The funding will double the reach and impact of the program, which expects to award up to forty fellowships in 2021, and support emerging humanities scholars focused on advancing social and racial justice and aiding community recovery efforts post-pandemic. The fellowship comes with a $60,000 stipend, health insurance, and money for professional development activities, and fellows are expected to lead community-focused projects at their host organizations and participate in a variety of networking activities designed to help them apply what they have learned during their twelve-month placements to their academic careers, both within and beyond the classroom.
"Grounded in our core belief that knowledge is a public good, ACLS created Leading Edge as an important path for emerging scholars to utilize power of their humanities doctoral training in engaging in the active work outside the gates of campus." said ACLS president Joy Connolly. "The program is also part of our rapid response efforts addressing the economic challenges that have resulted in the most daunting academic job market in decades. In addition to supporting work that aims to remedy the conditions of racial and social injustice in our society, the Mellon Leading Edge program will provide important career-building experience for multi-talented scholars and emerging academics that can be applied both within and beyond the classroom."