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April 7th, 2021

American Council of Learned Societies Opens 2021 Leading Edge Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is proud to announce a call for applications for its Leading Edge Fellowship program. This current competition round is made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Leading Edge Fellowship program provides one-year fellowships to recent humanities PhDs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as they pursue substantive, community-focused projects that advance social justice and equity in communities across the United States. Their work will draw on the distinct skills, capacities, and frameworks developed in the course of earning their PhD, while directly supporting important initiatives in criminal justice reform, racial and economic inequality, access to childcare, food security, voting rights, and other urgent issues.

For this latest round, ACLS will place up to 41 recent PhDs with participating nonprofit organizations across the country. Partnering organizations include:

All fellowships granted in this competition will be held remotely​. The full roster of partnering organizations and projects is available here.

Each Leading Edge Fellow will receive a $60,000 stipend, as well as health insurance and professional development funding. Fellows also participate in a variety of professional development and networking activities designed to help translate the experiences of their 12-month placements into future work in academia and beyond.

ACLS is now accepting fellowship applications for the Leading Edge Fellowship program, with applications due Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Learn more and apply at www.acls.org/LeadingEdge.