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2023 ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Competition; Apply by March 15

Greetings from The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)! We are pleased to announce the 2023 competition of the Leading Edge Fellowship program. The ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship program aims to demonstrate the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance social justice and equity. The fellowships support recent PhDs in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as they work with social justice organizations to advance justice and equity in communities across the United States.

ACLS welcomes applications from recent PhDs in the humanities and related social sciences to take on full time positions at one of twenty-two social justice organizations, including including the Campaign for Southern Equality (Asheville, NC), Gender Justice (Saint Paul, MN), and PolicyLink (Oakland, CA). The full roster of partnering organizations and projects is available here.

Our host partners provide professional development opportunities and employee benefits to fellows, and draw on fellows’ scholarly perspectives and broad set of skills. Fellows receive a stipend of $66,000 for the first year, $70,000 in the second, and have access to funds and opportunities for professional development through ACLS and our alumni network. This initiative is made possible through the support of the Mellon Foundation.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 15th by 9:00pm EDT. Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and other helpful information for applicants.

Desiree Barron-Callaci, PhD

Senior Program Officer

US Programs Office

American Council of Learned Societies