October 2017
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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Deadline: October 11, 2017

The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides bridge funding, seed funding, and enabling subventions to FAS assistant, associate, and tenured faculty, as well as Professors in Residence and Professors of the Practice. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund aims  to propel the scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy, and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. Learn more about this opportunity here

Exploratory Seminars
Deadline: October 23, 2017

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is accepting applications for Exploratory Seminars, an opportunity to convene scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop early-stage ideas and research across the disciplines. To learn more and to apply, please see here


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


The Research Development team will continue to monitor news from Washington regarding Federal research funding. We will share confirmed, substantive information that affects funding for the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. Please send questions, concerns, or news about changes to your current funding to  Jen Corby .
UPDATE:  While the President's full FY18 budget request proposes elimination of funding for NEH, NEA, and IMLS, the three organizations are operating normally at present. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and                                                 the IMLS for more information. Congress is now beginning to work on its                                                     FY18 appropriations process. 


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

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

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

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.


Deadline: October 30, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $20,000 for research and travel; Up to $50,000 for conferences

Research and travel grants support Harvard faculty research and travel on any topic related to East, South, or Southeast Asia. Preference is given to projects that involve more than one country or region of East, South, or Southeast Asia and/or that approach the topic from more than one discipline. Applications submitted by multiple faculty members are encouraged.  

Conference grants support conferences organized by Harvard faculty 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. Preference will be given to faculty who collaborate across more than one School. 

Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount:  Up to $60,000 for conference grants and $50,000 - $100,000 for research grants

The Harvard China Fund administers the Harvard China Faculty Grant Program to advance the research goals of Harvard faculty in collaboration with Chinese partners.  Research proposals are welcome in any field and especially encouraged in the areas of traditional Chinese arts and culture, environmental studies and education. If proposing a conference, it should take place at the Harvard Center Shanghai, preferably before March 2019. Conference proposals are welcome in all research fields.   Preference will be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available from traditional sources.

Deadline: October 16, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 payable over one or two years

The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world.

Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory". 

Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: varies by award type; 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. 

Deadline: October 11, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000
Eligible Applicants:  FAS and SEAS assistant, associate and tenured faculty. Professors-in-residence and Professors of the Practice are also eligible.
The Dean's Competitive Fund for Promising Scholarship is a targeted program that provides funding in the following categories:
  • Bridge funding, to allow faculty to continue work on previously funded research that does not currently have external funding. Faculty who apply in this category should demonstrate that efforts have been made or will be made to obtain new external funding;
  • Seed funding, to encourage faculty to pursue exciting new research directions that might not yet be ready to compete in traditional funding programs; and
  • Enabling subventions, to provide small funds to purchase (or upgrade) critical equipment. Applicants for such funds must have no existing startup funds on which they could draw for this purpose.

Deadline: last day of November, February, May, and August
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

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.

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: November 30, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $25,000 

This fund promotes engagement and collaboration on topics and activities of mutual intellectual interest that connect faculty with other faculty members and/or students across multiple Harvard Schools. The Provost has limited funds to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, working groups, and small-scale conferences.
To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well.
Deadline: 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.
Exploratory Seminars
Deadline: October 23, 2017
Award Amount: up to $18,000

The Exploratory Seminars program  provides funding to scholars, practitioners, and artists for collaboration in an interdisciplinary exploration of early-stage ideas. Our program encourages intellectual risk taking as participants gather in an intensive seminar setting to explore new fields of research and inquiry. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute with all logistical arrangements handled by Radcliffe staff. 


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. 

Rome Prize
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: room and board + a stipend and separate work space; stipends can be for half-term ($16,000) or full-term ($28,000)

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Ancient Studies, Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Medieval Studies, Modern Italian Studies, Musical Composition, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Visual Arts. 

Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be U.S. citizens at the time of the application. The tenure of the fellowship is  11 months; 5-month fellowships are offered in Design and Historic Preservation & Conservation; applicants in Architecture, Historic Preservation & Conservation, and Landscape Architecture have a choice of either full or half term.

