ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Competition for recent PhDs

by Ranjani Atur, Funding Peer
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 8:00 AM

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced the new Leading Edge Fellowship program, which demonstrates the potential of humanistic knowledge and methods to solve problems, build capacity, and advance justice and equity in society. Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities. Fellows take the lead on 12-month projects with leading organizations tackling significant social issues: from unequal access to childcare, education, and elder services, to the disproportionate impacts of incarceration, petrochemical pollution and climate change.

All fellowships starting in 2021 will be held remotely.

Each applicant may apply for up to two of the available Leading Edge Fellowship opportunities. Please check the website for a full list of participating organizations. 

May 6, 2021

$60,000 plus health insurance and professional development funding.


  • Must have a PhD that was/will be conferred by their universities between September 1, 2016 and October 1, 2021.
  • Must be authorized to work legally in the United States for the entire duration of the fellowship term. Neither ACLS nor the host organization can sponsor fellows for visas.

Find more details here.
Questions about the program may be addressed to