July 2017
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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The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. Please send questions, concerns, or news about changes to your current funding to Jen Corby.
UPDATE:  While the President's full FY18 budget request proposes elimination of funding for NEH, NEA, and IMLS, the three organizations are operating normally at present. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and                                                 the IMLS for more information. Congress is now beginning to work on its                                                     FY18 appropriations process. 


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 fellowship 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.


Deadline: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 payable over one or two years

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world.

Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory". 

Junior Faculty Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: Not specified

The Fairbank Center will be glad to consider small grant requests from Harvard University junior faculty to support research with an emphasis on the study of China. The Fairbank Center aims to advance scholarship in all fields of Chinese studies at Harvard, through sponsoring seminars and conferences, supporting faculty and student research, maintaining Harvard's research library on contemporary China, hosting postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, and associates in research, and publishing new research.

Deadline: last day of August, November, February, and May
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

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.

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: 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.

Deadline: September 14, 2017
Award Amount:  Stipends are funded up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses.

The Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.


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. 

Hans Arnold Center Berlin Prize Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: stipend of $5,000 per month for an academic semester, plus accommodations, round-trip airfare, and partial board

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2018-19, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective. For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Past recipients have included anthropologists, art historians, historians, musicologists, journalists, poets and writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester. Fellowships are restricted to US residents, though US citizenship is not a requirement. Please note that artists, composers, and poets are invitation-only competitions. 

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsore Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: $35,000 for a twelve-month stipend

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture through 1876--is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The American Antiquarian Society is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Collaborative Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds

Collaborative Research Fellowships  support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences . The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit.  

Collaborators' research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: up to $40,000 (Assistant Professor); up to $50,000 (Associate Professor); or up to $70,000 (full Professor) 

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciencesThe ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. Tenure of the fellowship may begin no earlier than July 1, 2018 and no later than February 1, 2019.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have a PhD that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount:  $95,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $7,500 and for relocation up to $3,000

Fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g. novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. 

The Burkhardt program offers two sets of opportunities for recently tenured humanists. The first set of Burkhardt Fellowships support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 participating residential research centers, and are open to faculty at any degree-granting academic institution in the United States. An additional set of Burkhardt Fellowships are designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty.

Subventions for Publications
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $2,500

The American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing.  

Franklin Research Grants
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $6,000

This program provides small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. 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.  Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years.

Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 12, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 20, 2017
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for 2 years
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada, provide two year fellowships to eligible postdoctoral students both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering, and the sponsor has specifically expressed an interest in receiving more applications in the social sciences and humanities.  
Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 20, 2014 and September 30, 2018 and must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained/will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university.  Those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application a Letter of Endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research. Applicants requesting a Letter of Endorsement are asked to provide the OVPR with a copy of their proposed Supervisor's Statement  through the online portal at the link above by September 12, 2017.

OSP Deadline: August 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000 over one year 

Grants are awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for civic and public benefit.  Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on insuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, as a foundation for their future success.
The Trust makes grant awards twice a year to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest.

Carey Institute for Global Good
Logan Nonfiction Residency Program
2018 Spring Class
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2017
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included
The Carey Institute for Global Good believes that an informed, educated and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. The Logan Nonfiction Program supports this belief by advancing deeply reported, longform nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience. The program accepts fellows for two classes per year; applications are open for the spring class, which runs from January to April of 2018. Within this period applicants can request a short residency (4-6 weeks) or a long residency (10-12 weeks). In addition to accepting independent applicants, small groups (2 to 3 individuals) of documentarians, journalists or nonfiction writers wishing to work collaboratively are encouraged to apply.

Millard Meiss Publication Fund
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2017
Award Amount: Grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production

Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Books eligible for a Meiss grant must currently be under contract with a publisher and be on a subject in the arts or art history.

OSP Deadline: August 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2017
Award Amount: varies by project type

The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications this Foundation supports typically fall into one of the following categories: 
  1. Funding for Summer Schools;
  2. Funding for Conferences (hosted by UK Classics departments);
  3. School-teaching and Outreach;
  4. Major Projects;
  5. Other Initiatives.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required; grant is awarded to the European institution
Sponsor Deadline: September 14, 2017
Award Amount: Varies 

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding.


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

OSP Deadline: October 5, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 13, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000 - $40,000; all projects that fulfill the foundation's goals will be considered

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. 

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

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

Grants to Individuals
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 15, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000 max. (Production and Presentation); $10,000 max. (Research and Development) 

The Graham Foundation is interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.  The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.
  • Production and Presentation Grants assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, and new media projects.
  • Research and Development Grants assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other developmental costs. 

Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Jewish Studies
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 25, 2017
Award Amount:  approximately 150,000 NIS per year in addition to a research budget

Mandel Fellowships are intended for scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse. Scholars are selected on a competitive basis with no preference for a specific field of study in the humanities or Jewish studies. Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees no earlier than October 1, 2013. Mandel Scholars engage in research in optimal conditions and teach one annual course (2 hours per week). Teaching in English is possible. The fellowship is for three years, beginning October 1, 2018. There is an option for a two- or one-year tenure. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: stipend of  €2,000/month for a maximum of ten months

IIAS Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers from around the world who wish to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. Researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication are also welcome.  The  IIAS is particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters, Asian Cities, Asian Heritages, and Global Asia; however, some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. 

