Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is accepting applications for Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art. The fellowship is designated for graduate students at any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing. Ten fellowships are available for a non-renewable, one-year term beginning between June and September 2017 for the 2017-18 academic year. A stipend of $30,000 and $4,000 as a travel and research allowance will be offered for the winning candidates.

ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.


Applicants must:

  • Be a Ph.D. candidate in a department of art history in the United States. A student with an appropriate project whose degree will be granted by another department is eligible only if the principal dissertation advisor is in a department of art history. (Students preparing theses for the Master of Fine Arts degree are not eligible.)
  • Have a dissertation focused on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Projects should be focused foremost on the art object and/or image and employ an art-historical or visual studies approach. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, proposals whose emphases are predominantly socio-historical will not be considered.
  • Have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation before beginning fellowship tenure.
  • Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can apply on-line for Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Illustrations (no more than three pages) [optional]
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • List of publications, exhibitions, and/or presentations (no more than two pages) [optional]
  • Two reference letters, one of which must come from the applicant’s dissertation advisor
  • A statement from the applicant’s institution (preferably from the applicant’s department chair, director of graduate studies, or dean).

Award Amount:

The winning fellows will get:

  • Stipend: $30,000, plus up to $4,000 as a travel and research allowance
  • Tenure: one-year beginning summer 2017

Application Deadline:

The deadline to submit completed applications for this fellowship is 9 pm, Eastern Daylight Time, October 26, 2016.

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Contact Information:

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