January 2018
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National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
Harvard Internal Deadline: January 8, 2018 at 11:30pm
Full details can be found here.  


Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund  January 19, 2018  March 30, 2018
Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities  February 23, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:   A Request for Proposals for the 2018 cycle of the William F. Milton Fund  will be released on January 10, 2018.

The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. Please send questions, concerns, or news about changes to your current funding to  Jen Corby .
UPDATE:  While the President's full FY18 budget request proposes elimination of funding for NEH, NEA, and IMLS, the three organizations are operating normally at present. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and                                                 the IMLS for more information. 



Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

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

Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.
Fellowships with a residency requirement within the greater Boston area.
Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

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

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

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.


Deadline: February 23, 2018
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects by Harvard ladder faculty in the humanities, both individual and collaborative projects. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are also eligible. Proposals might include (but are by no means 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. Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Expenses associated with travel to collections and archives, as well as travel to conferences, symposia, seminars, film festivals, and other scholarly gatherings are eligible. Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants. The committee hopes that it can fund proposals across all these categories, but if forced to choose, it will give priority to funding travel to do research over travel to present findings. 

Deadline: January 19, 2018 or March 30, 2018
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Elson Family Arts Initiative fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This initiative is one of many activities created in response to the recommendations of the Harvard Task Force on the Arts. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS.  The Committee will only consider proposals that have a curricular connection and that show the prudent use of funds. As a general rule, priority will be given to proposals for art-making in courses where art-making has not traditionally been inserted. 

Deadline: last day of February, May, August, and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities. Harvard  full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: March 16, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details  

Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRCLAS supports collaborative research; course-based field trips; curriculum development; individual research; research conferences and workshops. The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year.

Spark Grants for Collaboration, Research, and Engagement
Deadline: March 21, 2018
Award Amount: up to $15,000

Grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Funding can be used in various ways; for example, to pay for a research assistant, hire a graduate student with academic technology expertise, or convene collaborative groups. Through Spark Grants, awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. HILT will also strive to support any future scaling-up of Spark Grant projects by increasing their visibility and connecting awardees and project outcomes with others in the broader Harvard community. In general, grant proposals should align with HILT's mission to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Harvard University.

Deadline: January 22, 2018
Award Amount: up to $150,000 payable over one or two years

The Lemann Brazil Research Fund  supports Brazil-related research in all areas related to education, as well as research in any other disciplinary area undertaken in collaboration with a Brazilian colleague. Proposed projects must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
  1. Include collaboration with Brazilian academics;
  2. Be undertaken in Brazil in whole or in part; or
  3. Focus on Brazil.

Faculty Awards
Deadline: January 12, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative (MBB) is an interdisciplinary community of investigators whose research aims to elucidate the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. Faculty awards are intended to support faculty members who want to examine MBB-related issues through interdisciplinary research, education, or experiences. All proposals must be explicitly cross-disciplinary, involving at least two principals, each from a different discipline. 

Course Innovation Funds
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $2,500

This fund provides support for the improvement of existing undergraduate courses or the creation of new ones. These courses should be innovative or improved in some distinctive way (new pedagogical approaches, the development of intensive writing assignments or public speaking components, etc.). Preference is given to proposals involving courses central to the overall undergraduate program (e.g. a new course in General Education) or to concentration needs (e.g. introductory courses in a concentration or those required by closely related fields, tutorials or junior seminars, etc.). Ordinarily, one course per applicant will be supported in any given year. Successful applicants must intend to offer the course on a regular basis. OUE can also offer small sums of money for one-time special opportunities that would enhance a specific course, such as a guest lecture, performance, or short field trip.

Deadline: February 23, 2018
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects led by members of the faculty within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to) performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). They may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. In the same spirit, they may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Although a direct tie-in with the curriculum is not an absolute requirement, proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum - to existing courses, new courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed - will be favored. 

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Up to $5,000

The FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund  assists assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. For example, this might include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices. 

The Tenured Publication Fund  aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Film Scholars Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: $25,000

Academy Film Scholars grants are awarded to previously published individuals who are pursuing significant new works of film scholarship. These grants fund research as well as academic and scholarly projects that elevate both filmmaking and film scholarship. Projects must address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Those examining elements of the film industry that have been underrepresented in the canon of film scholarship will be given priority.  Proposed works may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, interactive DVDs, or Internet sites. 

Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies

This program aims to give people a keener appreciation for the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live and to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise.   The program's primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another--and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.   The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public. 

AAS-NEH Long-Term Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for four to twelve months

Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.  AAS-NEH fellows are expected to be in regular and continuous residence at the Society. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of their award. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently. The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the U.S. for at least three years preceding the application deadline. Mid-career scholars are encouraged to apply. 

Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $1,850 per month for one to two months

The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months each year. Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections. The Society is located in Worcester, MA.

AMS 75 PAYS Subventions
OSP Deadline: N/A; applications should come directly from the publisher
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $5,000

AMS 75 PAYS Subventions provide support for first books by scholars in the early stages of their career. The purpose of this subvention is to facilitate the publication of original and significant research in any recognized field of musicology by providing financial support to publishers in order to offset the costs of book production and thereby reduce the retail price of the book. Applications should come directly from publishers, in consultation with the author. Applications should be made after the work is complete and readers' reports and author's responses are in hand. The application requires affirmation that the work under consideration is a first book, and that the author has received the Ph.D. in any recognized field of musicology within the past ten years.

Subventions for Publications
OSP Deadline: February 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2018
Award Amount: up to $2,500

The Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, essay collections, articles, chapters in essay collections, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. 
Subventions are granted for any topics of musicological research. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers. Examples include costs related to illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing. Author subventions required by publishers are not eligible for reimbursement. Proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome. Projects that make use of newer technologies are also encouraged.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by project

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 exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The foundation values the contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and encourages proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners.

Bogliasco Foundation
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: room, board, and studio space for one month

The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy's most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work. 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 - without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. The tenure of the award is one month during the academic year. 

OSP Deadline: January 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000 over one year

Grants are awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health 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 insuring 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.

Chamber Music America
New Jazz Works
OSP Deadline: January 29, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2018
Award Amount: up to $19,000 in Core funding, plus $15,000 for continued life of the work + $3,000 in administrative support
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 or a member of the ensemble.  Previously written works, works-in-progress, and arrangements are not supported by this program. If the new work will be written as part of a multi-disciplinary project, it must also be a stand-alone work for performance. 

College Art Association
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2018
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. Applications are judged in relation to two criteria: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance. Although the quality of the manuscript is the sine qua non for a grant, an excellent manuscript may not be funded if it is financially self-supporting.

Multi-Country Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,500

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. 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.
Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • 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.
  • The award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2018 and November 2019.
  • Travel is currently restricted by the U.S. Department of State to the following AORC countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Pakistan, and Yemen.

NEH Senior Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for four months
The NEH Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four consecutive months. Applicants must be US citizens or foreign nationals who have resided in the US for three years prior to the application deadline.

Important information about the fellowship competition:
  • Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
  • Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American Overseas Research Center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia. 
  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four consecutive months between the period of May 2018 to November 2019.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 28, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000 + career development services 

Creative Capital's unique model is based on the core principle that time and advice are as crucial to an artist's success as funding. Each awardee artist is provided with a flexible, individualized program of advisory support and partner with them to determine how funding and services can best work in concert to help them achieve their goals.  Throughout the development of each project, Creative Capital provides funding at strategic moments and helps direct the project to its most successful completion. Staff meet regularly with awardees to chart their progress and to connect them to resources that help their projects advance. Submissions will be accepted in film, literature, performing arts, visual arts, and a number of other media; a full list of supported disciplines can be viewed here

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2018
Award Amount:  Stipend of up to $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months.

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. The Center's mission is fourfold: to generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies; to promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region; to create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement; and to ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center. Junior scholars whose research touches on the work of the Davis Center community are welcome to apply to the Fellows Program. The fellowships are open to junior scholars who will have completed their Ph.D. by September 2018, but no earlier than September 2013 (less than five years ago). Citizens of all countries may apply.

OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

Funding is currently available to support direct costs for 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. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections.  

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics in the following areas of support:
  • History, Language, and Culture;
  • Image and Imagery;
  • State, Economy, and Society;
  • Medicine and the Natural Sciences. 
The foundation generally does not accept any applications for projects if applications are being filed with other institutions at the same time to ease the burden on its experts assessing applications.  An application that is refused by another institution can be filed with the foundation along with a note explaining why it was refused.

