April 2018
Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Harvard's central office, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), must review and approve all proposal submissions. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

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NEWS & RESOURCES
INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR NOMINATION
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Awards 

Harvard Internal Deadline: April 23, 2018
        Whiting Foundation Deadline (if nominated): June 15, 2018
        Amount: up to $50,000 (Fellowships); up to $10,000 (Seed Grants)

        Read more about Fellowships and Seed Grants .

HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES

Deadline: April 20, 2018

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is awarding $50,000 to a humanities scholar in the early stages of their career  whose work shows                                   extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.                             Full details can be found here

INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR NOMINATION
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends for 2019 

Harvard Internal Deadline: July 9, 2018
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 26, 2018
Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2019 or later

Read more about this opportunity here.  

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

UPDATE: Congress voted to appropriate a $3M increase in FY18 funds for NEH and NEA and a $9M increase for IMLS over FY17 funding levels. The President's FY19 budget request has again called for the elimination of these agencies; however, they continue to have strong Congressional support. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and the IMLS for more information.

NEW TO CAMPUS? 

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
INTERNAL 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 within the greater Boston area.

Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

I want to host a program or develop curriculum for faculty, scholars, students, or practitioners to expand their knowledge of a topic.

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.

I NTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

FoundationsBehavior
Deadline: last day of May, August, November, and February
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. 


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

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


Deadline: May 18, 2018
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration 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 Practiceand the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools.

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.

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

AaronSiskindFoundation
Individual Photographer's Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 18, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering fellowships for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. 

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

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


AmericanInstituteIndianStudies
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) furthers the knowledge of India in the United States by supporting American scholarship on India. The programs of AIIS promote and advance mutual understanding between the citizens of the U.S. and India.

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.


AmJewishHistorical
Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2018
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship supports one or more researcher(s) wishing to use the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City. Preference is given to researchers interested in 17th and 18th century American Jewish history. At the discretion of the awards committee, the fellowship funds may also be applied to subsidizing publication of a first book in the field of American Jewish history, again with preference given to works in early American Jewish history.


BaylorInstituteOral
Charlton Oral History Research Grant
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2018
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. 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.  


BostonAthen
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2018
Award Amount: varies by type

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year's membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.


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

The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy's most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work. The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts - without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. The tenure of the award is one month during the academic year. 


ChamberMusicClassical
Classical Commissioning Program
OSP Deadline: April 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 29, 2018
Award Amount:  Grants include a composer's fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium for each ensemble member (up to ten) for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.

Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program provides grants for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. The program supports works scored for 2-10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.   


CreativeCapitalAndyWarhol
Arts Writers Grant Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 21, 2018
Award Amount: not specified; each applicant must submit a budget request for a period of one year; awards ranged from $15,000 - $50,000 in the 2017 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.


DAADGerman
Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2018
Award Amount: Details below

This program supports the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by offering temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. Funding is provided for 18 months, of which 12 months have to be spent outside of Germany and 6 months at a German university. The German university administers the salary during the whole funding period. 

Neither German citizenship nor residency in Germany is a requirement. P.R.I.M.E. is open to both Germans and foreigners, no matter whether they are currently living in Germany or abroad. You are eligible to apply if you already hold a PhD or if you will have completed your PhD before the prospective starting date of your P.R.I.M.E. fellowship.


DallasHumanities
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
Hiett Prize in the Humanities
OSP Deadline: not required for prizes awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2018
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 in early November.


EinsteinForum
Einstein Forum
Einstein Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2018
Award Amount: EUR 10,000 + housing and travel reimbursements
  
The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are 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.


FrankLydiaBergen
Grants
OSP Deadline: July 6, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
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

FritzThyssenFoundation
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required  

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics.  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.


FrommMusic
Fromm Commission
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2018
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.


FullerFoundation
Grants
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: $2,500 - $7,500 (average)

The Fuller Foundation primarily funds non-profit agencies that support youth at risk, protect wildlife, and showcase the arts. 

In funding the arts, the Foundation expects its grants to encourage "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists, and communities. Specific program interests include: art for viewing and listening; art education in school; art and performing arts festivals; murals and sculptures that beautify or inspire a community; programs that bring symphony, opera, and theatre to the community; and adult and/or children's museum education programs.


GeorgeBHenderson
Grants
OSP Deadline: May 4, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 11, 2018
Award Amount: Most grants awarded will be in the $20,000-$40,000 range, but the Designators will consider all projects that fulfill the Foundation's goals and offer outstanding benefit to the community.

Grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The Foundation encourages applications for projects in all neighborhoods of the city of Boston that concern parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings; creation of new public sculpture and gardens; restoration of historic monuments; and other projects that enhance quality of life and sense of place, while demonstrating design excellence. Grants are made only for projects within Boston city limits and to projects that are accessible and visible to the public. 

GerdaHenkel

General Research Grants
OSP Deadline: June 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 13, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

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. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.

GladysBrooks
Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000

The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries and education.
 
Grants for Libraries:  Applications will be considered for resource endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies, and equipment are encouraged.
 
Grants for Educational Institutions:  Applications will be considered for: educational endowments to fund scholarships; endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs; and erection or endowment of buildings and equipment for educational purposes.


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

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


InstituteBuddhistPublic
Institute of Buddhist Studies
Public Theologies of Technology and Presence
OSP Deadline: April 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 7, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,000 

Public Theologies of Technology and Presence is a new program that will gather a cohort of scholars of religion, theologians, and journalists to powerfully address a central concern of contemporary life: the ways in which technologies reshape human relationships and alter how people are or are not "present" with each other. The program will facilitate an ambitious agenda of research; popular and scholarly publishing; regular in-person meetings; active engagements with Silicon Valley technologists; the development of pedagogical models for integrating the subject into university and theological institution curricula; the development of an innovative digital forum; White Papers; and public talks. Applications are welcome from scholars in all academic disciplines with specializations in all religious traditions, and from theologians from all religious traditions, including traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and so forth that are underrepresented in theological study. As such, the grantee cohort will be diversely oriented as to what "theology" and "public theology" mean and entail, including moving beyond traditional definitions.

JohnKlugeHealth
David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 17, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for six to twelve months

The David B. Larson Fellowship seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of six to twelve months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center is located in the splendid Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, and it furnishes attractive work and discussion space for its scholars as well as easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. If necessary, special arrangements may be made with the National Library of Medicine for access to its materials as well.


LuxembourgResearch
Inter Mobility
OSP Deadline: June 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2018
Award Amount: stipend varies 

The aim of the  Inter Mobility program is to promote the exchange between research groups from public research institutions in Luxembourg, and leading research groups abroad. The program aims to foster innovative, internationally competitive research and support the exchange of key knowledge and technological know-how. Inter Mobility allows for exchanges in both directions: for researchers working in Luxembourg to go abroad, and for r esearchers from abroad to come to Luxembourg. Eligible social science and humanities projects include those that fall under the following  domains :
  • Individuals, institutions and markets 
  • Institutions, values, beliefs and behavior
  • Environment and society
  • The Human Mind and its complexity 
  • Cultures and cultural production
  • The study of the human past
The duration of the exchange can be from six weeks to one year. If justified, the research stay may be split in several intervals of at least 2 weeks each. 

  NEH2019Summer
2019 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 26, 2018
Award Amount:  $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2019 or later

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.  Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  Awards support projects at any stage of development. Please see additional NEH guidelines here

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity.  Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. 


NEHComHeritage
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $12,000

America's cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country's heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community's history and culture.

The program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information - provided by community attendees - about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner's permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions' collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.

NEHDigital
National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: May 29, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 5, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000 to $50,000 over up to 18 months (Level I); $50,001 to $100,000 over up to 18 months (Level II); $100,001 to $325,000 over up to 3 years (Level III)  

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


NEHDigitalPublic
Digital Projects for the Public
OSP Deadline: May 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 6, 2018
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (Discovery); up to $100,000 (Prototyping); up to $400,000 (Production) 

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences. Digital platforms-such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments-can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.


NEHFellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 11, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months. 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.


NEHFellowJapan
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 25, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEHHumanities
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
OSP Deadline: July 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 19, 2018
Award Amount:  $350,000 max. (Implementation projects, up to three years); $50,000 max. (Foundations projects, up to two years) 

This 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 program  offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts ( Foundations   grants).


NEHMellonDigital
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 11, 2018
Award Amount:  $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.


NEHPreservationAccessEd
Preservation and Access Education and Training
OSP Deadline: April 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by type; please see below

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. Grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. 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 also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

Awards may be for up to two years. Grants for preservation field services may not exceed $175,000 per year. Preservation field service organizations may request an additional $45,000 per year to support a one-year postgraduate fellowship. For all other activities, the maximum award is $100,000 per year. 

NEHPresRD
Preservation and Access Research and Development
OSP Deadline: May 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 7, 2018
Award Amount: $75,000 for up to two years (Planning and Basic Research - Tier I); $350,000 for up to three years (Advanced Implementation - 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.  All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.


