November 2020

A Note from the Research Development Team

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

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

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


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NEWS & RESOURCES

Templeton World Charity Foundation: Request for Ideas
Deadline for Ideas: November 11, 2020
Templeton World Charity Foundation has launched a new strategy to support new scientific research on human flourishing and to translate related discoveries into practical tools. The Foundation has released a Request For Ideas (RFI) to gather input as broadly as possible. The Foundation invites researchers from across the disciplines to participate in an initial phase of idea generation and development. Ideas selected will be used by the Foundation to shape its priorities for scientific discovery. This has the potential to lead to two new initiatives, each containing a portfolio of individual grants. The Foundation seeks bold ideas and rigorous experiments that use new conceptual frameworks to move past age-old debates and lead to significant breakthroughs.

Mellon Foundation Announces Transformation of its Strategic Direction and New Focus on Social Justice

The Mellon Foundation has updated its strategic direction and announced a new central focus on social justice. The Foundation's grantmaking priorities will be divided into four revised program areas: Higher Learning, Public Knowledge, Arts and Culture, and Humanities in Place. The full press release can be found here.

FEATURED RESOURCE: FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE
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.
The FEDERAL FUNDING CLIMATE & UPDATES

The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences.
UPDATE: Federal agencies remain open for proposals and inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit agency-specific websites for further information: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As previously reported, President Trump released his FY21 budget request in February 2020 which once again proposed eliminating funding for NEANEH and the IMLS. Congress will work over the coming months to determine FY21 budget levels, during which NEH, NEA and IMLS continue their operations. While awaiting FY21 appropriations, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution. The current temporary, stop-gap measure provides funding to federal agencies through December 11, 2020. Please send any questions or concerns about federal research funding to Jen Corby at jcorby@fas.harvard.edu.

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

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES


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 at an institution in the greater Cambridge/Boston area.

Fellowships with a residency requirement at an institution in the United States.

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.

INTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES
HarvardDataScienceInitiative
Faculty Special Projects Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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


PublicationFund
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

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

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


ProvostInterfaculty
Deadline: November 20, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote faculty collaboration across multiple Harvard Schools. This fund can be used to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, research working groups, and small-scale conferences. To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, and Professor of Practice, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant.

ProvostialFundAH
Deadline: February 26, 2021
Award Amount: up to $2,500  

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 performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders. They may involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. Although a direct tie-in with the curriculum is not an absolute requirement, proposals that have a clear connection to existing courses, new courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed will be favored. Because Rothenberg Funds are now fully depleted, the Provostial Fund will also welcome applications to support faculty research.  


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

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


EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES
AmAcademyRome
Rome Prize
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020; accepted until November 15, 2020 for an additional fee
Award Amount: Winners of half- and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively.

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines:
  • Ancient studies
  • Architecture
  • Design: includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields
  • Historic preservation and conservation
  • Landscape architecture: includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography
  • Literature: includes fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry
  • Medieval studies
  • Modern Italian studies
  • Musical composition
  • Renaissance and early modern studies
  • Visual arts: includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual-arts fields
Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under eighteen live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Applicants for Rome Prize fellowships must be United States citizens at the time of application, except for those applying for the NEH postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities (ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and/or modern Italian studies). US citizens and those foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply for the NEH postdoctoral fellowships. 
AmAntiquarianNEH
AAS-NEH Long Term Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-12 months

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) 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. Fellowships are for persons who have already completed their formal professional training. Foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship are eligible. Preference will be given to individuals who have not held long-term fellowships during the three years preceding the period for which the application is being made.

