Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships

Supporting Innovative Approaches to Dissertation Research in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship program is designed to support emerging scholars as they advance bold and innovative research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. The program is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The program will make awards to doctoral students who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before writing is advanced, and provide time and support for emerging scholars’ innovative approaches to dissertation research – practical, trans- or interdisciplinary, collaborative, critical, or methodological. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.

ACLS will issue a call for applications in June 2022 and the program will begin accepting applications in early July. The deadline for applications will fall in early November.

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