Visiting Scholars Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 27, 2017
Award Amount: annual stipend of $60,000 plus health insurance

The Academy's Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. The fellowship is a one-year post-doctoral fellowship with a mutual option to renew for a second year. To be eligible, candidates must have received the Ph.D. degree no more than four (4) years before the application deadline date, and must have the degree in hand no later than August 1, 2018. Applicants may not hold a tenure-track teaching appointment nor have previously published a scholarly monograph. 

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsore Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: $35,000 for a twelve-month stipend

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture through 1876--is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The American Antiquarian Society is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $30,000

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of permanent residents. The tenure of the award is one year.

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $6,000 over an eight-week grant period

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication and to independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

The grants are for tenure-track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities. Tenured professors are not eligible for support through this mechanism.  Applicants may not apply for both a Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship and a Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant in the same fellowship year.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
OSP Deadline: November 1, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 8, 2017
Award Amount: varies by award type; see details below

This mechanism funds collaborative work in China studies. In this cycle of competitions ACLS invites proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective. Projects may, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and dynamic populations of China. Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.

The program supports collaborative work of three types:
  • Planning Meetings: Grants up to $6,000 for one-day meetings to develop topics selected by participants. These brainstorming sessions may lead to workshops or conferences, but that is not required.
  • Workshops: Grants of $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting. Workshops are not mini-conferences for presentation of formal papers describing work already completed.
  • Conferences: Grants up to $25,000 for formal conferences for presentation of significant new research to be published in a conference volume.

Franklin Research Grants 
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $6,000 

This program provides small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years.

Asian Cultural Council
Individual Fellowship Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 9, 2017
Award Amount: individually determined

The Individual Fellowship Program is open to individuals (or up to two collaborators) undertaking trips ranging from one to six months for research, study, or exploration. Toward the mission of advancing understanding through cultural exchange, ACC's first priority is to support activities that involve cultural immersion; meaningful cross-cultural engagement; and relationship building, collaboration, or exchange of best practices among peers. 

These fellowships support professional artists, arts administrators, scholars, and graduate/post-graduate students working in the following fields: archaeology; architecture; art history; arts administration; arts criticism; conservation; crafts, curation; dance; ethnomusicology; film/video/photography; literature (for travel to and from Japan only); museum studies; music; theater; and visual art.  

Endangered Archives Programme: Research Grants
OSP Deadline for Preliminary Application: November 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Application: November 17, 2017
Award Amount: up to  £10,000 (Pilot Project); up to £50,000 (Major Project)

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

The specific focus of this program is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society's development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.

John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount: $2,100 per month (Short Term Fellowships); $4,200 per month (Long Term Fellowships)

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months, and l ong-term fellowships are available for periods of  five to ten months. Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply. 

Scholar Grants
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000 to $35,000

The Foundation offers grants to support scholars while on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing. Grants fund research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences.

The Foundation encourages applications with matching funds from other sources. The total of the grant funds awarded by the CCK Foundation and other organizations must not exceed the recipient's annual salary. The tenure of the award is one year.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000

The Clark (in Williamstown, MA) offers between ten and sixteen residential Fellowships each year. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.
Given the intense competition for fellowships, The Clark does not normally make awards to those who have received their PhD within the last four years. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity. The tenure of the award is for one to ten months. 

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 29, 2017
Award Amount: varies by sponsoring institution

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellows work on projects that forge and strengthen connections among library collections, educational technologies, and current research. The program offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities. Host institutions benefit from fellows' field-specific expertise by gaining insights into their collections' potential uses and users, scholarly information behaviors, and current teaching and learning practices within particular disciplines. Fellows are placed at diverse institutions from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges in the United States and Canada. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of subject expertise or geographic preference.

