American Council of Learned Societies Launches Scholarship and Fellowship Program for HBCU Faculty

The new program provides financial aid, research support, and networking opportunities for faculty at historically black colleges and universities

NEW YORK, March 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program. The new program will encourage the scholarly contributions of the Faculty of Humanities and Interpretative Social Sciences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), recognizing their rich history in nurturing generations of scholars and accelerating vital social change despite chronic discrimination and underfunding.

Applications for the ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program competition open on in early April and close on November 2, 2023.

ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowships and Grants recognize and support HBCU faculty and their distinctive Got contributions to humanistic inquiry.

Consistent with the goals ACLS has underlined in its strategic priorities, the ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides financial support, research development support, and networking opportunities for HBCU faculty while fulfilling unique teaching and service commitments their schools. The program is the result of extensive listening sessions and consultations with dozens of HBCU faculty and administrators. ACLS is grateful for their participation in this collaborative process, which directly contributed to the goals, design and implementation of this program.

“Historically, black colleges and universities help ensure that our higher education system is accessible to and supportive of all learners represented in the United States,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “ACLS gave its first award to an HBCU faculty member in 1932. The grant to Lorenzo Turner, a linguist and professor of English at Fisk University, enabled him to create a descriptive grammar of the Gullah dialect that became his seminal Publication of Africanisms resulted in the Gullah dialect. Today we celebrate the achievements of HBCUs in the face of discrimination and inequality. We are honored to recognize and support the faculties working at these hundred-plus institutions and their distinctive contributions to humanistic research.”

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This scholarship and grant initiative is part of a broader range of outreach and engagement activities focused on institutions that serve minorities, including targeted work within the ACLS Associate Member Network. It builds on the research, commitment, and experience of peer funders and members of the ACLS scholarly community such as the American Historical Association and the American Philosophical Association.

Consistent with ACLS’ commitment to drive inclusive excellence in all of its programs, the ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant program particularly welcomes applications from scholars of color and other historically underrepresented groups, as well as from faculty representing the full spectrum of HBCUs, including both two – and institutions awarding a four-year degree.

This program is funded by the ACLS Foundation, which has benefited from the generous support of respected institutions and individuals, including the ACLS Associate Member Network, former grantees and friends of ACLS.

Scholarship and Grant AwardsIn the first competition of a three-year pilot, ACLS will award 12 grants of up to $10,000 each to develop research projects and eight grants of up to $50,000 each to support deeper engagement in a significant research project.

Both award categories allow applicants to structure their budgets and work plans to best suit their research goals and professional commitments. Prize funds may be used to advance a variety of activities including, but not limited to, course releases; editorial and/or research support; cross-institute and interdisciplinary cooperation; and travel expenses and registration fees for research or conferences.

In addition to the fellowship or fellowship, each award winner has access to networking and mentoring opportunities tailored to their scholarly goals and institutional contexts.

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Additional Support for Institutions and Applicants Each fellowship and fellowship award includes an additional grant of US$2,500 to the awardee’s home institution to support liberal arts programs or infrastructure.

All applicants who advance to the finalist review round based on their proposals will receive a $500 stipend to support research activities associated with their bursary, as well as access to project and proposal development workshops.

Application ProcessThe application deadline for scholarships and grants is November 2, 2023 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

Beginning in spring 2023, ACLS will host informational webinars on the program and consultation hours for questions. These sessions are open to everyone. In addition, interested educators can request feedback on their draft proposal and participate in proposal writing workshops taking place in summer 2023. Sign up to learn more about the program and these opportunities.

Scholarship and fellowship applications must be submitted through the ACLS online application system, which will be accepting applications beginning in early April 2023. Find out more about the program and the eligibility criteria.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Founded a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit coalition of 79 academic organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS adheres to the core principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, ACLS leverages its endowment of over $155 million and its annual operating budget of $37 million to expand the forms, content, and flow of scholarly knowledge, reflecting our commitment to identity diversity and reflects experience. ACLS works with institutions, associations and individuals to strengthen the evolving infrastructure for science. In all aspects of our work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices in support of racial and social justice.

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