March 2020

Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be sent for review to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at least five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

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Whiting Foundation for Public Engagement Programs
Internal Deadline: March 16, 2020

The Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. Fellowships and Seed Grants are available. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends for 2021
Internal Deadline: July 6, 2020
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later. 

Read 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.
UPDATE: President Trump released his FY21 budget request in February 2020 and once again, he has proposed eliminating funding for arts and humanities grantmaking agencies including the  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  and the  Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) . In past years, Congress has voted instead to increase appropriations to these agencies. Despite President Trump's initial call in his FY20 budget request to drastically reduce their funding, FY20 appropriations included a budget increase for each of these organizations.  NEH  and  NEA  both received an increase of $7.25M, bringing their annual budgets to $162.25M. Similarly,  IMLS  received a funding increase of $10M, for a total annual figure of $252M. As Congress works to determine FY21 budget levels, NEH, NEA and IMLS will continue normal operations. Please send any questions or concerns about federal research funding to Jen Corby at


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Fellowships with a residency requirement within the greater Boston area.

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

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

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.

Faculty Grants
Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. The Center accepts proposals for faculty grants twice a year, once each semester. The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year, and will not fund multiple or repeat applications for the same project from collaborating faculty members. The committee gives priority to faculty members who have not previously received grants but will consider consecutive funding for course-based projects, on a case by case basis.
Harvard-UAI Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $30,000

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (DRCLAS), and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) are pleased to announce the new Harvard-UAI Collaborative Research Grant. The Program's primary objective is to strengthen connections between UAI and Harvard through innovative research projects in all disciplines, including but not limited to technology, design, humanities, science, engineering, health, public policy, business, and education. The specific objectives are to:
  • Promote joint research between Harvard scholars and academics in Chile.
  • Encourage the flow of people and networking between UAI and Harvard.
  • Facilitate the creation of long-term relationships and cooperation between research centers in Chile, UAI and Harvard.
Teams of researchers in Chile and at Harvard may submit joint proposals for site visits, workshops, and academic research exchanges. Participants may reapply to the grant on a consecutive basis, provided that they submit a full report on their previous grant prior to re-applying.  Funding will be primarily for program start-up expenses including travel and related expenses for faculty and students. Proposals will be selected by a Harvard Faculty committee on merit, extent of student involvement, balanced participation between Harvard and Chilean researchers, and promise of generating longer term research collaborations. Funded projects should be begun in the same academic year that the award is granted.  Full-time Assistant, Associate and Full Professors in any Harvard Department or School may apply in conjunction with a collaborator at UAI. Preceptors, Lecturers, or Instructors may also apply provided they hold a full-time teaching position.
Deadline: March 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000

This fund is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment.
The  Inequality in America Initiative  will provide an additional increment of bridge and seed funding to support research that will advance understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality, including its implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. The Initiative is especially interested in supporting research projects that engage with the  core themes  of the initiative and that involve any of the following: interdisciplinary collaboration among departments or Harvard schools; new and early-career investigators; research opportunities for undergraduates and/or graduate students.
The Dean's Competitive Fund and the additional funding from the Inequality in America Initiative are 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 are generally not eligible for this program, but may participate as collaborators on Inequality in America proposals.
Deadline: March 27, 2020
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS. The Elson Fund is intended to introduce art-making activities into parts of the curriculum where art-making has not traditionally been inserted. Artist instructors, however, may apply for Elson funds to support innovative projects that could not be pursued without additional funding.

Deadline: last day of February, May, August, and November
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.
Faculty Special Projects Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Harvard Data Science Initiative Faculty Special Projects Fund is intended to support one-time data science opportunities for which other funding is not readily available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funding will be awarded throughout the year until available funding is exhausted. Applicants may request funding of up to $5,000 to support research, community-building, outreach, and educational activities. Examples of projects that the Fund is intended to support include offsetting the cost of running workshops or seminars, data visualization or research dissemination, and video production. The HDSI welcomes applications from all fields of scholarship.  
Faculty Research Grants
Deadline: March 13, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (single applicants); up to $30,000 (teams)  

The Asia Center offers faculty research grants of up to $20,000 for single applicants and of up to $30,000 for teams, to support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia. 
  • Senior Faculty: Funded projects must involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia. Applications submitted by faculty members that approach the topic from more than one discipline are strongly encouraged and will receive priority.
  • Junior Faculty: Strong preference is given to projects that involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia. Applications submitted by faculty members that approach the topic from more than one discipline are strongly encouraged and will receive priority.
Please note that Asia Center faculty grant recipients are likely be asked to present on their funded activities as part of the Asia Center Seminar Series. Any funds not spent by the end of the timeframe specified in the proposal will revert to the Asia Center.
Course Development Funds
Deadline: Rolling; the OUE reviews applications twice a semester
Award Amount: unspecified

