February 2016
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Please send questions, concerns, or news about changes to your current funding to Jen Corby.

Statement of Intent: February 15, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2017

All ladder faculty and senior lecturers, including those without a previous history of digital innovation, are encouraged to apply. Learn more here .

Call for applications for the Spring competition

Deadline: March 6, 2017

For more information, visit the Fund's website or contact Erin Cromack.

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

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

I want to create a website with humanities content.

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

I want to develop or refine a humanities course or curriculum.

I want to complete and/or publish a scholarly book.

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.


Faculty Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2017; August 1, 2017; November 1, 2017; February 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies based on the type of grant

To better serve the faculty, the program will now review Faculty Grants applications on a rolling basis, every three months. 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.

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 maximum

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.

As a general rule, priority will be given to proposals for art-making in courses where art-making has not traditionally been inserted.

Deadline: March 6, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000

This Fund provides support typically unavailable through traditional funding sources. It funds projects that fit into the following categories:
  • Bridge Funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research that does not currently have external funding; 
  • Seed funding, to encourage faculty to pursue exciting new research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs; 
  • Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment or for travel; and
  • Sabbatical top-up, to provide additional salary support to supplement a funded external fellowship.

Spark Grants for Collaboration, Research and Student Engagement
Application Opens: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000 for 18-month awards
Eligible Applicants: Harvard benefits-eligible faculty and/or staff

The HILT Spark Grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. Funding can be used, for example, to pay for a research assistant, hire a graduate student with academic technology expertise, and convene collaborative groups.

As with previous rounds of grants, proposals that build communities of practice around teaching and learning, facilitate high quality assessment practices and educational research, experiment with and document new instructional practices, and/or provide pedagogically-driven tools for teaching and learning (multimedia and instructional technology) are encouraged. 

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.

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

Deadline: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: up to $7,500
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty

This Fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). 

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum--existing or planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed--will be favored.

Deadline: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: up to $7,500
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty

This Fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects--both individual and collaborative--by Harvard faculty in the humanities. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are also eligible.

Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants.

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character.

The Barajas Dean's Innovation Fund for Digital Arts & Humanities
Statement of Intent Deadline: February 15, 2017
Proposals for Summer 2017 (and beyond) Deadline: March 3, 2017
Award Amount: up to $12,000
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty & senior lecturers

This fund is intended to encourage innovation in the arts and humanities by supporting small and medium scale projects that will move these fields to the center of the digital revolution. Proposals may include (but are by no means limited to) course development and support, inter- faculty collaborations, technology and training, experiential learning opportunities, and undergraduate, graduate, or faculty research. 

New applicants will be favored; earlier recipients of Barajas grants will be considered for extension of funding or for funding of new projects.  While proposals may include some funding for digitization of materials, this should not be the primary goal of the project. 

Interested applicants should submit a one-paragraph Statement of Intent by Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to  arts-hum@fas.harvard.edu


Academic & Textbook Writing Grants
OSP Deadline: April 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2017
Award Amount: up to $1,000

The TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing 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 for a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2017
Award Amount: $25,800

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships are awarded to young poets in the United States. Fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 6 to 12 months of continuous, full-time work

Fellowships 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, public administration, and sociology.

Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Awards & Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2017
Award Amount: varies by award and fellowship

The American Jewish Historical Society offers a variety of awards and fellowships for both students and scholars. Support is available for: travel to perform research at the Society; stipends for residencies at the Society; publications costs for books that focus on the history of Jews in America; articles; and more.

David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Spring Semester: April 17, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Tenure: 6 to 12 months

This Fellowship supports scholars who examine the relationship between religiousness and spirituality and physical, mental, and social health. Fellows reside at the Center to pursue concentrated research in the collections of the Library of Congress. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Spring Semester: April 15, 2017 (for the following February)
Award Amount: room and board; no stipend
Tenure: 30 to 34 days (during the academic year)

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

OSP Deadline: April 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 14 - 21, 2017
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Harpo Foundation supports emerging visual artists. Grants are made directly to artists to support their development and to non-profit organizations in support of new work by artists. 
  • Grants for Visual Artists: provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older; April 21st deadline.
  • New Work Project Grants: provides grants to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older; April 14th deadline.
The Foundation also supports two residency fellowship programs. The Native American Residency Fellowship program provides residency opportunities at the Vermont Studio Center to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. The Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship program supports residency opportunities at the Santa Fe Art Institute for visual artists 25 years and older who need time and space to explore ideas and start new projects.

