Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship


Mellon/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Dissertation Innovation Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before research and writing are advanced. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable academy.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a PhD student in a humanities or social science department in the United States (review eligible programs here).
  • Have completed at least two years and all required coursework in the PhD program in which they are currently enrolled by the start of the fellowship term.
  • Have at least two years remaining with their program to complete the PhD degree.
  • Have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.
  • Be able to commit to a full year (9-12 months) of sustained specialized research and training, released from normal coursework and teaching responsibilities.

How to Apply

Apply on the ACLS website.

You must coordinate with UB's Sponsored Project Services (SPS) for this award. We recommend contacting your SPS Representative at least two weeks in advance of the deadline to complete any necessary submission procedures.