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The ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship

The National Humanities Center has welcomed thirty-six 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.

ACLS logoFor 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.

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.

Burkhardt Fellows enjoy the same services and support as their fellow Fellows who apply through the Center’s general fellowship program, including their own study, access to Center facilities, weekday breakfasts and lunches, library service, and interdisciplinary interactions with leading scholars from around the world.

Applicants to the Frederick Burkhart Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars program for fellowships at a participating research center who are interested in being in residence at the National Humanities Center will be able to indicate their interest on their ACLS application. No prior approval from the Center is needed.
Please note that the National Humanities Center is not a participating institution for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars for fellowships designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty.

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

  • Paul Fyfe (2018–19): The Age of Transmission: From Victorian Media Cultures to the Digital Humanities
  • Tait Keller (2018–19): A Global Environmental History of the First World War
  • Andreá Williams (2017–18): Unmarried Miss-fits: Single Women and Twentieth-Century Black Culture
  • Harleen Singh (2017–18): Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India
  • Nicole Marafioti (2016–17): Crime and Sin in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • James Mulholland (2016–17): Anglophone Literature and the Emergence of the Colonial Public Sphere in Asia, 1774–1819
  • 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
  • Carol Symes (2013–14): Public Acts: Performance, Popular Literacies, and the Documentary Revolution of Medieval Europe
  • 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
  • Denise Z. Davidson (2010–11): Surviving Revolution: Bourgeois Families in France, 1780–1830
  • 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
  • Paula A. Michaels (2008–09): On the Trail of Dr. Lamaze: A Transnational History of Childbirth Education, 1930–1980
  • 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
  • Sheryl T. Kroen (2006–07): The Marshall Plan: A Cultural History
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bruce Grant (2000–01): Cosmos and Cosmopolitanism: Culture and Religious Histories in the Azeri Cau
  • Thomas Kierstead (2000–01): Making Medieval Japan