January 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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National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
INTERNAL DEADLINE:  January 8, 2019 at 11:30pm
Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation. A full summary and internal competition information can be found here.


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

UPDATE: NEA, NEH, and NSF are three of the grantmaking agencies currently impacted by a partial shutdown of the federal government. As a result, we anticipate that new awards, funding increments, payments, and prior approvals from these agencies will be delayed. Researchers with active funded grants may continue work during a shutdown. NEA, NEH and NSF will continue to accept proposals pursuant to existing deadlines but they will not be processed until the agencies reopen. IMLS has already received its FY19 appropriation and therefore is not affected by this partial shutdown. 

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


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

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

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Deadline: February 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects by Harvard ladder faculty in the humanities, both individual and collaborative projects. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are also eligible. Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to) research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Expenses associated with travel to collections and archives, as well as travel to conferences, symposia, seminars, film festivals, and other scholarly gatherings are eligible. Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants. The committee hopes that it can fund proposals across all these categories, but if forced to choose, it will give priority to funding travel to do research over travel to present findings.

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.

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

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

Faculty Grants
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Harvard China Fund aims to strengthen the study of China across the University's faculties and schools and to support Harvard's activities within China. For the FY19 grant cycle, the Faculty Grants Program is offering conference and research grants of approximately $50,000 each. Proposed conferences should take place at the Harvard Center Shanghai, preferably before December 2020. Conference proposals in all research fields are welcome. Research proposals are welcome in any field and the fund especially encourages proposals in the areas of traditional Chinese arts and culture, environmental studies and education. Preference will be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available from traditional sources. Proposals are judged partially or fully on the following criteria:
  1. Academic excellence and benefit to or involvement of Harvard faculty
  2. Feasibility, innovation, and interdisciplinary nature
  3. Organizational support (from Harvard and from Chinese universities and relevant institutions)
  4. Potential for impact in China

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.  

In the 2019-20 academic year, HGI will fund research projects in China and India that have the potential for impact both locally and globally. Project activities are not limited to the Harvard campus but also include work that happens in China and/or India. Faculty conducting research in China have access to space at the  Harvard Center Shanghai , and HGI encourages project teams to make use of the Center as a convening site. Faculty from across the Schools who are already working on China and/or India-related topics, as well as those who wish to begin doing so, are invited to apply for funding by submitting preliminary expressions of interest (EOIs).
Funding will be provided at two levels:
  • Large grants will support multi-faculty, cross-school, cross-discipline, integrative projects on problems or issues of global relevance that build on existing research and include significant collaboration with scholars in China. The goal is to help innovative research "scale up" and "scale out." There should thus be a substantial track record of prior work upon which a more ambitious project would be developed. Ideally, such a project should represent not just quantitative enhancement of previous research, but qualitative transformation of that research through heightened collaboration with colleagues in other Schools, disciplines, and countries.
  • Small grants will support innovative, interdisciplinary projects that, like the large grants, focus on issues of global significance that would be unlikely to find funding from other sources. Funding is available at this level for projects with a focus on China and/or on India, or for comparative work. The majority of the funding, however, is available for projects that are related to China. 
The principal investigator must be an active tenure-track faculty member. Students and postdoctoral scholars may participate in a grant under the supervisory auspices of the faculty member who applies for an award. 

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.

Deadline: January 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000

The Fund is intended to foster collaboration between scholars and to support research projects focused on current issues facing Brazil. Proposals are sought for research projects that address education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.

Faculty Awards
Deadline: January 21, 2019
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative (MBB) is an interdisciplinary community of investigators whose research aims to elucidate the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. Faculty awards are intended to support faculty members who want to examine MBB-related issues through interdisciplinary research, education, or experiences. All proposals must be explicitly cross-disciplinary, involving at least two principals, each from a different discipline.   

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: February 22, 2019
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects led by members of the faculty within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Proposals might include performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders. They may involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. Although a direct tie-in with the curriculum is not an absolute requirement, proposals that have a clear connection to existing courses, new courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed will be favored.

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.

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. 


Academy Film Scholars Grants
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award Amount: $25,000

Academy Film Scholars grants are awarded to previously published individuals who are pursuing significant new works of film scholarship. These grants fund research as well as academic and scholarly projects that elevate both filmmaking and film scholarship. Projects must address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Those examining elements of the film industry that have been underrepresented in the canon of film scholarship will be given priority.  Proposed works may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, interactive DVDs, or Internet sites.   

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. 

AAS-NEH Long Term Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-12 months

The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA offers long-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for four to twelve months each year.  Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.  AAS-NEH fellows are expected to be in regular and continuous residence at the Society. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during the tenure of their award. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently. Foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship are eligible. 

Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: $1,850 per month

The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months each year. Several themed short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.