Challenge America
OSP Deadline: April 6, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 13, 2017
Award Amount: $10,000; requires a minimum $10,000 match

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations--those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

This category encourages and supports the following objective: 
  • Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 12, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 6 to 12 months of continuous, full-time work

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.  This deadline is for projects beginning as early as January 1, 2018 and as late as September 1, 2019. 

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 12, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 6 to 12 months of continuous, full-time work

This Fellowship supports  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 essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed 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.  This deadline is for projects beginning as early as January 1, 2018 and as late as September 1, 2019.

Language Legacies Grant Program
OSP Deadline: April 3, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2017
Award Amount: $4,000 maximum; $2,000 on average

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language documentation and revitalization, and for linguistic fieldwork. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects which have immediate applicability to one group and more distant applicability to the other will also be considered. 

Support for publication is a low priority, although it will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in our funding decisions. Eligible expenses include consultant fees, equipment, travel, etc.

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
OSP Deadline: June 7, 2017
Draft Deadline (optional): April 7, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: June 14, 2017
Award Amount: up to $200,000 for one year; cost sharing is required

The NHPRC seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online. 

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 3, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 (Single-institution applications); $50,000 to $500,000 (Collaborative, multi-institution applications)

The purpose of this program is to digitize and provide access to non-digital collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Its aims are to enhance the emerging global digital research environment in ways that support new kinds of scholarship for the long term and to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by memory institutions becomes integrated with the open Web.

Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 3, 2017
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for up to 2 years; a 1:1 cost share is required

This program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and museum fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful projects will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

This joint Libraries and Museums special call for proposals invites projects that will help LAMs and their communities learn together how to build upon the unique abilities of LAMs to achieve positive change.

OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017 (Exhibition Projects) or 5 days in advance of proposal submission (for rolling deadlines)
Special Exhibition Projects Deadline: April 1, 2017; Rolling deadline for all other program areas
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $25,000 to $900,000

Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time for the Foundation's following program areas:
  • Asia
  • Higher Education
  • Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Theology
In addition, the Foundation offers Responsive Grants under its American Art category. These grants support projects that address the prevailing needs of the American art field. Successful projects include, but are not limited to, permanent collection reinstallations, digitization, and archives of American art material. Luce also offers funding for special exhibition projects.

History of Art
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award Amount:  unspecified; recent grants range from $6,000 to $20,000

The History of Art Grants Program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award Amount:  unspecified; recent grants range from $10,000 to $21,000

The Conservation Program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. 
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience.
Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

Digital Resources
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2017
Award Amount:  unspecified; recent grants range from $25,000 to $100,000

The Digital Resources program supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history and the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources.

Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. 

Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 13, 2017
Award Amount: up to $30,000
NOTE: Applications must be made by an art museum proposing to host a Kress Interpretive Fellow

The purpose of the Kress Interpretive Fellowship at Art Museums program is to provide a new kind of mentored professional development opportunity within American art museums. The program is intended to encourage students to explore interpretive careers in art museums, whether as future museum educators or curators; to strengthen the profession of museum educator within the art museum community; to strengthen ties between museum educators and curators in the shared task of interpretive programming in art museums; and to expand the range of promising career options available to students of art history and related fields.

Fellowships are intended as an opportunity for individuals who have completed a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) in art history, art education, studio art or museum studies and who are pursuing or contemplating graduate study or professional placement in these or related fields.

Du Bois Library Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2017 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $2,500 for 4 consecutive weeks in residence at SCUA

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. These themes include: 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. 

All full time graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply; and, the competition especially encourages applications from early career scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

OSP Deadline: March 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified grant amount

The Max van Berchem Foundation supports research projects in Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
OSP Deadline: March 16, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 23, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000

This program  aims to increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalistic training and practice and to encourage greater interaction between scholars of religion and journalists covering international affairs. 

