ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program 2023-2024

Deadline: 2 Nov 2023, 9 PM EDT.

ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program 2023-2024

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program. HBCUs are a vital component of the higher education ecosystem with a distinguished record of teaching and research contributions to the academic humanities and interpretive social sciences. This program supports the work of faculty at HBCUs by providing awards that attend to the specific teaching, research, and service contexts of their institutions. The program is the result of an extensive series of listening sessions and consultations with HBCU faculty and administrators from a wide range of institutions about opportunities and needs for research support at their colleges and universities.

Based on these consultations, the program will offer two types of awards to advance HBCU faculty scholarship:

Grants of up to $10,000 for research project development, with a grant term of 12 to 15 months.
Fellowships of up to $50,000 to support more sustained time and engagement with a significant research project, with an award term of 15 to 27 months.

For the 2023-2024 competition cycle, ACLS will award up to 12 grants and up to eight fellowships. Both award types allow applicants to structure their budgets and workplans in ways that best fit their research goals and professional commitments. Applicants are encouraged to select the award type that best matches the goals, scale, and stage of their proposed projects.

In addition to the fellowship or grant stipend, each awardee will have access to networking and mentorship opportunities that align with their scholarly goals and institutional circumstances. For both fellowships and grants, each award also comes with an additional institutional grant of $2,500 to the awardee’s home institution to support humanities programming or infrastructure.

Applicants who advance to the finalist round of review will receive a $500 grant to support their research, in addition to access to project and proposal development workshops.

Application Support

ACLS offers the following support for HBCU faculty who are interested in these fellowship and grant opportunities. Please sign up above to receive notifications of webinars, office hours, and application feedback opportunities.

  • Informational webinars about the application process.
  • Office hours for applicant support.
  • Feedback on draft applications: ACLS will provide feedback on draft applications on a rolling basis over the course of the summer 2023. Program officers will review complete or incomplete drafts of proposals, workplans, and budgets submitted by August 31, 2023. Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback on drafts received after that date. This optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. All drafts should be sent as Word or PDF attachments to

These resources are intended to support applicants’ final submission to the grant or fellowship competitions and to create pathways for scholars at HBCUs to national and international research funding. Note that participation in these optional resources is not required to apply for a grant or fellowship, nor does it guarantee the receipt of a fellowship or grant award.

ACLS seeks to advance equity, justice, and inclusive excellence in all of our programs and initiatives. The ACLS HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant program especially welcomes applicants from historically underrepresented groups such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native scholars, first generation college graduates, scholars from low-income backgrounds, formerly incarcerated scholars, queer and trans scholars, and scholars with disabilities.

Projects must only be submitted to one of the year’s competitions, for fellowships or grants; the same project cannot be submitted for both awards.

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