October 2020

A Note from the Research Development Team

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

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

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

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

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

Are you interested in learning more about foundation funding to support your research and creative interests? Harvard affiliates have access to Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a searchable database that contains a wealth of information on foundations and the grants they support. For assistance navigating FDO, view our guide or contact Paige Belisle to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting.

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


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


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

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

Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.

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

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

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

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

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.

*Indicates an UPDATED or NEW opportunity added this month.

Deadline: October 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $150,000

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".

Faculty Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: varies by grant type

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) supports Harvard faculty research, teaching, and professional activities relating to Latin America. The Center's services and funding are available to faculty working directly with Latin American issues as well as those pursuing comparative work related to the region or the Latin American diaspora in the United States. DRCLAS Faculty grants offer Harvard faculty funding support in a variety of capacities including individual and collaborative research, course-based field trips, curriculum development, research conferences, and more. A full list of available Faculty Grants can be found here.


#metoo Digital Media Collection Special Project Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: The total budget for the initiative is $50,000. HDSI anticipates making 2-3 awards of up to $15,000 for semester-long projects, and 2-3 smaller awards of up to $5,000 each for research to take place in the summer of 2021.

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has built a massive digital archive of the #metoo movement, beginning in 2017, when the hashtag exploded in popularity across the Internet. The growing collection currently contains over 32 million tweets referencing #metoo and dozens of related hashtags, as well as 1,100 web sites and thousands of news articles.
This special one-time grant opportunity, a joint initiative of HDSI and the Schlesinger Library, seeks to seed research and teaching projects using the datasets. This joint initiative seeks to catalyze the innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship bridging data science, gender studies, and history, among other disciplines. Applications from faculty who would be interested in using the collection in their teaching would be especially welcome. Researchers could use the datasets to analyze how online social movements spread both in the United States and globally, the kind of topics discussed on social media, and the influence of certain kinds of participants in that realm. Projects using these data to analyze the participation and portrayal of women and other gender minorities in social media is of particular interest. Proposals which will seek to pilot new methodologies for analyzing massive digital corpora are also welcome. These are examples only, and applicants are encouraged to think broadly. Individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school are eligible to apply. 

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

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

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

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

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.

Award Amount: up to $16,000

The Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar Program provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. The program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Exploratory seminars offer funding to support one- to two-day, by-invitation-only seminars for 12-20 participants at the Radcliffe Institute. The lead applicant must be either a Harvard ladder (tenured or tenure-track) faculty member (from any school) or a former or current Radcliffe fellow; co-applicants may apply with lead applicants who meet eligibility requirements.

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. 

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

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines:
  • Ancient studies
  • Architecture
  • Design: includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields
  • Historic preservation and conservation
  • Landscape architecture: includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography
  • Literature: includes fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry
  • Medieval studies
  • Modern Italian studies
  • Musical composition
  • Renaissance and early modern studies
  • Visual arts: includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual-arts fields
Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Those with children under eighteen live in partially subsidized apartments nearby. Applicants for Rome Prize fellowships must be United States citizens at the time of application, except for those applying for the NEH postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities (ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and/or modern Italian studies). US citizens and those foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply for the NEH postdoctoral fellowships. 
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $35,000 for 12 months

The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the 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. 
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: $30,000

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.
Short-Term Research Publication Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: October 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: $6,000

Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and to new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible.
Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies: Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 6, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $80,000. No overhead is permitted, which falls short of the 15% overheard required by FAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator prior to preparing an application. 

Critical editions are of crucial importance to the expanding field of Buddhist studies. Translation has been at the core of Buddhism since the Buddha's instruction to his monks to teach the dharma in many languages. These grants support a broad range of endeavors, from the creation of critical editions (with full scholarly apparatus), to translation of canonical texts into modern vernaculars, to the translation of scholarly works on Buddhism from one modern language into another. Collaborative projects are welcome. Award funds can be used as stipends for work performed (e.g., to secure release time or to pay assistants), for travel, and for related office costs, including reproduction or digitization of images. There are no restrictions as to the language of the final product prepared for publication. ACLS also offers publication subventions to recipients of these grants who complete manuscripts.

Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies: Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: up to $70,000

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

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

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

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
American Heritage
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling; concept letters are highly encouraged
Award Amount: $10,000 - $30,000

The Americana Foundation seeks to promote knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage through increasing educational opportunities of future conservators and curators in the field and through preservation and presentation of unique collections in alignment with the interests and collections of the Meyer family. Projects for consideration include: 
  • Preservation and/or acquisition of high style, classic, handcrafted furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as supporting their placement with charitable and educational institutions, and/or the US government.
  • Career development support for curatorial and conservation internships within major institutions and universities.
  • Restoration projects for heritage buildings and cultural landscapes that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of historic places.
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 2, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 9, 2020
Award Amount: up to $77,000

The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. CASBS is a collaborative environment that fosters the serendipity arising from unexpected intellectual encounters. The Center believes that cross-disciplinary interactions lead to beneficial transformations in thinking and research. CASBS seeks fellows who will be influential with, and open to influence by, their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort assembled for a given year.
Senior Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award Amount: varies/unspecified

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) provides in-country research fellowships for US, Cambodian, and French scholars (or EU citizens holding a degree from a French university) and doctoral students on a yearly basis. CKS Senior Fellows are given direct funding for their research, access to in-country resources, and provided with logistical support and contacts while in-country. These fellowships are open to scholars who already hold a PhD degree in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities who seek to pursue further research focusing on Cambodia alone or on Cambodia within a regional context. Scholars can conduct research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (including Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and southern China) provided that some portion of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.
  • Long-Term Research Fellowships: These fellowships are available for 6 to 11 months of research (for US and Cambodian recipients) or up to 9 months of research (for French recipients).
  • Short-Term Research Fellowships: These fellowships are available for up to 4 months of research (for US and Cambodian recipients).
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020 
Award Amount: Fellowships are awarded on a scale related to need and earnings, up to a maximum rate of $30,000 per semester. Housing in the Clark's Scholars' Residence, located across the street from the campus, is also provided.

The Clark in Williamstown, MA offers fellowships ranging in duration from one to ten months, the majority awarded for one academic semester. Scholars may propose topics that relate to the visual arts, their history, practice, theory, or interpretation. Any proposal that contributes to understanding the nature of artistic activity and the intellectual, social, and cultural worlds with which it is connected is welcome. Attention, however, will be given to proposals that promise to deepen, transform, or challenge those methods currently practiced within art history or that have the prospect of enhancing an understanding of the role of images in other disciplines in the humanities. There are no citizenship requirements for this opportunity. 

New fellowships introduced for the 2020 application cycle include:
  • Critical Race Theory and Visual Culture: The emergence of critical race theory in legal scholarship and beyond demonstrated the systemic racism that structures American society based on white privilege and the legacy of white supremacy. In art history and visual culture, critical race theory has revealed the racist structures within the discipline and its institutions. This fellowship aims to support scholars who are working with critical race theory to integrate and reimagine new art histories while also engaging with the structural racism that has informed and built the discipline. 
  • Caribbean Art and Its Diasporas: The Caribbean has been home to some of the most influential critical theorists, poets, writers, and artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This fellowship seeks to support art historians, artists, critics, and writers who are engaging with the complexity of critical Caribbean scholarship, art, and visual practices today.
  • Futures Fellowship: This fellowship supports artists, educators, scholars, writers, and art critics who are reimagining the possibilities of museums, scholarship, and public engagement. Projects that examine social justice and the arts, reimagine the canon of art history, or consider the role of performance art in exposing erased histories are particularly welcome. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to £2,500

The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications the Association supports typically fall into one of the following categories: 
  1. Funding for Summer Schools
  2. Funding for Conferences
  3. School-teaching and Outreach
  4. Major Projects
  5. Other Initiatives
Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: Annual stipend of $75,000, plus Cornell benefits. In addition, Fellows are provided with an annual research fund of $12,000.

The Klarman Fellowships in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY provide postdoctoral opportunities to early-career scholars of outstanding talent, initiative and promise. The program offers independence from constraints of particular grants, enabling the recipients to devote themselves to frontline, innovative research without being tied to specific outcomes or teaching responsibilities. Recipients may conduct research in any discipline in the College: natural, quantitative, and social sciences, humanistic inquiry, the creative arts, and emerging fields that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Fellows are selected from a global pool of applicants based on their research accomplishments, potential for future contributions, and alignment of scholarly interests with those of their proposed faculty mentors in Arts & Sciences. The candidates will also be assessed on how their work can benefit from and contribute to the momentum in strategic research areas in the College.

Awardees must have earned the doctoral degree within two years of beginning the Klarman Fellowship (i.e., for 2021 recipients, no earlier than 30 June 2019). Candidates with more than two years of postdoctoral experience, and those who received their PhD from Cornell or have held any position at Cornell for more than six months at the time of application are not eligible. Awardees may not simultaneously hold any other paid or unpaid position during the term of the appointment. Prior to the start of the fellowship, candidates will be asked to provide proof that their doctoral degree has been conferred.
Small Events Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: $300 - $1,000

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Grants are awarded twice a year, in January for events taking place in the Spring semester, and August for events taking place in the Fall semester. A multi-disciplinary selection committee chooses winners and awards grants based on proposed event budgets and available funds. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as "sponsored by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University" and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event. CES also provides promotional support for events either fully or partially funded by this program.
Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $21,000 for a Junior Fellow or $35,000 for a Fellow for the full academic year, plus housing and additional benefits
Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC offers Research Fellowships for scholars. Research Fellowships in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian Studies are for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in the field and wish to pursue their own research. Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 13, 2021, to May 13, 2022). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Awards may also be made for a single term (either September 13, 2021, to January 7, 2022, or January 24 to May 13, 2022).
Einstein Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2021
Award Amount: stipend of EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses

The Einstein Forum is offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein. The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.

Please Note: The new deadline for this program is May 15, 2021. All applications that have already been submitted will be considered in the next selection round.
Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $2,000

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community, FCA has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as the FCA board of directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the foundation will disburse one-time grants of $1,500 to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

In alignment with its mission, FCA will continue to focus its support on artists making work of a contemporary, experimental nature. Applicants must be an individual artist or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group. Curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible to apply.
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 19, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: $35,000

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Support is particularly intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. A total of nine fellowships of $35,000 will be awarded in April 2021 for 2021-2022 in the fields of Creative Nonfiction and History
General Research Grants and Scholarships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: November 24, 2020
Award Amount: 3,100 euros per month + supplements to support childcare 

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Only full time scholarships are available. Support can be provided for a minimum of one month and a maximum of 24 months.  
Long-Term Visiting Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: €3,400 per month

The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. awards fellowships to European and North American postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. Long-term fellowships will be granted for a period of 6 to 12 months in the following thematic areas:
  • History of Family and Kinship
  • History of Knowledge
  • History of Migration
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of Religion and Religiosity
  • History of the Americas
The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are welcome to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application. Applicants should make clear in the application why their research project fits within the identified area as well as why the GHI would be a good place to work on the research project. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 28, 2020 
Award Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses

These fellowships are intended to provide early career scholars from around the world with time to undertake research and/or writing for projects that will make substantial and original contributions to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. The fellowships are portable: a fellow may elect to take up the award at any appropriate site for the work proposed, including abroad. Awards also include a special one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles following the fellowship period. The residence offers Getty/ACLS fellows a structured, personalized orientation to the Getty's rich holdings and provides a forum for them to network and present their research to each other and to Getty curators and staff. Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing. The residence for 2021-22 Getty/ACLS Fellows will be held in July 2022 (the exact date is to be determined). Applicants must have a PhD that was conferred between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2019. This program welcomes proposals from applicants without restriction as to citizenship, country of residency, location of work proposed, or employment.

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.

FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (Scientific Research Projects and Preservation Implementation); up to $5,000 (Assistance, Assessment, and/or Consultation) 

The GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.
  • Scientific Research Projects: Each year, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support research on the impact of music on the human condition. Examples might include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition and healing, as well as the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals, and the creative process underlying music. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design and innovative research questions.
  • Preservation Projects: The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The Archiving and Preservation area has two funding categories: Preservation Implementation and Assistance, Assessment, and/or Consultation.
Early Career Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 2, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of up to $50,000

