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ACLS Announces Competition for Public Fellows Program

Monday, January 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the eighth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the knowledge and capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $67,500, health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds.

In 2018, ACLS will place up to 25 PhDs as Public Fellows in the following organizations and roles:

  • Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, NY) – Strategic Research Associate
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) – Digital Engagement Manager
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Chicago, IL) – Research Associate, Global Cities
  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (Madison, WI) – Global Programs Manager
  • Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC) – Development Officer
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (Chicago, IL) – Senior Research Analyst, Transportation Innovation
  • Innocence Project (New York, NY) – Content Strategist
  • Lapham’s Quarterly (New York, NY) – Digital Producer
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Los Angeles, CA) – Cross Sector Analyst
  • Los Angeles Review of Books (Los Angeles, CA) – Associate Executive Editor and Assistant Director, LARB Books
  • MinnPost (Minneapolis, MN) – Audience Development and Engagement Manager
  • The Moth (New York, NY) – Impact and Evaluation Officer
  • National Immigration Law Center (Washington, DC) – Research Program Manager
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) – Manager of Curatorial Innovation
  • Participatory Budgeting Project (Brooklyn, NY) – Participatory Design Strategist
  • PolicyLink (Oakland, CA) – Associate, Equitable Economy Research
  • Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN) – Associate Editor, Global Nation
  • Race Forward (Oakland, CA or New York, NY) – Narrative Impact Analyst
  • Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY) – Outreach Program Manager
  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (Washington, DC) – Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations (Washington, DC) – Global Science Officer
  • Social Science Research Council (Brooklyn, NY) – Program Officer, Media and Democracy Project
  • Stockholm Environment Institute – US Center (Seattle, WA) – Climate Policy Associate
  • United Negro College Fund (Washington, DC) – Policy Analyst
  • United Neighborhood Houses (New York, NY) – Policy Analyst

Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2014 and June 22, 2018. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2018. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9pm EDT.

Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system (OFA). Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. For complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information, please visit

This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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