Fellowship Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017; February 1, 2018 (Mellon Fellowships)
Award Amount: $21,000 (Junior Fellow); $35,000 (Fellow); $17,500 stipend plus housing allowance of $3,000/month (Mellon Fellowship) 
The Library (located in Washington, D.C.) offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape studies. Applicants may apply for the following fellowship types:
  • Junior Fellowships: for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university;
  • Fellowships: for scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research; 
  • Summer Fellowships: for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape scholars on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study;
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies: offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Please note the deadline for this fellowship opportunity is February 1.
There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity. The tenure of the award is for one or two terms.

Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 9, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 17, 2017
Award Amount: see details below

The Foundation is interested in funding academics in the historical humanities, regardless of nationality or place of work. Grants are awarded based on academic significance and the quality of the research project. Projects in the following fields are particularly supported:
  • Archaeology
  • History of Art
  • Historical Islamic Studies
  • History
  • History of Science
  • History of Law
  • Prehistory and Early History
The November deadline does not apply to funding requests under 15,000 euros; smaller funding amounts are granted on a rolling basis, and the Foundation responds to requests in three to four months. 

Security, Society, and the State
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount: see details 

The "Security, Society and the State" research program targets new security-related issues that are prime examples of the post-Cold-War era but have been largely neglected in mainstream research. The program is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 25, 2017 
Award Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses 

These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. 

The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute (in Los Angeles, CA) following the fellowship period. Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2018-19 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.

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.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: $33,000

The  Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fellowships will be awarded for 2018-19 in Sculpture and the History of Art and Architecture.

Fellowships are portable and tenable anywhere. The tenure of the award is one academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $50,000

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) will award over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within the many general fields contained within the library's holdings, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening. 

The tenure of these awards is  1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts. There are no citizenship requirements;  exceptions include the three long-term fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which requires recipients be either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. for three years preceding application. 

School of Historical Studies Membership
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: $75,000 (full year); $37,500 (one term)

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy and modern international relations. Each year, the Institute hosts a community of scholars from around the world to pursue their own research while in residence (Princeton, New Jersey). 

The School takes into account the stage of the scholar's academic career when considering the list of publications, but in general applicants should have at least several articles already published in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible. The tenure of the award is for one or two terms. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.

School of Social Science Membership
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $70,000

Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2018-19 is "Crisis and Critique" but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. The Institute fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme. Each year, between 20 and 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science (in Princeton, New Jersey). Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. The tenure of the award is for one academic year. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.

U.S.-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative
OSP Deadline: October 25, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 per year for up to two years

This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions. The Japan Foundation hopes that Japan scholars and students from all three regions and across many disciplines will benefit mutually from the creation of scholarly networks and the sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work. Projects will be based at U.S. institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S., and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan.

Visiting Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 11, 2017
Award Amount:  Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester.

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. The Kroc Institute seeks applications for Visiting Research Fellows for 2017-18 in the following areas:
  • Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
  • Conflict-related Migration and Diaspora Communities 
  • Peace Studies (open)

Program in China Studies: Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 8, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000

Postdoctoral fellowships support scholars who are preparing their Ph.D. dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The ACLS intends to support work based on the applicant's research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English.  A working knowledge of Chinese is required.  Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. 

An applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2009. The tenure of the award is one to two semesters. An applicant must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a U.S. or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a Ph.D. from any institution.  

Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs:  Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 25, 2017
Award Amount: $55,000, plus up to $3,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities

These fellowships support scholars in the  humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts and who desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

In 2018-19 three universities (Arizona State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison) are partnering with ACLS to establish links between their schools of arts and sciences and schools or programs of media and journalism. Fellows may choose to take up residence at one of this year's three partnering institutions or they may take up the fellowship at any location suitable for pursuing their projects. All fellows are required to participate in two program-sponsored symposia during the academic year. The tenure of the award is one academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount: $65,000 stipend, plus medical insurance, moving assistance of $1,500, and additional research support of $2,500

The Mahindra Humanities Center invites applications for one-year postdoctoral fellowships in connection with the Center's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. The migration "crisis" makes it imperative for humanists to reflect on the foundational concepts and values of our disciplines in addressing the representation of others as they are recognized in the norms of cultural citizenship. The issues the seminar will explore include: the ethics of hospitality; modes of cosmopolitanism; negotiation of cultural "differences" under duress; the role played by interpretation and cultural translation in enhancing processes of social integration.

The Center welcomes applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with migration and the humanities. For 2018-19 the Center is particularly interested in proposals that engage with migration, cultural memory, and the archive. Applicants for 2018-19 fellowships must have received a doctorate or terminal degree in or after May 2015. Applicants without a doctorate or terminal degree must demonstrate that they will receive a doctorate or terminal degree in a related discipline on or before August 2018.

MAP Fund
OSP Deadline: October 23, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 30, 2017
Award Amount: $10,000 - $45,000

MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. As an anti-racist organization that does not support cultural appropriation, or oppressive project language, structures, or content, MAP supports artists who are trying to offer alternative artistic and social paradigms.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline: December 11, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 18, 2017
Award Amount:  $7,500 max. (Standard); $15,000 max. ("Incentive" Grants)

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. 

Collaborative Research Grants
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 per year over one to three years; awards for conferences do not exceed $65,000

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel and archival research; field work; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.  Eligible projects include: 
  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and
  • archaeological projects that emphasize interpretation, data reuse, and dissemination of results.

Dialogues on the Experience of War
OSP Deadline: October 26, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 2, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000
As a part of its current initiative,  Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, NEH offers the Dialogues on the Experience of War program. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. The humanities sources can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, and film, and they may and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. The discussions are intended to promote serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

The program awards grants that will support:
  1. The recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and
  2. following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs.
The discussion programs can take place on college and university campuses, in veterans' centers, at public libraries and museums, and at other community venues. Most of the participants in the discussion programs should be military veterans; others, such as men and women in active service, military families, and interested members of the public, may participate as well.

Please note: This is a limited submission opportunity.  In response to this opportunity, Harvard University, as a single institution, may put forward up to three (3) proposals to the NEH. Please contact Erin Hale (erin_hale@fas.harvard) if you are interested in applying.

Humanities Connections
OSP Deadline: October 10, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: October 17, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 over 18 to 36 months

Grants support the development and implementation of an integrated set of courses and student engagement activities focusing on significant humanities content. A common topic, theme, or compelling issue or question must link the courses and activities. The linked courses (a minimum of three) may fulfill general education or core curriculum requirements but could also be designed primarily for students in a particular major or course of study. The Humanities Connections program gives special encouragement to projects that foster collaboration between humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and pre-service or professional programs in business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other non-humanities fields.

Humanities Connections projects have two core features:
  1. Faculty from at least two separate departments or schools at a single institution must collaborate to devise new curricular arrangements; and
  2. Projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities that relate directly to the topic(s) of the linked courses. These activities could include individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; opportunities for civic engagement; or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning. Community organizations and cultural institutions can play key roles in this regard.

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
OSP Deadline: November 29, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: up to $100,000 per year for one to three years 

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
OSP Deadline: November 28, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2017
Award Amount: $40,000 (Planning Grants); $350,000 (Implementation Grants)
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Senior Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2017

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts offers senior fellowships for full-time research. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Awards are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. 

Senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. The tenure of the award is one or two terms.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 18, 2017
Award Amount: stipends are individually determined

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2018 through May 2019. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation . Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the vibrant cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene.

Schomburg Center: Scholars-in-Residence Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount: $35,000 for 6-9 months (Long Term Fellowships); $2,500 per month for 1-3 months (Short Term Fellowships) 

The Scholars-in-Residence Program offers both long-term and short-term fellowships designed to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, literature, and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among scholars and writers in residence at the Schomburg Center. The Schomburg Center is a world-renowned repository of sources on every facet of the African diasporic experience, with extensive holdings including numerous unique manuscript and archival collections as well as a comprehensive range of publications, photographs, films, audio recordings, and visual art. Both long-term and short-term fellowships are awarded for continuous periods in residence at the Schomburg Center. 

