fellowship in 2011-2012 or at any time up to September 1, 2012, but candidates must commit themselves firmly to their preferred timeframe on their completed applications.

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships are intended as salary replacement and 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.

Given the nature of the program, proposals need to explicitly state the means and tools (software, applications, interfaces) to be used to accomplish the project’s goals. Furthermore, a project plan and budget are required. A special feature of the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships is the requirement of a project plan and budget. These fellowships are also unusual in that they include provision for additional project costs. Such project costs may be used for various purposes directly pertaining to the proposed project (see below); institutional indirect costs will not be covered.

Objectives

The aim of this program is to provide scholars the means to pursue intellectually significant projects that deploy digital technologies intensively and innovatively.

The fellowship therefore includes a stipend to allow an academic year’s leave from teaching, and funds that may be used for purposes such as :

  1. Access to tools and personnel for digital production. This could include acquiring hardware and software, engaging consultants, or purchasing access to digital collections. Preference will be given to project plans that make the most efficient use of existing cyberinfrastructure, either on the applicant’s campus, host institution, or beyond.
  2. Collaborative work. Applications are encouraged that include, where appropriate, plans for contact with centers for humanities computing or with disciplinary and interdisciplinary research centers (such as campus and national humanities centers).
  3. Dissemination and Preservation. Applicants must specify how their projects will be presented and preserved. Applicants should also outline strategies for raising the visibility of their projects at workshops, seminars, conferences, and meetings of their field or discipline.

While demonstration of scholarly excellence will be the primary criterion for selection, such excellence should be manifest in the digital context. Applicants should discuss both the intellectual ambitions of the project and its technological underpinnings. Proposals should specify how digital technologies add value to humanistic study.

Application Deadline for ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships : September 29, 2010.

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ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships for collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences (1). The program is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Objectives

The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that aim to produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.

The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2011 and September 1, 2013, and provide salary replacement for each collaborator (based on academic rank: up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor; up to $40,000 for Associate Professor; and up to $60,000 for full Professor) as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds (which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance).

The amount of the ACLS fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators, their academic rank, and the duration of the research leave, but will not exceed $140,000 for any one project. Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional.

Applicants at the same institution, however, must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations that involve the participation of assistant and associate faculty members are particularly encouraged. Up to seven awards will be made in the 2010-11 competition.

Eligibility for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships

A collaborative project is 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 during the fellowship tenure.

1. The Project Coordinator must have an appointment at a U.S.-based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars.
2.  All project collaborators must hold a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience at the time of application.

Application Deadline for ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships : September 29, 2010.

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Henry Luce Foundation / ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

ACLS  invites applications for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art designated for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing. Ten fellowships are available for a non-renewable, one-year term beginning between June and September 2011 for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The grants may be carried out in residence at the Fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The Henry Luce Foundation / ACLS Dissertation Fellowships,  however, may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.

This program is made possible by funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Eligibility for Henry Luce Foundation / ACLS Dissertation Fellowships

Applicants must :

  • be a Ph.D. candidate in a department of art history in the United States. A student with an appropriate project whose degree will be granted by another department is eligible only if the principal dissertation advisor is in a department of art history. (Students preparing theses for the Master of Fine Arts degree are not eligible.)
  • have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost. Projects must be object-oriented and use art-historical or visual studies approaches; proposals whose emphases are predominantly socio-historical will not be considered.
  • have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure.
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application Requirements

Applications must include :

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Illustrations (no more than three pages) [optional]
  • Publications list (no more than two pages) [optional]
  • Three reference letters
  • Institutional statement

Application Deadline  for Henry Luce Foundation / ACLS Dissertation Fellowships : November 10, 2010.

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