Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program - Apply by March 14, 2018 (9pm EDT)

ACLS is pleased to announce the roster of host organizations for the eighth annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. In 2018, the program will place up to 25 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. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance, a relocation stipend, and $3,000 toward professional development activities. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This year’s Public Fellows will take on substantive roles in communications, program management, international affairs, civic engagement, public policy, development, and digital media and will work on issues such as civil rights, cultural preservation, diversity and inclusion in higher education, environmental conservation, economic development, and immigration.

The 2018 hosting organizations and positions are:

•           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. 

Further information about the application process, eligibility criteria, and this year’s fellowship positions is available at All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system ( by 9 pm EDT on March 14, 2018.


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