Humanities Program
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; past grants range from $2,000 to $50,000+

The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical  studia humanitatis : a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.

Grants to Organizations
OSP Deadline: February 16, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 25, 2018
Award Amount: up to $30,000

The Graham Foundation fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.  The Foundation offers Production and Presentation Grants to organizations.  These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.

Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies
Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 17, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $40,000 for the spring semester or $60,000 for the full year

The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies invites applications each academic year for the Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica. Applicants may come from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences associated with studies in Judaica.  The Starr fellowships for 2018-2019 will be available exclusively to recent Ph.D. recipients (defined as those who have received their Ph.D. degrees after January 2016 and before June 2018) and untenured faculty. There will be no topical focus for this year, but the Center will try to put together  a group of people whose interests overlap as much as is possible. Fellows will be welcome to spend the entire year at the Center but must minimally be in residence for the spring term.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: €2000 per month for up to 10 months

The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers from around the world to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. The IIAS also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

IIAS is an institute that actively promotes innovative research and seeks the interconnection between academic disciplines. In doing so, we are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters Asian Cities, Asian Heritages, and Global Asia. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome. The program has a residency requirement at Leiden University in the Netherlands. 

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, New York 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. Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.  

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 19, 2018
Award Amount: varies; covers airfare, accommodation, and living expenses for four to twelve months

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme supports curators, museum professionals and art history research academics taking part in Chinese art related Fellowships at  Participating Institutions . In order to realize the goal of promoting international cultural and intellectual exchange in the field of Chinese art, the Programme requires the applicant to be based in a museum or an institution in a place outside of his / her habitual residence. Fields of Fellowship supported include Chinese art history, curatorship, archaeology, conservation, museum management and museum education.

Selected Fellows will have the opportunities to work under leading curatorial professionals, and to participate in curatorial work and research for a period of four to twelve months. The Fellowship fund will cover international round-trip airfare, accommodation, and living expenses during the Fellowship period. 

LEF Foundation
Moving Image Fund Production and Post-Production Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: January 26, 2018
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (Production); up to $25,000 (Post-Production)

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program's funding criteria: quality of cinematic form and technique; originality of filmmaker's voice, vision, and point of view; resonance and power of the film's core idea or story; and feasibility of production.

Production funding may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise). Post-production funding may be used for editing costs, rights, online, sound mix, color correction, transfers, and distribution strategy. Please Note:  Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.

Mass Cultural Council
Artist Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 29, 2018
Award Amount: $12,000 

Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines are awarded to primary creators of original works of art. There are two review criteria: artistic quality and creative ability as evidenced by original artwork submitted. The January deadline is for the disciplines of choreography, fiction/creative nonfiction, and painting.  

OSP Deadline: January 11, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 19, 2018
Award Amount: $15,000 per year over three years

The goal of YouthReach is to promote integration of substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and science opportunities into a collaborative response to the needs of young people and communities. The program aims to develop and deepen opportunities for young people to create a more just and equitable society through their art-making and to position creative youth development programs as key leaders in discovering and developing opportunities to improve the livability and economic vitality of their communities. To this end, YouthReach works to foster dynamic cross-sector collaborations to ensure young people's academic, professional, and personal success. This grant program requires matching funds.

Please note: This is a limited submission opportunity, and Harvard may submit only one application per year. Please contact Erin Hale ( erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu) if you are interested in applying. 

Massachusetts Historical Society
MHS-NEH Long-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for four to twelve months

The Massachusetts Historical Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. Proposals must state the historiographical significance of the project and indicate the specific MHS collections the applicant wishes to consult. Tenure must be continuous. MHS-NEH Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the U.S. for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline for Letters of Intent: March 19, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letters of Intent: March 26, 2018
Award Amount:  $7,500 max. (Standard); $15,000 max. ("Incentive" Grants)

Project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to humanities based civic conversations; public lecture, conference, and panel discussion; reading and discussion programs; film and discussion programs; museum exhibitions and related programming; theatrical productions with post- or pre- performance discussion; oral history projects; walking tours; audio projects; film pre-production and distribution; websites; and content-based professional development workshops for teachers. In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited, and programming that responds to the current theme, Negotiating the Social Contact. 

Max van Berchem Foundation
OSP Deadline: March 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget is required

The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate.  In recent years, the Foundation has financed archaeological excavations, research projects and studies in Islamic art and architecture in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and India. It has also provided financial support for epigraphical projects in France (the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique), Spain, Italy, Palestine, China, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bengal.

Art Works
Harvard Internal Deadline: January 8, 2018 11:30pm
Award Amount: $10,000 to $100,000 (all grants require a non-Federal match of at least 1:1)

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grants program. Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various  forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art  that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the  arts at all stages of life,  and the integration of the arts into the  fabric of community life.  Projects  may be large or small, existing  or new, and may take place  in any  part of the nation's 50  states, the District of Columbia, and  U.S. territories.

The NEA encourages applications for artistically excellent projects that:
  • Celebrate America's creativity and cultural heritage;
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups; and
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
NOTE This is a Limited Submission Opportunity.  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) runs two application cycles per year for their Art Works program. Each year, Harvard University may submit one application to only one of these grant cycles. (Exception: The NEA considers the Harvard Art Museums and the A.R.T. as separate entities.)

Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 7, 2018
Award Amount: $25,000

This NEA program offers grants to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the NEA assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2019, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY 2020 and guidelines will be available in January 2019.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 16, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 to $40,000 over up to 18 months (Level 1); $40,001 to $75,000 over up to 18 months (Level 2); $100,000 to $325,000 over up to 3 years (Level 3) 

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
OSP Deadline: March 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 13, 2018
Award Amount: $50,000 - $250,000 over one to three years

The Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through this program NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars and practitioners using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the 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.

Public Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 7, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $4,200 per full-time month (max. $50,400)

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. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminars and Institutes
OSP Deadline: February 14, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 22, 2018
Award Amount: $50,000 - $135,000 (Seminars); $60,000 - $225,000 (Institutes)

NEH 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. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes provide models of excellent teaching; provide models of excellent scholarship; broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities; focus on the study and teaching of significant topics, texts, and other sources; contribute to the intellectual vitality of participants; and build communities of inquiry.

National Film Preservation Foundation
Basic Preservation Grants
Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018
OSP Deadline: February 15, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 23, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000 - $18,000

Grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities. The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of:
  • New film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks) and
  • Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. 
  • Closed captioning for sound films destined for online or television exhibition.

National Institutes of Health
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research (R01)
OSP Deadline: January 29, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 5, 2018
Award Amount: Varies; maximum project period is 5 years

This program invites applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. Proposed methods may include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic or normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.  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.

Science, Technology, and Society
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 2, 2018
Award Amount: Varies

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 STS program draws from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology to address the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Within this tradition, the STS program supports the NSF mission by welcoming proposals that provide an STS approach to NSF research-focused Big Ideas:
  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
  • Navigating the New Arctic
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future
  • Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype
  • Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

National Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies; stipend is generally between $15,000 - $30,000

New America's Fellows Program invests in thinkers-journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts who offer inventive perspectives on the major challenges facing our society. Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and 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. Our goal in the Fellows Program is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year, long enough so that they can make progress in writing a book, develop a series of articles, work on a documentary, or work on another project that would be accessible to a broad audience and long enough to be able to build a real community among the fellows.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of research at participating institutions

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 25 major cultural agencies, provides grants designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies. Each itinerary must be a minimum of eight weeks; include at least three different member institutions; and include at least two weeks at each of these institutions. T he Consortium may also favor applications that draw on institutions from more than one metropolitan area. A list of participating member institutions can be found here

Short-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $1,000 per week for 2-4 weeks

The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library's special collections are welcome to apply. Preference is given to applications making a strong case for accessing special collections materials. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been residents of the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018 may apply. 

The Phi Beta Kappa Society
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $20,000 

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.  The 2018 Sibley Fellowship will be for French studies.

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. 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Schlesinger Library Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 5, 2018
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Schlesinger Library invites  scholars  and other serious researchers at any career stage beyond graduate school to apply for support for their work in our collections. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent research and writing experience. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated research productivity and whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.

Smith College Libraries
Funds for Research
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $2,500 for visits 4-6 weeks in length

Grants are awarded to  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 Mortimer Rare Book Collection. These grants do not cover research-related costs, e.g., reproduction fees.   

