April 2020

A Note from the Research Development Team

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team will be working remotely. We are available to provide assistance via email, phone, or Zoom conferencing. As circumstances are evolving quickly, please also refer to our  FAS RAS website  and the  OSP website  for information about submitting proposals and managing your awards.

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.

Questions? Please contact Paige Belisle, Research Development Officer: 
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu  or 617-496-7672


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NEWS & RESOURCES


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends for 2021
Internal Deadline: July 7, 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 FEDERAL FUNDING CLIMATE & UPDATES

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: Federal agencies remain open for proposals and inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit agency-specific websites for further information: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As previously reported, President Trump released his FY21 budget request in February 2020 which once again proposed eliminating funding for NEANEH and the IMLS. Congress will work over the coming months to determine FY21 budget levels, during which NEH, NEA and IMLS continue their operations. Please send any questions or concerns about federal research funding to Jen Corby at jcorby@fas.harvard.edu.

NEW TO CAMPUS? 

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

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

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.

I NTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES
DRCLASHarvardUAI
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.

FoundationsBehavior
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.
HarvardDataScienceInitiative
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.  
OUE
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. 
PublicationFund
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.

WeatherheadCanada
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. 
WMiltonFund
Deadline: April 15, 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 .


EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

ASloanPublicUnderstanding
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. 

AHAFranklin
J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 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. 
AmericanInstituteIndianFellowships
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; information on award calculations can be found here

AIIS offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India. The following opportunities are available:
  • Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
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.   
BankAmericaConservation
Art Conservation Project Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 29, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of degeneration, including works that have been designated as national treasures. Museums and cultural institutions are invited to submit a proposal to conserve works of art that meet the following criteria:
  • Significant to the cultural heritage of the country or region, or important to the history of art
  • On view to the public (and/or will be on view once conservation is complete)
  • Paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, architectural or archeological pieces, important books or manuscripts, tapestries or works of decorative or applied art that are in danger of degeneration
BaylorOralHistory
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.
BBVAFoundation
Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: 400,000 euros, a diploma, and a commemorative artwork
 
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities, and artistic creation. The name of the award is intended to denote not only research work that substantially enlarges the scope of our current knowledge-pushing forward the frontiers of the known world-but also the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas and the emergence of new fields. 
 
The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:
  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities
  • Music and Opera
Any scientific or cultural organization or institution may nominate more than one candidate, but no candidate may be nominated in more than one award category. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions. Candidates may be of any nationality. Self-nomination is not permitted.
BogliascoFellowships
Fellowships 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 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.
BostonAthenaeum
Fellowships
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.
CareyInstituteLogan
Logan Nonfiction Program 
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included

The Carey Institute for Global Good believes that an informed, educated, and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. The Logan Nonfiction Program supports this belief by advancing deeply reported, long-form nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience. The Institute also helps selected print fellows convert their work into audio, video or digital media through the expertise of partners. The Institute is eager to convene issue-oriented conferences related to fellows' projects to bring their reporting to policy-makers and other experts. Nonfiction writers, photographers, and documentarians are eligible to apply. 

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts fellows for two classes per year. The spring class runs from January to May, the fall class from October to December. Within these periods applicants can request a short residency (5 weeks) or a long residency (10-12 weeks). This deadline is for the Fall 2020 class. There are no citizenship requirements for this residency.
ClassicalAssociation
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to £2,000

The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications the Association supports typically fall into one of the following categories:
  1. Funding for Summer Schools
  2. Funding for Conferences
  3. School-teaching and Outreach
  4. Major Projects
  5. Other Initiatives
DallasInstituteHumanities
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.
FrankLydiaBergen
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000 

The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education. Preference will be given to requests for the following:
  • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education
  • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes
FrommMusicFoundation
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.
GeorgeBHenderson
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: $20,000 - $40,000

The Henderson Foundation's grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The Foundation encourages applications for projects in all neighborhoods of the city of Boston that concerns parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings; creation of new public sculpture and gardens; restoration of historic monuments; and other projects that enhance quality of life and sense of place, while demonstrating design excellence. Grants are made only for projects within Boston city limits and to projects that are accessible and visible to the public. Grants are made for restoration and preservation activities, but not for routine care or maintenance (as defined by National Park Service technical standards). 
GerdaHenkel
Gerda Henkel Foundation*
General Research Grants and Scholarships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 27, 2020
Award Amount: 3,100 euros per month + supplements to support childcare

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Only full time scholarships are available. Support can be provided for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 24 months. Scholars applying for a postdoctoral fellowship must be within 10 years of receiving their degree.
GilderLehrmanHistory
Scholarly Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 11, 2020
Award Amount: $3,000

Gilder Lehrman fellowships support research at archives in New York City. The Institute provides annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. This year, three of the ten awards will be granted with special attention to Cold War topics, so preference will be given to applicants in that field.
GladysBrooksFoundation
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. 

