April 2019
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NEWS & RESOURCES
INTERNAL COMPETITION FOR NOMINATION
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends for 2020

Harvard Internal Deadline: July 8, 2019 by 11:30pm
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 25, 2019
Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2020 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.

UPDATE: The President's FY 2020 budget request has, for the third year, called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Institute of Museum                                                and Library Services (IMLS); however, these agencies continue normal                                                        grantmaking operations with allocated FY 2019 funds and they continue to                                                  have strong Congressional support. See statements from the  NEH ; the  NEA ;                                              and the  IMLS  for more information.

Please send any questions or concerns about federal research funding to Jen Corby at   jcorby@fas.harvard.edu .

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

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

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

Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.
Fellowships with a residency requirement 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.

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I NTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

DRCLS_UAI
Harvard-UAI Collaborative Research Grant
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $30,000
 
This program's primary objective is to strengthen connections between Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) in Chile and Harvard through innovative research projects in all disciplines, including but not limited to technology, design, humanities, science, engineering, health, public policy, business, and education. Each project must have a PI from Harvard and one from UAI. Funding will be primarily for program start-up expenses including travel to facilitate site visits, workshops, and academic research exchanges.


DRCLS_Mexico
Mexico Innovation Fund
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
 
The goal of the Mexico Innovation Fund is to deepen ties between Harvard and Mexican academia in order to address some of the most important issues facing Mexico. A project supported by this fund should propose policy improvements or provide ideas for action that might help Mexico address the specific issues related to the project. The priority fields of study are:
 
1. Sustainable Urban and Regional Development
2. Science, Technology, and Education
3. Empowered Citizenship, State Capacity, and the Rule of Law
 
Projects submitted for consideration must be innovative, involve evidence-based research leading to measurable outcomes, leverage technology, where appropriate, to "leapfrog" older processes and concept, especially in areas relating to public policy and urban studies, and ideally delve deeply into one subject area while also combining multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approaches.


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.

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

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


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: 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

AaronSiskindFellowship
Individual Photographer's Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: up to $15,000

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants 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. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.  


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

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


AmericanInstitueIndianStudies
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2019
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.  Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.


AmericanJewishHS
Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2019
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.


BaylorOralHistory
Charlton Oral History Research Grant
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2019
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.  
  

BogliascoFoundation
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2019
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. 


BostonAtheneum
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2019
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.  


CareyInstituteGlobalGood
Logan Nonfiction Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants award directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2019
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included

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

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts fellows for two classes per year. The spring class runs from January to April, the fall class from October to December. Within these periods applicants can request a short residency (5 weeks) or a long residency (10-12 weeks). This deadline is for the Fall 2019 class. There are no citizenship requirements for this residency. 


ClassicalAssociation



CCAndyWarholFoundation
Arts Writers Grant Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2019
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 2018 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.  


DallasHumanitiesCulture
Heitt Prize in the Humanities
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for prizes awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 3, 2019
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 Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2019
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. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.


EurasiaFdn
Bilateral Projects Competition 2019-2020
FAS/OSP Deadline:  OSP review not required for statements of interest
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $43,000 per team
 
Eurasia Foundation's (EF) U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) invites statements of interest from U.S. organizations seeking to establish collaboration with Russian partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to social issues of importance to both countries. EF is accepting statements of interest for projects that have a broad  bilateral impact in the following thematic areas:  
  • Social inclusion
  • Community engagement and volunteerism 
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • Youth engagement and mentorship

Projects should avoid topics related to political activism or activity, or public policy reform. While universities and other research institutions are eligible to apply, funded projects must expand beyond pure research. Projects falling outside the four thematic areas will also be considered for funding if the project will facilitate greater understanding of shared values in the U.S. and Russia. Applicants are encouraged to include innovative methodologies and technologies to accomplish program goals and collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers.


FrankLydiaBergen
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 8, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2019
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

FritzThyssen
Conferences
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: 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.
  


FrommMusicFoundation
Fromm Commission
FAS/Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2019
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
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 - $7,500

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's areas of interest are:
  • Programs that provide access to art, and art education, to traditionally underserved communities
  • Efforts that beautify and inspire communities, including local arts festivals
  • Programs involving symphony, opera, or theatre

GerdaHenkelFoundation
General Research Grants 
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
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. 


GBHendersonFoundation
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 3, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 10, 2019
Award Amount: $20,000 - $40,000

The Henderson Foundation's 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 concerns 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. Grants are not made to individuals. Grants are made for restoration and preservation activities, but not for routine care or maintenance (as defined by National Park Service technical standards.)


GladysBrooks
Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
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
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; past grants range from $2,000 to $50,000+

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


JWKlugeLarsonHealth
David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 17, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 6-12 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.