The Office of Undergraduate Education has Course Development Funds to "strengthen undergraduate education...through the improvement of instruction and curriculum." These funds are meant for limited experiments or one-time investments that improve individual courses or whole concentrations. Recent awards have funded the purchase of cameras for art studios, the creation of manipulables to teach concepts in calculus, and research assistants to review tutorial syllabi with the view of making them more inclusive. To apply for Discretionary Funds, please send the OUE an  email  outlining the initiatives you would like to undertake and how these funds would help you achieve them. 
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.

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. 
Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Eligible Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a junior faculty appointment. This includes FAS and SEAS Assistant or Associate Professors, Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and those in a postdoctoral position at Harvard with a formal accepted offer to join the Junior Faculty at one of Harvard's schools.

The Milton Fund supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching global solutions.  The full RFP can be found at the link above. The online application portal can be accessed  here .


Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
FAS/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. 

J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $5,000

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is offered annually by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress  and the American Historical Association to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. At the time of application, applicants must hold the PhD or equivalent  and must have received this degree within the past seven years.  The applicant's project in American history must be one for which the general and special collections of the Library of Congress offer unique research support.  The fellowship will be awarded for two to three months to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress. Winners will be notified in June and can take residency at their discretion any time until August of the following year
John F. Richards Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 9, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: March 16, 2020 
Award Amount: up to $6,000 (Research Fellowships); up to $3,000 (Travel Fellowships)

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) invites applications for support of short-term research or other scholarly projects that will advance the knowledge of Afghanistan. The Institute will be accepting applications for proposed projects along two tiers of the John F. Richards Fellowship Program.
  • Scholars applying for the Research Fellowship may use funds to support research on Afghanistan through utilization of resources outside of Afghanistan and the United States. The Richards Research Fellowship is funded through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Eligiblity: U.S. Citizens only. Designed for: Pre-doctoral, Post-doctoral, Junior and Senior Scholars. Restrictions: Due to current State Department travel restrictions cannot be used for travel to, from or within Afghanistan; cannot be used for work within the U.S. Awards will be up to $6,000.
  • Scholars applying for the Afghanistan Travel fellowship may use funds to support research conducted within Afghanistan. Eligibility: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Institutional Appointment. Designed for Senior Scholars. Funds may only be used for travel to and within Afghanistan. Awards will be up to $3,000.
Travel and Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: varies

The American Musicological Society offers Travel and Research grants. Since the terms for these grants have overlapping areas of emphasis, applicants may request to be considered for more than one, although they must determine which are appropriate for their subject. The following grants have a deadline of April 1st:
Arts Writers Grant Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; grants ranged from $15,000 - $50,000 in the 2019 award cycle

The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. By "contemporary visual art," the Foundation means visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields - architecture, design, film, theater/performance, sound, etc. - will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art. Projects with a pre-WWII component will only be considered if the project's main focus is contemporary.   
Charlton Oral History Research Grant
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 24, 2020
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for one year (June through May). With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020 
Award Amount: full room and board; no stipend 

An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month Fellowships to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities. Fellows live and work in bucolic surroundings on the coast near Genoa, where natural beauty combines with an intimate group setting to encourage inquiry and transformative exchange across all disciplines. Twice a year, the Foundation welcomes applications from individuals doing creative or scholarly work in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Foundation awards approximately 60 Fellowships each year in seven residency periods that run from September through May.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $1,500 for a residency of twenty days (four weeks)

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenaeum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year's membership to the Boston Athenaeum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.
Cambridge/Agassiz/Harvard Community, Culture, and Recreation Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award Amount: ~$5,000

The Cambridge/Agassiz/Harvard Community, Culture, and Recreation Fund (CAH Fund) is a donor-advised fund created by Harvard University and the Agassiz Neighborhood to support a range of programs to benefit children, teens, families, individuals and seniors and to enhance the quality of life within the City of Cambridge and the Agassiz community. The CAH Fund is expressly intended to supplement rather than replace existing sources of funding. It enables and encourages 'pilot' projects. CAH Fund grants can support the strengthening of organizational capacity, self-reliance, and sustainability. Preference will be given to projects of the Agassiz community or agencies seeking to increase the access of under-served groups and people of modest means to educational, cultural, recreational, health, or community building opportunities. Collaboration among nonprofits is encouraged. 
Classical Commissioning Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 3, 2020
Award Amount: Grants include a composer's fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium for each ensemble member (up to ten) for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.

Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for 2-10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.
Millard Meiss Publication Fund  
FAS/OSP Deadline: N/A; applications must be submitted by the publisher of the manuscript.  
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2020
Award Amount: The grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production; that is, a substantial portion of production costs must be met by the publisher or be from other sources.

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Applications are judged in relation to two criteria: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance. Although the quality of the manuscript is the sine qua non for a grant, an excellent manuscript may not be funded if it is financially self-supporting.

In general, the purpose of the grant is to support presses in the publication of projects of the highest scholarly and intellectual merit that may not generate adequate financial return. The jury is particularly sympathetic to applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations. Expenses generated by exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables) are also suitable for consideration. Permission and rental fees/reproduction rights, especially in cases where they are burdensome, are also appropriate.
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000 - $250,000 (Single-Institution Applications); $50,000 - $500,000 (Multi-Institution Applications)

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials is a national grant competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing rare and unique content in collecting institutions.  Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Any standards, technologies, or tools may be applied, so long as they lead to the creation of digitized content and web-accessible metadata.  All materials proposed for digitization must be owned and held by eligible institutions in the United States or Canada; the materials themselves must also be located in the United States or Canada.

Please Note: CLIR schedules several webinars for applicants during the open call for proposals. Upcoming and pre-recorded webinars can be found here
Hiett Prize in the Humanities
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture. Finalists are determined from a nationwide field of applicants, after which they will be considered by a select panel of judges. The Hiett Prize recipient's achievements are celebrated and the prize is awarded at an annual luncheon.
Einstein Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses

The Einstein Forum is offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.
Research and Travel Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: €1,200 a month for up to 12 months (Doctoral Grants); €1,550 a month for up to 12 months (Postdoctoral Grants); Research Travel Grant amounts determined on a case-by-case basis

The Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah offers doctoral, post-doctoral and research travel grants.  The Foundation funds research on Holocaust-related topics, including its roots and its consequences in the present day, and the study of contemporary anti-Semitism. It also backs research on other 20 th -century genocides.  The Foundation gives precedence to projects that open up new fields of knowledge and take an original approach, especially the project draws upon comparative history.  It also attaches importance to European, international, and interdisciplinary perspectives that combine historical, anthropological, sociological, legal, philosophical, psychological or literary analyses.  Projects involving the French aspects of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust and/or young researchers will receive particular attention.
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020
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 as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
Fromm Commission
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: $12,000

The Fromm Commission is available for all types of compositions regardless of idiom, instrumentation, style, or the use of technology. Submissions in jazz, hybrid, electronic, or other idioms are welcome. The commission is to create a new work and cannot be applied to projects that have been awarded other commissions or previously composed. The composer must apply directly.
Postdoctoral Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: € 3,400 per month for 1-5 months

The German Historical Institute (GHI) awards short-term fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States.  The GHI is particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: 
  • German and European history
  • The history of German-American relations
  • The role of Germany and the USA in international relations
The proposed research projects should make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography. Fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months but, in exceptional cases and depending on the availability of funds, they can be extended by one month.  The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition, or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects that are designed for the "second book." 
Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
FAS/OSP Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000 - $150,000

The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries and education.
  • Grants for Libraries: Grant proposals will be considered generally for resource Endowments (for example, print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction and capital equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies and equipment are encouraged.
  • Grants for Educational Institutions: Grant proposals from universities, colleges and secondary schools will be considered generally for: educational endowments to fund scholarships based solely on educational achievements, leadership and academic ability of the student (note: need-based scholarships are not within the Foundation's mission); endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs for educators who confine their activities primarily to classroom instruction in the liberal arts, mathematics and the sciences during the academic year; erection or endowment of buildings, wings of or additions to buildings; equipment for educational purposes; and capital equipment for educational purposes.  
A Grant Proposal Letter generally will be considered when:
  • Outside funding for the project (including governmental) is not available;
  • The project will be largely funded by the grant unless the grant request covers a discrete component of a larger project; and
  • The funds will be used for endowments, capital projects or capital equipment.
Except for endowed positions, proposals for direct salary support will not be considered. A grant that supports a research project will also not be considered. 

