Announcing the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition



Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program – 2019 Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the ninth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The two-year fellowships carry an annual stipend of $68,000, health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds for the fellow.

In 2019, ACLS will place up to 21 PhDs as Public Fellows in the following organizations and roles:

Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA) – Community Engagement & Audience Development Manager

American Public Media (St. Paul, MN) – Senior Research Analyst

Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY) – Communications Project Manager

Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL) – Program Manager

Citizens’ Committee for the Children of New York (New York, NY) – Policy & Budget Analyst

Committee to Protect Journalists (New York, NY) – Research Manager

Community Change (Washington, DC) – Policy Advisor

Data & Society Research Institute (New York, NY) – Editor

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (Washington, DC) – Program Officer

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT) – Grants Manager

Library of America (New York, NY) – Outreach Programs Manager

National Conference of State Legislatures (Denver, CO) – Legislative Policy Specialist

National Low Income Housing Coalition (Washington, DC) – Research Analyst

Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC) – Campaign Advocate, Latin America Project

PEN America (New York, NY) – Festival Programs Manager

Public Books (New York, NY) – Associate Editor

Rare (Arlington, VA) – Community Engagement Manager

Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA) – Policy Analyst

San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (Seattle, WA) – Senior Researcher

World Justice Project (Washington, DC) – Program Manager

Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2015, and June 21, 2019, and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 5, 2019. US citizenship or permanent resident status is required. The deadline is March 13, 2019, 9 pm EDT.

Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system.

Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information. This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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