May 2017
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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:  The omnibus FY17 bill is a significant success for sustaining research funding through the end of the fiscal year, including budget increases for NEH, NEA, and IMLS. We will continue to monitor                                                                   developments in the FY18 budget situation.

NEH Summer Stipends for 2018

Harvard Internal Deadline: July 17, 2017, 11:30PM
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 27, 2017
Amount:  $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2018 or later

Read more about this opportunity here

Fellowships with a residency requirement within the greater Boston area.
Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

I want to combine digital technology with the humanities, create a website with humanities content, or preserve a collection and/or make it easier for people to access.

I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program for the public or engage in community revitalization.

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.


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: May 31, 2017 (last day of February, May, August, and November)
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods.

The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.  Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

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: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The PFIC was developed to promote engagement and collaboration on topics and activities of mutual intellectual interest that connect faculty with other faculty members and/or students across multiple Harvard Schools. The fund supports a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, working groups, and small-scale conferences.  The designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well.

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.

The Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Lecture Program
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Award Amount:  $3,000 per event

Provides grants to support seminars and conference sessions dedicated to any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th  to the 17th  century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures. Grants are intended to encourage the presence of the Renaissance at sites where it is less visible. Preference will be given to events that present an innovative approach to the Italian Renaissance, ask new questions, or explore new facets of the period. Preference will also be given to a session related to the Italian Renaissance that is held at a discipline-specific annual conference, e.g. one devoted to the history of art, architecture, history, literature, music, or science.


Collaborative Research Grants
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 max. 

Collaborative grants are intended to stimulate cooperative research among scholars who have a focus on a clearly identified research project. They may also be used for interdisciplinary work with scholars outside the field of religion, especially when such work shows promise of continuing beyond the year funded. Collaborative project proposals are expected to describe plans for having the results of the research published.
Grants can provide funds for networking and communication. Funds may also be used to support small research conferences. Conference proposals will be considered only if they are designed primarily to advance research. Conferences presenting papers that report on previous research will not be considered.
A group must apply through an AAR member designated as the Project Director. Not all participants need to hold AAR membership.

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.

OSP Deadline: July 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2017
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:

  • Arrange for musical entertainment, concerts, and recitals appropriate for the education and instruction of the public in the musical arts. Paramount consideration, however, is given to traditional classical music programs
  • 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

OSP Deadline: May 23, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required
The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics 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.

Fromm Commission Grant
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2017
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. To be eligible, composers must be a legal resident of the United States for a term of one year or more during the time of the application.

OSP Deadline: June 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2017
Award Amount: $2,500 - $7,500 (average)

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

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

Research Grants and Scholarships
OSP Deadline: June 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 14, 2017
Award Amount: 2,700 euros per month

The Gerda Henkel Foundation supports research projects that focus on the historical humanities, including but not limited to: Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.  Grants for  research projects  involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Research projects can also support costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars. Those scholars who plan to work on an independent (solo) research project should apply, instead, for a  research scholarship .

Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000
The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries, education, hospitals and clinics.
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.

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.

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. 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.

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 31, 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.

Think Tanks
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2017
Award Amount: $10,000 max.

Mind and Life Think Tanks are intended to be 2- to 3-day events that bring together small groups of scientists and scholars across disciplines to collaboratively explore an idea relevant to contemplative studies (generally between 10-30 people). The group should also include others who are involved in applied fieldwork or policy related to the phenomenon and/or setting of interest.  The purpose of each Think Tank will be to incubate or advance a particular project area in relation to one or more of the following (including, but not limited to): research measures and methods, theory development, philosophical understanding, or evidence-based applications and/or policy.
Clear outcomes and deliverables (e.g., manuscript, book, conference, grant proposal, collaborative project, etc.) with timeline must be identified at the outset of the Think Tank and later supported by progress reports and related documentation. Funding may be used  to support travel, accommodation, meals, and other expenses related to the gathering. Think Tanks must be externally organized by the applicants.

Common Heritage Grants
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $12,000 over a period of 18 months

Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community's history and culture. The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend.  At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information-provided by community attendees-about the historical materials. 

Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community's heritage. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public, workshops on preserving heritage materials, or other activities that bring humanities perspectives on heritage materials to wide public audiences. 

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: May 30, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 6, 2017
Award Amount: Level 1: $5,000 - $40,000 max.; Level 2: $40,001 - $75,000 max.; Level 3: $100,000 - $325,000 max.

Grants support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. 

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve: 
  • Creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities;
  • Pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
  • Revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.

Digital Projects for the Public
OSP Deadline: May 31, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 7, 2017
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (Discovery); up to $100,000 (Prototyping); up to $400,000 (Production) 

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

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
OSP Deadline: July 13, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: July 20, 2017 
Award Amount: $350,000 max. (Implementation projects, up to three years); $50,000 max. (Foundations projects, up to two years) 

This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. The program  offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts ( Foundations  grants).

2018 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 17, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2018 or later

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.  Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months and  support projects at any stage of development.  Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
Note: This is a limited submission opportunity.  Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. 
For additional NEH guidelines, please see  here .

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
OSP Deadline: June 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 14, 2017
Award Amount: up to $200,000 for one year; cost sharing is required

The NHPRC seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online.  The Commission provides no more than 50 per cent of total direct project costs in the Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions category.

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2017
Award Amount: Travel and field support only

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

Science, Technology, and Society
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: August 3, 2017
Award Amount: varies; $400,000 max.

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.  Funding is as follows: 
  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research:  $400,000, including indirect costs, over two to three years. 
  2. Scholars Awards: $180,000, including indirect costs, over one year. 
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowships: Annual stipend of $50,000 to cover both salary and fringe benefits for a maximum of two years. 
  4. Conferences and Workshops: $25,000, including indirect costs.
  5. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: $10,000 in direct costs for research in North America and $12,500 in direct costs for international research, plus applicable indirect costs.

Project and Presidential Awards
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: $150,000 max. over two years (Project Awards); up to $35,000 (Presidential Awards)

The Russell Sage Foundation currently pursues four principal programs: Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality. The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration, but all proposals must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

The Foundation is interested in novel uses of existing data to answer emerging or long-standing questions of interest in the Foundation's program areas , as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.

Strategy & Policy Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: June 16, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: June 23, 2017
Award Amount: $60,000 per award

This grant supports young scholars studying American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.  Research grants will enable the recipients to research and write a book. The program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. 

Please note that the Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects.  It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays.)

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
For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Specialist | 617-496-7672

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