Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
March 18, 2020
Post date: February 21, 2020

ACLS invites applications for the tenth competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. the program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofit and government organizations listed below. Fellows will receive a stipend of $70,000 per year and have access to employer-based health insurance, relocation and professional development funds, and professional and peer mentoring. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2020 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows will work in the fields of arts management, civil rights, communications, international affairs, journalism, and public policy, and on a range of projects advancing social justice, inclusive access to arts and culture, civic engagement, and much more. 

This year’s host organizations and positions are:

  • Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Denver, CO) – Community Engagement Director
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC) – Government Relations Project Manager
  • American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) – Research Associate
  • Asian Cultural Council (New York, NY) – Manager of Strategic Research
  • Children’s Defense Fund (Washington, DC) – Senior Research Associate
  • City of Seattle Innovation & Performance Team (Seattle, WA) – Outreach & Engagement Research Analyst
  • Humanities Action Lab (Newark, NJ) – Public Programming and Exhibitions Manager
  • Institute for Study Abroad (Indianapolis, IN) – Assistant Director of Global Learning and Assessment
  • National Book Foundation (New York, NY) – Education Programs Manager
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (Newark, NJ) – Policy Analyst
  • One Archives Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) – Communications Manager
  • Oxfam America (Washington, DC) – Research and Policy Advisor
  • Partnership for Public Service (Washington, DC) – Writer and Editor, Communications Team
  • Partnership for Working Families (Oakland, CA) – Public Goods Policy Strategist
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA) – Government Relations Specialist
  • Refugees International (Washington, DC) – Program Manager
  • San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  • Solutions Journalism Network (New York, NY) – Higher Education Program Specialist
  • Twin Cities Public Television (St Paul, MN) – Audience Development Project Manager
  • University Settlement Society of New York (New York, NY) – Advocacy Director
  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Washington, DC) – Engagement Project Manager
Application Instructions 

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

To be eligible, applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2016, and June 19, 2020, and must have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2020. Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States. The application deadline is 9pm EDT on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Applications will be accepted through ACLS’s online application portal ( 

Full position descriptions are available at Among the updates to the program this year: Candidates can now use a single online application to apply to up to two positions offered through the program. In previous years, applicants could apply to only one of the positions offered.

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