May 2020

A Note from the Research Development Team

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

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

Questions? Please contact Paige Belisle, Research Development Officer:  or 617-496-7672

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Spotlight 

This section of the newsletter will highlight opportunities relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you interested in learning more about foundation funding to support your research and creative interests? Harvard affiliates have access to  Foundation Directory Online (FDO) , a searchable database that contains a wealth of information on foundations and the grants they support. For assistance navigating FDO,  view our guide  or contact Paige Belisle to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends for 2021
Internal Deadline: July 7, 2020
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later. 

Read more about this opportunity here.


The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences.
UPDATE: Federal agencies remain open for proposals and inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit agency-specific websites for further information: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As previously reported, President Trump released his FY21 budget request in February 2020 which once again proposed eliminating funding for NEANEH and the IMLS. Congress will work over the coming months to determine FY21 budget levels, during which NEH, NEA and IMLS continue their operations. Please send any questions or concerns about federal research funding to Jen Corby at


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

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


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 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.

* Indicates an UPDATED or NEW opportunity added this month.


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

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities. Harvard  full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty are eligible to apply.
Faculty Special Projects Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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

The Office of Undergraduate Education has Course Development Funds to "strengthen undergraduate education...through the improvement of instruction and curriculum." These funds are meant for limited experiments or one-time investments that improve individual courses or whole concentrations. Recent awards have funded the purchase of cameras for art studios, the creation of manipulables to teach concepts in calculus, and research assistants to review tutorial syllabi with the view of making them more inclusive. To apply for Discretionary Funds, please send the OUE an  email  outlining the initiatives you would like to undertake and how these funds would help you achieve them. 
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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

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

Canada Program Faculty Funding
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; budget required with application

The Canada Program invites proposals from Harvard faculty, departments, and schools across the University, for research funding, or for support in hosting short-term visiting scholars, policy practitioners, and public figures who are engaged in Canadian comparative topics. Visiting Canadianists are welcome to present at Harvard faculty workshops or conferences, or to offer guest lectures for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. 


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

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

Collaborative Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2020
Award Amount: $500 - $5,000

To fulfill its commitment to advance research in religion, the AAR awards grants to support projects proposed by AAR members. The research projects can be either collaborative or individual. Collaborative research grants are intended to stimulate cooperative research among scholars who have a focus on a clearly identified research project. They may also be used for interdisciplinary work with scholars outside the field of religion, especially when such work shows promise of continuing beyond the year funded. 

Collaborative project proposals are expected to describe plans for having the results of the research published. These grants can provide funds for networking and communication. Funds may also be used to support small research conferences. Conference proposals will be considered only if they are designed primarily to advance research. Conferences presenting papers that report on previous research will not be considered. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020 (Deadline Extended) 
Award Amount: varies by award type; information on award calculations can be found here

AIIS offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India. The following opportunities are available:
  • Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
Subventions for Publications
FAS/OSP Deadline: August 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $2,500

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.
Diversity and Inclusiveness Funding
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: The APA strongly prefers proposals totaling approximately $10,000 or $20,000, as the board anticipates funding either one $20,000 project or two $10,000 projects. The board encourages applicants who submit proposals for $20,000 projects to include an alternate project description and budget at the $10,000 level.

The American Philosophical Association, in keeping with its mission and goals and the association's longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy's serious lack of demographic diversity, will make available up to $20,000 in fiscal year 2021 to fund projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups at all levels of philosophy. The APA board of officers strongly prefers proposals that convincingly demonstrate their potential to decisively impact diversity and inclusion within philosophy.  As the APA operates primarily in the US and Canada, programs must have a clear application to diversity in a US/Canada context. The board wishes to express its particular interest in supporting programs that explicitly address more than one type of diversity (e.g., gender  and  race/ethnicity). All APA members are invited to submit proposals.  
Small Grant Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount:  Given the limited annual grant funds ($25,000), project proposals are more likely to be successful if they request $5,000 or less.