Humanities Program
FAS/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.

American Art Exhibitions
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; recent awards range from $100,000 to $300,000 

The American Art Program supports scholarly loan exhibitions that significantly advance the study and understanding of art of the United States, including all facets of Native American art.
Proposals for loan exhibitions are considered once each year, and grants are awarded on a competitive basis. An external panel of advisors, including academic art historians, curators, and art journalists, participates in the final stages of the competition. They are selected for the aesthetic and historical merit of the art as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition's conceptual framework. Eligible projects may address any time period and/or medium, excepting performance art, film, and the work of emerging artists, and must result in substantial exhibitions and accompanying publications. 

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard is limited to submitting one application to this request for proposals. Please contact Erin Hale at if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.
Research Fellowship Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 9, 2020 
Sponsor Deadline: March 16, 2020 
Award Amount: CHF 150,000 (~$150,000 USD) 

The Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program is a globally competitive fellowship program for early career researchers whose work is dedicated to improving the development, learning and living conditions of children and youth. The relevant disciplines include, but are not limited, to education sciences, psychology, economics, sociology, family studies, media studies, political science, linguistics, neurosciences, and medical sciences.

Fellowships are awarded to highly talented and innovative early career researchers who have received their PhD within the past 10 years. Funding from Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowships is awarded directly to the fellow's institution and may be used by the fellow over a three-year period to cover a portion of the fellow's salary and for any purpose in support of the fellow's research, such as assistants' salaries, equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support.  Scholars who engage in  interdisciplinary work that focuses on individual development and variability in the learning of children and youth, and who seek to combine multiple levels of analysis,  are particularly encouraged to apply.
David B. Larson Fellowships in Health and Spirituality
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020 
Award Amount:  $4,200 per month for 6-12 months

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of health and spirituality. The fellowship is designed to continue Dr. Larson's legacy of promoting meaningful, scholarly study of health and spirituality, two important and increasingly interrelated fields. It seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of six to twelve months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center is located in the splendid Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, and it furnishes attractive work and discussion space for its scholars, as well as easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington, D.C. If necessary, special arrangements may be made with the National Library of Medicine for access to its materials as well. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents with doctoral degrees.
Discussion Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $3,000

Discussion Grants support projects that include face-to-face conversations about humanities topics. Projects allow for the exchange of thoughts, opinions, and ideas in response to almost any kind of text or event: reading circles, films, talks, performances, tours, exhibits, lectures, and more. For example, formats can include a film-and-discussion series, a one-time event that includes active reflecting and discussing, or the creation of an exhibit or walking tour along with a discussion.  All nonprofit, educational institutions and government organizations that serve Massachusetts residents are eligible to apply. 
Project Grants 
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 16, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 23, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000 or up to $15,000 for documentaries and projects focused on current priorities. Organizations must demonstrate a cash cost-share that equals or exceeds 10 percent of the MH funds requested, and the total cost-share (cash and in-kind) must equal or exceed the MH funds requested.

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. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: March 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2020
Award Amount: detailed budget is required

The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate.  In recent years, the Foundation has financed archaeological excavations, research projects and studies in Islamic art and architecture in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and India. It has also provided financial support for epigraphical projects in France (the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique), Spain, Italy, Palestine, China, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bengal. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 18, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $70,000 per year, employer-based health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship 

The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good while gaining career-building experience in the fields of policy, community development, conservation, arts and culture, and media. In 2020, the program is offering 21 two-year term positions at organizations in government and nonprofit sectors for recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will have opportunities for networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person and virtually. Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2016 and June 19, 2020. 
Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 11, 2020
Award Amount: $25,000

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript.  The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY2021, fellowships in  poetry  are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY2022 and guidelines will be available in January 2021. 
2021 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 6, 2020 by 11:30pm
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may put forward two nominees for this program. Please submit an application here to be considered for nomination.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 8, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project's value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development. NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2020 
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S.-Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the U.S. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, e-books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 8, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be integral to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.  All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible.  
Preservation and Access Education and Training
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $350,000 over up to 3 years

The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports the development of knowledge and skills among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing. 

Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape and at all stages of development. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
Research and Development
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000 over 1-2 years (Tier I); up to $350,000 over 3 years (Tier II) 

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence-and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials. This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science. The exact mix of specialists will depend on the particular nature of the project. Your project team should embody a well-defined humanities perspective that can frame your objectives and guide the project to successful completion. Such a perspective may be provided by members of an advisory committee, consultant(s), a project co-director, or another participant. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.
Basic Preservation Grants
Sponsor Deadline for Registration: March 20, 2020
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 17, 2020
Sponsor Deadline (if invited): April 24, 2020
Award Amount: $1,000 - $20,000

The National Film Preservation Foundation invites applications for the spring round of its Basic Preservation Grants. These grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities. The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of:

  • New film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks) and
  • Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. 
  • Closed captioning for sound films destined for online or television exhibition.
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Sponsor Draft Deadline (optional): April 1, 2020
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $175,000 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.  The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The Commission encourages applications that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals over the past 250 years. The Commission welcomes projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation's history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day.

All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable, fully-transcribed and annotated collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication. The NHPRC encourages projects to provide free public access to online editions. Projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered.
Brain, Culture and Society Program Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 6, 2020
Award Amount: stipend (varies by individual), housing, and round trip transportation to Paris

The  Paris Institute for Advanced Study  welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences for a research stay of five or ten months during the academic year 2021-2022 within the framework of its "Brain, Culture and Society" program. The Paris IAS gives its research fellows the unique opportunity to work freely on the project of their choice at the interface of neuroscience, the cognitive sciences, and the humanities and social sciences. They benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute and receive support for creating contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2020
Award Amount: Housing plus a stipend of $800 per month along with $100 for a spouse/partner and $200 per child living with the grantee.

The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program provides gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. In residence grants are offered to all professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.
Bellagio Center Residency Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 14, 2020
Award Amount:  room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program in 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. Residencies are for 2 to 4 weeks. There is no citizenship requirement for these opportunities. 

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.
Miller/Packan Film Fund 
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (Advanced Development Stages); up to $25,000 (Production and Post-Production Stages)

The Miller/Packan Film Fund supports documentary films that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the Fund's subject categories are Education, the Environment and Civics. The Foundation encourages potential applicants to review its ideals and values for a sense of what types of topics might be supported. The Foundation is especially interested in investigations into the cost structures of social institutions, such as healthcare and education, and topics that bring the global community together. The Fund supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $15,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000).

Documentary Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; submissions are accepted year-round, and the Institute indicates three deadlines per year that correspond to its three grant cycles. The next Fund deadline is June 15.
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)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination
Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants 
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 9, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 16, 2020
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, with at least half of the participants coming from outside the United States.
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. Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The Foundation favors programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.
Academic & Textbook Writing Grants 
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2020
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.
Du Bois Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $4,500 for an eight-week library residency, with a housing allowance of $2,500 as well as a research allowance of $600

The W. E. B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst Libraries, in collaboration with the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), offers post-doc fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research at SCUA in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois's scholarship and activism. This includes the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to SCUA's collections are available   online
Creative Nonfiction Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2020 
Award Amount: $40,000 

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction. The Whiting Foundation recognizes that these works are essential to our culture, but come into being at great cost to writers in time and resources. The grant is intended to encourage original and ambitious projects by giving recipients the additional means to do exacting research and devote time to composition. 
Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships
Harvard Internal Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The Public Engagement Fellowship is for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. 

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Applicants must submit their internal applications for the Fellowship program  here
Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grants
Harvard Internal Deadline: March 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Public Engagement Programs are intended to celebrate and empower early-career faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of their scholarly vocation. A nominee can propose to use the funds for nearly any ambitious public-facing project, new or ongoing, drawing on the humanities. Projects should be designed primarily to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy, and they should benefit in a distinctive way from the involvement of a scholar. 

The   Public Engagement Seed Grant   supports projects at a somewhat early stage of  development, before the nominee has been able to establish a specifi  c track record   of success for the proposed public  facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely  from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose   collaboration will be required a  nd the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated   specific short  term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to   complete them. The Foundation anticipates that a recipient might use the grant, for example, to   test the project on a   smaller scale or to engage deeply   in planning  with collaborators or the intended public. 

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time faculty in a humanities field at an accredited US institution of higher learning as of September 2020; they must be early-career, which the Foundation defines as pre-tenure, untenured, or having received tenure in the last five years. Please note, while the Whiting Foundation lists adjunct faculty as eligible candidates, Harvard nominees must have principal investigator rights, thus in most cases adjunct faculty would not be eligible.

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may nominate one faculty member for the Fellowship program and one faculty member for the Seed Grant program. Applicants must submit their internal applications for the Seed Grant program  here
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