October 2016
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.

Questions? Please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Officer: cmcdermottmurphy@fas.harvard.edu
or 617-496-2618
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Three grants awarded to Harvard University affiliates

Leah Price , Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English
Susanne Ebbinghaus , George M.A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art and Head of the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art 
Henry Gates , Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor 

For the full press release, with project descriptions, please see here .

Exploratory Seminars | Deadline: October 24, 2016

Applications are now open to apply for an Exploratory Seminar, an opportunity to convene scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop early-stage ideas and research across the disciplines.  To learn more and to apply, please see here .


Dean's Competitive Fund | Deadline: October 17, 2016
Asia Center | Deadline: October 24, 2016
Harvard China Fund | Deadline: October 24, 2016

is discontinuing its Visiting Scholar Program as of this year

Previously a great option for Cambridge-based sabbatical leaves, the AAAS junior scholar fellowship will no longer be offered. Next year, the Academy plans to revise the Fellowship to cater to postdoctoral scholars interested in 2-year fellowships to pursue research on any topic in American history.


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

I want to visit an archive or library and/or fund my sabbatical leave.

Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.
Fellowships with Boston-area residency requirement.

Fellowships with a residency requirement within the United States.
Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

I want to translate a work of prose, poetry, or drama into English.

I want to develop or produce a radio show, television or film documentary.

I want to host a program for faculty, scholars, or practitioners to expand their knowledge of a topic.

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

I want to create a website with humanities content.

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

I want to facilitate scholarly exchange between my institution and another.

I want to support a new teaching position at my institution.


Faculty Fellowship
Deadline: December 12, 2016
Award Amount: up to $57,000
Tenure: 9 months

The 2017-18 Warren Center Faculty Fellowship will be on the theme of Crime and Punishment in American History led by Elizabeth Hinton (History and African and African American Studies), and Lisa McGirr (History). 

The Center, Harvard's research center for American history, invites applications for a workshop on the history of crime and punishment in the Americas from the colonial period to the recent past. The Center will convene scholars in the social sciences and humanities conducting original research on the development of the penal regimes in the Western Hemisphere from a local, regional, national and global perspective. Topics considered include the history of prisons, prison labor, ideas and knowledge production about crime and punishment, criminal law, extra-legal forms of punishment such as lynching, the rise and decline of the Southern convict lease system, progressive era penal knowledge and reform, the role of institutionalized punishment in state and empire building, the criminalization of alcohol and drug use, policing and surveillance, social movements and issues of prisoners' rights, the death penalty, and the rise of mass incarceration since the 1970s.

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.

Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: $21,000 (Junior Fellow); $35,000 (Fellow)
Tenure: one or two terms

The Library (Washington D.C.) offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape studies. Applicants may apply for the following fellowship types:
  • Junior Fellowships: for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university;
  • Fellowships: for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research; 
  • Summer Fellowships: for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape scholars on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study;
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies: offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes.

Project Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: $3,000 to $10,000

Dumbarton Oaks makes a limited number of grants to assist with scholarly projects in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Support is generally for archeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • non-destructive investigation, excavation, and/or on-site study of a (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden) site or component of one; or
  • surveying or photographing monuments and objects that are at risk (e.g., architecture, gardens, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures in situ), as well as objects that have already been collected but are largely unrecorded and endangered.

The Lila Wallace Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $20,000 for an institution; up to $8,000 for publications; up to $3,000 for lecture programs

Former I Tatti Appointees can apply for three different grants from the Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Endowment Fund: (1) the Special Project Grant , for interdisciplinary projects; (2) the Publications Subsidy , for scholarly books; and (3) the Lecture Program , for seminars and conference sessions.

Deadline: October 31, 2016
Award Amount: up to $60,000 (conferences); $50,000 to $100,000 (research)
The Fund offers grants for both conference and research projects to advance the research goals of Harvard faculty in collaboration with Chinese partners.  Proposed conferences should  take place at the Harvard Center Shanghai, preferably before March 2018. Proposals are accepted from all research fields; the Fund especially encourages proposals in the areas of traditional Chinese arts and culture, environmental studies and education. 