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.
ACORFellowships
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; please see below

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan promotes study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and Middle Eastern studies with Jordan as a focus. The following residential fellowships are available:
  • NEH Fellowship: This award is intended for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Funding is provided for four to ten months. Eligible fields of research include, but are not limited to: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, heritage studies, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. for three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for ten months is $50,000, of which $32,000 is for stipend and travel and the remainder is for ACOR room and board. Shorter award periods are prorated accordingly. 
  • ACOR-CAORC Post-Doctoral Fellowship: This program offers two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars and professionals with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Middle East. U.S. citizenship is required. The maximum award amount is $32,400. 
ACLSDigitalExtension
Digital Extension Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

These grants are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research. This program aims to promote inclusion and sustainability by extending the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. ACLS Digital Extension Grants support projects that have advanced beyond the start-up phase of development as they pursue one or more of the following activities:
  • Developing new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions.
  • Extending established projects and resources with content that adds diversity to the digital domain.
  • Fostering new team-based collaborations between scholars at all career stages. Projects that convene, train, and empower communities of humanities faculty and/or graduate students around established digital research projects, as well as projects that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources or to participate in existing labs or working groups, are especially welcome. 
  • Creating new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.
ACLSHoBuddhist
Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies: Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $70,000

Research fellowships offer support for research and writing in Buddhist studies for scholars who hold the PhD degree, with priority given to those teaching full time. These fellowships provide scholars time free from teaching and other responsibilities to concentrate on research and writing for the project proposed. There are no restrictions as to the location of the work conducted. Each applicant must identify a significant scholarly product (monograph, series of journal articles, etc.) that will result from the fellowship. At the end of the fellowship tenure, a final report will be due describing progress made. When accepting a stipend, the Fellow must confirm being officially released from teaching, commissioned research, administrative duties, or other employment during the entire fellowship period. Fellowship period must begin after July 1, 2021, and must end by June 30, 2023. The tenure may last up to nine months (minimum: 6 months) and may be divided into two periods, each of which must be a minimum of three months. There are no citizenship requirements for this opportunity.

AmericanInstituteIndianFellowships
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type; information on award calculations can be found here

AIIS offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India. The following opportunities are available:
  • Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
  • Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.
APSFranklin
Franklin Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
AmResearchCenterEgypt
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2021
Award Amount: varies by fellowship type; please see details below 

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) offers funded fellowships for a wide range of scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt. Previous fellows have represented the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, fine art, art history, Coptic studies, economics, Egyptology, history, the humanistic social sciences, Islamic studies, literature, political science, religious studies, and music. Decades of close collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) enable ARCE to provide fellows with solid administrative support and advice that eases access to Egyptian museums, monuments, archaeological sites, research libraries, archives and Egyptian institutions of higher education. The following fellowships are available:
  • ARCE-CAORC Research Fellowships: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at museums, universities and institutions worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of 12 months. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funds the fellowship through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Four to six fellowships are funded annually. Fellowships range from $2,200-$3,520 per month based on academic rank, plus round trip airfare.
  • ARCE-NEH Fellowship: This fellowship is open to U.S. citizen postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at universities, museums, and institutions worldwide and to foreign nationals who have been a resident in the United States for three consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements-except for the actual conferral of the degree-by the deadline. One four-month fellowship will be awarded. The Fellowship provides $5,000 per month.
AmericanaFoundation
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.
Bogliasco
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021 (for the Fall 2021 semester); April 15, 2021 (for the Spring 2022 semester) 
Award Amount: room and board (no stipend)

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.
BrownJohnCarterLibrary 
John Carter Brown Library: Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020 (Short- and Long-Term Fellowships); January 15, 2021 (Collaborative Clusters) 
Award Amount: varies by opportunity; please see below

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts. 
  • Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,250 per month.
  • Long-term fellowships are available for periods of five to ten months and carry a monthly stipend of $5,000. Some of the long-term fellowships have citizenship requirements. 
  • Collaborative Clusters: As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.
Additional specialized fellowships are detailed on the library's website
CabotFamily
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Concept Paper: January 25, 2021
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000

