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ACLS Launches Ninth Annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition

Wednesday, January 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has launched the ninth annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofit and government organizations listed below. Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations and will have access to professional and peer mentoring. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $68,000 per year, as well as health insurance, a relocation stipend, and $3,000 toward professional development activities. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows will take up roles in the fields of arts management, communications, development, environmental conservation, international affairs, public policy, and publishing, and will work intensively on projects advancing equitable economic development, civic engagement, inclusive communities, and much more. 

The 2019 hosting organizations and positions are:

  • Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA) – Community Engagement & Audience Development Manager
  • American Public Media (St. Paul, MN) – Senior Research Analyst
  • Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY) – Communications Project Manager
  • Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) – Program Manager
  • Citizens’ Committee for the Children of New York (New York, NY) – Policy & Budget Analyst
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (New York, NY) – Research Manager
  • Community Change (Washington, DC) – Policy Advisor
  • Data & Society Research Institute (New York, NY) – Editor
  • The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC) – Program Officer
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT) – Grants Manager
  • Library of America (New York, NY) – Outreach Programs Manager
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver, CO) – Legislative Policy Specialist
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition (Washington, DC) – Research Analyst
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC) – Campaign Advocate, Latin America Project
  • PEN America (New York, NY) – Festival Programs Manager
  • Public Books (New York, NY) – Associate Editor
  • Rare (Arlington, VA) – Community Engagement Manager
  • Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – Policy Analyst
  • San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  • Seattle Office for Civil Rights (Seattle, WA) – Senior Researcher
  • World Justice Project (Washington, DC) – Program Manager

Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2015, and June 21, 2019, and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 5, 2019. Further information about the eligibility criteria and full position descriptions are available online. All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system ( by 9pm EDT on March 13, 2019

Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please click here for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information. Any questions about the program may be sent to This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



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