2019-2020 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce that the 2019-20 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship competition is now open. ACLS invites applications from community college faculty who are working on research projects in the humanities and social sciences.

Fellowship details:

  • $40,000 stipend to support activities that advance the proposed research project
  • 18-month award period from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021
  • Up to 26 fellows
  • Fellows will attend convening hosted by ACLS in Fall 2021
  • Application deadline: September 25, 2019


Applicants must:

  • be employed primarily as instructors at a two-year associate’s degree-granting college, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and remain so for the duration of the fellowship. Applicants do not need to be appointed full-time and do not need to be on the tenure track. Part-time and adjunct instructors are welcome to apply, as long as community college teaching is their primary employment.
  • have an MA or PhD in the humanities or related social sciences that was conferred by the application deadline.

Projects must:

  • address a topic in the humanities or social sciences and/or teaching and learning in those disciplines in a higher education setting.
  • employ predominantly humanistic approaches and qualitative/interpretive methodologies.
  • include substantial original research.


Completed applications must be submitted electronically through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system (ofa.acls.org). Please see the program webpage (http://www.acls.org/programs/community-college-faculty/) for more information about eligibility, application requirements, and evaluation criteria.

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This year, ACLS will award more than $25 million to over 350 scholars across the humanities. Learn more about our programs here.

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