Long- and Short-Term Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Long-Term Fellowships Sponsor  Deadline: November 15, 2017
Short-Term Fellowships Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (Long-Term); $2,500 per month (Short-Term)

Newberry Fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library (Chicago, IL) offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.
Short-Term Fellowships (with a tenure of one to two months) are primarily intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry's collection and are mostly restricted to individuals who live outside the Chicago area. Long-Term Fellowships (with a tenure of four to nine months) are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the collection, which are: American History and Culture; American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Chicago and the Midwest; Genealogy and Local History; History of the Book; Manuscripts and Archives; Maps, Travel, and Exploration; Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies; Music; and Religion.  

Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. Full citizenship requirements for each opportunity can be viewed here

The Newberry Library
Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Award
OSP Deadline: December 8, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $9,000

This award supports the publication of scholarly books on European civilization before 1700 in the areas of music, theater, cultural studies, or French or Italian literature. Applicants must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request.  The purpose of this award is to enable the publication of works of the highest quality either:
  • by making it possible to publish a work in a particularly appropriate way (with special typography plates, or appendices, for example) that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive; or
  • by significantly reducing the cover price, allowing the publication to reach a wider audience.
Once these criteria are met, preference will be given to publications that:
  • are unique, unusual in concept or execution, or that represent a departure from the normal habits of a given publishing house or entity; or
  • bring into print previously unpublished source materials; or
  • promise to reach the broadest possible audience for the type of book envisioned.  

Bellagio Center Residency Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount:  room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. 

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 Arts & Literary Arts Residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in The Rockefeller Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

Artist Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $1,500

These grants provide support to artists to do their work. Fellowships are awarded in the following disciplines: cultural heritage, dance/theater, film/video, literature, interrelated media, music, and visual arts. Awarded fellows also complete a community benefit component to give back to the community. Community benefit work may take the form of a dancer conducting a movement class for seniors or a painter working with the high school painting and decorating class. Individual artists who are residents of Somerville at the time of applying and did not receive a Fellowship award in 2016 or 2017 are eligible.

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)
  • Audience Engagement (up to $20,000)
  • Additional opportunities by nomination

Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants
OSP Deadline: December 1, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 8, 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.
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.

Harry Ransom Center  Research Fellowships in the Humanities
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $3,500 per month

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its  collectionsThe fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. The tenure of the aware is one to three months. There is no citizenship requirement for this opportunity.

OSP LOI Deadline: October 20, 2017
Sponsor LOI Deadline: October 27, 2017
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (Incubator Grants); up to $100,000 (Artistic Production Support)   

VIA Art Fund focuses its grantmaking on projects in the field of contemporary art that are mounted beyond traditional exhibition environments and take place outside the museum or gallery walls. Nonprofit organizations and institutions, as well as individual artists and curators, may apply for production support for new artistic commissions that take place within the public realm or in non-traditional exhibition environments.  Proposals considered under the incubator grant category include experimental curatorial projects and exhibition series; discursive programming and public symposia; research and educational initiatives; innovative digital and new media platforms; publications and scholarly journals; and artist-in-residence programs.

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals 
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2017 (Long-Term); November 15, 2017 (Short-Term)
Award Amount: $50,000 (Long-Term); $4,000 per month (Short-Term)

Currently, the Center (in Florence, Italy) offers fifteen full-year post-doctoral fellowships and several shorter fellowships annually. The  Berenson Library, with holdings of nearly 185,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 600 scholarly journals, includes an extensive and historically important photograph collection, an archive that documents the lives and work of Bernard and Mary Berenson, and the  Morrill Music Library, considered one of the finest in the world for medieval and Renaissance music.

Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations. The tenure of long term awards is twelve months, and the tenure of short term awards is four to six months. 

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Malkiel Scholars Award
OSP Deadline: November 21, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount:  $17,500 stipend ($10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year)

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program supports junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society, and whose service addresses the need for a more inclusive, responsive academic culture on their campus for peers and students. Eligible applicants must be tenure-track faculty who have passed their third-year review or their institution's equivalent.

For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer
pbelisle@fas.harvard.edu | 617-496-7672

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