In 2012, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will award more than $15 million to more than 320 scholars worldwide working in the humanities and related social sciences. The ACLS New Faculty Fellows program allows recent doctorates in the humanities to take up two-year positions at universities and colleges across the United States where their particular research and teaching expertise augment departmental offerings. This program addresses the dire situation of newly minted Ph.D.s in the humanities and related social sciences who are now confronting an increasingly “jobless market.”
The 2012 fellows and grantees include: Katie E. Oliviero, New Faculty Fellow (Ph.D., women’s studies, University of California, Los Angeles), appointed in women and gender studies at University of Colorado Boulder; M. Erin J. Shay, assistant professor, linguistics (ACLS Fellowship Program), morphology and Syntax of Pévé; and Amy Zader, New Faculty Fellow (Ph.D., geography, University of Colorado Boulder), appointed in geography at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
The ACLS Fellowships support individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. They include the ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships and the ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships. The ultimate goal of each project is a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.