New Leading Edge Fellowship


The American Council of Learned Societies
Due July 31, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) proudly announces the launch of the Leading Edge Fellowship program, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. This $1.6 million rapid-response fellowship aims to put the power of humanities scholarship and training to work in addressing urgent challenges facing communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leading Edge Fellowship program provides year-long posts to recent humanities PhDs as they pursue publicly engaged projects that document and interpret the damage of this pandemic and advance collective understanding of the societal fault lines that helped worsen its impact such as inequality, increasing precarity, divisive media, and racism. The fellowship program will launch in two phases, the first placing up to six art history and visual culture scholars with partner organizations for projects starting in September and October 2020. Participating nonprofits include Arts Alliance Illinois (Chicago, IL), the Center for Craft (Asheville, NC), Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (Seattle, WA), the Educational Video Center (New York, NY), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA), and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage (Washington, DC). ACLS will begin accepting fellowship applications for the first cycle this week, with applications due by 9pm EDT on Friday, July 31, 2020.

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