Society for American Music

Bulletin, Volume XXVII, no. 1 (Spring 2001)

Bulletin Board

ACLS Fellowship and Grant Programs Englarged

The ACLS is pleased to announce the opening of the 2001-2002 competition year for fellowships and grants programs, including two new programs.

Ryskamp Fellowships
New this year are the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and named in honor of Charles A. Ryskamp, literary scholar, distinguished library and museum director, and long-serving trustee of the Foundation. These provide a stipend of $60,000 for an academic year of research plus an allowance of $2,500 for research and travel, and the possibility of funding for an additional summer, if justified. The fellowships support tenure-track assistant professors in the humanties and related social sciences who have successfully completed their institution's review for reappointment but have not yet been reviewed for tenure, who have made scholarly contributions that have advanced their fields, and who have well designed and carefully developed plans for new research.

Mellon Fellowships
Also new this year are the ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships for junior faculty.

In response to increasingly rigorous expectations for tenure, funding will be available for an additional 22 fellowships for assistant professors or the equivalent with at least two years' teaching experience. Applicants to the ACLS Fellowship Program who meet this criterion, and who satisfy all the requirements and provisions for the ACLS Fellowships, will be automatically considered for these junior faculty awards.

Burkhardt Fellowships
Offered again this year are the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for recently tenured scholars. The Burkhardt Fellowships this year will support scholars tenured since October 1, 1997 who are engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The $65,000 fellowships may be used in 2002-03, or in either of the two succeeding years, and provide for an academic year of residence at one of nine participating national research centers, plus support from the Fellow's institution for an additional period.

Central ACLS Fellowships
The central ACLS Fellowships are being offered for tenure beginning in 2002-2003. Maximum stipends are $50,000 for full professors and career equivalent, $40,000 for associate professors and equivalent, and $30,000 for assistant professors and equivalent. This program requires three years to have elapsed between supported research leaves, but the two-year Ph.D. requirement has been eliminated. New this year, scholars may apply with a doctorate conferred by October 1, 2001.

International Fellowships
The ACLS/SSRC/NEH INternational and Area Studies Fellowships are again included in the ACLS Fellowship Program to encourage humanistic research on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, Near and Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, East Europe, and the former Soviet Union.

New York Public Library Fellowships
Also offered through the ACLS Fellowship Program are the joint ACLS/New York Public Library Fellowships at the Library's Center for Scholars and Writers to applicants whose research would be enhanced by such an affiliation.

Library of Congress Fellowships
This will be the second competition year for the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies. The stipend has been increased to $3,500 per month for four-to-nine months' residence at the Library of Congress to pursue research using the foreign language collections of the Library, including books, images, films, legal materials, maps, manuscripts, music, prints, photographs, and rare books. A Ph.D. is required and preference will be given to scholars at an early stage of the career.

Contemplative Practice Fellowships
The Comtemplative Practice Fellowships will be available this year again, with a stipend of up to $20,000 for the summer or one semester to support individual or collaborative research leading to the development of courses and teaching materials that integrate an awareness of contemplative practice.

Luce Foundation Fellowships
The ACLS is pleased to continue to offer the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art. The stipend for these year-long fellowships has been increased to $20,000.

Chinese Study Fellowships
The ACLS Committee on Scholarly Communication with China programs offer fellowships for scholars in the humanites to do research in the People's Republic of China for four to 12 months.

East European Fellowships
The East European Studies Program will again offer postdoctoral rsearch fellowships and dissertation fellowships.

New this year, the ACLS is reinstituting the program of individual support for intensive summer training in the languages of Eastern Europe (except those of the successor states of the Soviet Union).

Applications Available Online
Also new this year, application forms for most programs are -- or shortly will be -- available for completion online. Type or paste in your answers! Complete the application in multiple sessions! Print out your own record! Make changes anytime (until the program deadline)! No more trying to find a typewriter!

Alternatively, the application forms for most programs are also available in PDF format to be prnted out from the ACLS site.

Or, application packets may be ordered from ACLS by filling in an online registration form. (Applications may still be requested by e-mail, fax, or mail, of course.)

--Alan Burdette, Executive Director
The Society for Ethnomusicology

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