Information for International Applicants

ACLS administers several programs that are also open to international applicants. Some of these are for scholars at US universities studying world areas outside North America. Others are for scholars at universities in other countries. Still others have no restrictions as to citizenship or home university. All applications must be submitted in English.

The programs are listed in alphabetical order. Please read carefully the eligibility criteria to determine if you qualify.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: An applicant must be employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required.

With the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these fellowships support long-term, ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences.

Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art: This program for early career scholars in the field of art history is open to all applicants with PhDs conferred within the past six years, regardless of citizenship, country of residency, or institutional affiliation.

Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies:
With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (for early career fellowships), ACLS seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States and Canada through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers.

The program offers one competition:

  • Early Career Fellowships: An applicant must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, or other long-term affiliation, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships: The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States.

These fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies: There are no restrictions as to the citizenship or home university of applicants, the location of their research, or the language of the major scholarly work that results.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by ACLS supports research and teaching worldwide. The program offers a suite of fellowship and grant competitions that expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS organizes competitions for the following: