ACLS Fellowship and Grant Programs

The 2018-19 ACLS fellowship and grant competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers programs that promote research in all fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences and that support scholars from the graduate student level through all stages of the academic career, as well as independent scholars. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:


September 26, 2018

ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes joint and named awards)

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)

Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships – New in 2018-19


October 24, 2018

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art

Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships – New in 2018-19


November 7, 2018

Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies

Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies

Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) 


November 14, 2018

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations


January 9, 2019

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies


January 2019 (date TBA)

ACLS Digital Extension Grants – pending renewal of funding

March 2019 (date TBA)

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows


The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In the 2017-18 competition year, ACLS awarded over $24 million to more than 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows' and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at The 2018-19 season promises to be equally successful!