CHCI-ACLS Fellowship

A partner program supported by CHCI and the American Council of Learned Societies

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By connecting ACLS Fellows with CHCI members, CHCI seeks to provide Fellows with a stimulating environment and access to unique resources and people, while enabling CHCI members to further invigorate the intellectual climates of their organizations by being able to host an external fellow at no or low cost. 

Eligibility to participate in the program includes all current CHCI member organizations who wish to host awardees of the ACLS Fellowships program. Information on the ACLS Fellowship programs can be found at www.acls.org.

Our partnership with ACLS emphasizes flexibility and mobility for all parties. There are no deadlines, and each residency is designed and managed by the fellow and the CHCI host organization. CHCI member organizations may opt-in at any time, and ACLS Fellows may contact any prospective CHCI host organization at any point during their fellowship term. In all cases, however, both parties must meet the minimum criteria for participation, as listed below.


Initiating Contact

The program emphasizes direct contact between the fellow and the prospective CHCI host site(s), rather than via CHCI or ACLS. ACLS Fellows are alerted to this opportunity in their ACLS award letters, and fellows are encouraged to contact participating CHCI organization directly. In addition, CHCI member organizations interested in hosting an ACLS fellow may contact fellows directly. Per ACLS’ request, we do not provide contact information for fellows, but in most cases ACLS Fellows are faculty members and generally easy to locate via the online directories at their home institutions.  Click here to view information on participating CHCI member organizations.


Guidelines for Participation: CHCI Members

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

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

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Participating CHCI member organizations may offer the fellow financial support for relocation or housing, but may not provide salary supplements, research funds, or health/fringe benefits. Host organizations cannot require fellows to teach. ACLS resident fellows can be in residence at a participating CHCI organization at any point during their fellowship term. Fellows should ideally be in residence for a minimum of one academic term (academic year, summer, quarter, or trimester, as determined by the academic year at the host organization). However, there are precedents for successful residencies of much shorter duration. CHCI members must be willing and able to accept inquiries from prospective residents at any time, and fellows are allowed and encouraged to spend time at multiple CHCI member organizations during their fellowship term.

Interested CHCI member organizations must provide CHCI with a short description of your organization and your capabilities in hosting an ACLS fellow. This short text should include:

  • A brief organizational profile
  • Confirmation of the organization’s ability to meet the minimum requirements for support, as listed above
  • The earliest upcoming term in which they will be able to accommodate a fellow
  • The name, title, email address, and phone number of a contact person
  • Whether the organization will be able to provide the Fellow with support for relocation and/or housing


Guidelines for Participation: ACLS Fellows

ACLS Fellows interested in being in residence at a participating CHCI member organization should start by reviewing the list of participating host sites, and then contact any listed organization directly to inquire about a residency.

As indicated above, ACLS Fellows in residence at CHCI member organizations should make an attempt to commit to a residency of, at minimum, one formally defined academic term. Building on the network structure of CHCI, fellows may also choose to split their fellowship term between multiple participating CHCI member organizations in all regions of the globe. Resident ACLS fellows are guaranteed a minimum level of support, as listed above.

CHCI and ACLS are not serving as intermediaries. ACLS Fellows should contact prospective CHCI host organizations directly. There is no standard application form, but fellows should be prepared to provide to the prospective host-site a CV, work samples, or other standard materials as requested by the prospective host organization. To assess intellectual affinities and possible points of contact for the fellow, the host-site may in some cases also request a copy of the prospective resident’s ACLS fellowship application.


Additional Information and Inquiries

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. We strongly encourage participating CHCI members to remain with the program for an extended period of time: as a still-new program, our partnership will take several fellowship cycles to achieve “critical mass,” and we need your help and participation in the long run to create a robust, long-running program that can benefit both individual scholars and CHCI members for many years to come.

This partnership is being coordinated by CHCI. Please direct all questions to chci@humanities.wisc.edu rather than to ACLS. We look forward to hearing from you, and to your participation in the program.