October 2018
Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Harvard's central office, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), must review and approve all proposal submissions. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

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Deadline: October 10, 2018

The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides bridge funding, seed funding, and enabling subventions to FAS assistant, associate, and tenured faculty, as well as Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice. Learn more about this opportunity here .



The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. Please send questions, concerns, or news about changes to your current funding to  Jen Corby.

UPDATE: Congress voted to appropriate a $3M increase in FY18 funds for NEH and NEA and a $9M increase for IMLS over FY17 funding levels. The President's FY19 budget request has again called for the elimination of these agencies; however, they continue to have strong Congressional support. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and the IMLS for more information.


Visit our  Resources for New Faculty  page to learn more about the services and support we provide to help faculty find and apply for funding. 

To request a customized funding search or one-on-one consultation, please contact Paige Belisle


Fellowships with a residency requirement within the greater Boston area.

Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

I want to combine digital technology with the humanities, create a website with humanities content, or preserve a collection and/or make it easier for people to access.

I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program for the public or engage in community revitalization.

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.

Indicates an UPDATED or NEW opportunity added this month.


Asia Center
Faculty Grants
Deadline: October 19, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $20,000 (Research Grants and Seminar Series Grants); Up to $50,000 (Conference Grants)

The Asia Center offers:
  • Grants of up to $50,000 to support conferences organized by Harvard faculty members in pairs or small groups. Topics must involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and must approach the topic from more than one discipline;
  • Grants of up to $20,000 to support seminar series organized by Harvard faculty members, preferably in pairs or small groups; and
  • Grants of up to $20,000 to support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia.


The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world.

Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory". This opportunity is open to all disciplines, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

Faculty Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details

The Faculty Grants program provides funding to Harvard faculty in all disciplines, who are conducting research in collaboration with faculty from institutions in Latin America. Applicants must specify in writing the value of the collaboration, and its relevance to the mission of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Priority is given to proposals that clearly build on and add value to the academic research program of Harvard faculty. Letters from the collaborating schools or organizations describing the nature of the collaboration and the roles of the parties involved are also required. Proposals requesting extensive research supplies or equipment are usually not approved.

Deadline: October 10, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000

The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  • Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research, scholarship, or creative activity that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding.
  • Seed funding, to encourage faculty to launch exciting new scholarship or research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs.
  • Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose.

Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: Up to $10,000 (Conference Grants); up to $5,000 (Book Workshop Grants)

The Fairbank Center will consider grant applications from Harvard Faculty to fund conferences or book workshops. Preference will be given to projects that support the strategic priorities of the FCCS and the mission of the Center more broadly. Preference will be given to those applicants who are receiving additional external funding.

Deadline: last day of November, February, May, and August
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities. Harvard  full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty are eligible to apply. 

Course Innovation Funds
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $2,500

This fund provides support for the improvement of existing undergraduate courses or the creation of new ones. These courses should be innovative or improved in some distinctive way (new pedagogical approaches, the development of intensive writing assignments or public speaking components, etc.). Preference is given to proposals involving courses central to the overall undergraduate program (e.g. a new course in General Education) or to concentration needs (e.g. introductory courses in a concentration or those required by closely related fields, tutorials or junior seminars, etc.). Ordinarily, one course per applicant will be supported in any given year. Successful applicants must intend to offer the course on a regular basis. OUE can also offer small sums of money for one-time special opportunities that would enhance a specific course, such as a guest lecture, performance, or short field trip.


The President's Innovation Fund for International Experiences (PIFIE) provides seed funding to faculty members at any Harvard school, to support the development of creative and significant academic experiences abroad for Harvard College students. Funded through the generosity of David Rockefeller as part of his commitment to support international experiences for students at the College, these grants seek to foster the participation of faculty at all Harvard schools (including graduate and professional), departments, centers, and other academic units in expanding international opportunities for Harvard undergraduates. This may mean  developing experience-based courses for students overseas, including courses prior to and/or following their international experience;   involving undergraduates in an ongoing overseas project sponsored by a Harvard graduate or professional school, department, center, or other academic unit; or other innovative projects.

Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote faculty collaboration across multiple Harvard Schools. This fund can be used to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, research working groups, and small-scale conferences.  To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, and Professor of Practice and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well. These one-year grants should be considered seed money rather than continuing support. 

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund  assists assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. For example, this might include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices. 

The Tenured Publication Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.

Deadline: October 22, 2018
Award Amount: up to $18,000 

The Academic Ventures Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. The program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Funding is available to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars for 12-20 attendees. The lead applicant must be either a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member from any school or a former or current Radcliffe fellow; co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements. For seminars to be held in 2019-2020, the theme of the human body is of special interest. Applications in all disciplines are welcome, however, regardless of whether they reflect a focus on the human body.

Canada Program Faculty Funding
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; budget required with application

The Canada Program invites proposals from Harvard faculty, departments, and schools across the University, for research funding, or for support in hosting short-term visiting scholars, policy practitioners, and public figures who are engaged in Canadian comparative topics. Visiting Canadianists are welcome to present at Harvard faculty workshops or conferences, or to offer guest lectures for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. 


FilmWatch Grants
OSP Deadline: November 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2018
Award Amount: up to $25,000

FilmWatch  grants support curated screening programs at North America-based film festivals, film societies and other film-related organizations. Targeted programs include those that create culturally diverse viewing experiences, promote motion pictures as an art form, provide a platform for underrepresented artists, and cultivate new and dedicated audiences for theatrical film.
Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard is allowed to submit only one application per cycle. Please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in applying.

Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies

This program aims to give people a keener appreciation for the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live and to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise.   The program's primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another--and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.   The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public. 

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: $30,000

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. This program is open to scholars in all fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Short-Term Research Publications Grants
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: $6,000

Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to women scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. The grants are not for preliminary research. Activities undertaken during the grant period can include drafting, editing, or modifying manuscripts; replicating research components; responding to issues raised through critical review; and other initiatives to increase the likelihood of publication. Grants are awarded for an 8 week period. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: $35,000 twelve-month stipend

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture through 1876--is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
OSP Deadline: October 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 7, 2018
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences; $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops and seminars; up to $6,000 for planning meetings

These grants for collaborative work in China studies are funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.  In this cycle of competitions, ACLS invites proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly  cross-cultural or comparative perspective . Projects may, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and dynamic populations of China. Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.  The program supports collaborative work of three types:
  • Planning Meetings: Grants for one-day meetings to develop topics selected by participants. These brainstorming sessions may lead to workshops or conferences, but that is not required.
  • Workshops: Grants for workshops to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting. Workshops are not mini-conferences for presentation of formal papers describing work already completed.
  • Conferences: Grants for formal conferences for presentation of significant new research to be published in a conference volume.
The program promotes interchange among scholars who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Accordingly, there will be no support for activities that include scholars from only one institution, that fall within an institution's normal range of colloquia, symposia, or seminar series, or that consist of regularly scheduled meetings, conventions, or parts thereof. Activities proposed must include at least one scholar from Taiwan.

Franklin Research Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2018
Award Amount: up to $6,000

This program provides small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years.

Individual Fellowship Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2018
Award Amount: individually determined

The  Individual Fellowship Program is open to individuals (or up to two collaborators) undertaking trips ranging from one to six months for research, study, or exploration. Toward  the mission of advancing understanding through cultural exchange, ACC's first priority is to support activities that involve cultural immersion; meaningful cross-cultural engagement; and relationship building, collaboration, or exchange of best practices among peers. 

These fellowships support professional artists, arts administrators, scholars, and graduate/post-graduate students working in the following fields: archaeology; architecture; art history; arts administration; arts criticism; conservation; crafts, curation; dance; ethnomusicology; film/video/photography; literature (for travel to and from Japan only); museum studies; music; theater; and visual art. 

Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 19, 2018 (GMT)
Award Amount: up to £15,000 (Pilot Projects and Rapid Response Grants); up to £60,000 (Major Projects); up to £150,000 (Area Grants)

The Endangered Archives Programme offers grants each year to enable researchers to locate vulnerable archival collections, arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.  There are three main types of grants:
  • Pilot projects investigate the potential for and/or feasibility of a larger grant. A pilot can also be a small digitisation project. They should last for no more than 12 months and have a budget limit of £15,000.
  • Major projects gather, digitise, and make available material. This type of grant may also relocate the material to a more secure location/institution within the country. These projects usually last 12 months and no more than 24 months. They have a budget limit of £60,000.
  • Area grants may be awarded for larger-scale projects. They are similar to a major grant, but larger in scale and ambition. Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding track record of archival preservation work and be associated with an institution that has the capacity to facilitate a large-scale project. The EAP will award a maximum of two area grants in this round. They can last for up to 24 months and have a budget limit of £150,000. It is important that you contact the EAP office if you are considering applying for this type of grant. Proposals that have not been discussed with EAP staff ahead of the closing date are unlikely to be successful.
During 2019, the programme will offer an additional type of grant:
  • Rapid response grants may be used to safeguard an archive that is in immediate and severe danger. These grants are intended for the situations in which the time scale of the standard EAP decision process could result in extensive damage to the material. These grants will be accepted on a rolling basis. They must last for less than 12 months and have a budget limit of £15,000. This type of grant will be available for the first time in 2019 and EAP anticipates awarding a small number of such grants during the first year.

