Job Alert: ACLS Public Fellows

Are you a recent recipient of a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences?  The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has arranged twenty, two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. These positions are available as part of the ACLS Public Fellows Program.

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $65,000 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow
  • Tenure: Two years; start date in mid-July or early September 2013, depending on the position
  • Applications accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( The system will open on January 24, 2013. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 27, 2013
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting May 2013.

ACLS invites applications for the third competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences* in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.

This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. Now in its third year, this innovative initiative allows talented humanities Ph.D.s to gain valuable, career-launching experience in areas such as arts management, development, communications, public administration, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from Ph.D.s who have received their degrees in the last three years and who aspire to careers in nonprofit administration and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must:

  1. possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status**;
  2. have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 2010 and the application deadline; and
  3. not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2012-2013 competition year, including the New Faculty Fellows program.

Prospective applicants should read through all the positions listed below and be ready to choose one when beginning the online application process. Applicants may apply to only one position. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 27, 6pm EDT, and applications must include: (1) completed application form; (2) cover letter tailored to a specific position; (3) résumé (4) candidate’s personal statement; and (5) one nomination letter. Applications for these positions are accepted only through the ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( by the deadline, will be considered.

Submitted applications will undergo ACLS’s standard rigorous peer-review process, which may include interviews by ACLS and by the hosting organization. Reviewers will look for:

  1. applicant’s academic accomplishment and success;
  2. demonstrated relationship between past experience and specified position; and
  3. commitment to the public and/or nonprofit sector.

Participating Agencies and Positions

  1. American Antiquarian Society – Digital Humanities Curator
  2. Amnesty International – Policy Analyst
  3. BronxWorks – Program Analyst
  4. CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) – Policy Advisor
  5. Center for Investigative Reporting – Media Impact Analyst
  6. Center for Jewish History – Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs
  7. Chicago Humanities Festival – Program Manager
  8. City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs – Arts Manager
  9. Digital Public Library of America – Project Manager
  10. Feminist Press – Development Associate
  11. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Office of Global Education – Program Officer
  12. Internews – Development Officer
  13. International Student Exchange Programs – Associate Director for Special Projects
  14. JSTOR – Content Development Analyst
  15. The Nature Conservancy – Senior Coordinator, New Science Audiences
  16. North Carolina General Assembly – Program Evaluator
  17. Rockefeller Archive Center – Program Officer
  18. U.S. Agency for International Development  – Various
  19. U.S. Department of State – Various
  20. Vera Institute of Justice  – Planning Associate

Click on the positions to view the PDF of the full description, which includes detailed information on the hosting organization, the position, and requisite qualifications. Read the description carefully for any application instructions specific to the given position.

Do not contact any of these organizations with questions (on the position, benefits, etc.). ACLS will field only questions about the fellowship program itself and not on the positions or the organizations. Please carefully review the program description, the positions, and the sample application before contacting ACLS. Questions about the fellowship program can be directed in writing to (no calls please).

*Applicants to the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development must possess U.S. citizenship.

**For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group.

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