Funding: Program in Religion Journalism & International Affairs Fellowships for Scholars (Luce/ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: October 25, 2017

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $55,000, plus up to $3,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities
  • Fellowships may be held at the awardee’s home institution, one of three partnering universities, or any location suitable for the proposed research.
  • Awardees electing to relocate to take up residence at one of three university partners will receive an additional stipend of up to $10,000
  • Tenure: one academic year
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 25, 2017

ACLS invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program is a two-part initiative designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs by offering an interrelated set of awards: programming grants for universities and fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. More information is available on the program’s overview page.

These fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts and who desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. 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 not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

In 2018-19 three universities are partnering with ACLS to establish links between their schools of arts and sciences and schools or programs of media and journalism. Fellows may choose to take up residence at one of this year’s three partnering institutions or they may take up the fellowship at any location suitable for pursuing their projects. In addition to providing the fellow with time, space, and resources necessary for conducting research, the partner universities have committed to fostering an environment that encourages connections between scholarship and journalism. Please see below for a list of the participating partner institutions. All fellows are required to participate in two program-sponsored symposia during the academic year.

ACLS will award up to six fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year with tenure beginning between August and September 2018. The award carries a stipend of $55,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $3,000. Awardees who will take up residency during the fellowship year at one of ACLS’s three university partners will receive an additional stipend of up to $10,000, for a total maximum possible award of $68,000.

Scholars may apply both for a Luce/ACLS Fellowship and for other forms of support, including other ACLS fellowship programs. Please note that an applicant may accept only one ACLS award in a given competition year.