John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2018
Award Amount: $2,100 per month

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts. Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality.  Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $30,000 per semester

Fellowships are awarded to established and promising scholars with the aim of fostering a critical commitment to inquiry in the theory, history, and interpretation of art and visual culture. In addition to providing an opportunity for sustained research for fellows, outside of their usual professional obligations, the Clark encourages them to participate in a variety of collaborative and public discussions on diverse art historical topics as well as on larger questions and motivations that shape the practice of art history. Fellowships are typically one semester in length; there are also many specialized fellowships available. Fellows are expected to reside in Williamstown, MA. There are no citizenship requirements for this opportunity.

OSP Deadline: November 21, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences, with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions. The Foundation also fosters the cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics in the following areas of support:
  • History, Language, and Culture;
  • Image and Imagery;
  • State, Economy, and Society;
  • Medicine and the Natural Sciences. 
The foundation generally does not accept any applications for projects if applications are being filed with other institutions at the same time to ease the burden on its experts assessing applications.  An application that is refused by another institution can be filed with the foundation along with a note explaining why it was refused.


Dumbarton Oaks
Fellowship Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: $35,000 for the full academic year, plus housing and some meals

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project's relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The library is located in Washington, D.C. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity. The tenure of the award is for one or two terms. Support includes a stipend, housing, and lunch on weekdays. Dumbarton Oaks anticipates that sabbatical salary or funds from other sources may supplement awards. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

General Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 14, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 22, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.    Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.  


Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 24, 2018
Award Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses

These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars from around the world for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.  Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may 
not   be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2019-20 academic year. Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. This program welcomes proposals from applicants without restriction to citizenship, country of residency, location of work proposed, or employment.

Humanities Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; past grants range from $2,000 to $50,000+

The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical  studia humanitatis : a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS
Program in China Studies: Postdoctoral Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 7, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000

Postdoctoral Fellowships are for scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. Postdoctoral fellowships support research and writing toward a scholarly product in English. Priority will be given to proposals based on the applicant's research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. Other support may be accepted (sabbatical leave or other grants) but the total received cannot exceed 125% of the fellow's academic annual salary. 

An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2010. Applicants must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada or be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents with a PhD from any institution. Applicants who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens/permanent residents must have an affiliation, long-term regular research, or teaching appointment with a university or college in the United States or Canada.  Applicants who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2019, are not eligible.

Program in China Studies: Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants
OSP Deadline: October 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 7, 2018
Award Amount: up to $15,000

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants are awarded to scholars of different disciplines to investigate texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Formats of workshops may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. Awards for collaborative reading workshops may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Applications proposing a series of individual presentations, especially to a larger audience, should consider applying to the ACLS program in Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS
Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Fellowships for Scholars
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 24, 2018
Award Amount: $55,000, plus up to $5,000 to support participation in workshops, trainings, and/or conferences at universities, research centers, and media organizations that encourage connections between journalism and the academy, as well as up to $3,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities

ACLS invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program is designed to foster new connections between scholars and journalists covering international affairs by offering fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who study religion in international contexts. The Fellowships support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts and who desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences.

Luce/ACLS fellowships are portable and are tenable at any US-based college or university, including the Fellow's home institution. All fellows are required to participate in two program-sponsored symposia during the academic year. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: $35,000

The   Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Howard Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work. They are not intended for publication subsidies, for equipment purchase, for preparation of exhibits, or to support institutional programs. Fellowships for 2019-20 will be awarded in Painting and Literary Studies. Fellowships are portable and tenable anywhere. The tenure of the award is one academic year. Regardless of citizenship, applicants should be currently living and working in the United States.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) awards fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. The Huntington's independent research library has significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history, the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book. The collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present and include 7 million manuscripts, 450,000 rare books, 440,000 reference works, and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. A remarkable collection in the history of science and technology consists of some 67,000 rare books and reference volumes, as well as an important collection of scientific instruments. The Art Collections contain several notable British and American paintings; innumerable fine prints and photographs; and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

The tenure of these awards is 1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts.There are no citizenship requirements; exceptions include the three long-term fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which requires recipients be either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. for three years preceding application. 