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. Awards are put to work 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. Applications recommended for review meet the following criteria:
  • Reflect Cabot family interests and provide benefits to communities and organizations that have been supported by family philanthropy;
  • Extend important services to individuals and groups not served adequately through other programs and institutions;
  • Manage change by assessing community needs and developing programs to meet emerging needs;
  • Promote productive cooperation and full use of resources by nonprofit organizations and community groups; and
  • Test new approaches to problems or adapt solutions that have been successful elsewhere.
The Cabot Family Charitable Trust will consider grant applications for general support, support for specific programs and activities and for capital campaigns. While most grant awards are for one year, the trustees may award multi-year funding for capital campaigns and in limited circumstances, for a period of up to three years where a longer-term commitment can be shown to accelerate positive outcomes.
CenterKhmerStudies
Senior Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies/unspecified

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) provides in-country research fellowships for US, Cambodian, and French scholars (or EU citizens holding a degree from a French university) and doctoral students on a yearly basis. CKS Senior Fellows are given direct funding for their research, access to in-country resources, and provided with logistical support and contacts while in-country. These fellowships are open to scholars who already hold a PhD degree in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities who seek to pursue further research focusing on Cambodia alone or on Cambodia within a regional context. Scholars can conduct research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (including Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and southern China) provided that some portion of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.
  • Long-Term Research Fellowships: These fellowships are available for 6 to 11 months of research (for US and Cambodian recipients) or up to 9 months of research (for French recipients).
  • Short-Term Research Fellowships: These fellowships are available for up to 4 months of research (for US and Cambodian recipients).
ChiangChingkuoWorkshop
Conference/Seminar/Workshop Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: up to $25,000 

The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to the Foundation's goals and objectives. Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. Applications should be filed before September 15, or January 15 for conferences to be held during the following six-month period. In principle, the Foundation does not provide funding for annual meetings. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
ChiangChingkuoPublications
Publication Subsidies 
FAS/OSP Deadline: N/A; grants are applied for by the academic publisher 
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000

Academic publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to the goals of the Foundation. The publication may be in the form of a book or a monograph. Applications will be accepted for completed book manuscripts, but not for books in a series. Priority will be given to first book projects by junior scholars. Publication Subsidy Grants may only be used to cover editing, indexing, and other relevant publication costs. Translation and research-related expenses may not be included. Priority will also be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
ClassicalAssociation
Grants 
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to £2,500

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
CAATerraTravel
Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: up to $9,000 (for postdoctoral and senior scholars) 

The Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants provide support to doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars from both the US and outside the US for research topics dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980. The grants foster firsthand engagement with American artworks and art-historical resources; build networks for non-US-based scholars studying American art; and expand access to artworks, scholarly materials, and communities for US-based scholars studying American art in an international context. Projects eligible for consideration meet the following criteria: 
  • Research topics are dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980 (i.e. visual art dating from c. 1500 to 1980, made by artists from what is now the geographic area of the United States).
  • All visual art categories are eligible except architecture and commercial film/animation. Projects should place objects and practices in an art-historical perspective. 
  • For projects with transnational or transcultural content, eligibility will be determined on the significance of the topic for US art history.
  • Catalogue raisonné projects are not eligible for funding.
CouncilEuropean
Small Events Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 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.
CAORCMultiCountry
Multi-Country Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2021
Award Amount: $11,500

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and scholars who hold a PhD. 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 U.S., 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. Click here for a list of the centers.
  • The award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2021 and November 2022. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)
  • Nine awards of $11,500 each will be given. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
CAORCNEH
NEH Senior Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 12, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-6 months 

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four to six consecutive months (i.e. you can hold the fellowship for four, five, or six consecutive months). Selected fellows are awarded $5,000 per month of the award. 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 to six 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, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.
  • Fellows may travel and carry out research for four to six consecutive months between the period of May 2021 to November 2022.
  • Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
CLIRRecordingsatRisk
Recordings at Risk
FAS/OSP Deadline: January 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 29, 2021
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound).
Einstein Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2021
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.
EurasiaSocialPartnership
U.S.- Russia Social Expertise Exchange: Partnership Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline for Statements of Interest: not required at this stage
Sponsor Deadline for Statements of Interest: November 12, 2020
Award Amount: up to $43,000 