RJIA is a two-pronged initiative: one component of this program offers grants to support cross-sector collaborations at universities with strengths in the study of religion, journalism and media, and international affairs; the second component is a competition for research fellowships awarded to humanities and social science scholars engaged with the study of religion who wish to develop the capacities and interdisciplinary networks necessary to relate their specialist knowledge to media and policy audiences interested in the world affairs.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs
OSP Deadline: March 15, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 22, 2017
Award Amount: $67,500 per year + up to $3,000 in professional development funds

These fellowships place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline: March 14, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 21, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000

Project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to: 
  • Humanities-based civic conversations;
  • Public lecture, conference and panel discussion;
  • Reading and discussions programs;
  • Film and discussion programs;
  • Museum exhibitions and related programming;
  • Theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion;
  • Oral history projects;
  • Walking tours;
  • Audio tours;
  • Film pre-production and distribution;
  • Websites; and
  • Content-based professional development workshops for teachers.
In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited (see their Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities initiative), and programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.

Millard Meiss Publication Fund
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified; awards are based on the specific needs of each publication

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.

The Fund encourages 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.

Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context. Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500-1980) that take place:
  • In Chicago or outside the United States; or
  • In the United States and examine American art within an international context and include a significant number of international participants.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
OSP Deadline: March 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 14, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 for 1 to 3 years

These grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. 

The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. For example, training opportunities could be offered before or after regularly occurring scholarly meetings, during the summer months, or during appropriate times of the academic year. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.

Creative Writing Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 8, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000

The National Endowment for the Arts' Literature Fellowships program offers 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.

The Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2018, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2019.

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
OSP Deadline: February 28, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 7, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 (Short-Term); up to $250,000 (Long-Term)

The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program is to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign languages and area studies at varying levels of education. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas to carry out research and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies.

The program supports both short-term and long-term projects.

New Jazz Works
OSP Deadline: February 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2017
Award Amount: up to $19,000 for up to 3 years

Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader, a member of the ensemble, or by a guest composer. 

Only ensembles may apply to this program. Previously written works, works-in-progress, arrangements, and/or incidental music are not supported by this program.

Exhibition Grants
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified

The Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500-1980). The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or take place in Chicago.

Eligible visual arts include: painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation.

Summer Seminars and Institutes
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 to $135,000 (Seminars); $60,000 to $225,000 (Institutes)

Summer Seminars and Institutes grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. Seminars and institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks.

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. These programs are designed for a national audience of participants.

2018-2019 Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: housing + monthly remuneration (amount unspecified) + airfare

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)  welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. The IAS will host three distinct fellowship programs for 2018-2019:
  • Brain, Culture and Society (5 to 9 months): this program supports projects that foster dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences and neurosciences.
  • Blue Sky Research (5 to 9 months): at least three quarters of Fellows (about 15 to 20) will be selected under this non-thematic framework, for which the excellence of the research and his/her project is the essential criterion. 
  • Paris-Sarclay (6 months): in partnership with the University of Paris-Sarclay, IAS offers one chair position for a high-level international researcher in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants are encouraged to submit within one of the following themes: Markets, businesses, work and innovation; Heritage, cultures and knowledge; or Sciences and society.
Applicants are expected to understand French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

Would you like to know more about this program? Please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy.

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The Fund looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life.

Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding.

Short-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $2,000 for 4 weeks

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer approximately 20 short-term research fellowships in 2017. Each grant supports four weeks of research at the Society sometime between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. 

Short-term awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, with candidates who live 50 or more miles from Boston receiving preference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: recent grants range from $30,000 to $120,000

The Foundation focuses on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. 

Projects may include: scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

The Foundation offers grants to support catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists, and produced by organizations outside the nation's cultural centers. One-time special projects are preferred. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections.

To be considered, project dates must fall within one year of the funding cycle in which the organization is requesting funds. And, the Foundation is unlikely to provide grants exceeding one third of the proposed publication budget.

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 28, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified funding for travel, accommodation, meals, and incidental conference costs

The 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:

The number of speakers should generally not exceed 15 to 20 persons.

Grants to Organizations
OSP Deadline: February 16, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 25, 2017
Award Amount: up to $30,000 for up to two years

The Graham Foundation makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

For organizations, the Foundation's priorities are to: 
  • assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences;
  • support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation;
  • recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work; and
  • help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the Foundation's support.

Fund for National Projects
OSP Deadline: February 16, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: $60,000 to $200,000; grants cannot exceed 50% of a project's total cost
NOTE: Full proposals are due approximately 6 weeks after receiving an invitation to submit

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theater fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theater, such as:
  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national meetings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

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

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