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HomeEducationGrants for doctoral college students stay out there (letter)

Grants for doctoral college students stay out there (letter)


To the Editors:

Colleen Flaherty’s September 20, 2022, article, “Ford Basis Ends Fellowship Program”, on the sunsetting of the Ford Basis Fellowship Program, introduced essential context about this long-running program’s effectiveness in diversifying the ranks of PhD-level students in greater training and the growing challenges to funding this work.

Flaherty rightly highlights the necessity for brand spanking new pondering and motion by way of funding fashions whereas recognizing the potential of students and scholarship to advertise optimistic social transformation.

Her depiction of the ending of the Mellon-funded, American Council of Realized Societies-administered Dissertation Completion Fellowship program, nonetheless, overlooks the assist Mellon and ACLS proceed to supply doctoral college students and early-career students, together with these representing various backgrounds, fields of examine, and establishments within the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

For sixteen years (2006-2022) the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program supplied greater than 1,000 doctoral college students with assets and a assist community designed to assist them full their dissertations by giving them time to focus solely on their analysis, free of mounting instructing and administrative obligations. We’re happy with the accomplishments of this program, which has supplied essential classes and insights that now we have utilized to our ongoing dedication to diversifying the academy and supporting students who’ve historically been underserved by it.

ACLS can be excited to proceed our partnership with Mellon. Earlier this yr we launched the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation program, which particularly welcomes purposes from PhD candidates whose views and/or analysis tasks domesticate higher openness to new sources of data, innovation in scholarly communication, and, above all, responsiveness to the pursuits and histories of individuals of shade and different traditionally marginalized communities. This system goals to reward doctoral college students demonstrating promise of main their fields in essential new instructions. Offering an early-stage intervention on the formative stage of the event of the dissertation, earlier than writing is much superior, this system will allow fellows to develop modern approaches to dissertation analysis—publicly engaged, trans- or interdisciplinary, collaborative, essential, or methodological. They’ll be part of a peer community of like-minded students and obtain professional mentoring {and professional} improvement.

Information of the discontinuation of long-standing assets for doctoral college students will disappoint many, as there isn’t any scarcity of want for assist, particularly amongst communities of shade who’ve lengthy been marginalized in greater training. On the identical time, we stay up for providing ACLS fellowship and grant applications supposed to usher in what we see as a brand new academy that welcomes a extra various professoriate and a variety of fields of examine and approaches to scholarship—key parts to the continued development of humanistic data.

Pleasure Connolly
President
American Council of Realized Societies

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