Graduate Funding Information Service

February 12, 2020

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program for Recent PhDs

Application Deadline: March 18, 2020, 9pm EDT

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good while gaining career-building experience in the fields of policy, community development, conservation, arts and culture, and media. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In 2020, the program is offering 21 two-year term positions at organizations in government and nonprofit sectors for recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will have opportunities for networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person and virtually. Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 per year and have access to employer-based health insurance through the host organization. In addition, ACLS provides funds for relocation and professional development.


Applicants must:

  1. Have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields) conferred between September 1, 2016 and June 19, 2020
  2. Defend and file/deposit their completed dissertations no later than April 6, 2020, and be prepared to verify this with official university documentation during the review and selection process
  3. Be authorized to work legally in the United States. Neither ACLS nor the host organization will sponsor fellows for work visas.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.