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ACLS Invites Applications for 2016 Public Fellows Program

Saturday, January 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the sixth annual competition of the Public Fellows program. In 2016, ACLS will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at diverse organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-building  initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.  

In 2016, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:
  • American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
  • American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
  • Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
  • Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
  • City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office – Senior Performance Auditor
  • Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
  • Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
  • International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist10.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
  • National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
  • National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst
  • Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
  • Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
  • Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
  • Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
  • Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public Engagement
  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
  • The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst
  • The Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst

Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic  experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by  choice rather than circumstance. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016.  

Applications will be accepted starting January 14, 2016, through the ACLS online application  system (OFA). All applications must be received by the deadline of March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT.  Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit for complete position descriptions and application information.  

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


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