Eurasia Foundation invites statements of interest from U.S. organizations seeking to establish collaboration with Russian partners. Teams composed of at least one US and Russian organization or higher education institution are invited to propose innovative bilateral initiatives that will benefit both countries and address a common issue in one of the four following socially-oriented themes: 
  1. Arctic and environmental conservation
  2. Indigenous peoples' empowerment
  3. Disability and inclusion
  4. Public health
FoundationContemporaryArts
Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $2,000

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.
FritzThyssenConferences
Conferences
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 19, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2020
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. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
GerdaHenkel
General Research Grants and Scholarships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 24, 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.  
GHILongTerm
Long-Term Visiting Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: €3,400 per month

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. awards fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. Long-term fellowships will be granted for a period of 6 to 12 months in the following thematic areas:
  • History of Family and Kinship
  • History of Knowledge
  • History of Migration
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of Religion and Religiosity
  • History of the Americas
The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are welcome to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application. Applicants should make clear in the application why their research project fits within the identified area as well as why the GHI would be a good place to work on the research project. 

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

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

DelmasVenetian
Venetian Research Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 

The Foundation awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.

Applicants and grantees are advised to plan for the added difficulties surrounding travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support scholars, the Foundation has lengthened the grant period to a two-year timeframe. Grantees will be able to adjust their travel plans and submit an updated itinerary.
HuntingtonLongTerm
Long-Term Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA awards research fellowships annually. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life. The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Library holds more than eleven million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths. 

The Huntington offers fourteen Long-Term Fellowships for nine to twelve months in residence, each with a stipend of $50,000. Although nine of these are open to scholars working on projects in any area where The Huntington's collections are strong, there are specific awards for maritime history (The Kemble Fellowship), the history of medicine (The Molina Fellowship) and the history of science (The Dibner Fellowships). Three awards (the Thom Fellowships) are reserved for recent post-doctoral scholars. A full list of available Long-Term Fellowships can be found here.


HuntingtonTravel
Travel Grants for Study Abroad
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $4,000 plus round-trip airfare

Travel Grants for Study Abroad are available in any of the fields in which The Huntington's own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives outside of the United States or Canada, especially those in the UK, continental Europe, or Latin America. The Huntington will reimburse the grantee for economy round-trip airfare before the trip. A stipend of $4,000 will be paid after the grantee submits a detailed report on the research conducted. The travel grants can be taken up as early as June 1, 2021, and no later than June 30, 2022.
KrocInstitutePeace
Visiting Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 1, 2021
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. In 2021-22, the following topics are of interest:
  • Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
  • Peace Accords Matrix 
  • International Mediation
  • Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement
LOCKlugeDigital
Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for up to 11 months

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library's large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.
MJWhitingFoundation 
Fellowships for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 8, 2021
Award Amount: ~$5,000

The primary purpose of the Foundation is to award fellowships to present and prospective teachers, with an emphasis on present teachers at the college or university level, to enable them to study abroad or at some location or locations other than that with which they are most closely associated. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses and not as salary substitutes, scholarships, or grants in aid.

The Foundation does not maintain a website but application guidelines can be found at the link above. Applicants should submit all required materials along with the candidate information form to the foundation via email. Additional information can be found in the foundation's FAQs
MAHistorical
Long-term Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 4-12 months, plus up to $500 a month supplement for housing, and an allowance for professional expenses

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston offers assistance to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
NationalAcademiesSciece
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  

Awards will be made for study in research-based programs. Examples include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
NEATranslations
Translation Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 13, 2021
Award Amount: up to $25,000

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. The NEA encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English. 
NEHCollaborativeResearch
Collaborative Research
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2020
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Convening Grants); up to $250,000 (Publication Grants) 

