January 2016
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Deadline Reminder: February 1, 2017

Harvard University's Milton Fund offers grants to faculty from all disciplines and Schools. Apply now via the Harvard University Funding Portal.
Call for applications for research fellowships at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study in 2018-2019

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Paris IAS welcomes international scholars in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. Learn more here .


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

I want to develop or produce a radio show, television or film documentary.

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

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

I want to create a website with humanities content.

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.


Spark Grants for Collaboration, Research and Student Engagement
Application Opens: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000 for 18-month awards
Eligible Applicants: Harvard benefits-eligible faculty and/or staff

The HILT Spark Grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. Funding can be used, for example, to pay for a research assistant, hire a graduate student with academic technology expertise, and convene collaborative groups.

As with previous rounds of grants, proposals that build communities of practice around teaching and learning, facilitate high quality assessment practices and educational research, experiment with and document new instructional practices, and/or provide pedagogically-driven tools for teaching and learning (multimedia and instructional technology) are encouraged. 

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

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

The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.

Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

Deadline: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: up to $7,500
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty

This Fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). 

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum--existing or planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed--will be favored.

Deadline: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: up to $7,500
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty

This Fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects--both individual and collaborative--by Harvard faculty in the humanities. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are also eligible.

Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants.

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: February 1, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline (if invited): May 31, 2017
Award Amount: Large Grants: $500,000 to $1M per year for 1 to 2 years; Small Grants: $50,000 to $100,000 per year for 1 to 2 years

Funding is available for work that has particular salience to China and or India that examines topics with local import and the potential for global impact. Projects with a China-India comparative component will also be welcome. It is expected that project activities will not be limited to the Harvard campus but will also include work that happens in China and/or India. Faculty with interest in conducting research in China will have access to space at the Harvard Center Shanghai, and HGI will encourage project teams to make use of the Center as a convening site.

Funding will be provided at two levels:
  • Large Grants: one large grant will be awarded to support multi-faculty, cross-school, cross-discipline, integrative projects on problems or issues of global relevance that build on existing research and include significant collaboration with scholars in China.
  • Small Grants: support innovative, interdisciplinary projects that, like the large grants, focus on issues of global significance that would be unlikely to find funding from other sources. Funding is available at this level for projects with a focus on China, on India, or for comparative work. The majority of the funding, however, is available for projects that are related to China.

Deadline: February 1, 2017 or Rolling
Award Amount: varies based on the type of grant

The Center has a longstanding commitment to support analytical research in the social sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in related disciplines in the University's professional schools. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States. Projects eligible for funding must address these topics.

Faculty grants include, but are not limited to: 
  • Grants for Faculty-Led Seminars; 
  • Grants for Tenure-Track Faculty Book Manuscript Conferences;
  • Medium Grants for Faculty Conferences;
  • Medium Grants for Faculty Research Projects;
  • Research Incubation Fund.

Faculty Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2017; May 1, 2017; August 1, 2017; November 1, 2017
Award Amount: varies based on the type of grant

To better serve the faculty, the program will now review Faculty Grants applications on a rolling basis, every three months. The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year, and will not fund multiple or repeat applications for the same project from collaborating faculty members. The committee gives priority to faculty members who have not previously received grants but will consider consecutive funding for course-based projects, on a case by case basis.

Research Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants that require use of its resources. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopying, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other sites for research.

The Library offers the following grants:
  • Research Support Grants: for scholars whose research requires use of the library's collections;
  • Dissertation Grants: for scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections;
  • Oral History Grants: for scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States.

Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000 payable over one year
Eligible Applicants: Ladder faculty and junior fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows

Funding research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science, the winning projects must either promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, or investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. Reviewers will evaluate applications on intellectual merit, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, and likely impact on all fields of medicine, geography, history and science. 

Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching global solutions. Preference will be given to junior investigators. 

Advance Grants
Deadline: February 8, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for eighteen-month awards

Advance Grants support previous HILT grant recipients aiming to extend the scale and success of their project.


Du Bois Library Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2017 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $2,500 for 4 consecutive weeks in residence at SCUA

Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois's scholarship and activism. These themes include: the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. 

