ACLS Public Fellows program - 21 fellowships at nonprofits and government orgs for recent humanities PhDs

ACLS Public Fellows program - 21 fellowships at nonprofits and government orgs for recent humanities PhDs
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:00am to Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:00am

The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the sixth annual ACLS Public Fellows competition.    In 2016, the program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies listed below. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. The fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities.   This year’s Public Fellows will take up positions in the fields of program evaluation, digital strategy, political advocacy, public policy, and impact analysis (among many others) and will work on issues such as immigration and migration, affordable housing, civil rights, environmental conservation, anti-proliferation, and cultural preservation. The placements are located in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Montgomery, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.   The 2016 hosting organizations and positions are:  

  • American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
  • American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
  • Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
  • Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
  • City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office – Senior Performance Auditor
  • Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
  • Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
  • International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
  • National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
  • National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst
  • Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
  • Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
  • Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
  • Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
  • Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public Engagement
  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
  • The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst
  • The Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst

Applicants to the Public Fellows program must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016. (Applicants must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than the application deadline of March 24, 2016.) More information about the application process and this year's positions is available at

Please do not contact the host organizations directly about these opportunities. All applications must be submitted through ACLS's online application system ( by 8 pm EDT on March 24, 2016. 


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