The American Philosophical Association board of officers will consider members' requests to fund projects that benefit the field of philosophy. The board favors project proposals that ask for seed money for new projects and demonstrate the potential to obtain continuing support from other sources. Applications for the support of conferences must demonstrate some general benefit to the profession in addition to advancing philosophical discussion of the conference topic. 
Cromwell Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation makes available a number of $5,000 fellowships to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early-career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project.
Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The purpose of the American Society for Theatre Research:  Research  Fellowships are to underwrite some of the  research expenses of scholars undertaking projects significant to the field of theatre and/or performance studies. The  fellowships can be used in conjunction with funding from other sources. Anyone holding a terminal degree and who has been a member of ASTR for at least three of the last five years is eligible to apply. 
American Heritage
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; concept letters are highly encouraged
Award Amount: $10,000 - $30,000

The Americana Foundation seeks to promote knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage through increasing educational opportunities of future conservators and curators in the field and through preservation and presentation of unique collections in alignment with the interests and collections of the Meyer family. Projects for consideration include: 
  • Preservation and/or acquisition of high style, classic, handcrafted furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as supporting their placement with charitable and educational institutions, and/or the US government.
  • Career development support for curatorial and conservation internships within major institutions and universities.
  • Restoration projects for heritage buildings and cultural landscapes that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of historic places.
Arts Writers Grant Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; grants ranged from $15,000 - $50,000 in the 2019 award cycle

The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. By "contemporary visual art," the Foundation means visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields - architecture, design, film, theater/performance, sound, etc. - will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art. Projects with a pre-WWII component will only be considered if the project's main focus is contemporary.   
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $5,000

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers , designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
Charlton Oral History Research Grant
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support of up to $3,000 for one year (June through May). With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome.
Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Nomination Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: 400,000 euros, a diploma, and a commemorative artwork
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities, and artistic creation. The name of the award is intended to denote not only research work that substantially enlarges the scope of our current knowledge-pushing forward the frontiers of the known world-but also the meeting and overlap of different disciplinary areas and the emergence of new fields. 
The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:
  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities
  • Music and Opera
Any scientific or cultural organization or institution may nominate more than one candidate, but no candidate may be nominated in more than one award category. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions. Candidates may be of any nationality. Self-nomination is not permitted.
Logan Nonfiction Program 
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included

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

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts fellows for two classes per year. The spring class runs from February to April, and the fall class from October to December. Fellowships range between 5-10 weeks and take place on the Carey Institute for Global Good's historic 100-acre campus in upstate New York. This deadline is for the Fall 2020 class. There are no citizenship requirements for this residency.
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to ¬£2,000

The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications the Association supports typically fall into one of the following categories:
  1. Funding for Summer Schools
  2. Funding for Conferences
  3. School-teaching and Outreach
  4. Major Projects
  5. Other Initiatives
Small Event Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: $300 - $1,000

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Grants are awarded twice a year, in January for events taking place in the Spring semester, and August for events taking place in the Fall semester. A multi-disciplinary selection committee chooses winners and awards grants based on proposed event budgets and available funds. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as "sponsored by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University" and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event. CES also provides promotional support for events either fully or partially funded by this program.
Hiett Prize in the Humanities
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture. Finalists are determined from a nationwide field of applicants, after which they will be considered by a select panel of judges. The Hiett Prize recipient's achievements are celebrated and the prize is awarded at an annual luncheon.
Einstein Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Deadline Extended)
Award Amount: stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses

The Einstein Forum is offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.

Please Note: The new deadline for this program is May 15, 2021. All applications that have already been submitted will be considered in the next selection round.
Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $1,500

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community, FCA has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as the FCA board of directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the foundation will disburse one-time grants of $1,500 to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

In alignment with its mission, FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature. Applicants must be an individual artist or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000 

The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education. Preference will be given to requests for the following:
  • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education
  • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes
Fromm Commission
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: $12,000

The Fromm Commission is available for all types of compositions regardless of idiom, instrumentation, style, or the use of technology. Submissions in jazz, hybrid, electronic, or other idioms are welcome. The commission is to create a new work and cannot be applied to projects that have been awarded other commissions or previously composed. The composer must apply directly.
General Research Grants and Scholarships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 27, 2020
Award Amount: 3,100 euros per month + supplements to support childcare

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Only full time scholarships are available. Support can be provided for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 24 months. Scholars applying for a postdoctoral fellowship must be within 10 years of receiving their degree.
Scholarly Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 31, 2020
Award Amount: $3,000

Gilder Lehrman fellowships support research at archives in New York City. The Institute provides annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. This year, three of the ten awards will be granted with special attention to Cold War topics, so preference will be given to applicants in that field.
Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
FAS/OSP Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Grant Proposal Letter: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000 - $150,000

