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Fellow of American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)   |   Fellow of National Humanities Center (NHC)   |   Member of American Philosophical Society   |   Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science   |   Fellow of the Royal Society   |   National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees   |  

Fellow of American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

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The ACLS Fellowship program includes a joint fellowship with the New York Public Library (additional information below ), as well as named awards made possible by generous donations to ACLS. The following named fellowships will be awarded to selected applicants to the overall ACLS Fellowship program:

  • the ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellowship in English and American literature;
  • the ACLS/Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellowship in Chinese arts and letters;
  • the ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship;
  • the ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellowship for archival research in US history; 
  • the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr./ACLS Fellowships for research in modern Chinese history;
  • and the McClary-Walser/ACLS Fellowship in music studies.

The information provided here is a summary of the program, and details eligibility, application requirements, and evaluation criteria. Please read carefully through the material and accompanying FAQ.

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Faculty appointments are not required. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. (1) An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2018 and no later than February 1, 2019.

The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): up to $40,000 for Assistant Professor and career equivalent, up to $50,000 for Associate Professor and career equivalent; and up to $70,000 for full Professor and career equivalent. ACLS will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline.

For 2017-18, the program has expanded to award 78 fellowships. Approximately 27 fellowships will be awarded at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 27 at the Associate Professor level, and approximately 24 at the full Professor level. It is ACLS’s expectation that the growth of the program will allow for the fellows selected to be even more broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that demographic diversity enhances scholarship, and aspire to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond.

Deadline: 09/27/2017


Fellow of National Humanities Center (NHC)

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The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2018 through May 2019. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States. The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.


Member of American Philosophical Society

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Election to the APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields. The APS is unusual among learned societies because its membership is comprised of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines. Members are organized into five classes:

  1. Class 1 Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  2. Class 2 Biological Sciences
  3. Class 3 Social Sciences
  4. Class 4 Humanities
  5. Class 5 The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs

The APS is an honorary society that elects new members to their ranks each year in April. Nominations for membership can only be made by Resident members of the APS.


Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

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A member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished and who has been a continuous member for the four year period leading up to the year of nomination, may, by virtue of such meritorious contribution be elected a Fellow by the Council. Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public. Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council from the list of approved nominations from the Section Steering Groups.

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor and all Fellows are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

The 2018 AAAS Fellows cycle will open by the end of November 2017. Please check back for the specific cycle dates.

Please Note: Eligibility for nomination requires an individual to have been a continuous member of AAAS since December 31, 2014 or earlier. Members who joined after the December 31, 2014 cutoff date are not eligible for the 2018 cycle.


Fellow of the Royal Society

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The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

There are approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 80 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 700 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.

Candidates must have made 'a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.

Each candidate is considered on his or her own merits and can be proposed from any sector of the scientific community. Every effort is made to encourage nominations of women candidates and candidates from the emerging disciplines.

Each candidate for Fellowship or Foreign Membership must be nominated by two Fellows of the Royal Society, who sign a certificate of proposal. The certificate includes a statement of the principal grounds on which the proposal is being made and is available for inspection by other Fellows. The completed certificate of proposal must be received by 30 September each year.

Deadline: 09/30


National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees

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There are many unsung heroes of invention – men and women whose passion and perseverance challenge the idea of what’s possible and reshape the future. Induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame recognizes that unwavering spirit of innovation and shares those stories.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame accepts nominations from all sources and relies on a panel of experts in science, technology, engineering, and patents to screen, vet, and make final selections.

Nominations are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Patents: Nominees must hold a U.S patent for an invention that has contributed to and advanced society
  • Progressive: The invention should have contributed significantly to industry, progressing it forward and improving it
  • Perseverance: The lives of nominees are characterized by inspiring stories of determination, challenges overcome, and beating the odds
  • Passion: Nominees are leaders in their fields who understand the importance of developing the next generation of American innovators


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