March 2019
Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Harvard's central office, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), must review and approve all proposal submissions. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

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NEWS & RESOURCES
UPCOMING INTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DEADLINES
Whiting Foundation for Public Engagement Programs
INTERNAL DEADLINE: March 18, 2019 at 11:30pm
These programs fund ambitious, often collaborative projects to infuse into public life the richness, profundity, and nuance that give the humanities
their lasting value. Learn more about Fellowships and Seed Grants .

The FEDERAL FUNDING CLIMATE & UPDATES

The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. 

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

NEW TO CAMPUS? 

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

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

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

Fellowships or grants that are portable and tenable anywhere.
Fellowships with a residency requirement within the greater Boston area.

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

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

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

I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program for the public or engage in community revitalization.
I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.

Indicates an UPDATED or NEW opportunity added this month.

I NTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES


AsiaCenterFacultyGrant
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Award Amount: TBD

The Asia Center offers:
  • Grants to support conferences organized by Harvard faculty members in pairs or small groups. Topics must involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and must approach the topic from more than one discipline;
  • Grants to support seminar series organized by Harvard faculty members, preferably in pairs or small groups; and
  • Grants to support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia.
Updated award amounts will be made available in mid-February. 
 


DavidRockefeller
Faculty Grants
Deadline: March 16, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see details

Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRCLAS supports collaborative research; course-based field trips; curriculum development; individual research; research conferences and workshops. The program will accept only one proposal per faculty applicant per year.


Elson
Deadline: March 29, 2019
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Elson Family Arts Initiative Fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS. The Elson Fund is intended to introduce art-making activities into parts of the curriculum where art-making has not traditionally been inserted. Artist instructors, however, may apply for Elson funds to support innovative projects that could not be pursued without additional funding. The Committee will give preference to proposals that incorporate the use of the newly opened Artlab and Annex spaces. 


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

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities. Harvard  full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty are eligible to apply.


HarvardDataScienceCompetitiveFund
Competitive Research Fund
Deadline: March 11, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 - $100,000

The Harvard Data Science Initiative is connecting faculty and students across all schools to advance a new science of data. By asking the right questions, driving breakthrough scientific advances, and working with data of a size and variety that was previously unimaginable, we can make startling discoveries, promote better decisions, and effect positive change. The 2019 DSI Competitive Research Fund will support planning grants that coalesce and accelerate methodologically-focused research. For applied work, we are especially interested in projects that intersect with or are likely to have impact within or across the DSI's research themes:
  1. Data-Driven Scientific Discovery (includes discovery of new materials, drug and gene discovery, environment, astronomy, neuroscience)
  2. Markets and Networks (includes networks and influence, innovation and crowds, digital economy, jobs, data-driven decisions, blockchain)
  3. Personalized Health (includes precision medicine, precision public health, medical informatics, diagnostics, personal devices)
  4. Evidence-Based Policy (includes equality of opportunity, healthcare economics, democracy and governance, climate change -- resilience and mitigation)
 

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

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


HILTSpark
Spark Grants
Deadline: March 20, 2019
Award Amount: up to $15,000

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

MiltonFund
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Milton Fund supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, 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. 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 solutions.


CourseInnovation
Course Innovation Funds
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: $2,500

This fund provides support for the improvement of existing undergraduate courses or the creation of new ones. These courses should be innovative or improved in some distinctive way (new pedagogical approaches, the development of intensive writing assignments or public speaking components, etc.). Preference is given to proposals involving courses central to the overall undergraduate program (e.g. a new course in General Education) or to concentration needs (e.g. introductory courses in a concentration or those required by closely related fields, tutorials or junior seminars, etc.). Ordinarily, one course per applicant will be supported in any given year. Successful applicants must intend to offer the course on a regular basis. OUE can also offer small sums of money for one-time special opportunities that would enhance a specific course, such as a guest lecture, performance, or short field trip.


Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund  assists assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. For example, this might include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices. 

The Tenured Publication Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.


WeatherheadCanada
Canada Program Faculty Funding
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: unspecified; budget required with application

The Canada Program invites proposals from Harvard faculty, departments, and schools across the University, for research funding, or for support in hosting short-term visiting scholars, policy practitioners, and public figures who are engaged in Canadian comparative topics. Visiting Canadianists are welcome to present at Harvard faculty workshops or conferences, or to offer guest lectures for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. 


EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.  


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

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


AmHistoricalJameson
J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 1, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is offered annually by the  John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress  and the American Historical Association to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. At the time of application, applicants must hold the PhD or equivalent and must have received this degree within the past seven years. The fellowship will be awarded for two to three months to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress. Winners will be notified in June and can take residency at their discretion any time until August of the following year. 
  

AmericanJewishHS
Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 20, 2019
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Sid and Ruth Lapidus Fellowship supports one or more researcher(s) wishing to use the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City. Preference is given to researchers interested in 17th and 18th century American Jewish history. At the discretion of the awards committee, the fellowship funds may also be applied to subsidizing publication of a first book in the field of American Jewish history, again with preference given to works in early American Jewish history.


BaylorOralHistory
Charlton Oral History Research Grant
OSP Deadline: April 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Baylor University Institute for Oral History invites individual scholars with training and experience in oral history research who are conducting oral history interviews to apply for support. With this grant, the Institute seeks to partner with one scholar who is using oral history to address new questions and offer fresh perspectives on a subject area in which the research method has not yet been extensively applied. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research on local, national, or international subjects is welcome.  
  

BogliascoFoundation
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2019
Award Amount: room, board, and studio space for one month

The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy's most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work. The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts - without regard to nationality, age, race, or gender. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. The tenure of the award is one month during the academic year. 


BostonAtheneum
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 15, 2019
Award Amount: varies by type

The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year's membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.  


CMAcommission
Classical Commissioning Program
OSP Deadline: March 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 5, 2019
Award Amount:  Grants include a composer's fee of up to $20,000, a $1,000 honorarium for each ensemble member (up to ten) for rehearsing the new piece, and copying costs of up to $1,000.

Chamber Music America's Classical Commissioning Program provides grants for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. The program supports works scored for 2-10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.   


CollegeArtMillarMeiss
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: 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. Applications are judged in relation to two criteria: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance. 


CLIRDigitizing
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 3, 2019
Award Amount:  $50,000 - $250,000 for single-institution applications; $50,000 - $500,000 for collaborative, multi-institution applications

This program is for digitizing rare and unique content in collecting institutions. The program coheres around six core values:

  • Scholarship: The program is designed to maximize its impact on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.
  • Comprehensiveness: The program supports digitization projects that will provide thorough coverage of an important topic or topics of high interest to scholars, in ways that help those scholars understand digitized sources' provenance and context.
  • Connectedness: The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution.
  • Collaboration: The program promotes strategic partnerships rather than duplication of capacity and effort.
  • Sustainability: The program promotes best practices for ensuring the long-term availability and discoverability of digital files created through digitization.
  • Openness: The program ensures that digitized content will be made available to the public as easily and completely as possible, given ethical and legal constraints.
 
Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject. Any standards, technologies, or tools may be applied, so long as they lead to the creation of digitized content and web-accessible metadata.


CCAndyWarholFoundation
Arts Writers Grant Program
OSP Deadline: May 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 20, 2019
Award Amount:  not specified; each applicant must submit a budget request for a period of one year; awards ranged from $15,000 - $50,000 in the 2018 cycle

The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. By "contemporary visual art," the Foundation means visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields - architecture, design, film, theater/performance, sound, etc. - will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art. Projects with a pre-WWII component will only be considered if the project's main focus is contemporary.  


EinsteinForum
Einstein Fellowship
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2019
Award Amount:   EUR 10,000 + housing and travel reimbursements

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert Einstein.

The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in the garden cottage of Einstein`s own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg, only a short distance away from the universities and academic institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.


EndangeredLanguage
Language Legacies Grants
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $4,000

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language documentation and revitalization, and for linguistic fieldwork. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics, although projects which have immediate applicability to one group and more distant applicability to the other will also be considered. Support for publication is a low priority, although it will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. 
  


FritzThyssen
Conferences
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: detailed budget required

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics.  An application can be filed in the following areas of support:
Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.
  


FrommMusicFoundation
Fromm Commission
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individual
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2019
Award Amount: $12,000

The Fromm commission is available for all types of compositions regardless of idiom, instrumentation, style, or the use of technology. Submissions in jazz, hybrid, electronic, or other idioms are welcome. The commission is to create a new work and cannot be applied to projects that have been awarded other commissions or previously composed. The composer must apply directly.


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

The Henderson Foundation's grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The Foundation encourages applications for projects in all neighborhoods of the city of Boston that concerns parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings; creation of new public sculpture and gardens; restoration of historic monuments; and other projects that enhance quality of life and sense of place, while demonstrating design excellence. Grants are made only for projects within Boston city limits and to projects that are accessible and visible to the public. Grants are not made to individuals. Grants are made for restoration and preservation activities, but not for routine care or maintenance (as defined by National Park Service technical standards.)


GladysBrooks
Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000

The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries and education.
 
Grants for Libraries:   Applications will be considered for resource endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies, and equipment are encouraged.
 
Grants for Educational Institutions:   Applications will be considered for: educational endowments to fund scholarships; endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs; and erection or endowment of buildings and equipment for educational purposes.


GladysDelmas
Humanities Program
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.


HLuceAmericanArt
American Art Exhibitions
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: April 1, 2019 
Award Amount: unspecified; recent awards range from $100,000 to $300,000

The Henry Luce Foundation's  American Art Program  supports scholarly loan exhibitions that significantly advance the study and understanding of art of the United States, including all facets of Native American art. Eligible projects may address any time period and/or medium, excepting performance art, film, and the work of emerging artists, and must result in substantial exhibitions and accompanying publications. Proposals will be judged on the aesthetic and historical merit of the art under consideration, as well as on the intellectual rigor and originality of the exhibition's conceptual framework. Competitive projects will be concertedly focused on original art objects of distinct quality.


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

The David B. Larson Fellowship seeks to encourage the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the scientific study of the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a period of six to twelve months of concentrated use of the collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency in the Library's John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center is located in the splendid Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, and it furnishes attractive work and discussion space for its scholars as well as easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. If necessary, special arrangements may be made with the National Library of Medicine for access to its materials as well.


MassHumanitiesDiscuss
Discussion Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: April 1, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3,000; o rganizations must demonstrate a cash cost-share that equals or exceeds 10 percent of the MH funds requested, and the total cost-share (cash and in-kind) must equal or exceed the MH funds requested.

Discussion Grants are made for public humanities projects that center around moderated discussions-along with any other humanities-based project format. Partly inspired by traditional Reading & Discussion series, a Discussion Grant project may be a series of events, such as a film-and-discussion series; it may be a one-time event that includes active reflecting and discussing; or it may be something different, such as the creation of an exhibit or walking tour along with a discussion. Rather than requiring reading, Discussion Grant projects allow for the exchange of thoughts, opinions, and ideas in response to almost any kind of text or event: films, talks, performances, tours, exhibits, lectures, and more.


MassHumanities
Project Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 25, 2019
Award Amount: up to $7,500; o
rganizations must demonstrate a cash cost-share that equals or exceeds 10 percent of the MH funds requested, and the total cost-share (cash and in-kind) must equal or exceed the MH funds requested.

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


MaxvanBerchem
Grants
OSP Deadline: March 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 31, 2019
Award Amount: detailed budget is required

The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate.  In recent years, the Foundation has financed archaeological excavations, research projects and studies in Islamic art and architecture in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Turkmenistan and India. It has also provided financial support for epigraphical projects in France (the Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique), Spain, Italy, Palestine, China, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Bengal.  


MellonACLSPublicFellows
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 13, 2019
Award Amount:  $68,000 per year, health insurance coverage for the fellow, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship

This year, the program will place up to 21 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. Competitive applicants will be able to demonstrate sincere interest in the field of work of their selected fellowship and will have a record of success in both academic and extra-academic endeavors.


NEAChallengeAm
Challenge America
OSP Deadline: April 4, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 11, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000; also requires a minimum $10,000 match

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as an appropriate way to engage with the identified underserved audience. 


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

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

NEHFellowships
Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.


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

Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced Japanese language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents, onsite interviews, or other direct contact in Japanese. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.