Preference will be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available from traditional sources.

Exploratory Seminars & Workshops
Deadline: October 24, 2016 (Seminars); Rolling (Workshops)
Award Amount: up to $18,000 (Seminars); up to $20,000 (Workshops)
The Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute brings together faculty from across Harvard University and around the world to develop innovative academic programming across a wide range of disciplines. Workshops and seminars launch or expand new scholarly and research endeavors for faculty and students, while public conferences, symposia, and lectures provide opportunities to challenge assumptions, study timely issues of public policy, and explore emerging ideas with audiences near and far.

Exploratory Seminarsprovide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute.

Workshopsconvene Harvard faculty members, scholars, artists, and other thought leaders from around the world, but these events go beyond early-stage research questions. Workshops are based on innovative ideas that have already been developed to some extent but are now ready for further deep exploration. Programs consist of one- to three-day meetings hosted by the Radcliffe Institute.

Faculty Grants
Deadline: October 24, 2016
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (research); up to $50,000 (conference)
The Asia Center offers grants to Harvard junior and senior faculty in the following categories:
  • Research and Travelsupport for Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia.
  • Senior Faculty: strong preference is given to projects that involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and/or that approach the topic from more than one discipline. Applications submitted by multiple faculty members are encouraged.
  • Junior Faculty: preference is given to projects that involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and/or that approach the topic from more than one discipline. Applications submitted by multiple faculty members are encouraged. 
  • Conferencesupport for conferences organized by Harvard faculty 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. Preference will be given to faculty who collaborate across more than one School. 

Deadline: October 17, 2016
Award Amount:  $5,000 to $50,000
The Dean's Competitive Fund is a targeted program that provides funding in the following three categories:

Bridge Funding, to allow faculty to continue work on very promising research that does not currently have external funding or is between grant cycles;
Seed Funding, to encourage faculty to pursue exciting, original research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs; and 
Enabling Subventions, to provide small funds in support of an external fellowship or to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment.

  • This program is open to FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty. Professors-in-residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible.
  • Faculty at other Harvard schools with no more than a zero FTE in the FAS/SEAS are not eligible for this program.
  • Faculty may only submit one application per semester.


Project Grants
OSP Deadline: December 12, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 19, 2016
Award Amount: up to $15,000

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 (see the  Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities Initiative), and programming that responds to their current theme,   Negotiating the Social Contract

OSP Deadline: December 9, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 17, 2016
Award Amount: average grants range from $550 to $2,500

Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. (PFW) seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to activist artists and Not For Profits organizations that often are excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy.

The Foundation supports artists and projects that use art to reach across both physical borders and the boundaries of our imagination to peaceably transform our society's ideas about social and civil justice issues. Foundation support is granted to artful, creative and innovative initiatives that advance civic and social justice programs to improve lives and instill optimism.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
OSP Deadline: December 6, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 13, 2016
Award Amount: $40,000 maximum (Planning Grants); $350,000 (Implementation Grants); although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding

Libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country face an enormous challenge: to preserve collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning in the humanities. Ensuring the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects requires institutions to implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss.

This program therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact.

Academic Program Grants
OSP Deadline: December 2, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 9, 2016
Award Amount: $25,000 maximum

The Terra Foundation 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).

Programs should: (1) take place in Chicago or outside the United States; or (2) take place in the United States and examine American art within an international context and include a significant number of international participants. All visual art categories are eligible, except for architecture, performance art, and commercial film or animation.

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
OSP Deadline: November 30, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 7, 2016
Award Amount: $100,000 per year (maximum); although cost sharing is not required, the program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding

Grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. 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.

