The ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship

The National Humanities Center has welcomed thirty Frederick Burkhardt Fellows for residencies since 2000. Administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars enable emerging scholars to pursue their research and writing at one of thirteen participating institutes or libraries.

Further Information

ACLS logo

For information on the Frederick Burkhardt program and for instructions on how to apply, visit the ACLS website.

Scholars eligible for a Burkhardt may also apply directly to the National Humanities Center for a regular fellowship, or send an email to

Burkhardt Fellows who spend an academic year at the National Humanities Center will become part of an energetic, multidisciplinary community of humanities scholars. Each fall, forty scholars from around the globe and representing all areas of the humanities come to the Center to conduct research, write, and think in a serene environment designed to further all forms of humanistic inquiry.

Every Fellow has a private study with a floor-to-ceiling window affording views into the surrounding woods. Common areas include a space for dining, large and small conference rooms, alcoves for reading and reflection, and a work room.

The National Humanities Center Commons

The Center’s renowned library services provide Fellows with all necessary research materials. Prior to arrival, Fellows may arrange to have their home libraries essentially replicated in their Center studies so that all reference works and other frequently-used sources are ready-to-hand from the outset. Ongoing requests for research materials are typically delivered within 24 hours, and reference support is available continually.

Scholarly interaction is fostered at the Center not through mandatory symposia or lectures, but by allowing Fellows to form — as they wish — their own seminars, study groups, and conferences. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day, and casual conversations during mealtimes provide respite as well as opportunities to discover shared interests. Staff members provide administrative support for scholarly and social events, allowing Fellows to get on with their work and to enjoy the Center’s convivial atmosphere.

The Center maintains a vibrant program of scholarly events and opportunities for public outreach. Fellows are invited to participate in these activities and, if they wish, to contribute to the Center’s programs in humanities education and public engagement.

Past Burkhardt Fellows and the projects they pursued at the National Humanities Center:

  • Bruce Grant (2000–01): Cosmos and Cosmopolitanism: Culture and Religious Histories in the Azeri Cau
  • Thomas Kierstead (2000–01): Making Medieval Japan
  • Sean McCann (2001–02): The Anti-Liberal Imagination: Twentieth-Century American Literature and the Problem of Government
  • Mitchell Green (2001-02): Expressive Meaning: Self-Expression and Self-Constitution in Language and the Arts
  • Christopher S. Celenza (2003–04): Intellectuals and Ritual: Late Antiquity and the Search for Ancient Wisdom in Early Modern Europe
  • Lisa Jane Graham (2003–04): The Economy of Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century France
  • Malachi H. Hacohen (2003–04): Jacob and Esau, Jewish Emancipation, and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism
  • Charlotte Sussman (2003–04): Imagining the British Population: The Impact of Demographic Theory on British Culture, 1660–1838
  • Brad L. Weiss (2003–04): Conflicted Fantasies: Popular Cultural Practices in Urban Tanzania
  • Barbara E. Will (2003–04): Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fay, and the Vichy Dilemma
  • Margaret E. Humphries (2004–05): The Civil War and American Medicine
  • John A. Palmer (2004–05): Developing a New Narrative for the History of Early Greek Philosophy
  • Kristen E. Brustad (2005–06): Arabic from Empire to Nation: A Study in Language Ideology
  • Scott B. Cook (2005–06): Reinterpreting the Confucian Tradition in the Light of Newly Excavated Manuscripts
  • Alice A. Donohue (2005–06): Historiographic Structures in the Study of Classical Art
  • Thomas M. Klubock (2005–06): La Frontera: Land, Labor, and Ecological Change in Chile, 1873–1993
  • Sheryl T. Kroen (2006–07): The Marshall Plan: A Cultural History
  • Daina R. Berry (2007–08): Appraised, Bartered, and Sold: The Value of Human Chattels, 1790–1865
  • Louise Meintjes (2007–08): Unwavering Voice & Disintegrating Body: Zulu Song & Dance in a Time of AIDS
  • Paula A. Michaels (2008–09): On the Trail of Dr. Lamaze: A Transnational History of Childbirth Education, 1930–1980
  • Edward J. Balleisen (2009–10): Suckers, Swindlers, and an Ambivalent State: A History of Commercial Fraud in America
  • Gaurav Desai (2009–10): Post-Manichean Aesthetics: Africa and the South Asian Imagination
  • Michael Kulikowski (2009–10): The Rhetoric of Being Roman: Fourth-Century Politics and the End of Empire
  • Richard James Will (2009–10): Mozart Live: Performance, Media, and Reinvention in Classical Music
  • Denise Z. Davidson (2010–11): Surviving Revolution: Bourgeois Families in France, 1780–1830
  • Christopher T. Nelson (2012–13): Dreaming of the Dragon King: The Rhythms of Everyday Life in Contemporary Japan
  • Michael P. Penn (2012–13): Syriac Christian Reactions to the Rise of Islam
  • Carol Symes (2013–14): Public Acts: Performance, Popular Literacies, and the Documentary Revolution of Medieval Europe
  • Barbara R. Ambros (2013–14): Shamans, Nuns, and Demons: Women in Japanese Religions
  • Christian de Pee (2013–14): Visible Cities: Text and Urban Space in Middle-Period China, Eighth through Twelfth Centuries