NHPRCPublishDoc
National Historical Publications & Records Commission
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
OSP Deadline: June 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 13, 2018
Award Amount: up to $200,000; cost sharing is required

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print.  Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.


NSFAntarctic
Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2018
Award Amount: Travel and field support only

The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S. The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica.

OpenSocietyFellowship
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $80,000 to $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income

Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:  New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.  This proposition is intended as a provocation-to stimulate productive controversy and debate-and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations' thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.


OpenMovingWalls25
Moving Walls 25: Exhibition and Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2018
Award Amount: $30,000 - $60,000

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting submissions for a new joint exhibition and fellowship opportunity focused on the topic of migration. Selected projects will be featured in the next installment of our ongoing  Moving Walls  exhibition series, opening in September 2018 at the Open Society Foundations - New York. Selected artists will also receive a fellowship to support ongoing or future work on the theme of migration. The Foundations are especially interested in work that expands the boundaries of documentary photography and image-based art that comes from the perspective of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers themselves, or is made through sustained and meaningful collaboration with these communities.

The Foundations invite proposals about work that engages with topics of migration, identity, belonging, and resilience from a variety of perspectives. Applicants are encouraged to interpret these themes broadly. The Foundations  welcome a wide range of photo- and image-based approaches, including documentary photography, conceptual photography, video art, video installation, social practice, archival or aggregated projects, interactive and emerging media (including virtual and augmented reality), and information art (using photography and/or associated data).


RockefellerBellagioAcademic
Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2018
Award Amount: room and board included; no stipend provided

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, and food and agriculture. The academic writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers. The tenure of the residency is for two to four weeks in Bellagio, Italy.


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

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

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

TextbookAcademic
Academic & Textbook Writing Grants
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2018
Award Amount: up to $1,000

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.
  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.
  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.

WhitingAwardsNonfiction
Creative Nonfiction Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 2, 2018
Award Amount: $40,000

Intensely researched nonfiction books, written with an artful sensitivity to complexity and nuance, have always been important in shaping the way we understand the world. The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant's chief objective is to foster original, ambitious projects that bring writing to the highest possible standard. This grant is intended to support multi-year book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused thinking, research, and writing at a crucial point mid-process-after significant work has been accomplished but when an extra infusion of support can make a difference in the ultimate shape and quality of the work.


WhitingFellowship
Public Engagement Fellowship
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 23, 2018
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal (if nominated): June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Eligibility: Nominees must have been full-time humanities faculty for at least two academic years as of September 2018; they must be pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years.

The Whiting Public Engagement Programs are designed to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value. Additional information can be found on the Whiting Foundation website.

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship is for public-facing projects far enough along in development or execution that the nominee can present compelling, specific evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. For the strongest Fellowship proposals, both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the project will be deeply developed, relationships with key collaborators will be in place, and initial connections with the intended public will have been cultivated. In some cases, the nominee and collaborators may already have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. 
 
Please Note: Harvard is limited to submitting one proposal in consideration of this opportunity. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal  here   by April 23, 2018. 


WhitingSeed
Public Engagement Seed Grant
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 23, 2018
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal (if nominated): June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,000
Eligibility: Nominees must have been full-time humanities faculty for at least two academic years as of September 2018; they must be pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years.

The Whiting Public Engagement Programs are designed to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation. The programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities their lasting value. Additional information can be found on the Whiting Foundation website.

The Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grant  supports projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development than the Fellowship, before the nominee has been able to establish a specific track record of success for the proposed public-facing work. It is not, however, designed for projects starting entirely from scratch: nominees should have fleshed out a compelling vision, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and outcomes. They should also have articulated specific short-term next steps required to advance the project and understand the resources required to complete them.
 
Please Note: Harvard is limited to submitting one proposal in consideration of this opportunity. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal  here   by April 23, 2018. 


WoodrowWilsonCourseHero
Course Hero - Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2018
Award Amount: Fellows will receive a one-year grant of $40,000 - approximately $30,000 to support the engagement of a graduate assistant and the balance to be used for research and travel support.

The Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching will support rising stars in the academy who love teaching, demonstrate excellence as educators, and are making their mark as exceptional researchers, poised to shape their fields. Designed for young scholars working towards tenure, the Course Hero-WW Fellowship is a "genius grant" that will emphasize the balance between scholarly excellence and commitment to teaching practice that draws on new approaches to pedagogy, creating a new level of engagement for students in and beyond the classroom. In short, Fellows will be emerging heroes in their fields, on a clear trajectory to become great college educators.



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Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-7672

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