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

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

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

Research Grants on Understanding Violence, Aggression, and Dominance
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
Institutional Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2020 
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is a grant-making agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States. The Commission also serves to maintain expertise on Japan Studies throughout U.S. academic and professional institutions. It supports academic and non-profit organizations that conceptualize and execute U.S.-Japan training, research and exchange programs.Grants are made in four areas: 
  • Arts and Culture; 
  • Education and Public Affairs; 
  • Exchanges and Scholarship; and 
  • Global Challenges.
FAS/OSP Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 7, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Online Funding Inquiry: August 14, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in its major Funding Areas: Science & the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics; and Voluntary Family Planning. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one funding area. The Foundation invests in bold ideas from contrarian thinkers, ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge conventional assumptions. The Foundation also funds innovative programs that engage the public with these ideas, in an effort to open minds, deepen understanding, and inspire curiosity.
Pre-Production and Early Development Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 29, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 5, 2020
Award Amount: $2,500 (Early Development Grants); $5,000 (Pre-Production Grants)

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. Projects must be long format, with running times of 40 minutes or more.  Pre-Production and Early Development grants may be used for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound, distribution planning, fundraising, creating a trailer, and schedule and budget development.
Kluge Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $5,000 per month

The Kluge Center encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library of Congress's large and varied  collections . Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Fellowship program. The residential fellowship in Washington, D.C. is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to contemporary challenges. Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Fellowships are tenable for periods of four to eleven months. 
Research Fellowships in Global History for Summer 2021
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2020
Award Amount: economy travel to and from Munich, a monthly living allowance, free housing in a furnished studio apartment in Munich, and office space. 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t Munich is advertising up to five research fellowships for scholars active in global history. Fellows will be based at the interdisciplinary Munich Centre for Global History. During their stay, they will work on a research project of their own choice. While the program is open to all topics in global history and its neighboring fields, LMU is particularly interested in proposals that engage with a new research focus on "global dis:connections" that has recently been established in cooperation with  CASLMU . Scholars who are already advanced in their academic careers and have a strong international track record are explicitly encouraged to apply. Depending on the situation of the applicant and the character of the project, the duration of the fellowship will be between one and three months. Fellowships for the summer term 2021 should be taken up between mid-April and the end of July 2021.
Grants for Arts Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 9, 2020
Award Amount: $10,000 - $100,000. Please note that all grants will require a non-federal match of at least 1:1. 
Grants for Arts Projects (previously "ArtWorks") 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 National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. While the NEA welcomes applications for a variety of artistically excellent projects, it encourages projects that address any of the following activities below:
  • Celebrate America's creativity and/or cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.
  • In the spirit of White House Executive Orders that encourage federal agencies to engage with typically underserved constituencies, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages applications from: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, African American Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities.
Please Note:  The National Endowment for the Arts conducts two cycles per year for this opportunity. Harvard University is limited to submitting one application per year. Applicants hoping to apply to either cycle must secure the internal nomination prior to applying. Please contact Erin Hale ( ) if you would like more information on securing this nomination.
2021 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 7, 2020 by 11:30pm
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 23, 2020
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2021 or later

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

Please Note:  This is a limited submission opportunity. Harvard may put forward two nominees for this program. Please submit an application here to be considered for nomination.
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Level I); up to $100,000 (Level II); up to $325,000 + $50,000 in matching funds (Level III)

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

In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the  Institute of Museum and Library Services  (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current  IMLS Strategic Plan  for additional context.
Digital Projects for the Public
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (Discovery Grants); up to $100,000 (Prototyping Grants); up to $300,000 (Production Grants) 

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

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

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. The HCRR program includes two funding categories: Implementation and Foundations.
Media Projects: Development Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: August 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000

The Media Projects: Development Grants program supports the collaboration of media producers and scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Awards should result in a script (for documentary film or television programs) or a detailed treatment (for radio programs or podcasts) and may also yield a plan for outreach and public engagement. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. 
Media Projects: Production Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: August 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1M

The Media Projects: Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection.

Film and television production projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films must be longer than thirty minutes.  Radio and podcast production projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution. 
Preservation and Access Education and Training
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 4, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 11, 2020
Award Amount: up to $350,000 over up to 3 years

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

Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape and at all stages of development. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
Public Humanities Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline: August 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000 (Planning Grants); up to $400,000 + additional $100,000 for Positions in the Public Humanities (Implementation Grants)

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. The program supports projects in three categories: Exhibitions (permanent, temporary, or traveling); interpretive programs at Historic Places; and Humanities Discussions related to  "A More Perfect Union": NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary.
Research and Development
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $75,000 over 1-2 years (Tier I); up to $350,000 over 3 years (Tier II) 

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence-and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials. This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science. The exact mix of specialists will depend on the particular nature of the project. Your project team should embody a well-defined humanities perspective that can frame your objectives and guide the project to successful completion. Such a perspective may be provided by members of an advisory committee, consultant(s), a project co-director, or another participant. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.
Short Documentaries
FAS/OSP Deadline: August 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes in length that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. The Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or a series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs should be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution. The subject of the film(s) must be related to  "A More Perfect Union": NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary .
Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives, FY2021
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 1, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 9, 2020
Award Amount: $100,000 - $350,000 over one to three years. The Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs; cost sharing is required.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. 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
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records
The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. The NHPRC also encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 3, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 10, 2020
Award Amount: up to $175,000 

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

All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable, fully-transcribed and annotated collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication. The NHPRC encourages projects to provide free public access to online editions. Projects that do not have definitive plans for digital dissemination and preservation in place at the time of application will not be considered.
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

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 program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):
  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of natural language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various grammatical properties of language? 
  • How does language develop in natural learning contexts across the life-span?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?
Because NSF's mandate is to support basic research, the Linguistics Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction. The Linguistics Program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: research proposals from scholars with PhDs or equivalent degrees, proposals for  Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (LING-DDRI)  awards, and  CAREER  proposals. The Program will also consider proposals for conferences. 
Science and Technology Studies
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field of research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. It may focus on history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, or the impacts of science and technology on broader societal concerns including quality of life, ethics, and culture. STS researchers strive to understand the research assumptions of STEM fields, and the co-production of STEM and society, meaning the many ways in which cultural, economic, historical, social and political contexts influence developments in STEM, and how those developments reciprocally influence these contexts. The following types of funding are available:
  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research: These grants support proposals for basic STS research. They also support proposals for infrastructure development that serves to enhance STS research; program support of infrastructure projects is directed towards scholarly research and data production, rather than administrative or logistical activities.
  2. Scholars Awards: Scholars Awards provide up to full-time release for an academic year and a summer to conduct research. This time can be distributed over two or more years. In exceptional circumstances, longer releases can be requested. 
  3. Professional Development Grants: The STS program supports specialized methodological training for post-PhD researchers in STS who have active research programs that would be enhanced by such training. The goal of the program is to improve STS research skills by affording researchers the opportunity to undertake training not normally available on their home campuses.
  4. Research Community Development Grants: The STS Program supports community development activities for graduate students and faculty. Such activities include field schools in the United States and abroad; summer training programs for both graduate students and faculty; software development; a program for mid-project research team meetings; and small awards for preparation of materials for archiving by retiring researchers.
  5. Conference Support: The STS program provides financial support for national and international conferences including symposia, and research workshops. The program is particularly interested in proposals that promote new research networks between researchers in STS and scientists and engineers, or between STS scholars and members of scholarly communities not normally in contact with each other. A goal of the gathering should be development of a new field of scholarship, pedagogy, or research.
  6. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs): DDRIGs provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. The dissertation director is the Principal Investigator on these proposals; the doctoral student should be listed as Co-Principal Investigator.
Creative City Boston: Artist Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2020
Award Amount: $10,000 - $20,000

Creative City Boston Artist Grants provide project-specific funding to artists to create work that sparks public imagination,  inspires community members to share in civic experience , and seizes opportunities to creatively engage important conversations taking place in Boston's communities. By funding artists directly, the New England Foundation for the Arts is investing in artists' creative agency as civic leaders in shifting public culture in Boston to be more equitable, diverse, and inclusive.  Lead artist(s) must reside within I-495 in Massachusetts, and proposed projects must be sited in  the public realm  in the city of Boston. 
Dance Research Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: $7,500

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division is pleased to offer Research Fellowships to support scholars and practitioners engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. The Jerome Robbins Dance Division invites applications from scholars and practitioners interested in investigating the theme of dance and immigration. Specifically, the program is excited to learn how the histories contained within its archive can open up dialogue that pertains to our present. The grant period is July 1 - December 31, 2020. Only US citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who are US residents for tax purposes may apply. 
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount: The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests. Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The Foundation is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; and Future of Work. Additionally, the Foundation welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health.

