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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the third
competition for the Leading Edge Fellowship, made possible by the generous
support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Leading Edge Fellowship program provides one-year fellowships to recent
humanities PhDs as they pursue publicly engaged projects that advance
social justice and equity in communities across the United States. The
projects are designed to draw on the humanistic skills, capacities, and
frameworks developed in the course of earning a PhD in the humanities.

In this competition, ACLS will place up to 41 recent PhDs with
participating nonprofit organizations across the country including the
National Conference on Citizenship, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Hunger
Free America, and Common Justice. The full roster of partnering
organizations and projects is available on the website.

ACLS is now accepting fellowship applications for this program, with
applications due by *9pm EDT on Thursday, May 6, 2021*: 

Each Leading Edge Fellow will receive a $60,000 stipend, as well as health
insurance and professional development funding. Fellows will lead
substantive, community-engaged projects for their host organizations on
issues of criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, racial
discrimination and economic inequality, and access to childcare, food
security, and voting rights. The fellows also will participate in a variety
of professional development and networking activities designed to help
translate the experiences of their 12-month placements into future work in
the academy and beyond.

ACLS launched the Leading Edge Fellowship program in summer 2020 with the
support of the Henry Luce Foundation. Information about this program's
first cohorts of fellows is available at 


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