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.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society: The principal organizer must be affiliated with a university or research institution and must hold a PhD. Activities proposed must include at least one scholar with an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment in Taiwan. Otherwise, there are no restrictions as to participants' citizenship or the location of the project.

With funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, ACLS administers a program supporting meetings and publications on "Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society." This program awards funds to support planning meetings, workshops, and conferences.

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 three competitions:

  • Predissertation Travel Grants to China: Applicants must be enrolled at a university in the United States or Canada, but need not be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • 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 an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
  • Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants: The coordinator must hold a PhD from a university in the United States or Canada OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any university.

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.

With the generous support of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, ACLS supports research and teaching through its Program in Buddhist Studies. Working with the Foundation, ACLS offers an articulated set 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: