December 2016
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I am looking for research support for my project.

I want to visit an archive or library and/or fund my sabbatical leave.
Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.
Fellowships with Boston-area residency requirement.
Fellowships with a residency requirement within the United States.
Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

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

I want to create a website with humanities content.

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

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

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


Spark Grants for Collaboration, Research and Student Engagement
Application Opens March 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.

Deadline: February 1, 2017 or Rolling
Award Amount: varies based on the type of grant

The Center has a longstanding commitment to support analytical research in the social sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in related disciplines in the University's professional schools. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States. Projects eligible for funding must address these topics.

Faculty grants include, but are not limited to: 
  • Grants for Faculty-Led Seminars; 
  • Grants for Tenure-Track Faculty Book Manuscript Conferences;
  • Medium Grants for Faculty Conferences;
  • Medium Grants for Faculty Research Projects;
  • Research Incubation Fund.

Faculty Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2017; May 1, 2017; August 1, 2017; November 1, 2017
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.

Research Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants that require use of its resources. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopying, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other sites for research.

The Library offers the following grants:
  • Research Support Grants: for scholars whose research requires use of the library's collections;
  • Dissertation Grants: for scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections;
  • Oral History Grants: for scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States.

Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000 payable over one year
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty and junior fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows

Funding research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science, the winning projects must either promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, or 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. Reviewers will evaluate applications on intellectual merit, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and likely impact on all fields of medicine, geography, history and science. 

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. Preference will be given to junior investigators. 

Advance Grants
Application Opens: January 2017
Deadline: February 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for eighteen-month awards

Advance Grants support previous HILT grant recipients aiming to extend the scale and success of their project.

Regional Fellowships
Deadline: January 7, 2017 [anticipated]
Award Amount: up to $47,000
Tenure: one or two terms

The Center is particularly interested in discovering and cultivating the connections among the scholarly literatures in the humanities and social sciences that explore Russia, the Soviet and post-Soviet space, and other nations and regional orders. Despite this interest, any scholar whose research touches on the work of the Davis Center community is welcome to apply to the Fellows Program.

Regional Fellowships support advanced scholars who have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2010, plus policymakers, journalists, and other specialists.

Faculty Awards
Deadline: January 13, 2017
Award Amount: only on rare occasions, and only for proposals of the highest caliber, will MBB grant an award amount that exceeds $50,000

These awards are intended to support faculty members who want to examine MBB-related issues through interdisciplinary research, education, or experiences.  These awards should increase productivity and/or facilitate inter-faculty collaboration. Therefore, all proposals must be explicitly cross-disciplinary, involving  at least two principals , each from a different discipline.

An MBB Faculty Award may be used for: personnel; research equipment or supplies; study participant payments/costs; and/or developing and hosting interdisciplinary workshops, conferences, or seminars. These awards cannot be used as salary support for the Principal Investigator(s).


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.

Creative City
OSP Deadline: February 13, 2017
Deadline: February 21, 2017
Award Amount: up to $10,000

Creative City grants enable artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and that integrate public participation into the artistic process and/or presentation. Artists of all artistic discipline(s) and with roots in diverse cultures, forms and aesthetics are welcome to apply. Examples include but are not limited to: dance, music, visual art, literary art, or multimedia art.

Lead applicants/artists must live within Route 495 in Massachusetts.

OSP Deadline: February 8, 2017
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $9,000

Grants support scholars who study aboriginal languages and cultures of the Americas. Grants may be used for: consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, and equipment.


Special Collections Grants for Researchers
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Award Amount: $2,500
Tenure: 4 to 6 weeks

The College welcomes applications from faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton, Massachusetts, and whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended research in the holdings of either the Sophia Smith Collection, the Smith College Archives, or the Rare Book Collection.

Short-Term Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 15, 2017; February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 (Consortium Fellowship); $4,000 (Loring Fellowship)
Tenure: at least 8 weeks (Consortium); at least 4 weeks (Loring)

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. 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.

The February deadlines are for the following fellowships programs:

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research (R01)
OSP Deadline: January 30, 2017
Deadline: February 5, 2017
Award Amount: the scope of the award should match the proposed project; the maximum project period is 5 years

This program encourages research applications that identify, analyze, and address the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genomic research, health care and technology for individuals, families, communities and society more broadly.

To address the broad scope and reach of genomics in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the social, behavioral and communication sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, economics, and epidemiology as well as the basic, clinical and computational sciences.  

Applications may propose well-integrated single or multi-disciplinary studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed methods may include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.

Science, Technology, and Society
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2017
Deadline: February 2, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified amount; the majority of recent awards range from $100,000 to $500,000

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

Arnold W. Brunner Grant
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000

This grant supports advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation should result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application.

OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000 for a one-year period

The Trust provides awards in the areas of  arts and cultureeducation and youth development, environment  and conservationhealth and human services, and for  civic and public benefit.
Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on ensuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, as a foundation for their future success.

The Trust makes grant awards twice a year to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000 (Spark Grants); up to $50,000 (Planning Grants); up to $100,000 (National Forum Grants); up to $2M (Project and Research Grants)
NOTE: non-federal cost sharing is required in an amount that is equal or greater than the amount of the grant; cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for any grants under $250,000

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For the NLG program, applications must designate one of the following project categories:
  • Community Anchors;
  • National Digital Platform;
  • Curating Collections.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Planning Grants); up to $100,000 (National Forum Grants); up to $500,000 (Research Grants); up to $1M (Project Grants)
NOTE: non-federal cost sharing is required in an amount that is equal or greater than the amount of the grant; cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for any grants under $250,000

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

For the LB21 program, all applications (except early career research) must designate one of the following project categories:
  • Community Anchors;
  • National Digital Platform;
  • Curating Collections.

Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: varies based on each Fellow's level of commitment (stipends generally fall into the following levels: $15k, $30k, $60k, $90k)
Tenure: one year

Fellows can choose to be in residence at the New America headquarters in Washington, DC or one of two offices in New York and San Francisco. New America also accepts applications from those who cannot reside in one of these three areas as long as Fellows  remain involved with the New America community.

Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and/or storytelling. The big idea can be a sweeping reframing of a familiar subject through new research or a new combination of existing research; a masterful presentation of a case study that advances our understanding of a timeless American theme or stress fracture; an innovative new media or academic project to disseminate knowledge about a shared challenge; or a bold policy prescription for moving domestic and international issues forward. 

The goal of the Fellows Program is to support bold, iconoclastic thinkers to work on a book, series of articles, documentary, or another project that would be accessible to a broad audience. 

National Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified financial support
Tenure: September 1 to August 31

National Fellows Program fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to complete an original significant research project with the expectation of generating a publishable manuscript while in residence at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California. Research topics  vary widely, are often policy focused and span a variety of fields including, but not limited to, economics, international relations, diplomacy, history, law, political philosophy, security, privacy and political science. 

Two unique resources frame the Hoover Institution National Fellows program:

Public Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per full-time month (up to $50,400 for 12 months)
Tenure: 6 to 12 months

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. 

Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar Program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.

Awards may be held part time or full time (or part time for some months and full time for other months).

Academy Film Scholars Program
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2017
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000

Through its grants program, the Academy seeks to: promote diversity; bridge the opportunity divide; attract and engage broad new audiences for theatrical motion pictures; provide a platform for underrepresented artists, the full range of film genres, and a variety of viewpoints and approaches; encourage filmmaking as a vocation; and illuminate less visible aspects of filmmaking and the film industry through scholarly research, presentations and discussions.

Grants fund new English-language projects that address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.

Applicants must be established scholars, writers, historians or researchers possessing either a significant record of achievement, or exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments in his or her field. 

Multi-Country Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: January 30, 2017
Award Amount: up to $10,500
Tenure: 3 to 9 months

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Helen Gartner Hammer Scholars-In-Residence Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified monthly stipend + office space
Tenure: one month to one semester

Program provides scholars, artists, writers and communal professionals the opportunity to be in residence at the HBI at Brandeis University while working on significant projects in the field of Jewish women's and gender studies.

