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Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships (USA)

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The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Mellon Foundation support early-stage doctoral students pursuing innovative approaches to dissertation research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before research and writing are advanced. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy. Applicants must be doctoral students in a humanities or social science department in the United States. The program does not accept applications from students receiving professional or applied PhDs, terminal degrees that are not a PhD (such as an EdD or MFA), or PhDs outside of humanities and interpretive social science departments, including the following disciplines: business, clinical or counseling psychology, creative or performing arts, education, engineering, filmmaking, law, library and information sciences, life/physical sciences, public administration, public health or medicine, public policy, social work, or social welfare.
The award includes a 42,000 USD stipend for the fellowship year, plus up to 8,000 USD for project-related research, training, development, and travel costs. The award also includes a 2,000 USD stipend for external mentorship.

Applications close on October 30, 2024.

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