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CHCI/ACLS Fellowship Residencies Program

CHCI and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) have launched an expanded program designed to provide opportunities for certain ACLS fellowship recipients to spend all or part of their fellowship terms in residence at CHCI member organizations. By connecting ACLS fellows with CHCI member organizations, the program aims to provide fellows with a supportive working environment that facilitates access to unique resources, materials, and people, while at the same time enabling CHCI member organizations to diversify and further invigorate the intellectual climates of their organizations.

Eligibility to participate in the program is currently limited to ACLS fellowship recipients in the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships, and ACLS Fellowships programs. Information on ACLS fellowship programs can be found at www.acls.org. All current CHCI member organizations may participate, provided that they meet the minimum requirements for supporting each resident fellow, as listed below.

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Participation in the Program: CHCI Members

CHCI members interested in hosting an ACLS fellow must commit to providing the following minimum forms of support:

1. A fully equipped workspace and access to basic office machinery
2. Internet/network access
3. Full library access
4. Opportunities for interaction with the local community of scholars

Participating CHCI member organizations may choose to offer support for relocation or housing. However, CHCI host-sites may not provide salary supplements, research funds, or health/fringe benefits, as these items may conflict with the unique terms of each fellowship. The CHCI host organization cannot require the resident fellow to teach.

In keeping with the program’s goals of flexibility and responsiveness, ACLS resident fellows can be in residence at a participating CHCI organization for any formally defined academic term (academic year, summer term, quarter, or trimester), as determined by the structure of the academic year at the host-site. In the case of independent organizations not tied to an academic year (such as research libraries), the fellow must be in residence for a minimum of eight weeks. With this in mind, participating CHCI members must also agree and be able to accept inquiries from prospective resident fellows at any time and for any upcoming academic term. Fellows are allowed and encouraged to spend time at multiple CHCI member organizations during the term of their fellowship.

To participate, interested CHCI member organizations must provide: (a) a description of no more than two short paragraphs which highlights the unique resources the host-site can offer to the fellow; (b) confirmation of the organization’s ability to meet the minimum requirements for support, as listed above; (c) the earliest upcoming term at which they will be able to accommodate a fellow; and (d) the name, title, email address, and phone number of at least one contact person who is familiar with the program and who is able to engage in productive discussions and negotiations with interested fellows. CHCI host-sites should also indicate whether they can provide support for relocation or housing, and the amount of such support if known. CHCI members may establish their own criteria for selecting fellows.

Because of the flexibility of the program, CHCI members may become prospective host-sites at any time. As the program moves forward, CHCI will circulate key dates in ACLS’ annual fellowship cycle to enable CHCI members with timely opportunities to spark the interest of ACLS fellows who are planning how to structure their fellowships.

We encourage participating CHCI members to remain with the program for multiple years: both CHCI and ACLS strongly believe that this partnership will take several fellowship cycles to achieve “critical mass,” and we need your help and participation to create a robust, long-running program that can benefit both individual scholars and CHCI members for many years to come.

Participation in the Program: ACLS Fellows

As indicated above, ACLS fellows in residence at a CHCI member organization must commit to a residency of, at minimum, one formally defined academic term (academic year, summer term, quarter, or trimester), as determined by the structure of the academic year at the host-site. In the case of independent organizations not tied to an academic year (such as research libraries), the fellow must be in residence for a minimum of eight weeks. Building on the network structure of CHCI, fellows may also choose to split their fellowship term between multiple participating CHCI member organizations.

Resident ACLS fellows are guaranteed a minimum level of support, as listed above. Participating CHCI member organizations may choose to offer relocation or housing support, but may not provide salary supplements or research funds. The CHCI host organization cannot require the resident fellow to teach.

To participate, ACLS fellowship awardees in the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships and ACLS Fellowships programs should review the list of participating host sitesand contact any listed CHCI host site directly to inquire about a residency. ACLS fellows and CHCI organizations will then negotiate their own arrangements tailored to the needs, interests, and capabilities of both parties.

There is no standard application form, but fellows should be prepared to provide to the prospective host-site a CV, work samples, or other materials as requested. To assess intellectual affinities and possible points of contact for the fellow, the host-site may also request a copy of the prospective resident fellow’s ACLS fellowship application.

Additional Information and Inquiries

The program is entirely optional for all parties. Participation does not guarantee being matched with a fellow or a CHCI member, and nor does participation in the program require the CHCI member organization to host a fellow. However, once an agreement on the terms of a residency is reached, CHCI will provide to both parties the text of a brief, standard letter of agreement that formalizes and confirms the terms of a given residency, which must be counter-signed by both parties and will be binding thereafter.

This partnership is being coordinated by CHCI. If you have questions or need more information on any aspect of the program, please do not hesitate to contact us.