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The ACLS is pleased to announce the opening of the 2005-2006 competitions for fellowships and grants.

  • The central ACLS FELLOWSHIPS, for tenure beginning in 2006-2007. Maximum stipends are $50,000 for full Professors and career equivalent, $40,000 for Associate Professors and equivalent, and $30,000 for Assistant Professors and equivalent. This program requires the Ph.D. conferred by September 28, 2003 and the last supported research leave concluded by July 1, 2003. Some of the central ACLS Fellowships awarded are designated as ACLS/SSRC/NEH INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES FELLOWSHIPS. These encourage humanistic research on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In addition, the joint ACLS/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to applicants chosen by both the central ACLS Fellowships program and the NYPL's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. These are residential fellowships for research that would benefit from residence at the Library and use of its collections.

  • The FREDERICK BURKHARDT RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR RECENTLY TENURED SCHOLARS. The Burkhardt fellowships this year will support scholars tenured no earlier than the fall 2001 semester or quarter, who are engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. Stipends will again be $75,000. Burkhardt fellowships may be used in 2006-2007, or in either of the two succeeding years, and entail an academic year of residence at one of eleven participating national research centers, plus support from the Fellow's institution for an additional period.

  • The CHARLES A. RYSKAMP RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS. These fellowships, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provide a stipend of $64,000 for an academic year of research, plus an allowance of $2,500 for research and travel, and the possibility of funding for an additional summer, if justified.The fellowships support tenure-track Assistant Professors and untenured Associate Professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose reappointment reviews have been successfully completed but whose tenure reviews will not be completed before February 1, 2006, whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields, and whose plans for new research are well designed and carefully developed.

  • The CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE FELLOWSHIPS, including (1) Contemplative Practice Fellowships, of up to $10,000, in support of individual or collaborative research leading to the development of courses and teaching materials that integrate contemplative practices into courses–tenable in Summer 2006 or in one semester of the 2006-07 academic year; and (2) Contemplative Program Development Fellowships, of up to $20,000, in support of groups of faculty and administrators developing formal or informal curricular initiatives in contemplative studies–tenable in the 2006-07 academic year. Examples of the Program Development Fellowships might include a concentration in contemplative studies at the applicants' university or a coordinated network of courses and faculty of a less formal nature, for the creation of an interdisciplinary community of contemplative practice and inquiry.

  • The HENRY LUCE FOUNDATION/ACLS DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS IN AMERICAN ART. The stipend for these year-long fellowships, in support of dissertations in the area of the history of visual arts of the US (focused on art objects), is $22,500.

  • Fellowships of the SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM, including FELLOWSHIPS FOR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH IN SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN STUDIES and DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS IN SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN STUDIES. Fellowships will be available for work related to Southeastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro (including Kosovo). LANGUAGE-TRAINING GRANTS will also be available for institutions and individuals in support of intensive summer training in the languages of Southeastern Europe. A new program will offer institutional grants of up to $15,000 for support of newly designed courses in special skills involving the professional use of language, such as reading comprehension of disciplinary/professional texts, translation, interpretation, and editing.

  • Fellowships of the COMMITTEE ON SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION WITH CHINA PROGRAMS, including (1) fellowships for AMERICAN RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES IN CHINA, providing a stipend of up to $30,000, for scholars in the humanities for 4 to 12 months of continuous research in China; and (2) the CHINESE FELLOWSHIPS FOR SCHOLARLY DEVELOPMENT, for Chinese scholars nominated by an American host scholar to do 4-10 months of research in the US.

  • NEW PERSPECTIVES ON CHINESE CULTURE AND SOCIETY grants, in support of planning meetings, workshops, and conferences leading to publications. This program, conducted in cooperation with the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, is intended to support projects that bridge disciplinary or geographic boundaries, engage new kinds of information, develop fresh approaches to traditional materials and issues, or otherwise bring innovative perspectives to the study of Chinese culture and society.

This is the third year in which the application process for most programs is entirely online, and the second year for the online reference system. The system continues to be improved and enhanced, and applicants and referees find the online process easy, efficient, and user friendly. To further facilitate the process, a series of Frequently Asked Questions for technical problems has been developed.

The Southeast European Language Training Grants for Individuals, the Committee on Scholarly Communications with China, and the Contemplative Practice programs will continue to use paper application forms, available in PDF format to be printed out from the ACLS Web site. (Applications for these programs may also be requested by e-mail or mail.) The New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program does not use application forms. Application guidelines are available on the ACLS Web site. Application guidelines for the language-training grants to institutions are available from Olga Bukhina, Coordinator of International Programs,

For further information, please visit the ACLS Fellowship Competitions site.

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