Early Career fellowships support research and writing with a priority given to proposals based on the applicant's research in China. Research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan is eligible. Research may also be conducted on Chinese culture and society outside these areas, as required by the research plan. However, diaspora studies are not eligible (e.g., the history of Chinese in America is not eligible). Proposals must reflect an understanding of the contemporary Chinese academic and research environment. Funds are provided for a maximum of two consecutive semesters released from teaching (a minimum of one semester), during which the Fellow must devote full time to the project. The stipend will be prorated if the fellowship is undertaken for less than nine months. An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, or a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada. An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2012.
Fellowships for Scholars
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 28, 2020
Award Amount: $55,000, plus $3,000 for project-related research and travel costs and $5,000 to support attendance at an ACLS-hosted media workshop in Fall 2021 as well as other media training and engagement activities of the fellow's choosing

ACLS invites applications for fellowships offered by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. The program deepens public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy. Designed for scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences, Luce/ACLS fellowships support research on any aspect of religion in an international context and encourage scholars to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. As religion plays important roles in many dimensions of society, this program welcomes proposals that explore connections between religion and the environment, gender rights, health and medicine, migration and immigration, politics and economic policy, and media and entertainment, among others. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. The awards are portable and are tenable at any appropriate site for research. 
Long-Term Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

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

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

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

Travel Grants for Study Abroad are available in any of the fields in which The Huntington's own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives outside of the United States or Canada, especially those in the UK, continental Europe, or Latin America. The Huntington will reimburse the grantee for economy round-trip airfare before the trip. A stipend of $4,000 will be paid after the grantee submits a detailed report on the research conducted. The travel grants can be taken up as early as June 1, 2021, and no later than June 30, 2022.
School of Historical Studies Membership
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: Information on stipend calculations can be found here.

The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution in Princeton, New Jersey focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. The School of Historical Studies bears no resemblance to a traditional academic history department, but rather supports all learning for which historical methods are appropriate. The School embraces a historical approach to research throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature. In geographical terms, the School concentrates primarily on the history of Western, Near Eastern, and Far Eastern civilizations, with emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, and East Asia. Support has been extended to the history of other regions, including Central Asia, India, and Africa.

The Faculty and Members of the School do not adhere to any one point of view but practice a range of methods of inquiry and scholarly styles, both traditional and innovative. Uniquely positioned to sponsor work that crosses conventional departmental and professional boundaries, the School actively promotes interdisciplinary research and cross-fertilization of ideas. It thereby encourages the creation of new historical enterprises. The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but it is concerned principally with the following: Greek and Roman civilizations, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, The Islamic World, Philosophy and International Relations, History of Art, East Asian Studies.
School of Social Science Membership
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: The School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $75,000.

The School of Social Science takes as its mission the analysis of contemporary societies and social change. It is devoted to a pluralistic and critical approach to social research, from a multidisciplinary and international perspective. Each year, the School invites approximately twenty-five visiting scholars with various perspectives, methods and topics, providing a space for intellectual debate and mutual enrichment. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. Members pursue their own research, and participate in collective activities, including a weekly seminar at which on-going work is presented. To facilitate scientific engagement among the visiting scholars, the School defines a theme for each year. Approximately one half of Members selected pursue work related to it and contribute to a corresponding seminar, while the other half conduct their research on other topics. For 2021-22 the theme will be "Political Mobilizations and Social Movements."
Visiting Research Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 1, 2021
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester, plus housing

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. In 2021-22, the following topics are of interest:
  • Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
  • Peace Accords Matrix 
  • International Mediation
  • Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020 (for most programs) 
Award Amount: varies by fellowship

The Library Company, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731 and located in Center City Philadelphia, holds over half a million rare books and graphics that are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Fellows share opportunities to participate in the Philadelphia region's vibrant intellectual life while conducting their research in the print, graphics, and manuscript collections of the Library Company and other local institutions. Fellows have an opportunity to present their research publicly through conferences, seminars, and colloquia. The Library Company's Cassatt House fellows' residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access and is available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours. A list of available postdoctoral fellowships can be found here
Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for up to 11 months

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library's large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.
Postdoctoral Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 6, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of $65,000, medical insurance, additional research support of $2,500 and (for those not already in residence in Greater Boston) $1,500 in moving expenses

