Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program – 2018 Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (“ACLS”) is pleased to announce the eighth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. This initiative places humanities PhDs in substantive roles in diverse nonprofit and government organizations, demonstrating that the knowledge and capacities developed in the course of earning a doctoral degree in the humanities have wide application beyond the academy. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $67,500, health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds.

In 2018, ACLS will place up to 25 PhDs as Public Fellows in the following organizations and roles:

Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, NY) – Strategic Research Associate

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) – Digital Engagement Manager

Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Chicago, IL) – Research Associate, Global Cities

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (Madison, WI) – Global Programs Manager

Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC) – Development Officer

Environmental Law & Policy Center (Chicago, IL) – Senior Research Analyst, Transportation Innovation

Innocence Project (New York, NY) – Content Strategist

Lapham’s Quarterly (New York, NY) – Digital Producer

Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Los Angeles, CA) – Cross Sector Analyst

Los Angeles Review of Books (Los Angeles, CA) – Associate Executive Editor and Assistant Director, LARB Books

MinnPost (Minneapolis, MN) – Audience Development and Engagement Manager

The Moth (New York, NY) – Impact and Evaluation Officer

National Immigration Law Center (Washington, DC) – Research Program Manager

National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) – Manager of Curatorial Innovation

Participatory Budgeting Project (Brooklyn, NY) – Participatory Design Strategist

PolicyLink (Oakland, CA) – Associate, Equitable Economy Research

Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN) – Associate Editor, Global Nation

Race Forward (Oakland, CA or New York, NY) – Narrative Impact Analyst

Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY) – Outreach Program Manager

Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (Washington, DC) – Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis

Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations (Washington, DC) – Global Science Officer

Social Science Research Council (Brooklyn, NY) – Program Officer, Media and Democracy Project

Stockholm Environment Institute – US Center (Seattle, WA) – Climate Policy Associate

United Negro College Fund (Washington, DC) – Policy Analyst

United Neighborhood Houses (New York, NY) – Policy Analyst

Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2014 and June 22, 2018. Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2018. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9 pm EDT. Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS online application system (OFA). Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit for complete position descriptions, eligibility criteria, and application information. This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.