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge through sustained collaboration between two or more scholars. Collaborators may be drawn from a single institution or several institutions across the United States; up to half of the collaborators may be based outside of the U.S. The program encourages projects that propose diverse approaches to topics, incorporate multiple points of view, and explore new avenues of inquiry in the humanities for scholars and general audiences. The program allows projects that propose research in a single field of study, as well as interdisciplinary work. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. Partnerships among different types of institutions are welcome. For example, research universities might partner with teaching colleges, libraries, museums, or independent research institutions. Proposed projects must lead to tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; a series of peer-reviewed articles in academic journals or articles in general audience publications or both; and open-access digital resources. All project outcomes must be based on and must convey interpretive humanities research.
NEHDigitalHumanitiesAdvancement
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: January 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Level I); up to $100,000 (Level II); up to $325,000 + up to $50,000 matching funds (Level III) 

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes. 

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. 
NEHNSFDocLanguages
Documenting Endangered Languages/Dynamic Language Infrastructure: Senior Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 18, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages-languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.
NEHMediaProjects
Media Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2021
Award Amount: up to $75,000 (Development); up to $700,000 (Production); up to $1M (Chairman's Special Awards) 

The Media Projects program supports the development, 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. Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production. 
NEHPublicHumanitiesProjects
Public Humanities Projects
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2021
Award Amount: up to $75,000 (Planning); up to $400,000 + additional $100,000 for Positions in the Public Humanities (Implementation) 

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. Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three program categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Regardless of proposed activity, NEH encourages applicants to explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website or mobile app. Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply. NEH also welcomes humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students in informal educational settings), underserved communities, and veterans. Applicants are advised to consider developing partnerships with other institutions, particularly organizations such as cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, state humanities councils, veterans' centers, and libraries.
NEHPublicScholar
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 16, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. The program is intended to: a) encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books; and b) encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. 

A free online information session will be held on November 9, 2020; register here
NEHScholarlyEditions
Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2020
Award Amount: up to $300,000, or up to $450,000 for projects that respond to the annual theme

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.
NEHShortDoc
Short Documentaries
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 21, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2021
Award Amount: up to $300,000

The Short Documentaries program supports the production and distribution of documentary films up to 30 minutes 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. The Short Documentaries program supports production of single films or a series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. The proposed film(s) must 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
NEHSustainingCulturalHeritage
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
FAS/OSP Deadline: January 7, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 14, 2021
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Planning); up to $350,000 (Implementation) 

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable. This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution's financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research. Sustainable preventive conservation measures may also aim to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond to, recover from, and more successfully protect collections in the event of emergencies resulting from natural or human activity.
NewEnglandRegionalFellowship
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2021
Award Amount: $5,000

NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. Member institutions hold collections that offer a historical perspective on topics in all of these fields and more. For information on each member's resources, see its listing in "Participants" and contact the institution. Each NERFC 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.
NERFC expects fellows to visit all the repositories they list in their proposals for the length of time they specify. The Consortium's policy is to ensure that each member with collections hosts fellows every year. An applicant's proposed itinerary may be a factor in the decision whether to award a fellowship. In keeping with NERFC's regional interests, the Consortium may also favor applications that draw on institutions from more than one metropolitan area. 
NYPublicLibrarySchomburg

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six months. Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 per month. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.
NYPLShort
Short-Term Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2021
Award Amount: $1,000 per week for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 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. This fellowship is intended to support projects that would significantly benefit from research conducted on-site, drawing from specific items or collections unique to the New York Public Library.  
NYUInstituteAncient
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World: Visiting Research Scholar Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 20, 2020
Award Amount: fixed salary TBD; for 2020-21, the salary is $73,920

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. In an effort to embrace a truly inclusive geographical scope while maintaining continuity and coherence, the Institute focuses on the shared and overlapping periods in the development of cultures and civilizations around the Mediterranean basin, and across central Asia to the Pacific Ocean. The approaches of anthropology, archaeology, geography, geology, history, economics, sociology, art history, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology are as integral to the enterprise as the study of texts, philosophy, and the analysis of artifacts.