Collaborative Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 30, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 7, 2016
Award Amount: $100,000 maximum over 1 to 3 years; although cost sharing is not required, the program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research  undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel and archival research; field work; and technical support and services.

Eligible projects include:
  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and
  • archaeological projects that emphasize interpretation, data reuse, and dissemination of results.

Access to Historical Records - Archival Projects
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2016
Award Amount:  $100,000 maximum over 1 to 2 years

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that ensure online public discovery and use of historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may preserve and process historical records to:
  • Create new online Finding Aids to collections; and/or
  • Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online.
The NHPRC encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Translation Projects
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2016
Award Amount:  $12,500 or $25,000

Through fellowships to published translators, the NEA supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The NEA encourages translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. 

Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English. This program does not fund the translation of scholarly writing.

Special Program: Security, Society and the State
OSP Deadline: November 23, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2016
Award Amount:  2,700 EUR per month

The "Security, Society and the State" research program reflects the contradictory trends of these areas. It targets new security-related issues that are prime examples of the post-Cold-War era but have been largely neglected in mainstream research. The program encourages junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. The objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.

Scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. Both research grants and research scholarships are available. Research projects should be closely related to one or more of the five fields of research:
  • Cyber Security as a Governmental Task;
  • Public Administration and Human Security;
  • Patterns of Conflict Resolution between the State and Traditional Actors;
  • Non-Governmental Actors as Partners and Contenders of the State; and
  • Security Strategies between Doctrine Formation and Implementation.

Franklin Grants
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $6,000 maximum

The Franklin program funds 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. 
Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad.

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $150,000 for up to 3 years; applicants who request grants over $25,000 must provide matching funds in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. 

Eligible applicants include museums with a primary purpose and focus on African American life, art, history, and/or culture, encompassing: the period of slavery; the era of Reconstruction; the Harlem renaissance; the civil rights movement; and other periods of the African American diaspora. Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply.

This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; institutions may submit only one application at the $5,000 to $25,000 level. There is no limit on proposals at the $25,001 to $150,000 level. If you are interested in applying for an award between $5,000 and $25,000, please contact Erin Cromack before October 26, 2016
Museums for America
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $500,000 for up to 3 years; applicants who request grants over $25,000 must provide matching funds in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA has three project categories:
  • Learning Experiences;
  • Community Anchors; and
  • Collections Stewardship.

National Leadership Grants for Museums
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $1M for up to 3 years; applicants who request grants over $50,000 must provide matching funds in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. National Leadership Grants for Museums has three project categories:
  • Learning Experiences;
  • Community Anchors; and
  • Collections Stewardship.

Individual and Organization Grants
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $10,000 maximum

Individual Grants: the ACC supports transformative cultural exchange by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.

Organization Grants: since ACC's program resources are focused on fellowships to individuals, grants to organizations are usually modest in number and size and generally support the participation of artists, scholars, and specialists from the United States or Asia in activities administered by the applicant organization. The participant(s) for which an organization is requesting support must be traveling outside of their home country to take part in the project.

Fellowships and Grants
OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $55,000 (Fellowship); $2,500 (Grants)
Tenure (Fellowships): September 1 through August 31

The Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in modern East Asia. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. 

Fellowships are awarded to distinguished young scholars who have received their doctoral degrees within the previous five years. Applicants should include an invitation letter from their host institution. Traveling/Research Grants are awarded to scholars who are traveling either to present papers at international conferences, workshops or annual meetings, or for short-term research projects (less than a month). 

Research Fellowships
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $2,100 per month (Short-Term); $4,200 per month (Long-Term)
Tenure: 2 to 4 months (Short-Term); 5 to 10 months (Long-Term)

The Library provides residential fellowships at Brown University to  scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American engagement.

Both Short-Term and Long-Term Fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality.

Long-Term Fellowships
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Tenure: 4 to 12 months

Newberry Fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library (Chicago, IL) offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.
Long-Term Fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the collection.  Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. 

