ACLS Public Fellows Program

Deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 6pm EDT

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $50,000 – $65,000 per year, depending on position
  • Tenure: Two years; start date July 2012
  • Applications accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( The system will open on January 23, 2012. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 21, 2012
  • Notification of application status will occur by email in May 2012.

ACLS invites applications for the second competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 13 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. Compensation will be competitive with new professional employees of the hosting organization and will include health insurance for the fellow.

The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

ACLS seeks applications from Ph.D.s who have received their degrees in the last three years and who aspire to careers in administration, management, 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 2009 and the application deadline; and
  3. not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2011-2012 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 21, 6pm EDT, and applications must include: (1) completed application form; (2) cover letter tailored to a specific position; (3) resume; (4) candidate 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

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.

  1. Carnegie Mellon University – Assistant Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation 
  2. Consumers Union – Policy Analyst 
  3. Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) – Global Projects Manager
  4. Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) – Program Coordinator and Analyst, Anvil Academic Publishing
  5. Forum on Education Abroad – Associate Director 
  6. German Marshall Fund of the United States – Program Officer, Leadership and Alumni Development
  7. Human Rights Watch – Human Rights Researcher/Advocate 
  8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Associate Development Officer 
  9. National Conference of State Legislatures – Legislative Studies Specialist 
  10. Newberry Library – Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives and Services
  11. New York Public Library – Special Projects Coordinator
  12. Oxfam America – Policy and Research Advisor
  13. Union of Concerned Scientists – Democracy Analyst

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).

updated 1/17/2012