NEHMellonDigital
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: April 10, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.  All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.


  NEHInstitutesDigHum
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
OSP Deadline: March 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 26, 2019
Award Amount: $250,000

The Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (IATDH) program supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through this program NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars and practitioners using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. The institutes 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. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic. These professional development programs may focus on a particular computational method, such as network or spatial analysis. They may also target the needs of a particular humanities discipline or audience.


NatFilmPreservation
Basic Preservation Grants
Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019
OSP Deadline: April 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 26, 2019
Award Amount: up to $20,000

Grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities. The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of:
  • New film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks)
  • Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print
  • Closed captioning for sound films destined for online or television exhibition


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

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

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


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

The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.


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


Sundance
Documentary Fund
OSP Deadline: 5 business days before submission
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by award type; see details below

The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.

Funding is available in the following categories:
  • Development (up to $15,000)
  • Production/Post-Production (up to $40,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

TerraAcademicWorkshop
Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 15, 2019
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.
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.


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

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant will be awarded to writers in the process of completing a book-length work of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction for a general readership. It is intended for multiyear book projects requiring large amounts of deep and focused research, thinking, and writing at a crucial point mid-process, after significant work has been accomplished but when an extra infusion of support can make a difference in the ultimate shape and quality of the work.

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


WhitingFellowship
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 18, 2019 at 11:30 PM
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal (if nominated): June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: June 14, 2019
Award Amount: $50,000
Eligibility: N ominees must be full-time faculty as of September 2019; they must be pre-tenure, un-tenured, or have received tenure in the last five years. 

The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.  Proposals for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship should be far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public. Strong proposals will show evidence of both the overall strategy and the practical plan to implement the proposed project. Relationships with key collaborators should already be deeply developed, and, in some cases, the nominee and collaborators may have tested the idea in a pilot, or the project itself may already be underway. Nominees may propose to direct funds however will best meet the needs of the project. Funding may not be used to cover indirect costs of administering the program.

Please Note: Harvard is limited to submitting one Fellowship proposal to the Whiting Foundation's competition. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal  here  by March 18, 2019. 


WhitingSeed
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 18, 2019 at 11:30 PM
OSP Deadline for Full Proposal (if nominated): June 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: June 14, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000
Eligibility: Nominees must be full-time faculty as of September 2019; they must be pre-tenure, untenured, or have received tenure in the last five years.

The Whiting Foundation offers Seed Grants for proposals with strong promise that would benefit from additional time and modest resources to deepen the planning, make or strengthen relationships with intended collaborators, or test the waters with a small-scale pilot related to the proposed project. The Seed Grant supports projects at an earlier stage of development than those eligible for the Fellowship Grant. However, proposals for Seed Grant funding should not be in the very first phase of development.  The work proposed should be at the stage where a compelling vision has been fleshed out, including a clear sense of whose collaboration will be required and the ultimate scope and expected outcomes of the final product.  Project proposers should be able to articulate specific short-term next steps required to advance the proposed project and understand the resources required to complete them. 

Please Note: Harvard is limited to submitting one Seed Grant proposal to the Whiting Foundation's competition. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal  here  by March 18, 2019.


  WoodrowWilson
Course Hero-Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 15, 2019
Award Amount: $30,000 (Tenure-Track); $20,000 (Non-Tenure-Track) 

The Course Hero-WW Fellowship is a "genius grant" for outstanding teachers. For junior faculty on the tenure track, the award will emphasize the balance between scholarly excellence and commitment to teaching practice that draws on new approaches to pedagogy, creating a new level of engagement for students in and beyond the classroom. For non-tenure-track instructors, the Fellowship supports overall commitment to excellence in teaching. In short, Fellows will be emerging heroes in their fields, on a clear trajectory to become great college educators.   Exceptional candidates teach in ways that:
  • build student confidence and mastery of a subject;
  • encourage critical thinking;
  • explore foundational concepts through the lens of broader themes and global events;
  • promote the power of learning communities beyond the classroom;
  • leverage technology to complement the classroom experience;
  • consider and serve different learning styles;
  • prepare students for lifelong learning; and
  • can serve as replicable teaching models for other educators.




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