The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Migration plays as critical a role in the moral imagination of the humanities as it does in shaping the activist vision of humanitarianism and human rights. Too often, the humanities are summoned merely as witnesses whose primary aesthetic and moral values lie in their illustrative powers of empathy and evocation. Yet the intellectual formation of the humanities--their very conception of the nature of meaning, knowledge, and morals--is deeply resonant with the displacement of values and the revision of norms that shape narratives of migrant lives. The Mahindra Humanities Center welcome applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with migration and the humanities. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows will be core participants in the bi-weekly seminar meetings for both academic terms of the fellowship. Other participants will include faculty and graduate students from Harvard and other universities in the region, and occasional visiting speakers.
Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 9, 2020
Award Amount: documented travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back; daily rates between € 27.00 and € 62.00 depending on the host country; lodging in one of the institute's inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability

The Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics with an international focus. The travel grants are meant to improve the career opportunities for humanities and social science academics in their qualification phase. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. Countries and regions include China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Turkey, and the USA. The total term of funding shall not exceed three months. Placements (at most one month per host country; shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months, or at most 24. However, due to the current pandemic situation, research placements can be postponed beyond the period of 24 months - subject to financial resources and in consultation with the Max Weber Foundation.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 28, 2020
Award Amount: $75,000 stipend for the fellow, plus $6,000 during the fellowship year for research, travel, and project costs, and $10,000 in support for the selected partner organization. The award also provides up to $15,000 in funding in the post-fellowship year for programming at the fellow's home institution and/or partner site.

The Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society program aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs. The program offers opportunities for faculty with fulltime appointments in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs in the United States to engage significant societal questions in their research, serve as ambassadors for humanities scholarship beyond the academy, and deepen their support for innovations in doctoral education on their campuses. The goal of the fellowship year should be to conduct a major research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences that treats a significant issue or grand challenge in society-such as democratic governance, technological change, racism, climate change, economic inequality, or migration and immigration, to name a few possibilities. The program supports projects at all stages of development, and welcomes applications that propose to deepen or expand existing research projects as well as those that propose new projects. While projects should be informed by present-day issues in the public sphere, they need not be contemporary in focus. Indeed, it is assumed that the insights yielded by humanities research focused on earlier time periods can inform work on contemporary challenges.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: varies by opportunity; please see below
Award Amount: varies by opportunity 

Each year The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City creates a closely knit community of scholars whose individual interests collectively illuminate the Museum's collection of artworks spanning 5,000 years of human creativity. Exploring new avenues of research in art history, visual culture, education and public practice, and critical theory, fellows expand, challenge, and actively redefine the very limits and purview of these disciplines by introducing fresh ideas drawn from philosophy, anthropology, museum studies, historiography, conservation, and the material sciences. The following programs are accepting applications at this time:
  • Fellowship in History of Art and Visual Culture: Deadline: November 6, 2020
  • Conservation Fellowship and Scientific Research Fellowship: Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Leonard A. Lauder Fellowship in Modern Art: Deadline: November 6, 2020
  • Research Fellowship in Photograph Conservation: Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Fellowship: Deadline: November 6, 2020
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 10, 2020
Award Amount: $50,000

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

Awards will be made for study in research-based programs. Examples include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Each Fellow is expected to begin tenure on June 1 (for 12 months) or September 1 (for 9 or 12 months) of the year in which the award is received. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To be eligible, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, including successful defense of the dissertation, no earlier than December 10, 2013 and no later than December 10, 2020.
Collaborative Research
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2020
Award Amount: up to $250,000 (depending on funding category)  

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

The program now includes four categories: Planning International Collaboration (new), Conference (previously Convening), Manuscript Preparation (previously Publication), and Scholarly Digital Projects (new).
Documenting Endangered Languages/Dynamic Language Infrastructure: Senior Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 10, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 18, 2020
Award Amount: varies by award type

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages-languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use. Made urgent by the imminent loss of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documentation and analysis, and archiving of endangered language data, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 16, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

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

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

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.
Senior Fellowship Program
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: A senior fellowship award for the academic year is normally limited to one-half of the applicant's salary, up to a maximum of $50,000, depending on individual circumstances. Awards for a single academic term are prorated. Senior fellows also receive allowances for travel to a scholarly conference, in addition to housing, as available.

Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington, D.C. and to participate in the activities of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts throughout the fellowship period. Lectures, colloquia, and informal discussions complement the fellowship program. Each senior fellow is provided with a study. In addition, senior fellows who relocate to Washington are provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. Senior fellows have access to the notable resources represented by the art collections, the library, and the image collections of the National Gallery of Art, as well as to the Library of Congress and other specialized research libraries and collections in the Washington area. Senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment.

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center's extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six months. Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3,000 per month. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline may apply.
The Center for Ballet and the Arts: Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 2, 2020
Award Amount: $750 per week 

The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University offers Resident Fellowships for scholars and artists of all disciplines to develop projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. Past fellows have come from wide-ranging disciplines such as history, design, philosophy, visual arts, and more. Fellows are not required to be experts in ballet or dance, but must have an interest in engaging with the art. The fellowship provides space, a stipend, and the time to pursue rigorous work. Fellows also gain new colleagues and a broad community of scholars and artists, two communities that do not often meet. Fellowship timing and duration depend on individual fellow needs and project scopes. Prior residencies have run between four and sixteen weeks. The residency must occur during NYU's academic year (September 2021 - May 2022). 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals  
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020 (Long-Term Fellowships); December 15, 2020 (Short-Term Fellowships) 
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-9 months (Long-Term Fellowships); $2,500 per month for 1-2 months (Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library (located in Chicago, IL) offers a fellowship program providing outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry's wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. The Newberry expects recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand understandings of the past. The collection's strengths are described here. Citizenship requirements can be found here
Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Awards
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required; award is paid directly to the publisher
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $8,000

The Newberry offers up to $8,000 to subsidize the publication of scholarly book or books on European civilization before 1700 in the areas of music, theater, cultural studies, or French or Italian literature. Applicants must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request. The purpose of this award is to enable the publication of works of the highest quality either:
  • by making it possible to publish a work in a particularly appropriate way (with special typography plates, or appendices, for example) that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive; or
  • by significantly reducing the cover price, allowing the publication to reach a wider audience.
Once these criteria are met, preference will be given to publications that:
  • are unique, unusual in concept or execution, or that represent a departure from the normal habits of a given publishing house or entity; or
  • bring into print previously unpublished source materials; or
  • promise to reach the broadest possible audience for the type of book envisioned.
Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2020
Award Amount: $15,000 

A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women's suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June-July in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. Radcliffe will consider applications from clusters of two or three researchers as well as from individuals. Such collaborations could produce a range of materials, from coauthored books and articles, to course syllabi, to datasets or interview transcripts, to podcasts and video modules. College and university faculty, secondary school teachers, and other advanced researchers in any relevant discipline are invited to apply for Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research grants. 
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
FAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling 
Award Amount: The average Pioneer grant in 2019 was $315,031. However, there is not an explicit range for budget requests. Grant periods are flexible, though generally range from 1 to 3 years.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The Foundation is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; and Future of Work. Additionally, the Foundation welcomes ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health.

The Foundation wants to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, and community leaders--anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes the Foundation seeks require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization, or sector. 

Please Note: While this call for proposals is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes that the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.

Miller/Packan Film Fund
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 5, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (filmmaking in advanced development); up to $25,000 (production and post-production) 

The Miller/Packan Film Fund supports documentary films that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the Fund's subject categories are Education, the Environment and Civics. The Foundation encourages potential applicants to review its ideals and values for a sense of what types of topics might be supported. The Foundation is especially interested in investigations into the cost structures of social institutions, such as healthcare and education, and topics that bring the global community together. The Fund supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $15,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000).  
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 20, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 1, 2020
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $10,000 to $21,000

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

The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.
Resident Scholars
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 2, 2020
Award Amount: varies by fellowship

Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: $55,000 for postdoctoral and senior scholars, with an allowance of up to $4,000 available for short research trips

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any field who are pursuing research on American art are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellowships are available to support specific research projects by scholars who have earned a PhD or equivalent. Senior fellowships are intended for scholars with a distinguished publication record who have held their doctoral degree for more than seven years or who possess a commensurate record of professional accomplishment. 
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2020
Award Amount: up to $55,000 stipend per year plus $4,000 research allowance  

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts. Fellowships are offered for research and study in the following fields: animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science; anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology; astrophysics and astronomy; earth sciences and paleobiology; evolutionary and systematic biology; folklife; history of science and technology; history of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth century American crafts, and decorative arts; materials research; molecular biology; and the social and cultural history of the United States. Awards are for 3-24 months, with stipend rates prorated for periods of less than 12 months.  
Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: November 25, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: December 4, 2020
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage scholarship on American art topics. Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500-1980) that take place:
  • In Chicago or outside the United States, or
  • In the United States, with at least one third of the participants coming from outside the United States.
Additionally, the foundation welcomes applications for international research groups. Such groups should involve 2 to 4 faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times. Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The Foundation favors programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.
Academic & Textbook Writing Grants  
FAS/OSP Deadline: October 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2020
Award Amount: up to $1,000

TAA offers two forms of grants to assist members and non-members with some of the expenses related to publishing their academic works and textbooks.
  • Publication Grants provide reimbursement for eligible expenses directly related to bringing an academic book, textbook, or journal article to publication.
  • Contract Review Grants reimburse eligible expenses for legal review when you have a contract offer for a textbook or academic monograph or other scholarly work that includes royalty arrangements.
Artistic Production Grants
FAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 19, 2020
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: October 26, 2020
Award Amount: up to $100,000

Artistic Production Grants are awarded twice annually to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, and institutions to support new artistic commissions that take place outside museum or gallery walls, within the public realm, or in non-traditional exhibition environments. Individual artists or producing organizations seeking production funding must have a confirmed exhibition venue or presenting partner. Grants at the upper levels of funding are reserved for permanent or long-term installations, or newly commissioned works that may be gifted to a U.S. public collection. Artistic Production Grants are awarded to projects that best exemplify the Fund's three core values of Artistic Production, Thought Leadership, and Public Engagement. 

FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
Award Amount: $60,000, plus a supplement towards relocation expenses

Fifteen I Tatti Residential Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in 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 (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). Each year, a number of activities such as exploratory seminars, workshops, and tours of exhibitions and cultural institutions are organized for the Fellows. In addition, the center hosts conferences, lectures, and concerts and attendance is expected of all Appointees. Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations. They must be conversant in either English or Italian and able to understand both languages. They should be in the early stages of their career, having received a PhD between 2010-2020 and have a solid background in Italian Renaissance studies. There are several apartments on the I Tatti property that are available rent-free, but occupants will be responsible for utilities. If an apartment is not available, a housing subsidy will be offered to help offset rental costs.
Wellesley College*
Newhouse Faculty Fellows
FAS/OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 4, 2020
Award Amount: stipend of up to $50,000 

The Newhouse Center at Wellesley College hosts three to five external fellows each academic year. Residencies are ordinarily for the full academic year, but one-semester residencies may also be considered. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research, but they also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution, attending fellows' lunches and sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community. Fellows may also work with the director to develop programming for the center in the form of guest speakers, a faculty series, or a mini-conference. 
Career Enhancement Fellowships
FAS/OSP Deadline: October 16, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 23, 2020
Award Amount: A stipend of up to $30,000 will be sent to the institution; a grant of up to $1,500 for research, travel, or publication will be sent to the Fellow.

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports the Mellon Foundation's mission to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • At the time of application, applicants must be considered by their institutions to be in the third year of the tenure-track teaching appointment (the award is distributed in the fourth year of the tenure track); WW understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted tenure clocks for many junior faculty and are aware of "stop the clock" situations. If the applicant is currently in their third year on the tenure clock as of Fall 2020, but the clock has been paused/stopped, please note that the applicant will be able to apply next year (Fall 2021). The applicant will be eligible as long as the institution acknowledges they are in their third year.
  • teaching in one of the designated fields, although interdisciplinary work will also be considered;
  • completed no more than two years on the tenure track at another institution prior to joining the current institution;
  • able to accept the Career Enhancement Fellowship in the upcoming academic year. Please note that the Fellowship must be continuous; and
  • applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of October 23, 2020
While all faculty members who meet these criteria may apply, those who have been Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to do so.
Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award
FAS/OSP Deadline: November 23, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2020
Award Amount: $17,500 stipend; $10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year

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

Applicants eligible for the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will be assistant professors in tenure-track appointments who are pursuing tenure. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution's equivalent no later than January 31, 2021. Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for the tenure dossier. Please note that the award seeks to support progress toward tenure for scholars who are also meaningfully engaged in building campus community; therefore, applicants who are already effectively in a position to go up for tenure-for instance, those who have already submitted the dossier and/or who would be considered for tenure during the award year-will be ineligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 2, 2020.
FAS/OSP Deadline: December 8, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000 - $25,000

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

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