External Fellowships

The Willson Center encourages faculty to take advantage of external funding opportunities including the external fellowships listed below. Further details are available at the links. Please verify deadlines and application details as some deadlines and program guidelines are updated or revised during the year. The Willson Center Research Fellowship guidelines (and deadline) align similarly with the National Humanities Center (NHC) Fellowship Program and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship program. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications to the NHC and the ACLS. The NHC deadline is in October. The ACLS deadline is in late September. Faculty are also encouraged to apply for the NEH Fellowship in the spring.

The Willson Center will provide support in reviewing external proposal drafts. If you would like your proposal reviewed, please submit your draft to wcha@uga.edu at least four weeks in advance of the deadline.

Some agencies also offer review of proposal drafts. Check with individual agencies for further details and draft review deadlines (if offered).

External Fellowship Deadlines for 2019-2020

September 17


  • ACLS: Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

September 23

September 25

  • ACLS: Fellowships:
    • ACLS/Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellowship in English and American literature
    • ACLS/Donald J. Munro Centennial Fellowship in Chinese arts and letters
    • ACLS/Frederic Wakeman Fellowship for research in modern Chinese history
    • ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship
    • ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellowship for archival research in US history
    • McClary-Walser/ACLS Fellowship in music studies

October 1

October 10

  • NHC: National Humanities Center Fellowships

October 15

  • Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Senior Fellows:
    • Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship (history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period)
    • Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship (history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period)
    • Samuel H Kress Senior Fellowship (European art before the early nineteenth century)
    • William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship (modern and contemporary art)

October 23

  • ACLS: Luce/ACLS Fellowships in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs
  • ACLS: Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

November 1


November 15

December 1

December 3

January 15



  • ACLS: Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program for Recent PhDs

April 8

  • NEH: Fellowships
  • NEH: NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

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