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$66,000 in year one, $70,000 in year two, plus health insurance, and $3,500 per year in professional development funding
ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship (PHD students/professionals, REMOTE opportunity)

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The ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship program aims to demonstrate the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance social justice and equity. The fellowships support recent PhDs in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as they work with social justice organizations in communities across the United States.

The program is made possible through the support of the Mellon Foundation.

An earlier phase of the program, funded as part of a $2.6 million grant by the Henry Luce Foundation, launched in the summer of 2020 to rapidly respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These fellowships placed PhDs pursuing research in art, art history, religion, theology, and ethics with nonprofit partners across the country to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities and advance collective understanding of the conditions that worsened that impact. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, ACLS expanded the program and refocused it to demonstrate the capacity of the humanities to advance justice and equity in society.

Leading Edge Fellows

  • Take on meaningful and interesting work in a challenging job market
  • Receive annual stipends up to 65k, plus health insurance and professional development funding
  • Join the staff of social justice organizations.
  • Undertake professional development activities with other fellows over the course of the fellowship
  • Begin two-year fellowship terms in September 2023

Leading Edge Hosting Organizations

  • Benefit from fellows’ scholarly training and broad sets of skills and capacities, including strong writing, project management, cultural competencies, and problem-solving skills
  • Define capacity-building roles for fellows
  • Provide oversight, supervision, training and access to requisite resources to help fellows succeed in these roles
  • Offer opportunities for networking and mentorship throughout the fellowship term
  • Contribute to the costs of fellows’ health insurance and other benefits, the requisite payroll taxes associated with having the fellow on payroll, and other costs

Evaluation Criteria

The selection and placement takes place over three stages: The first round of review is a peer review process conducted by PhDs holding positions in various sectors beyond the academy. Finalists emerging from this round will be interviewed by host organizations, who will send rankings and feedback to ACLS. Finally, ACLS interviews top-ranked candidates to offer the fellowship.

First-round reviewers will evaluate applications based on:

  • Demonstrated ability to connect academic and non-academic skills and capacities to the qualifications and responsibilities of the applicant’s selected project(s)
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing justice and contributing to solving problems in society
  • Willingness to partner, collaborate, listen, and learn from others; cultural/intellectual humility
  • Applicant’s academic and extra-academic accomplishments
  • The capacity of an award to advance ACLS’s commitment to inclusive excellence in all our programs

Leading Edge Fellows will join a robust community of practice in the publicly engaged humanities and will have the opportunity to draw on networks of related ACLS programs, including the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows and Scholars and Society Fellows. The diverse experience of the ACLS community is a shared resource that fellows are encouraged to draw on during and after their fellowship terms.

Qualifications:● PhD in any field of the humanities or humanistic social sciences. Read more about eligible fieldshere.● Ability to support the management of large projects by demonstrating initiative, receptivity tofeedback and strong follow through.● Strong writing/storytelling abilities and the capacity to distill complex information for diverseaudiences into case studies, reports and presentations.● Cultural fluency: a track record working directly with or as part of institutions that serve BIPOCcommunities.● Relational and collaborative approach to research and/or evaluation.

Preferred:● Knowledge of or interest in learning data visualization and digital engagement analytics.● Experience analyzing qualitative data and interpreting survey results.APPLICATIONS• Information on the Leading Edge Fellowship Program: https://www.acls.org/Competitions-andDeadlines/Leading-Edge-Fellowships• All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System(ofa.acls.org).• Application deadline: 9:00pm EDT, March 15th, 2023.

More fellowship opportunities in a near future from ACLS: https://www.acls.org/fellowship-grant-programs/

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