The Foundation wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, and community leaders--anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes the Foundation seeks require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization, or sector. 

Please Note: While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes that the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
Miller/Packan Film Fund 
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (Advanced Development Stages); up to $25,000 (Production and Post-Production Stages)

The Miller/Packan Film Fund supports documentary films that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the Fund's subject categories are Education, the Environment and Civics. The Foundation encourages potential applicants to review its ideals and values for a sense of what types of topics might be supported. The Foundation is especially interested in investigations into the cost structures of social institutions, such as healthcare and education, and topics that bring the global community together. The Fund supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $15,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000).
Design Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 13, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000

The Sasaki Foundation believes design has the power to address the most urgent challenges facing us, from social equity to environmental resilience. Design is an agent of change. And yet, access to design - for communities that need it most - is often limited. To that end, the Foundation is inviting proposals for its Design Grants program, which encourages teams to use the power of design to create more vibrant places, buildings, landscapes, and public realms. 
Through the program, three grants of $15,000 will be awarded to winning teams in support of creative, interdisciplinary approaches to new design concepts that address complex challenges. Projects may be dedicated to proactive approaches to climate adaptation, housing or transit inequities, displacement of residents, or how to foster community building. The Foundation is particularly interested in proposals that address health and wellness in light of the current pandemic. 

Support includes time in the Incubator at Sasaki in Watertown, Massachusetts - an open and collaborative shared studio space for innovators - and access to design expertise from Sasaki professionals. Projects must engage communities in the Gateway Cities, Metro West, and the greater Boston area, including Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester. Applicants must be a team of two to four individuals, with at least one of the individuals from the community in which the project will be located. Teams may consist of either individuals or representatives of nonprofits, civic, and community organizations. Teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary in their composition and thinking.
Fellowship on Major Societal Changes: Impacts and Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence
FAS/OSP Deadline: Review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2020
Award Information: Stipend, accommodations, and travel expenses to support a 5- or 10-month fellowship

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

Researchers from all countries are eligible. Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application are not eligible. This call for applications is open to:
  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a position in a university or research institution or emeritus and having a minimum of 10 years of full-time research experience after their PhD (at the time of the application). To be considered a senior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD before April 1, 2010.
  • Junior scholars having the status of a postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and maximum of 9 years of research experience after the PhD. To be eligible and considered a junior, the applicant must have received her/his PhD between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2018.
The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.
Zahedi Family Fellowship in Iranian Studies
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Amount: The fellowship funds international travel, health insurance, visa support, and a $12,000 stipend for living expenses. 

The Zahedi Family Fellowship is a twelve-week residential fellowship focusing on the new Zahedi Archive (which includes both diplomatic correspondence and collected photos) at Stanford University's Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. During the fellowship period, the Zahedi Fellow is expected to pursue their independent research in residency and to hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on their research, organized by the Iranian Studies Program. The Zahedi fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford. Fluency in Persian is required. The fellowship is open to scholars and artists working on the modern history of Iran, particularly the period of 1941 to 1979. Preference will be given to scholars who have worked on aspects of modern Iranian foreign policy, history, and culture. This fellowship is for Fall 2020. 

Documentary Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; submissions are accepted year-round, and the Institute indicates three deadlines per year that correspond to its three grant cycles. The next Fund deadline is June 15.
Award Amount: varies by award type; see details below

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

Funding is available in the following categories:
  • Development (up to $15,000)
  • Production/Post-Production (up to $40,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination
Exhibition Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 27, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: August 3, 2020
Award Amount: varies/wide range

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 travel outside the United States or to Chicago, where the Foundation is headquartered. For exhibitions that travel outside the United States, the Foundation encourages:
  • A focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art
  • International curatorial involvement
  • Inclusion of international catalogue essayists
  • A presentation that is meaningful to international audiences
Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Exhibition Grants 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); performance art; video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture and commercial film/animation. 
Artistic Production Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 18, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 26, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000

Artistic Production grants fund the production, exhibition, (semi) permanent installation, or institutional acquisition of new artistic commissions. Often exhibited in the public realm, these commissions feature high levels of thought leadership, artistic production, and public engagement. VIA accepts Letters of Inquiry from U.S.-based and international artists, curators, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, art production platforms, biennials and/or festivals. Please note that the Foundation does not fund typical museum or gallery exhibitions. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

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

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