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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Competitions

The 2014-15 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. ACLS offers fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:

September 24, 2014
ACLS Fellowships (the central program)
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

October 1, 2014
Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Studies
Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences)

October 22, 2014
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

November 1, 2014
African Humanities Program

January 14, 2015
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Visiting Professorships in Buddhist Studies

March 2015 (date TBA)
ACLS Public Fellows

The ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2013-14 competition year, ACLS awarded over $15 million to nearly 300 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ profiles and research abstracts are available at

ASCH Members Awarded Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Three members will receive fellowships from the ACLS for the academic year 2014-15.  Their fellowships are listed below as well as the title of their projects (in italics):-

Katie Anne-Marie Bugyis: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame
Ministers of Christ’s Word: Benedictine Women Religious in Early and Central Medieval England

James A. Palmer:  Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
History Department, Washington University in St. Louis
Gold, Grain, and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome

Judith Weisenfeld: ACLS Fellowship
Professor of Religion, Princeton University
Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Urban North, 1920-1950

Philip Schaff Prize

The winner of the Schaff Prize is Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University.  Brown’s book, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, was published by Princeton University Press (2012). Brown received the prize at the Winter Meeting of the ASCH in January 2014.

The runner-up to the winner is Derek Peterson, Associate Director of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Peterson’s book is entitled Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Sidney E. Mead Prize

The winner of the 2013 Mead Prize is Robert McEachnie, graduate student at the University of Florida. His essay “A History of Heresy Past: The Sermons of Chromatius of Aquileia, 388-407″ is published in Church History 83, 2 (June 2014): 273-96.

Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize

The winner of the Brewer Prize is Matthew S. Hedstrom, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Hedstrom’s book is entitled The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century. The publisher is Oxford University Press (2012).  Hedstrom received the prize at the Winter Meeting of the ASCH in January 2014.

The runner-up to the winner is David R. Swartz, Assistant Professor of History at Asbury University. Swartz’s book is entitled Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).



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