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ACLS Fellowships and Grants

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.  Below is a summary of most competitions and deadlines for 2011-2012.  ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. 

ACLS Fellowships and Grants:

ACLS Fellowships:   deadline: September 28,    2011.
*  IncludesACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships/ACLS and New York Public Library Fellowships, and invites research applications in all disciplines of thehumanities and related social sciences.
*  Ultimate goal of project: a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
*  Helps scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.
*  Scholars pursuing research and writing on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union will be eligible for special International and Area Studies fellowships.
*  New York Public Library Fellowships: please refer to ACLS site for further details.
*  Maximum stipends: full Professors increased to $65,000; for Associate Professors increased to $45,000.

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships: deadline: September 28,    2011
*  Support advanced Assistant Professors and untenured Associate Professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research.
*  Ultimate goal of project:  a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
*  Support an academic year of research (nine months), plus an additional summer’s research (two months) if justified, to be taken in three years from July 1, 2012, with considerable flexibility in how research time may be structured
*  Stipend of $64,000, fund of $2,500 for research and travel, and additional 2/9 of stipend ($14,222) for one summer’s support, if justified by a persuasive case.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: deadline: September    28, 2011
*  Support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences.
*  Open to recently tenured humanists—scholars who will have begun their first tenured contracts by the application deadline, but began their first tenured contracts no earlier than the fall 2007 semester or quarter.
*  Ultimate goal of project: a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
*  Support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program.
*  Encourage exchanges across disciplinary lines that can be especially helpful to deepening and expanding the significance of projects in the humanities and related social sciences.
*  Stipend of $75,000.

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships: deadline: September 28, 2011
*  Support digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences that must help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening the understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.
*  Support one academic year for a major scholarly project that takes a digital form.  Project may:
*  Address a consequential scholarly question through new research methods, new ways of representing the knowledge produced by research, or both;
*  Create new digital research resources;
*  Increase the scholarly utility of existing digital resources by developing new means of aggregating, navigating, searching, or analyzing those resources;
*  Propose to analyze and reflect upon the new forms of knowledge creation and representation made possible by the digital transformation of scholarship.
*  Stipend up to $60,000; project costs up to $25,000.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships: deadline: September 28, 2011
*  Offer small teams of two or more scholars opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project.
*  Supports projects that aim to produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications).
*  For a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2012 and September 1, 2014
*  Support not greater than $140,000 for any one project.

American Research in the Humanities in China:  deadline:  September 28, 2011
*  Proposal must reflect an understanding of the present Chinese academic and research environment and include a persuasive statement of the need to conduct the research in China.
*  Support is offered to specialists in all fields of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences, and is not limited to China scholars.  Those submitting a joint proposal must apply individually.
*  Duration from four months to one year of continuous research in China, expected to fall between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.
*  Stipends are calculated based upon length of awardee’s stay in China, and include allowances for travel, living expenses, and research/affiliation fees.  For four to five months of research, stipends cannot exceed $25,200.  Maximum award – $50,400.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society: deadline: September 28,    2011
*  This program supports collaborative work in China studies, in the form of proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective.
*  Projects must compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and shifting populations of China.
*  Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.
*  Supports collaborative work of three types planning meetings (up to $6,000), workshops ($10,000 to $15,000) to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting, and conferences (up to $25,000) for formal research conferences intended to produce significant new research that will be published in a conference volume.

East European Studies Programs:
Set out to develop expertise in the United States needed for broad knowledge and analysis of developments in this critical world area.
*  Proposal must state how research will contribute to a better understanding of the region and policy related to it.
*  Support available from Title VIII for language study and research related to all East European Countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Please refer to the individual page for each of the following programs that can be found on:
*  Dissertation Fellowships: deadline:  November    9, 2011
*  Postdoctoral Fellowships: deadline:  November    9, 2011
*  Conference Grants: deadline:         January    27, 2012
*  Travel Grants: deadline:   January 27,    2012
*  Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study: deadline:  January    13, 2012
*  Language Grants to Institutions for Summer Courses: deadline:  January 13, 2012
*  Heritage Speakers Research Grant:  deadline:  January 13, 2012

African Humanities Program:  deadline and guidelines not yet posted.
*  Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

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