Fellowship: ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

Deadline: March 24, 2016

ACLS invites applications for the sixth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term. Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2016, depending on the position

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants Must:
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016
  • Have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than the application deadline of March 24, 2016
  • Not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2015-16 competition year (excluding the ACLS Digital Extension Grant program)

Prospective applicants should read through all the positions listed below and choose the one position that best fits their career goals. (Applicants may apply to only one position.)

The deadline for submitted applications is Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT.

Applications must include:
  • Completed Application Form
  • 1-2-page cover letter tailored to a specific position
  • 1-2-page resume
  • 1-page candidate statement
  • 2 reference letters

Please note that finalists may be asked to provide institutional documentation of PhD conferral (or, if the degree has not yet been conferred, an institutional statement from the registrar attesting that the dissertation defense and deposit have been completed and confirming the degree conferral date).

Selection Criteria:
Applications will undergo ACLS’s standard rigorous peer-review process, which may include interviews by ACLS and by the hosting organization. Reviewers will look for:
  • Applicant’s academic accomplishment and success
  • Demonstrated relationship between past experience and specified position
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in the public and/or nonprofit sector

Notification of application status will occur by email in late-May 2016!