External Fellowships
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one year; one-semester residencies can also be considered

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities hosts ten to twelve resident fellows each year. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution: developing programming, meeting at weekly luncheons and salons, sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community.

The Newhouse Center welcomes applications from faculty in the humanities at all levels.

Residency Program
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission
Tenure: 2 to 4 weeks

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's work to expand upon opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.

The Academic Writing residency is for university and thinktank-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.

Small Grant Cycle 4
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline (required): November 30, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less

The Templeton Foundation provides both large and small grants under its five Core Funding Areas. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one Area:
  • Science and the Big Questions: is divided into several subfields, including mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, and science in dialogue;
  • Character Virtue Development: supports a broad range of projects focused on the universal truths of character development and on the roots of good character in human nature, whether understood from a scientific, philosophical, or religious point of view;
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets: encourages research and education intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profit-making enterprise;
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius: is committed to identifying and nurturing young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in mathematics and science; and
  • Genetics: focuses on how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.

Research Grants & Scholarships
OSP Deadline: November 15, 2016
Deadline: November 22, 2016
Award Amount:  up to 2,700 euros per month

Research Grants & Scholarships provide support for the historical humanities, in particular to research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History The grants for Research Projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Research Grants typically support a team of scholars; whereas, Research Scholarships support one scholar working on an individual project.

The November deadline does not apply to applications for smaller funding amounts (max. 15,000 euros). Smaller funding amounts are granted by the Foundation through a simplified procedure with a deliberation time of approximately three to four months. Applications can be sent at any time.

Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative - Novel Approaches to Modeling Factions and Conflict
OSP Deadline: November 7, 2016
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount:  up to $1.5M per year for 5 years

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

For the subprogram "Novel Approaches to Modeling Factions and Conflict," teams could include researchers from disciplines such as political science, sociology, culture studies, economics, computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. Examples of potential research areas are:  Faction Definition;  Faction Detection;  Faction Behavior;  Dynamics of Factions;  Information Uncertainty; Decision Support; and Validation of Predicted Faction Behavior. 

One of three regional instability areas should be the focus of the investigation: conflicts in northern Europe (Ukraine, Baltics, Georgia, etc.); conflicts in the Americas, particularly drug cartel and criminal network conflicts leading to insurgency and civil strife; or insurgencies in island Asia (Philippines, Indonesia) with sufficient regional expertise and experience in the region selected identified. Collaborations with non-US institutions with sufficient expertise and access can be part of this effort.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
Deadline: November 15, 2016 
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount:  up to $70,000 (individuals); up to $200,000 (collaborations)
Tenure: one to two years

The ACLS offers an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. Research fellowships support scholars with a PhD, and applications are welcome from scholars at any stage of their career, from any location in the world.

The Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies will support work that may be interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. International and multilingual projects are encouraged.

The Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies offer support for research and writing in Buddhist studies for individual scholars who hold a PhD degree, with no restrictions on time from the PhD.

The New Professorships offer seed funding for teaching positions in Buddhist studies.

Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: November 15, 2016 
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $3,000 per month
Tenure: 1 to 3 months

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.

Deadline: November 15, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $50,000
Tenure: 1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) will award over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within the many general fields contained within the library's holdings, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, 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.

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants
Deadline: November 15, 2016 
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $6,000 for an 8-week grant period

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication and to independent researchers to prepare research 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 for tenure-track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.  Tenured professors are not eligible.

American Fellowships
Deadline: November 15, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $30,000
Tenure: one year

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

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.

National Priorities Research Program
OSP Deadline: November 3, 2016
Deadline: November 10, 2016
Award Amount: $20,000 to $300,000 over one, two, or three years

The mission of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is to advance knowledge and education by providing funding opportunities for original, competitively-selected research and development at all levels and across all disciplines with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS):
  • Energy and Environment;
  • Computer Science and ICT;
  • Health; and
  • Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.
At least 50 percent of the proposed funded research days must be conducted inside Qatar.

