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PHI selected as a 2024 ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Host Organization

January 25, 2024

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has selected PHI as one of 21 host organizations in the 2024 competition for Leading Edge Fellowships, made possible by the generous support of the Mellon Foundation. The program demonstrates the dynamic capacity of the humanities to advance justice and equity in society and illuminates career pathways for early-career PhDs beyond the academy. The ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship Program offers recent humanities and interpretive social sciences PhDs two-year fellowships with mission-driven nonprofits.

The Leading Edge Policy Research Fellow will be a key member of the PHI Research and Evaluation Team and will focus on the intersecting issues of direct care worker job quality, worker voice, and equity, with their work contributing directly to PHI’s Direct Care Worker Equity Institute. In their role, the Fellow will produce and disseminate original research on systemic inequities facing direct care workers. Their work will inform the development of equity-specific policy advocacy tools and workforce interventions that reduce disparities and promote equity within the direct care workforce.

ACLS is now accepting fellowship applications, with submissions due by 9:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Applicants for the Leading Edge Fellowship competition must have a Ph.D. in the humanities or interpretive social sciences officially conferred by their university on or after September 1, 2019, and no later than August 31, 2024. All scholars must be authorized to work in the United States. Each Leading Edge Fellow will earn $70,000 in year one and $72,000 in year two and receive employer-sponsored health insurance and professional mentorship. In addition, ACLS provides fellows with separate professional development funding, access to peer mentorship and professional networks, career coaching, and a relocation stipend (if needed). Read more about past and current Leading Edge Fellows, and learn more about the guidelines and selection process. All questions about the program should be directed to

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