American Council of Learned Societies Debuts New Grant Program for Faculty at HBCUs

The American Council of Learned Societies has established the HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program. The new program will seek to advance the scholarly contributions of humanities and interpretive social sciences faculty at historically Black colleges and universities, in recognition of their rich history in nurturing generations of scholars and accelerating vital social change despite chronic discrimination and underfunding.

The HBCU Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program will offer financial support, research development assistance, and networking opportunities to HBCU faculty while attending to the unique teaching and service commitments at their schools.

In the first competition of a three-year pilot, ACLS will award 12 grants of up to $10,000 each for research project development, and eight fellowships of up to $50,000 each to support deeper engagement with a significant research project.

Both award categories will allow applicants to structure their budgets and work plans in ways that best fit their research goals and professional commitments. Award funds may be used to advance a variety of activities, including but not limited to, course releases; editing and/or research assistance; cross-institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations; and travel costs and registration fees for research or conferences.

“Historically Black colleges and universities help ensure that our higher education system is accessible to and supportive of all learners represented in the United States,” said Joy Connolly, president of the American Council of Learned Societies. “We are honored to recognize and support faculty serving at these hundred-plus institutions and their distinctive contributions to humanistic research.”

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