ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship


Applications are invited by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship. Prospective  applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience. The fellowship is intended to support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The amount will depend on the number of collaborators and the duration of the research leaves but will not exceed $201,000 for any one project.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) was created in 1919 to represent the United States in the Union AcadémiqueInternationale (International Union of Academies). Since it’s founding, ACLS has provided the humanities and related social sciences with leadership, opportunities for innovation, and national and international representation.


The list eligibility criteria are given below:

  • 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 Ph.D. degree or its equivalent in publications and professional experience.

How to Apply:

To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must submit an online application through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system and the link is:

Supporting Documents:

Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Participant information sheet, listing all collaborators (and identifying PC) and additional project members
  • Proposal (no more than 10-pages, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font).The proposal should describe the intellectual significance of the research project and explain in detail the process and product of the collaboration.
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Research plan, including a timeline of proposed research activities.
  • A budget statement, outlining salary replacement and project funds, which may include such items as research assistance, travel, and research materials.
  • Publications lists, one for each collaborator (no more than two pages each)
  • Two reference letters. Letters should address the proposed collaborative project and all collaborators explicitly.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The program will be awarded not exceed$201,000 for any one project ($180,000 + $21,000).

  • Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance.
  • The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project.
  • The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, during which time project funds may be expended, to be initiated between July 1, 2018, and September 1, 2020.
  • Collaborator’s research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.

Application Deadline:

The completed applications from all collaborators must be submitted no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, September 27, 2017. Notifications will be sent via email by early February 2018.

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