School of Historical Studies Membership
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $75,000 for the full academic year or $37,500 for one term

The School embraces a historical approach to research throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature. The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but it is concerned principally with the following: Greek and Roman civilizations, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, The Islamic World, Philosophy and International Relations, History of Art, and East Asian Studies. The Faculty and Members of the School do not adhere to any one point of view but practice a range of methods of inquiry and scholarly styles, both traditional and innovative. Uniquely positioned to sponsor work that crosses conventional departmental and professional boundaries, the School actively promotes interdisciplinary research and cross-fertilization of ideas. It thereby encourages the creation of new historical enterprises.

Members are required to remain in residence in Princeton, NJ during term time. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply.

School of Social Science Membership
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: Funding is individually negotiated; the School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000. 

The School of Social Science in Princeton, NJ takes as its mission the analysis of contemporary societies and social change. It is devoted to a pluralistic and critical approach to social research from a multidisciplinary and international perspective.  Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. Members pursue their own research, and participate in collective activities, including a weekly seminar at which on-going work is presented. The theme for 2019-20 is "Economy and Society" but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior level for one academic year. There are no citizenship requirements.

U.S. - Southeast Asia - Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018
Award Amount: up to $100,000

This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions. The Japan Foundation hopes that Japan scholars and students from all three regions and across many disciplines will benefit mutually from the creation of scholarly networks and the sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work. Projects will be based at U.S. institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S., and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 10, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 17, 2018
Award Amount: $7,500

Project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to humanities based civic conversations; public lecture, conference, and panel discussion; reading and discussion programs; film and discussion programs; museum exhibitions and related programming; theatrical productions with post- or pre- performance discussion; oral history projects; walking tours; audio projects; film pre-production and distribution; websites; and content-based professional development workshops for teachers. In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited, and programming that responds to the current theme, Negotiating the Social Contact. 

Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 12, 2018
Award Amount: Travel costs, board, and a daily stipend

These travel grants are for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Grantees conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to Max Weber Foundation (MWS) institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. The total term of funding will not exceed three months. Placements (up to one month per host country, though shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months, or at most 24 months. 

Countries and regions that have MWS Institutes include China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, and the USA. Applications for the country of the applicant's main place of residence will not be considered. Research placements in Germany are only eligible for funding if the recipient plans at least two more stays at the foreign institutes or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. 

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2018
Award Amount: $45,000

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the postdoctoral level of the fellowship program is available here:  Eligible Fields of Study List Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Collaborative Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 28, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Convening Grants); up to $250,000 (Publication Grants); up to $250,000 (Archaeology Grants)

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods.

Eligible projects must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and content-rich, open-access digital resources (for example, websites, databases, or tools). All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly audiences and/or general audiences. 

Dialogues on the Experience of War
OSP Deadline: November 1, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 8, 2018
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program as part of its current initiative,  Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War . The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. Although the program is primarily designed to reach military veterans, men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public may also participate.
The program awards grants that will support:
  • the convening of at least two discussion programs for no fewer than fifteen participants; and
  • the creation of a preparatory program to recruit and train program discussion leaders (NEH Discussion Leaders).
Discussion programs may take place on college and university campuses, in veterans' centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues.

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. An applicant institution may submit up to three proposals for funding. If you are interested in applying, please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu ). 

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
OSP Deadline: November 28, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2018
Award Amount:  Awards are made for one to three years and rarely exceed $100,000 per year.

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
OSP Deadline: December 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 12, 2018
Award Amount: up to $40,000 over up to 2 years (Planning Grants); up to $350,000 over up to 5 years (Implementation Projects) 

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to natural and man-made disasters. Effective and sustainable preservation strategies must be informed by the nature of an institution and its collections. All applicants, whether at the planning or the implementation level, should have completed the process of basic preservation planning; they should also clearly state how sustainable strategies will address priorities established in existing preservation or collection management plans. Sustainable preservation strategies can take many forms, depending on collection materials, the building envelope, and the local climate. However, interdisciplinary collaboration during planning and implementation of these strategies is essential. In SCHC projects,  such teams typically consist of consultants and members of the institution's staff and can include architects, building engineers, conservation scientists, conservators, curators, archivists, and facilities managers, among others.

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL)
OSP Deadline: November 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: November 19, 2018
Award Amount:  $12,000 - $150,000 per year for one to three years (Senior Research Projects); $5,000 per month for six to twelve months (Fellowships)

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6,000-7,000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.

All DEL applications are submitted to NSF for review. Upon completion of the review process, the administration of awards is conducted separately by NEH or NSF.

National Gallery of Art
Senior Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its program for senior fellowships. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Senior fellows have access to the notable resources represented by the art collections, the library, and the image collections of the National Gallery of Art, as well as to the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the Washington, DC area. Senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. Fellowships can be held for an academic year or for a single semester.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 17, 2018
Award Amount: stipend amounts are individually determined; the Center seeks to provide half salary up to $65,000

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2019 through May 2020. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not support the revision of doctoral dissertations. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the vibrant cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The National Humanities Center welcomes scholars regardless of citizenship or national origin.