Hoover Institution National Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: stipend amounts vary

The Hoover Institution National Fellows Program allows outstanding scholars from colleges, universities and institutions around the world to be freed from academic and professional responsibilities to devote one year to unrestricted, creative research and publication. 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.  Participation in the program begins September 1 and ends August 31 of the following year. 

Documentary Fund
OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by award type; see details below

The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.

Funding is available in the following categories:
  • Development (up to $15,000)
  • Production/Post-Production (up to $40,000)
  • Audience Engagement (up to $20,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 15, 2018
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.
Additionally, the foundation welcomes applications for international research groups. Such groups should involve 2 to 4 faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by project

Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, 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, where the Foundation is headquartered. "International dimensions" vary by project, but may include:
  • A venue outside the United States
  • A focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context
  • International curatorial involvement
  • Inclusion of international catalogue essayists
  • A presentation that is meaningful to international audiences
Visual arts that are eligible 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.

International Research Travel Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $9,000

Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad. Grant funding is available for projects that require study of materials outside the United States and that will enable scholars to:
  • Discover new primary source material;
  • Experience works of art first-hand in museums and private collections;
  • Make contact with artists, critics, art dealers, archivists, curators, and university scholars;
  • Consult archives and library collections outside the US;
  • Establish professional networks for future research.

Residency Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2018
Award Amount: Room, board, + studio space for two to six weeks

The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines. The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life. Living accommodation, individual work space, and meals are provided. The program is located in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Du Bois Visiting Scholars
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 16, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $4,500 for an eight-week library residency with a housing allowance of $2,500, as well as a research allowance of $600

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library offers short-term residential fellowships to assist scholars in conducting research in its collections. Among the approximately 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts held by SCUA are many valuable collections for the study of social change in the United States, including the papers of W.E.B. Du Bois. In addition, the University Library houses over three million volumes and a rich suite of electronic resources to support advanced research in the humanities.  Fellowships for visiting scholars are awarded to full-time faculty or independent scholars with a PhD.

Roman J. Witt Residency Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 14, 2018
Award Amount:  $20,000 for up to 12 weeks in residence served over an academic year, plus housing, studio space, and up to $4,000 for project materials

The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new work with assistance from the Stamps School of Art & Design community. The program awards one residency per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. For the Stamps School community to witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from idea to realization is the centerpiece of the residency. This visibility of the artist's process is intended as an exemplary teaching tool for the school as a whole. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished.

University of Washington
The Jacobs Research Funds
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $3,000 (Individual Grants); up to $6,000 (Group Grants); up to $9,000 (Kinkade Grants)

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) supports projects involving fieldwork with living aboriginal peoples of North and South America. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. The JRF does not support research on non-aboriginal peoples, nor on peoples outside the Americas. Projects that produce new data are the highest priority, including proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise become lost or inaccessible. Projects that only process, analyze, present, or publish previously gathered data, whether in an archive or personal collection, are of lower priority. Most funded projects fall within linguistics (including ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and world view) or anthropology (including social-cultural anthropology, social organization, political organization, and folk taxonomy). Projects in religion, mythology, music, dance, and other arts are also eligible. 

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art  
Grant and Fellowship Opportunities
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: see details below

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year in a strictly timetabled schedule. The program supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present, although all supported topics must have an historical perspective.   

Senior Fellowships are offered annually to academics, established scholars or senior museum professionals either to complete a manuscript or book for publication or to undertake a sustained period of research towards a major project. The fellowships are for senior scholars only and are for nine months each. Two Senior Fellowships  of £32,000 each will be awarded.

Mid-Career Fellowships offer a four-month period of research to applicants who already have a significant publishing record and are working on a subsequent research, publishing or curatorial project. The four-month period may be used to undertake research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue. Three Mid-Career Fellowships  of £12,000 each will be awarded.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are designated for applicants who have had their doctoral theses successfully examined within the four years prior to January 2018. They are offered to enable the Fellow to transform doctoral research into publishable form, such as a book, series of articles or exhibition catalogue. Alternatively, the fellowship may support new research arising out of a successfully submitted doctoral dissertation where that research may lead readily to publication. Five Postdoctoral Fellowships of £8,000 each will be awarded.

Research Support Grants assist with travel costs. The maximum award given in this category is £2,000. 

Educational Program Grants support lectures, seminars or conferences on British art and architecture. Educational Programme Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £3,000.

For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-7672

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