Big Read
OSP Deadline: January 19, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $20,000
NOTE: this is a Limited Submission Opportunity; each institution may submit only one application. If you are interested in applying for an award, please contact Erin Cromack before December 9, 2016.

NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and the participation of diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital guides, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2017
Award Amount: accommodation + living expenses + travel
Tenure: 4 to 12 months

This Fellowship program supports curators, museum professionals and Chinese art history research academics taking part in fellowships in the program's   Participating Institutions In order to realize the goal of promoting international exchange and cooperation in the field of Chinese art, the program requires applicants to be based in museums or institutions in places outside their habitual residence. 

Fields of Fellowships include Chinese art history, curatorship, archaeology, conservation, museum management and museum education.

Digital Extension Grants
OSP Deadline: January 18, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2017
Award Amount: up to $125,000 + an additional $25,000 to fund concrete plans to collaborate and to build networks with scholars at diverse institutions

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users. 

Each grant may provide funding to support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, or consultant fees. These awards may be taken concurrently with fellowships covering the salary of a project's principal investigator or co-investigators.

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives
OSP Deadline: January 11, 2017
Preliminary Proposal Deadline (required): January 19, 2017
Award Amount: up to $350,000 for one to three years
NOTE: Cost sharing is required. The Commission provides no more than 50 per cent of total project costs.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:
  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online;
  • Provide access to born-digital records;
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions; or
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records.

2017 Battlefield Planning Grants
OSP Deadline: January 11, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 19, 2017
Award Amount:  the average award amount is $32,300, although the program has awarded grants of up to $122,000

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service invites non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments to submit applications for the 2017 Battlefield Planning Grants.

The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation and interpretation of battlefield land and/or historic sites associated with battlefields. Projects that involve multiple stakeholders are given preference.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Site identification and documentation projects;
  • Planning and consensus building projects; and
  • Interpretation or education projects.

Scholar in Residence Grants
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 17, 2017
Award Amount: up to $3,500

The Scholar in Residence (SIR) program funds research that advances the interpretation and presentation of history by Massachusetts history organizations, based on research in the organization's collections or mission purview. The program has a dual purpose: to provide organizations with expertise not usually available to them, and to encourage scholars to use the rich resources of the state's history museums and historical societies. 

Priority is given to small organizations.

Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions
OSP Deadline: January 6, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 16, 2017
Award Amount: $10,000 to $25,000

To encourage and enrich international partnerships between art museums and to deepen research and dialogue, for the next two years the foundation offers Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions.

Grants are for pre-exhibition convenings and available only when the exhibition topic (which may be about any aspect of historical American art except architecture, conservation, or film) and the organizing and presenting institutions have been identified and confirmed (and must represent at least two countries).  The grants allow for an international team of at least four people (curators, professors, or advising scholars) to convene in person.

Collaborative Awards in Humanities and Social Science
OSP Deadline: January 6, 2017
Preliminary Application Deadline: January 16, 2017
Award Amount: £1 million to £1.5 million for up to five years

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and bring disciplines together to speed the pace of discovery. This scheme funds teams who are tackling major health-related questions in the humanities and social sciences that require a collaborative approach. 

Teams of two to six principal applicants can apply for an Award. Each applicant should have a good track record in their area of research, relative to their career stage.  Teams can come from the same discipline or from a combination of disciplines. They can be from the same university department or a number of organizations (anywhere in the world).

NOTE: the host organization (the main applicant) must be based in the UK, Republic of Ireland, or a low- or middle-income country.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $1,850 per month (short-term); $4,200 per month (long-term)
Tenure: 1 to 12 months

The American Antiquarian Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, offers three broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to twelve months. All of the fellowships are designed to enable academic and independent scholars and advanced graduate students to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library.

Under their January 15 deadline, the Society offers:
  • Long-term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships: four to twelve months.
  • Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships: one to two months.

Short-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $1,000 per week
Tenure: 2 to 4 weeks

Fellowships support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area, who require use of the Library's special collections.  Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2017 may apply.

OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified; the majority of awards fall between $100,001 and $500,000

The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.

The Linguistics Program does not make awards to support clinical research projects, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction.

The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000
Tenure: one year

The annual Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. For 2016, the Sibley Fellowship is for the study of  Greek language or literature.

Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens.

Long-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Tenure: 4 to 12 months

The Society offers long-term fellowships for scholars to perform continuous research within its collections. Reviewers pay special attention both to the quality of proposed projects and to their relationship to the Society's collections. It will give preference to candidates who have not held a long-term grant during the three years prior to the proposed fellowship term.

MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Conference, Seminar, Workshop & Publication Grants
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000 (conferences, etc.); up to $10,000 (publication)

The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation supports research on Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. The Foundation offers funding for conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to Chinese Studies. Events should be held during the six-month period immediately following the application deadline.
The Foundation also accepts applications from academic publishers; publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to Chinese Studies. The Foundation will not subsidize books that are part of a series, and applicants may not include translation and research-related expenses. Priority will be given to first book projects by junior scholars.

Travel and Research Grants
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $4,500

The Society provides travel and research grants to North American doctoral candidates and recent PhDs (up to three years after completion of degree) in the field of Central European history. 

Funds are intended to support dissertation research and follow-up research, and may be used for travel between 1 April and 31 December 2016. Applicants should be affiliated with an accredited North American institution of higher education and a member of the Central European History Society at or near the time of application. 

OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $7,500

The Fuller Foundation primarily funds non-profit agencies that support youth at risk, protect wildlife, and showcase the arts. Under their Arts program, the Foundation  expects its grants to encourage, through the agencies, "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists and communities. Specific program interests include:
  • Art for viewing and listening;
  • Art education in school;
  • Art and performing arts festivals Art (murals & sculpture) that beautifies or inspires a community;
  • Programs that bring symphony, opera and theatre to the community;
  • Adult and/or children's museum education programs.

Applications are accepted from: organizations headquartered in the Boston area (inside 128) and the immediate Seacoast area of New Hampshire.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Fall Semester Deadline: January 15, 2017 (for the following September)
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.

Short-Term Fellowships 
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount:  $2,500 per month
Tenure: 1 to 2 months

Newberry Fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library (Chicago, IL) offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.
Short-Term Fellowships are primarily intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry's collection and are mostly restricted to individuals who live outside the Chicago area. Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. 

History of Art
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Deadline: January 15, 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: January 9, 2017
Deadline: January 15, 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.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies
OSP Deadline: January 4, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 11, 2017
Award Amount: up to $300,000 to be expended over four years

This grant supports institutions of higher education worldwide to create new teaching positions in  Buddhist studies

Award funds should be used only for the new professor's salary, benefits, and research expenses, not for indirect or administrative costs, or office expenses. In addition, applicant institutions are eligible to request funds for costs related to a competitive search for the proposed position.

OSP Deadline: January 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline (anticipated) : January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $11,000 per year for three years
NOTE:  All YouthReach grants must be matched; first-cycle grants can be matched with cash and in-kind support (e.g., supplies, space, and administrative support).

The goal of the YouthReach initiative is to promote integration of substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and science opportunities into a collaborative community response to the needs of young people - specifically those at risk of not making a successful transition to young adulthood.

YouthReach supports innovative programs that:
  • Provide young people with in-depth arts, humanities, or science experiences that simultaneously pursue excellence and youth development;
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the needs of participating young people and their communities;
  • Provide young people an opportunity to interact directly with practicing professionals in their field;
  • Are assets-based and believe in the capacity of all young people to create; or
  • Marshal the resources of the community to foster substantive cross sector collaboration to support art making as a vital tool for youth and community development.

2017 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars 
OSP Deadline: December 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $290,000 per year
NOTE: This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; Harvard University may submit only one application. If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Erin Cromack.

This program intends to award cooperative agreements to support the creation of three U.S. Institutes for Scholars to run for up to three years.

Institutes for Scholars are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.  Institutes should be six weeks in length; participants should spend a minimum of four weeks at the host institution and up to two weeks on an educational study tour, including at least three days in Washington, D.C., at the conclusion of the Institute. 

