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Visiting Scholars Program

The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship program offers scholars a year for research and writing free from teaching and administrative duties, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. It also creates a national network for these scholars, assisting them in their research and professional development.

The Academy seeks proposals in the humanities and social sciences relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present.

Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. The Academy provides office space and computer services as well as library privileges in cooperation with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Learn more about the program: A View of the Visiting Scholars by Patricia Meyer Spacks.

Preference will be given to untenured faculty; postdoctoral scholars are also eligible. Candidates who are completing scholarly manuscripts are especially welcome. Junior faculty members receive up to $65,000 for the academic year (usually the equivalent of one-half salary); postdoctoral students receive up to $45,000.

Nearly 60 academic institutions from across the country have become University Affiliates of the Academy, supporting the Visiting Scholars Program and participating in Academy studies on higher education.