All full time graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply; and, the competition especially encourages applications from early career scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

OSP Deadline: March 24, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified grant amount

The Max van Berchem Foundation supports research projects in Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
OSP Deadline: March 16, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 23, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000

This program  aims to increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalistic training and practice and to encourage greater interaction between scholars of religion and journalists covering international affairs. 

RJIA is a two-pronged initiative: one component of this program offers grants to support cross-sector collaborations at universities with strengths in the study of religion, journalism and media, and international affairs; the second component is a competition for research fellowships awarded to humanities and social science scholars engaged with the study of religion who wish to develop the capacities and interdisciplinary networks necessary to relate their specialist knowledge to media and policy audiences interested in the world affairs.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs
OSP Deadline: March 15, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 22, 2017
Award Amount: $67,500 per year + up to $3,000 in professional development funds

These fellowships place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline: March 14, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 21, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000

Project grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to: 
  • Humanities-based civic conversations;
  • Public lecture, conference and panel discussion;
  • Reading and discussions programs;
  • Film and discussion programs;
  • Museum exhibitions and related programming;
  • Theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion;
  • Oral history projects;
  • Walking tours;
  • Audio tours;
  • Film pre-production and distribution;
  • Websites; and
  • Content-based professional development workshops for teachers.
In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited (see their Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities initiative), and programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.

Millard Meiss Publication Fund
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified; awards are based on the specific needs of each publication

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy.

The Fund encourages applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations. Expenses generated by exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables) are also suitable for consideration. Permission and rental fees/reproduction rights, especially in cases where they are burdensome, are also appropriate.

Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context. 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 and examine American art within an international context and include a significant number of international participants.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
OSP Deadline: March 7, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 14, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 for 1 to 3 years

These grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. 

The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. For example, training opportunities could be offered before or after regularly occurring scholarly meetings, during the summer months, or during appropriate times of the academic year. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.

Creative Writing Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 8, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000

The National Endowment for the Arts' Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2018, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2019.

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program
OSP Deadline: February 28, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 7, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 (Short-Term); up to $250,000 (Long-Term)

The purpose of the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program is to promote, improve, and develop modern foreign languages and area studies at varying levels of education. The program provides opportunities for faculty, teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students to conduct individual and group projects overseas to carry out research and study in the fields of modern foreign languages and area studies.

The program supports both short-term and long-term projects.

New Jazz Works
OSP Deadline: February 27, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 5, 2017
Award Amount: up to $19,000 for up to 3 years

Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader, a member of the ensemble, or by a guest composer. 

Only ensembles may apply to this program. Previously written works, works-in-progress, arrangements, and/or incidental music are not supported by this program.

Exhibition Grants
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified

The Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500-1980). The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or take place in Chicago.

Eligible visual arts include: painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation.

Summer Seminars and Institutes
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000 to $135,000 (Seminars); $60,000 to $225,000 (Institutes)

Summer Seminars and Institutes grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. Seminars and institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks.

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. These programs are designed for a national audience of participants.

2018-2019 Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: housing + monthly remuneration (amount unspecified) + airfare

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)  welcomes applications from high level international scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences, and neurosciences. The IAS will host three distinct fellowship programs for 2018-2019:
  • Brain, Culture and Society (5 to 9 months): this program supports projects that foster dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, cognitive sciences and neurosciences.
  • Blue Sky Research (5 to 9 months): at least three quarters of Fellows (about 15 to 20) will be selected under this non-thematic framework, for which the excellence of the research and his/her project is the essential criterion. 
  • Paris-Sarclay (6 months): in partnership with the University of Paris-Sarclay, IAS offers one chair position for a high-level international researcher in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants are encouraged to submit within one of the following themes: Markets, businesses, work and innovation; Heritage, cultures and knowledge; or Sciences and society.
Applicants are expected to understand French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

Would you like to know more about this program? Please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy.

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The Fund looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life.

Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding.

Short-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $2,000 for 4 weeks

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer approximately 20 short-term research fellowships in 2017. Each grant supports four weeks of research at the Society sometime between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. 

Short-term awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, with candidates who live 50 or more miles from Boston receiving preference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: recent grants range from $30,000 to $120,000

The Foundation focuses on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. 

Projects may include: scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement.

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2017
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

The Foundation offers grants to support catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists, and produced by organizations outside the nation's cultural centers. One-time special projects are preferred. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections.