Each program should be designed as an intensive, academically rigorous seminar for an experienced group of educators from abroad. 

National Digital Newspaper Program
OSP Deadline: January 5, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2017
Award Amount: up to $325,000 for a two-year period
NOTE: Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories.

Awards are made to an organization within each U.S. state or territory, which typically collaborates with relevant state partners in this effort. After their initial NDNP awards, state partners are encouraged to seek second and third awards, to produce a total of approximately 300,000 pages of digitized newspapers per state. These cooperative agreements will take the form of a partnership between the award recipients and NEH, with technical support provided by the Library of Congress.

Public Humanities Projects
OSP Deadline: January 4, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2017
Award Amount: up to $40,000 (Planning); $50,000 to $400,000 (Implementation). Applicants with ambitious implementation projects of exceptional significance and impact may apply for a Chairman's Special Award of up to $1M.
NOTE : Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding.

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.

NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. This program supports projects that fall within one of the following three formats:
  • Community Conversations;
  • Exhibitions; or
  • Historic Places.

Media Projects: Development & Production Grants
OSP Deadline: January 4, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2017
Award Amount: $40,000 to $75,000 (Development); $100,000 to $650,000 (Production). In rare circumstances, Chairman's Special Awards of up to $1M are available for projects that will reach an exceptionally large audience.
NOTE: Although a specific dollar amount or percentage of cost sharing is not required, the program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.

Development Grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script and may also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. Awards are usually made for six to twelve months.

Production Grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. Grants support projects over one to three years.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: January 4, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 11, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $40,000 (Level I); $40,001 to $75,000 (Level II); $100,000 to $325,000 (Level III)
NOTE: Cost sharing is not required for Level I and Level II projects. Level III projects that request a Sustainability Match must report the contributions raised to release NEH matching funds as cost sharing.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Grants may involve:
  • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities;
  • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
  • revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.
Both Level I and Level II Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to 18 months. Level III Grants support projects for up to 3 years. Level III Grants support implementation and scaling-up of already established projects. 

Durham International Senior Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2017
Award Amount: €4,200 for three months + travel expenses
Tenure: 6 weeks to 6 months
NOTEBefore applying, applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host.

Applications are encouraged from scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world who wish to work on collaborative research projects with one of Durham University's thematic Institutes or with the Durham University Business School:
Applications are also welcome from individuals wishing to collaborate on a research project associated with other research groups or  Research Centres  at Durham University.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000, depending on the fellowship
Tenure: varies by fellowship

The New-York Historical Society offers several long- and short-term fellowships during the academic year. Designed to encourage and promote the use of the institution's diverse collections of primary and secondary sources, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers.

Museums Connect
OSP Deadline: December 19, 2016
Deadline to Submit a Museum Profile (required): January 4, 2017
Statement of Intent Deadline: February 28, 2017 or March 10, 2017, based on whether you have a partner museum or not
Full Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2017 (OSP Deadline: April 10, 2017)
Award Amount: $50,000 to $100,000
NOTE: All awards require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses.

The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program's mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability and disability rights awareness.

Through Museums Connect:
  • Communities in the U.S. and abroad develop a broader knowledge about and understanding of one another's cultures.
  • Museums and related arts and cultural organizations create replicable models for international collaborations that reach beyond their physical walls to directly engage members of their communities.

Arts & Culture
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $20,000 to $1.2M

This program focuses on Creative Placemaking, a comprehensive community development approach that intentionally embeds arts, culture, and community-engaged design into strategies to stabilize communities. Kresge's unique niche in Creative Placemaking is to influence the systems and practices that, over time, expand opportunities for low-income people in disinvested communities in American cities.

Competitive projects will include the following core characteristics:
  • Infuses creativity (arts, culture and community-engaged design) into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices;
  • Builds on a community's assets and distinctive attributes;
  • Is cross-sector and cross-disciplinary; and
  • Takes root in economically distressed communities and ensures that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from and are empowered by activities.

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

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