Associate Professor of History Chad Williams has been named a 2011 Fellow by The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The ACLS Fellowships support individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Williams’ project is titled “The Black Man and the Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois, African American Soldiers, and the History of World War I.”
ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Founded in 1919, its mission is “the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.”
Awarding peer-reviewed fellowships is central to its work. Since 1957, more than 9,200 scholars have held ACLS fellowships and grants. In 2011, awards totaling nearly $15 million were made to more than 350 scholars based in the U.S. and abroad. Sixty-four awards are given each year with stipends determined by academic rank.