TempletonACT
Academic Cross-Training Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: April 26, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 3, 2019
Award Amount: up to $220,000

The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science. Each ACT Fellowship will provide for up to 3 contiguous years of support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.

NEHSummerStipends
2020 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 8, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 25, 2019 
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2020 or later
 
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Full NEH guidelines can be  found  here

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Faculty members who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.


  NEHDIgitialHumanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 12, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 19, 2019
Award Amount: up to $325,000

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve:
  • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods, techniques, or infrastructure that contribute to the humanities;
  • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society; or 
  • conducting evaluative studies that investigate the practices and the impact of digital scholarship on research, pedagogy, scholarly communication, and public engagement.

  NEHDigitalProjectsPublic
Digital Projects for the Public
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount:  up to $30,000 (Discovery); up to $100,000 (Prototyping); up to $400,000 (Production) 

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

NEH also welcomes applications for non-promotional digital components of a larger project. For these projects, you should explain how the digital platform will enrich the users' learning experience and engagement. For instance, if your request is for a mobile experience that would operate within a museum or would work in conjunction with a film, you should explain how this project element will substantially add to the audience's learning experience.


NEHFellowships
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2019
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.


  NEHFellowshipsJapan
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 24, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

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. 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.


NEHHumanitiesCollections
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
FAS/OSP Deadline: July 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 16, 2019
Award Amount: $350,000 max. (Implementation projects, up to three years); $50,000 max. (Foundations projects, up to two years, + $10,000 to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities)  

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.


NEHMellonDigital
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2019
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.  All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible. 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.


NEHPreservationET
Preservation and Access Education and Training
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2019
Award Amount:  The maximum award is $350,000, for a period of performance of up to three years.

Preservation and Access Education and Training 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.

Preservation field service organizations may apply for funds enabling them to provide a single one-year postgraduate training fellowship in preventive conservation for emerging preservation professionals as a subaward under this grant. The maximum fellowship for a one-year stipend is $45,000; the total maximum award request may not exceed $350,000.

NEHPreserveRD
Preservation and Access Research and Development
FAS/OSP Deadline: May 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2019
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.

T his 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.


NHPRCDocs
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount: up to $200,000 per year for 1-2 years

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. 

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


NSFAntarctica
Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2019
Award Amount: Travel and field support

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program was established to facilitate writing and artistic projects designed to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. The Artist and Writers Program gives priority to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in the unique Antarctic region. Proposed 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. 


ParisInstituteAdvancedStudy
Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2019
Award Amount: Housing +  €1000 per month

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study is launching calls for applications for 5- or 10-month research fellowships during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Each of these calls is for high-level international researchers who have held a doctorate for at least two years and who do not work in France.  It is not possible to apply for more than one call with a single project
  • The Blue Sky program is open to all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and to all research themes. 
  • The Dark Clouds program is aimed at supporting research in the humanities and social sciences on important and urgent threats to the future of our societies.
  • The Brain, Culture and Society program's objective is to bring together the humanities and social sciences, psychology and the neurosciences. 


RockefellerBellagio
Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: room and board included; no stipend provided

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 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, as well as food and agriculture.


SSRCInterdisciplinary
FAS/OSP Deadline: April 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 30, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000
 
The Social Science Research Council's Scholarly Borderlands program invites proposals for interdisciplinary working groups that ask novel questions, develop new frameworks, rethink methodological approaches, and find innovative answers. Scholarly Borderlands incubates high-risk, high-rewards research efforts. Convening researchers of different backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions, the New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences initiative acts as a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration that produces creative scholarship and builds fresh ties within the social sciences, while connecting them more robustly to work in the natural sciences and humanities. New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences working groups may be composed of any cross-disciplinary arrangement of social scientists and other researchers. Projects may address any new or enduring scholarly question, debate, or issue.
 
Three two-year New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences working groups will be funded between 2019 and 2020. Up to $50,000 will be provided to each working group toward direct costs associated with project-related meetings and similar activities, such as travel, accommodations, meals, or research assistance. Matching funds provided by the sponsoring colleges or universities are not required, but applications including a commitment to match resources in some manner will be viewed favorably.


Sundance
Documentary Fund
FAS/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)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

WhitingFoundationCN
Creative Nonfiction Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 22, 2019
Award Amount: $40,000

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant will be awarded to writers in the process of completing a book-length work of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction for a general readership. It is intended for multiyear book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused research, thinking, 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.

Whiting welcomes applications for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories. Again, the work should be intended for a general, not academic, reader. Projects must be under contract with a US publisher to be eligible. Applicants must be US citizens or residents.


WyethAmericanArt
Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

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

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