Two University of Notre Dame faculty members and two graduate students recently were awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations and the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.
The four award recipients are:
- Hilary E. Fox, a doctoral candidate of English, was granted a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project “Mind, Body, Soul, and Self in the Alfredian Translations;”
- Susannah Brietz Monta, associate professor of English, was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for her project “Sacred Echoes: Repetitive Prayer and Reformation-Era Poetics in Early Modern England;”
- Shannon D. Walsh, a doctoral candidate of Political Science, was granted a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project “Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence Against Women in Latin America;”
- Katherine Zieman, assistant professor of English, was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for her project “Richard Rolle and His Readers: Defining the Literary in the Fifteenth Century.”
The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. They constitute the first part of the Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program, which offers funding to scholars at the early stages of their careers.
The ACLS Fellowships support individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Fifty-seven awards are given each year with stipends determined by academic rank.
Founded in 1919, the mission of the ACLS is “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences, and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.”
Since 1957, more than 9,200 scholars have been awarded ACLS fellowships and grants, with awards this year totaling over $15 million made to more than 380 U.S.-based and international scholars. A complete list of 2010 awardees is available online.