QNRF encourages collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects involving teams from more than one institution, cross-campus collaboration, and collaboration between academic and non-academic project partners from inside and outside Qatar.

Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 10, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $45,000
Tenure: 9 to 12 months

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible to apply.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
OSP Deadline: November 2, 2016
Deadline: November 9, 2016
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences; $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops and seminars; up to $6,000 for planning meetings

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. Activities proposed must include at least one scholar from Taiwan.

Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit. The program supports collaborative works of three types:
  • Planning Meetings;
  • Workshops; and
  • Conferences.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies
Deadline: November 9, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one or two semesters

Postdoctoral fellowships support scholars who are preparing their Ph.D. dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The ACLS intends to support work based on the applicant's research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. 

An applicant must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a U.S. or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a Ph.D. from any institution. And, an applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2008.

Endangered Archives Programme
OSP Deadline: October 28, 2016
Deadline: November 4, 2016
Award Amount:  £10,000 (for pilot projects); £50,000 (for major projects)

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society's development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.

Deadline: November 4, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $73,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. 

Dialogues on the Experience of War
OSP Deadline: October 26, 2016
Deadline: November 2, 2016
Award Amount: up to $100,000

The Dialogues on the Experience of War 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 to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.  The humanities sources can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, and film-and they may and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. The discussions are intended to promote serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

The program supports:
  • the recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and
  • following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs.

African Humanities Program
Deadline: November 2, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $19,000
Tenure: one academic year

The African Humanities Program seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Applicants must be nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.

Religious Freedom and Rule of Law
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2016
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $600,000

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in forming a consortium to provide expert analysis of global trends in laws and legislation that impact the ability of individuals to exercise the rights to freedom of religion or belief as guaranteed in Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

The consortium would also support small scale projects seeking to mitigate the impact of such restrictions.

Research & Development | Production | Public Engagement 
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2016
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and interactive media projects that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories.

Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through public and educational screenings and presentations, broadcast, distribution, and/or online.

School of Historical Studies Membership
Deadline: November 1, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $75,000 (full year); $37,500 (one term)
Tenure: one or two terms

Each year, the Institute hosts a community of scholars from around the world to pursue their own research while in residence (Princeton, New Jersey). 

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy and modern international relations. 

The School takes into account the stage of the scholar's academic career when considering the list of publications, but in general applicants should have at least several articles already published in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible.

School of Social Science Membership
Deadline: November 1, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $70,000
Tenure: one academic year

Each year, between 20 and 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science (Princeton, New Jersey). Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels.

Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2017-18 is "The Social Sciences in a Changing World" but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. The Institute fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Rome Prize
Deadline: November 1, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: room and board +  a stipend and separate work space
Tenure: about 11 months; 5-month fellowships are offered in Design and Historic Preservation & Conservation; applicants in Architecture and Landscape architecture have a choice of either full or half term

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies.

Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be U.S. citizens at the time of the application.

Deadline: November 1, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $33,000
Tenure: one academic year

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. Fellowships will be awarded for 2017-2018 in Photography, Anthropology, and Archaeology.

Fellowships are portable and tenable anywhere.

Deadline: varies; the earliest deadline falls on October 31, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: stipends vary by fellowship
Tenure: 12 months

The Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC.

OSP Deadline: October 21, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: October 28, 2016
Award Amount: up to $45,000

The MAP Fund welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose project contains a live performance. The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The Fund is, therefore, particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.

Deadline: October 18, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: at least half salary + travel expenses
Tenure: one academic year

The Center offers up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.

In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Deadline: varies (October 2016 through July 2017)
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: fellowship stipends vary across programs; generally, scholars receive $48,000 per year
Tenure: various

The Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of research opportunities and fellowships across its various units (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc.). To learn more about each fellowship o pportunity, please review their list of current programs

For assistance, please contact:
Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Research Development Officer

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