To be considered, project dates must fall within one year of the funding cycle in which the organization is requesting funds. And, the Foundation is unlikely to provide grants exceeding one third of the proposed publication budget.

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 28, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified funding for travel, accommodation, meals, and incidental conference costs

The 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:

The number of speakers should generally not exceed 15 to 20 persons.

Grants to Organizations
OSP Deadline: February 16, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 25, 2017
Award Amount: up to $30,000 for up to two years

The Graham Foundation makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

For organizations, the Foundation's priorities are to: 
  • assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences;
  • support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation;
  • recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work; and
  • help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the Foundation's support.

Fund for National Projects
OSP Deadline: February 16, 2017
Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 24, 2017
Award Amount: $60,000 to $200,000; grants cannot exceed 50% of a project's total cost
NOTE: Full proposals are due approximately 6 weeks after receiving an invitation to submit

Organizations are encouraged to submit letters of inquiry for projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theater fields, or that improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in dance, jazz and theater, such as:
  • Research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists;
  • Special national meetings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences);
  • Special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.
National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

Creative City
OSP Deadline: February 13, 2017
Deadline: February 21, 2017
Award Amount: up to $10,000

Creative City grants enable artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and that integrate public participation into the artistic process and/or presentation. Artists of all artistic discipline(s) and with roots in diverse cultures, forms and aesthetics are welcome to apply. Examples include but are not limited to: dance, music, visual art, literary art, or multimedia art.

Lead applicants/artists must live within Route 495 in Massachusetts.

OSP Deadline: February 8, 2017
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $9,000

Grants support scholars who study aboriginal languages and cultures of the Americas. Grants may be used for: consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, and equipment.


Special Collections Grants for Researchers
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Award Amount: $2,500
Tenure: 4 to 6 weeks

The College welcomes applications from faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton, Massachusetts, and whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended research in the holdings of either the Sophia Smith Collection, the Smith College Archives, or the Rare Book Collection.

Short-Term Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 15, 2017; February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 (Consortium Fellowship); $4,000 (Loring Fellowship)
Tenure: at least 8 weeks (Consortium); at least 4 weeks (Loring)

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.

The February deadlines are for the following fellowships programs:

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research (R01)
OSP Deadline: January 30, 2017
Deadline: February 5, 2017
Award Amount: the scope of the award should match the proposed project; the maximum project period is 5 years

This program encourages research applications that identify, analyze, and address the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genomic research, health care and technology for individuals, families, communities and society more broadly.

To address the broad scope and reach of genomics in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the social, behavioral and communication sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, economics, and epidemiology as well as the basic, clinical and computational sciences.  

Applications may propose well-integrated single or multi-disciplinary studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed methods may include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.

Science, Technology, and Society
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2017
Deadline: February 2, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified amount; the majority of recent awards range from $100,000 to $500,000

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

Arnold W. Brunner Grant
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000

This grant supports advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation should result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application.

OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000 for a one-year period

The Trust provides awards in the areas of  arts and cultureeducation and youth development, environment  and conservationhealth and human services, and for  civic and public benefit.
Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on ensuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, as a foundation for their future success.

The Trust makes grant awards twice a year to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $25,000 (Spark Grants); up to $50,000 (Planning Grants); up to $100,000 (National Forum Grants); up to $2M (Project and Research Grants)
NOTE: non-federal cost sharing is required in an amount that is equal or greater than the amount of the grant; cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for any grants under $250,000

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For the NLG program, applications must designate one of the following project categories:
  • Community Anchors;
  • National Digital Platform;
  • Curating Collections.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000 (Planning Grants); up to $100,000 (National Forum Grants); up to $500,000 (Research Grants); up to $1M (Project Grants)
NOTE: non-federal cost sharing is required in an amount that is equal or greater than the amount of the grant; cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for any grants under $250,000

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

For the LB21 program, all applications (except early career research) must designate one of the following project categories:
  • Community Anchors;
  • National Digital Platform;
  • Curating Collections.

Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: varies based on each Fellow's level of commitment (stipends generally fall into the following levels: $15K, $30K, $60K, $90K)
Tenure: one year

Fellows can choose to be in residence at the New America headquarters in Washington, DC or one of two offices in New York and San Francisco. New America also accepts applications from those who cannot reside in one of these three areas as long as Fellows  remain involved with the New America community.

Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and/or storytelling. The big idea can be a sweeping reframing of a familiar subject through new research or a new combination of existing research; a masterful presentation of a case study that advances our understanding of a timeless American theme or stress fracture; an innovative new media or academic project to disseminate knowledge about a shared challenge; or a bold policy prescription for moving domestic and international issues forward. 

The goal of the Fellows Program is to support bold, iconoclastic thinkers to work on a book, series of articles, documentary, or another project that would be accessible to a broad audience. 

National Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified financial support
Tenure: September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

National Fellows Program fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to complete an original significant research project with the expectation of generating a publishable manuscript while in residence at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California. Research topics  vary widely, are often policy focused and span a variety of fields including, but not limited to, economics, international relations, diplomacy, history, law, political philosophy, security, privacy and political science. 

Two unique resources frame the Hoover Institution National Fellows program:

Public Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per full-time month (up to $50,400 for 12 months)
Tenure: 6 to 12 months

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. 

Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar Program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.

Awards may be held part time or full time (or part time for some months and full time for other months).

Academy Film Scholars Program
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2017
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Award Amount: $25,000

Through its grants program, the Academy seeks to: promote diversity; bridge the opportunity divide; attract and engage broad new audiences for theatrical motion pictures; provide a platform for underrepresented artists, the full range of film genres, and a variety of viewpoints and approaches; encourage filmmaking as a vocation; and illuminate less visible aspects of filmmaking and the film industry through scholarly research, presentations and discussions.

Grants fund new English-language projects that address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.

Applicants must be established scholars, writers, historians or researchers possessing either a significant record of achievement, or exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments in his or her field. 

Art Works
Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 30, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: February 16, 2017
Award Amount: $10,000 to $100,000 (all grants require a non-Federal match of at least 1:1)
NOTE: This is a Limited Submission Opportunity. The NEA runs two application cycles per year for their Art Works program. Each year, Harvard University may submit one application to only one of these grant cycles. Applicants who wish to apply for either cycle should submit an internal application here
Exception: The NEA considers Harvard museums and the A.R.T. as separate entities.

"Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, the agency welcomes projects that:
  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Multi-Country Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Deadline: January 30, 2017
Award Amount: up to $10,500
Tenure: 3 to 9 months

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Helen Gartner Hammer Scholars-In-Residence Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2017
Award Amount: unspecified monthly stipend + office space
Tenure: one month to one semester

Program provides scholars, artists, writers and communal professionals the opportunity to be in residence at the HBI at Brandeis University while working on significant projects in the field of Jewish women's and gender studies.

Big Read
OSP Deadline: January 19, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 26, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $20,000
NOTE: This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; each institution may submit only one application. If you are interested in applying for an award, please contact Erin Cromack before you apply.

NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs that encourage reading and the participation of diverse audiences. Organizations selected to participate in the NEA Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital guides, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2017
Award Amount: accommodation + living expenses + travel
Tenure: 4 to 12 months

This Fellowship program supports curators, museum professionals and Chinese art history research academics taking part in fellowships in the program's   Participating Institutions In order to realize the goal of promoting international exchange and cooperation in the field of Chinese art, the program requires applicants to be based in museums or institutions in places outside their habitual residence. 

Fields of Fellowships include Chinese art history, curatorship, archaeology, conservation, museum management and museum education.

Digital Extension Grants
OSP Deadline: January 18, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2017
Award Amount: up to $125,000 + an additional $25,000 to fund concrete plans to collaborate and to build networks with scholars at diverse institutions

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users. 

Each grant may provide funding to support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff, software, equipment, travel, or consultant fees. These awards may be taken concurrently with fellowships covering the salary of a project's principal investigator or co-investigators.

Artist Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2017
Award Amount: $12,000

The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines are awarded to primary creators of original works of art.

Under the January deadline, MCC will award fellowships in the following categories:
  • Film & Video;
  • Music Composition; and
  • Photography.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Fall Semester Deadline: January 15, 2017 (for the following September)
Spring Semester: April 15, 2017 (for the following February)
Award Amount: room and board; no stipend
Tenure: 30 to 34 days (during the academic year)

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

For assistance, please contact:
Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Research Development Officer

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