Funding Opportunity: Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs (Mellon/ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2017

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $67,500 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship
  • Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2017, depending on the fellowship position
  • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 22, 2017, 8 pm EDT
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2017.

ACLS invites applications for the seventh competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term 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 $67,500 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.

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 Mellon/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:

  1. possess US citizenship or permanent resident status;
  2. have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between September 1, 2013 and June 18, 2017; and
  3. defend and file/deposit their completed dissertations no later than April 6, 2017, and be prepared to verify this with official university documentation during the review and selection process.

Prospective applicants should read through all the fellowship 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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8 pm EDT.

Applications must include:

  • completed application form;
  • 1-2-page cover letter tailored to a specific position and addressed to the host organization;
  • 1-2-page résumé; and
  • 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).

Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by the deadline, will be considered.

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