GladysDelmas
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.

JTempletonCrossTrain
Academic Cross-Training Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: May 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $220,000

The Academic Cross-Training Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured (after September 2009) philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 for up to 33 months of contiguous support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.
LOCKlugeCenterHealth
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.
MassHumanitiesDiscussion
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. 
NEHSummerStipends
2021 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 7, 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.
NEHDigitalHumanitiesAdvancement
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Level I); up to $100,000 (Level II); up to $325,000 + $50,000 in matching funds (Level III)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. 

In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the  Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current  IMLS Strategic Plan  for additional context.
NEHDigitalPublic
Digital Projects for the Public
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 12, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 19, 2020
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (Discovery Grants); up to $100,000 (Prototyping Grants); up to $300,000 (Production Grants) 

The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. The projects must be designed to attract broad public audiences.  All Digital Projects for the Public projects should: 
  • present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas;
  • incorporate sound humanities scholarship;
  • involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production;
  • include appropriate digital media professionals;
  • reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution;
  • create appealing digital formats for the general public; and
  • demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.
All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal. 

NEH also welcomes applications for non-promotional digital components of a larger project. For these projects, you should explain how the digital platform will enrich the users' learning experience and engagement. For instance, if your request is for a mobile experience that would operate within a museum or would work in conjunction with a film, you should explain how this project element will substantially add to the audience's learning experience.
NEHFellowships
Fellowships
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.
NEHFellowsJapan
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.
NEHHumanitiesCollections
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 + an additional $10,000 to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities (Foundations Projects); up to $350,000 (Implementation Projects) 

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. 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, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. The HCRR program includes two funding categories: Implementation and Foundations.
NEHMellonDigital
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
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

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.  
NEHPreservationAccess
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.
NEHResearchDevelopment
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.
NHPRCPubDocs
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
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.
ParisInstituteAdvancedBrain
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.
RogovyFoundation
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).
SorbonneIASFellows
Fellowship on Major Societal Changes: Impacts and Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence
FAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Information: Stipend, accommodations, and travel expenses to support a 5- or 10-month fellowship

In partnership with Sorbonne University, the Paris Institute for Advanced Study is offering a 10-month chair or two 5-month chairs for high-level international researchers in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) during the academic year 2021-2022. The Sorbonne University-Paris IAS Fellowship gives a researcher the possibility to work on an innovative project advancing knowledge on the societal impacts and ethical dimensions of major global changes, more specifically artificial intelligence. S/he will benefit from the outstanding work conditions and the scientific environment of the Paris IAS, and will collaborate chiefly with Sorbonne University's research teams and Interdisciplinary Institutes . The goal of the Sorbonne University-Paris IAS Chair on "Major Societal Changes" is to provide society with knowledge and solutions that are useful for taking action, while questioning the boundary between basic and applied research. 

Researchers from all countries are eligible. Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application are not eligible. This call for applications is open to:
  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a position in a university or research institution or emeritus and having a minimum of 10 years of full-time research experience after their PhD (at the time of the application). To be considered a senior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD before April 1, 2010.
  • Junior scholars having the status of a postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and maximum of 9 years of research experience after the PhD. To be eligible and considered a junior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2018.
The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

Sundance
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
TextbookGrants
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.
UMassAmherst
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
WhitingCreativeNonfiction
Creative Nonfiction Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: May 4, 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. 
WhitingFellowships
Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships
Deadline for Nomination: May 1, 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. Please contact Erin Hale at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu  if you are interested in this opportunity.
WhitingSeedGrant
Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grants
Deadline for Nomination: May 1, 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. Please contact Erin Hale at  erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu  if you are interested in this opportunity.
WyethFoundation
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

The Wyeth Foundation for American Art provides financial support to encourage the study, appreciation, and recognition of excellence in all aspects of historic American art. The Foundation reviews funding proposals to support research, conservation, and exhibition programming in American art. G rants from the Foundation typically support innovative exhibitions that explore new research about American art; innovative and important museum catalogues and books; and conservation and restoration of American masterpieces. The Foundation does not support grant applications exclusively focused on art of the last three decades.  
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Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-7672

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