ISAW anticipates appointing visiting scholars in several different categories for the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants in all categories should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Scholars with a history of interdisciplinary exchange and scholars whose academic interests include parts of the ancient Old World that are often underrepresented in traditional academic departments, including Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.
TheNewberry
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals  
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020 (Short-Term Fellowships) 
Award Amount: $2,500 per month for 1-2 months (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library (located in Chicago, IL) offers a fellowship program providing outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry's wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. The Newberry expects recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand understandings of the past. The collection's strengths are described here. Citizenship requirements can be found here
PhiBetaKappaSibley
Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2021
Award Amount: $20,000

  • Demonstrate ability to carry on original research;
  • Hold a doctorate/have fulfilled all requirements for doctorate except the dissertation (ABD); and
  • Plan to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. Under appropriate circumstances, if approved by Phi Beta Kappa, candidates may hold other positions concurrently with the Sibley Fellowship.
The 2021 application cycle will support scholars in Greek Studies.
RadcliffeMellon
Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 

A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women's suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June-July in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. Radcliffe will consider applications from clusters of two or three researchers as well as from individuals. Such collaborations could produce a range of materials, from coauthored books and articles, to course syllabi, to datasets or interview transcripts, to podcasts and video modules. College and university faculty, secondary school teachers, and other advanced researchers in any relevant discipline are invited to apply for Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research grants. 
RWJFoundationPioneering
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.
SKressConservation
Conservation
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $10,000 to $21,000

The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. 
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History of Art Grants    
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $6,000 to $20,000

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.
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Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 4, 2020
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage scholarship on American art topics. 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, with at least one third of the participants coming from outside the United States.
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. Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The Foundation favors programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.
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Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 27, 2021
Award Amount: funded (amount unspecified)

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies. Fellows work in such areas as art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, journalism, and creative writing.
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Newhouse Faculty Fellows
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 4, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of up to $50,000 

The Newhouse Center at Wellesley College hosts three to five external fellows each academic year. Residencies are ordinarily for the full academic year, but one-semester residencies may also be considered. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research, but they also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution, attending fellows' lunches and sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community. Fellows may also work with the director to develop programming for the center in the form of guest speakers, a faculty series, or a mini-conference.
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Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2020
Award Amount: $17,500 stipend; $10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year

Emerging Faculty Leaders may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences-including, for example, history, sociology, anthropology, literature, art, gender studies, ethnic/diaspora studies, and related fields, with an emphasis on scholarly topics that relate to or provide context for the study of culture, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and education in the Americas. Examples might include (but are certainly not limited to) changing perspectives on civil rights; legal, social, and organizational responses to social change (such as affirmative action or community organizing); women in leadership; intersectionality within larger social movements; social justice issues in education; historic precursors of contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity; and the evolution of social institutions and movements in the 20th and 21st century. The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will recognize junior faculty candidates who not only balance research, teaching, and service but in fact give great weight to the creation of an inclusive campus community for underrepresented students and scholars. The selectors will focus on and privilege service and leadership activities that address and ameliorate underrepresentation on campus, and give preference to candidates who embody a high standard of excellence.

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will be assistant professors in tenure-track appointments who are pursuing tenure. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution's equivalent no later than January 31, 2021. Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for the tenure dossier. Please note that the award seeks to support progress toward tenure for scholars who are also meaningfully engaged in building campus community; therefore, applicants who are already effectively in a position to go up for tenure-for instance, those who have already submitted the dossier and/or who would be considered for tenure during the award year-will be ineligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 2, 2020.
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Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 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. Grants from the Foundation typically support innovative exhibitions that explore new research about American art; innovative and important museum catalogues and books; and conservation and restoration of American masterpieces. The Foundation does not support grant applications exclusively focused on art of the last three decades.  
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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art: Grants and Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: January 22, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2021
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see linked details below 

The Yale Center for British Art: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a funding program to support scholarship, academic research, and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present. Awards are made twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. For the Spring 2021 deadline, funding via the following mechanisms will be available:
For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer

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