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Folklorists, Take Note and Apply: ACLS Offers Fellowships for Work in the Humanities

Monday, June 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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All AFS members need to be aware of, and whenever appropriate to apply for, ACLS fellowships. Here's the story:

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a non-profit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations including AFS, is the leading private institution funding research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In 2018, ACLS is on track to award more than $24 million in support to about 350 fellows.

Very few folklorists apply for ACLS fellowships, and—surprise!—as a result, very few folklorists receive them. Two years ago, three folklorists received fellowships (their projects are summarized at, but as far as we know no folklorists applied last year. It's up to you to change that for 2018.

  • You may think that ACLS funds only senior scholars, but you'd be wrong: Many of their fellowship programs are for PhD students or early-career scholars and professionals.
  • You may think that ACLS funds only academic research, but you'd also be wrong: ACLS operates a Public Fellows program that places recipients in two-year decision-making positions in government agencies and NGOs.
  • You may think that ACLS funds only scholars with tenure-track institutional affiliations, but—once again—you'd be wrong: their fellowship programs are open to those in the contingent academic workforce, and one of the three folklorists who received a fellowship in 2016 is part of this group.

Please take the time to download and review the attached PDF, which provides a full list of ACLS's 2018 fellowship programs and application deadlines. You can find more detailed information about the programs that interest you on the ACLS website,

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