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2017
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000 

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, New York City, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Grants support work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life.  Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding.  Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2017
Award Amount: stipend of $3,600 max. 

The  fellowship  is intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. The successful candidate will  develop at least a portion of her or his work from original research in archival materials from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, MA. Preference is given to projects not supported by large grants from other institutions. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2017
Award Amount: varies; see details below

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work. 

The amounts of grants vary, taking into consideration the Fellows' other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers.  All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.

Small and Large Grants
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2017
Award Amount: Small Grants: Up to $217,400; Large Grants: Over $217,400

The John Templeton Foundation provides grants under its core funding areas: Science & the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics; and Voluntary Family Planning. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one funding area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines. The Foundation generally funds specific projects and favors proposals where the applicant has sought or secured partial funding from other sources. 

Saari Residence Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2017
Award Amount: €2,350 or €2,700 per month, depending on the experience of the applicant, plus an apartment and a workspace

The Saari Residence , maintained by the Kone Foundation, offers residency grants for artists and researchers in Mynämäki, Finland. Two-month individual residencies are intended for individual artists, translators, curators, and critics of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of carrying out a proposed project. The grant program's  purpose is to offer artists and researchers from different disciplines a peaceful working environment and excellent opportunities for interaction.

Discussion Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: September 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 2, 2017
Award Amount: $500 - $3,500, depending on event type

Mass Humanities has six discussion grant options, ranging from open in format and content as long as the project includes facilitated discussion (Open Discussion); to discussion series (Reading & Discussion, Common Good Reads, Literature & Medicine); to the Family Adventures in Reading program with syllabi and set budgets that simplify planning; to the small Civil Rights Discussion grant for the shared reading of a civil rights text.  Some grant opportunities, including Common Good Reads, Literature & Medicine, and the Civil Rights Discussion grant, include access to resources developed by Mass Humanities to help with discussion and content. In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited and programming that responds to the current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: September 11, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: September 18, 2017
Award Amount: $7,500 max. (Standard); $15,000 max. ("Incentive" Grants)

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

Documenting Endangered Languages
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2017
Award Amount: $12,000 - $150,000 per year for one to three years (Senior Research Projects); stipend of $4,200 per month for six to twelve months (Fellowships)

The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. 

Public Humanities Projects
OSP Deadline: August 2, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: August 9, 2017
Award Amount: $40,000 max. (Planning Grants); $50,000 - $400,000 max. (Implementation Grants) 

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.  This grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement. Applications should follow the parameters set out in the guidelines for one of the following three formats: Community Conversations; Exhibitions; and Historic Places. 

Grant Programs
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 max. 

The Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must be novel and exploratory, and be of broad  interest. Society grant-funded projects should be bold, innovative, and transformative. The Committee will not usually consider applications that support strictly laboratory or collections work. Grants are awarded on the basis of merit and exist independent of the Society's other divisions. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 18, 2017
Award Amount: stipends are individually determined

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2018 through May 2019. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation . Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the vibrant cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene.

Cultural Anthropology
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2017 (Senior Proposals); August 9, 2017 (Faculty Scholars Program)
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2017 (Senior Proposals); August 16, 2017 (Faculty Scholars Program)
Award Amount: $100,000/year max. (Senior Proposals); $50,000/year max. (Faculty Scholars Program) 

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation's mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy.

Senior Proposals  support individual, team, or collaborative research by scholars who hold a PhD, or other equivalent or appropriate credential. The Faculty Scholars Program (see Solicitation 07-544) supports methodological training for cultural anthropologists who wish to learn new skills that are needed as part of an ongoing research program. For example, support may be requested to learn new methods of cross-cultural research, demography, remote sensing and GIS, ecological field survey, linguistics, or modeling.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: stipend varies by researcher

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building-including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library. 

History of Art
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: varies; grants awarded in 2015 did not exceed $44,000

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.

Digital Resources
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: varies; grants awarded in 2016 did not exceed $70,000

The Digital Resources program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. Please note that this grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

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 $20,000)
  • Production/Post-Production (up to $50,000)
  • Audience Engagement (up to $20,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

Junior Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified

The purpose of Junior Research Fellowships is to offer men and women of exceptional intellectual calibre, for whom the fellowship would be their first substantial paid academic or research appointment, an opportunity to pursue research for up to four years. The Fellowships are available in all branches of University studies. 

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2017
Award Amount: Varies by award type

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. U.S. citizenship is required. 

Artist Residencies
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2017
Award Amount: Room/board and studio space; stipend not included

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following disciplines: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and a studio.

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Grant Opportunities
OSP Deadline: September 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2017
Award Amount: varies by award type

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

Curatorial Research Grants help institutions undertaking curatorial research towards an exhibition, display or an online project on British art and architectural history.

Research Support Grants contribute towards travel and subsistence expenses for scholars engaged in research on the history of British art or architecture.

Publication Grants contribute toward the costs incurred by publishers, authors or editors in producing publications on British art and architectural history.

Digital Project Grants help support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project.

Educational Program Grants support lectures, seminars or conferences on British art and architecture. 

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

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