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2018

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-Term Fellowships are for six months and Short-Term Fellowships are for one to three months. Please note that only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been resident in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2018 (Long-Term Fellowships); December 15, 2018 (Short-Term Fellowships)
Award Amount: stipend of $4,200 per month for 4-9 months (Long-Term Fellowships); stipend of $2,500 for one month (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library (located in Chicago, IL) offers a fellowship program providing outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry's wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. The Newberry expects recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand understandings of the past. The collection's strengths are described here . Please note that some of the Long-Term Fellowships have citizen and permanent residency requirements. 

Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Award
OSP Deadline: not required; award is paid directly to the publisher
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $8,000

This award supports the publication of scholarly books on European civilization before 1700 in the areas of music, theater, cultural studies, or French or Italian literature. Applicants must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request.   The purpose of this award is to enable the publication of works of the highest quality either:
  • by making it possible to publish a work in a particularly appropriate way (with special typography plates, or appendices, for example) that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive; or
  • by significantly reducing the cover price, allowing the publication to reach a wider audience.
Once these criteria are met, preference will be given to publications that:
  • are unique, unusual in concept or execution, or that represent a departure from the normal habits of a given publishing house or entity; or
  • bring into print previously unpublished source materials; or
  • promise to reach the broadest possible audience for the type of book envisioned.  

Bellagio Center Residency Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2018
Award Amount: room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program (in Bellagio, Italy) offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The Foundation's Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.

The  Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The  Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

The tenure of the residency program is for two to four weeks. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.


Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Resident scholars are provided with an office, low-cost housing, a stipend (amount varies according to award), library assistance, and other benefits. Books written by scholars may be considered for publication by SAR Press in its Resident Scholar Series. Fellowships involve a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31.

Documentary Fund
OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by award type; see details below

The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.

Funding is available in the following categories:
  • Development (up to $15,000)
  • Production/Post-Production (up to $40,000)
  • Audience Engagement (up to $20,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: November 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: December 7, 2018
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context. Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500-1980) that take place:
  • In Chicago or outside the United States, or
  • In the United States and examine American art within an international context and include a significant number of international participants.
Additionally, the foundation welcomes applications for international research groups. Such groups should involve 2 to 4 faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times.

Academic & Textbook Writing Grants 
OSP Deadline: October 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $1,000

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.
  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.
  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.

Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2018
Award Amount: $3,500 per month

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its  collections The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Scholars are in residence for one to three months. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity. 

Artistic Production Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 26, 2018
Award Amount: $25,000 - $100,000

Nonprofit organizations and institutions, as well as individual artists and curators, may apply for production support for new artistic commissions that take place outside the museum or gallery walls, and within the public realm or in non-traditional exhibition environments. Individual artists seeking production funding or the producing organizations must have a confirmed exhibition venue or presenting partner. Artistic Production funding ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 (can be lower than $25,000) per project, with grants at the $50,000 to $100,000 level reserved for permanent or long-term installations, or newly commissioned works that may be gifted to a U.S. public collection through VIA Art Fund's support.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018 (Long-Term); November 15, 2018 (Short-Term)
Award Amount: $50,000 plus a supplement towards relocation expenses (Long-Term); $4,000 per month plus a supplement towards relocation expenses (Short-Term)

Villa I Tatti (in Florence, Italy) offers fifteen full-year post-doctoral fellowships and several shorter fellowships annually. The  Berenson Library, with holdings of nearly 185,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 600 scholarly journals, includes an extensive and historically important photograph collection, an archive that documents the lives and work of Bernard and Mary Berenson, and the  Morrill Music Library, considered one of the finest in the world for medieval and Renaissance music.

Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations. The tenure of long term awards is twelve months, and the tenure of short term awards is four to six months. 


W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: varies by fellowship type

Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the Islamic periods, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and religion and related disciplines. Both long and short term fellowships are available for junior and senior scholars, including graduate students and recent PhDs. The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright in Jerusalem, Israel is required. The option to accommodate dependents is subject to space available at the Albright. Please note that citizenship requirements and award amounts vary by individual fellowship.

OSP Deadline: November 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: December 3, 2018
Award Amount: $17,500 ($10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year)

The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review--including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields--so that they can both engage in and build support for systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences. Preference will be given to those whose work echoes and elaborates themes addressed in Dr. Malkiel's scholarship and career-that is, topics related to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education. 

For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-7672

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