ACLS Public Fellows program: call for applications

ACLS invites applications for the second competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. The positions and organizations are listed below. The program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

In 2012, the ACLS Public Fellows will be appointed to the following positions:

  • Carnegie Mellon University – Assistant Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Consumers Union – Policy Analyst
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) – Global Projects Manager
  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) – Program Coordinator and Analyst, Anvil Academic Publishing
  • Forum on Education Abroad – Associate Director
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States – Program Officer, Leadership and Alumni Development
  • Human Rights Watch – Human Rights Researcher/Advocate
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Associate Development Officer
  • National Conference of State Legislatures – Legislative Studies Specialist
  • Newberry Library – Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives and Services
  • New York Public Library – Special Projects Coordinator
  • Oxfam America – Policy and Research Advisor
  • Union of Concerned Scientists – Democracy Analyst

Applications are accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( by March 21, 2012. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly. See for complete position descriptions and application information.

Applicants must have received their degrees in the last three years and aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences. Applicants must possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status; have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 2009 and the application deadline; and not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2011-2012 competition year, including the New Faculty Fellows program.


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