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The Library of Congress, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to sponsor the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies. The singular collaboration of these three organizations underlines their commitment to scholarship in international studies.

Contact information is offered below.

Even as the world is increasingly interconnected and “globalized,” the ability to interpret the histories and cultures of other nations, through their own languages, is a challenge that requires years of patient study. These fellowships will help to meet that challenge by providing postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences with support for four to nine months of residence in Washington to use the foreign language collections of the Library of Congress.

Fellows will occupy research space in the Library's new John W. Kluge Center, and will be part of the Center's regular programming.

Funding and Support Organizations

Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of American Universities, and the Library of Congress, with additional funds from the Henry Luce Foundation for research concerning Asia or Southeast Asia, the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies will increase the use and visibility of the outstanding international and foreign language collections at the Library. Over the two hundred years of its existence, the Library of Congress has carefully selected materials of unparalleled depth and breadth in formats that include books, periodicals, maps, music, motion pictures, recorded sound, video, prints, photographs, microform, and electronic media. Today these holdings are a vital asset in furthering global understanding, and their availability and accessibility, coupled with the expertise provided by curatorial experts at the Library, create a rich resource for discovery and interpretation by American scholars seeking to understand other nations. Fellows using these materials will build and broaden their own areas of expertise, as well as prepare themselves to conduct more focused research overseas.

Selection Process

Approximately ten Fellows will be selected through a national, peer-reviewed selection process administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. The program is designed for postdoctoral scholars who are at an early stage of their career, within seven years of their degree. Research projects in the history, language, culture, politics, economics, and other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences that further understanding of the global partners of the United States will be welcome, as will multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary proposals, and proposals focused on single or multiple geographical areas.

Contact Information

Further information may be obtained from the American Council of Learned Societies:

Web Site:

Mail Address:
Office of Fellowships and Grants,
American Council of Learned Societies
228 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017-3398

Email Address:

Fax Number:
(212) 949-8058

The American Council of Learned Societies was founded in 1919 as a private, non-profit organization. Its mission is to advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and related social sciences, and to maintain and strengthen relations among national societies devoted to such studies.

Other Contacts:
American Council of Learned Societies, Donna Heiland, (212) 697-1505, ext. 124
Library of Congress, Lester Vogel, (202) 707-1673
Association of American Universities, John Vaughn, (202) 408-7500


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