Digital Extension Grants
OSP Deadline: January 9, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 16, 2019
Award Amount: up to $150,000

This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:
  • Develop new systems of making established digital research projects and resources available to broader scholarly audiences and/or scholars from institutions such as colleges and universities that serve underrepresented student populations (including HBCUs and HSIs), as well as institutions that historically have been underrepresented in digital humanities research, such as community colleges, regional public colleges and universities, and smaller private colleges.
  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds interdisciplinary reach or that diversifies the digital domain by incorporating materials or perspectives that have been underrepresented in the digital humanities.
  • Enhance established digital research projects by fostering new team-based collaborations among scholars at a range of career stages, with a special emphasis upon convening and training communities of faculty and graduate students, as well as expanding opportunities for scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure.
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

AMS 75 PAYS Subventions
OSP Deadline: N/A; a pplications should come directly from publishers, in consultation with the author.
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $5,000

AMS 75 PAYS Subventions provide support for the publication of first books by scholars in the early stages of their career. The purpose of this subvention is to facilitate the publication of original and significant research in any recognized field of musicology by providing financial support to publishers in order to offset the costs of book production and thereby reduce the retail price of the book. Applications should come directly from publishers, in consultation with the author. Applications should be made after the work is complete and readers' reports and author's responses are in hand. Books receiving subventions should appear in print no later than twenty-four months after the date of application.

Subventions for Publications
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $2,500

The American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, essay collections, articles, chapters in essay collections, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers. Examples include costs related to illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing. Author subventions required by publishers are not eligible for reimbursement. Subventions are granted for any topic of musicological research.  

OSP Deadline: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: varies by project 

Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The foundation values the contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and encourages proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners.

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: living quarters, separate private studios, and full board for one month

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.  Residencies at the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy last 32 or 33 days and are scheduled during the two semesters of the academic year: Fall (mid-September to the third week of December) and Spring (Early January to the third week of May). This deadline is for the Fall 2019 semester.

OSP Deadline for Concept Paper: January 25, 2019 
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: February 1, 2019 
Award Amount: $5,000 - $50,000

Grants are awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for civic and public benefit. Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on insuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children, as a foundation for their future success. The Trust makes grant awards twice a year to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest.

New Jazz Works
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2019
Award Amount:  up to $19,000 in Core funding, plus $15,000 for continued life of the work + $3,000 in administrative support

Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or a member of the ensemble.  Previously written works, works-in-progress, arrangements, chamber opera, and/or incidental music are not supported by this program. If the new work will be written as part of a multi-disciplinary project, it must also be a stand-alone work for performance. 

Conference/Seminar/Workshop Grants
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $25,000

The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to the Foundation's goals and objectives. The Foundation is deeply committed to its mission of encouraging scholars at academic institutions throughout the world to undertake research projects in the humanities and social sciences that can shed new light on Chinese culture and society, as well as engage in international cooperation and exchange. Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. The academic background of the participants and the significance of the meeting will be key factors in the evaluation process. In principle, the Foundation does not provide funding for annual meetings.

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. 

Multi-Country Research Fellowship
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2019
Award Amount: up to $10,500

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the U.S., at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research centerThe award is for a minimum of 90 days and Fellows may travel and carry out research between the period of May 2019 and November 2020. (The 90 day travel minimum can be split into multiple trips and does not need to be consecutive.)

NEH Senior Research Fellowship
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 24, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for four months

The CAORC National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Senior Research Fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities. Fellowship awards are for four consecutive months.  Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.  Applicants must propose four consecutive months of research in an American overseas research center in one of the following countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.  Fellows may travel and carry out research for four consecutive months between the period of May 2019 to November 2020.

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: $50,000 in direct project funding + $50,000 in career development services

Creative Capital helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices.  Creative Capital takes chances on artists by supporting bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas.  Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with colleagues, and consistent engagement with Creative Capital staff, the program provides artists with the resources they need at strategic moments in their processes, including consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; an orientation meeting; Artist Retreats and Regional Gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and more. A full list of supported disciplines can be found here.

2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 10, 2019
Award Amount: $40,500 for 9 months or $54,000 for 12 months; $5,000 in additional research funding

The Davis Center Fellows Program offers comprehensive research, training, and professional development opportunities for scholars advancing their careers within the social sciences and humanities. Fellows pursue their research with support from an interdisciplinary community of experts, and with access to world-class resources. The program provides scholars with experiences and connections that endure well beyond their fellowship year. The Center welcomes research proposals on all topics related to the study of Eurasia. This year's program will not be structured around an overarching theme. The program is for junior scholars who will have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2019, but no earlier than September 2013.

U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program
OSP Deadline for Concept Note: February 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Note: February 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $75,000

The Eurasia Foundation invites project applications from nonprofit organizations and institutions seeking to expand U.S.-Russian communication and cooperation. EF will fund innovative projects promoting U.S.-Russian collaboration in professional and cultural areas of mutual interest to the United States and Russia, including but not limited to entrepreneurship, social inclusion, public health, community service, volunteerism, science and technology, and the arts. All P2P projects should include or culminate in concrete deliverables, including but not limited to offering newly-developed training sessions, lectures, conferences, video/music productions, art exhibits, performances, etc. Projects should emphasize U.S.-Russian collaboration and knowledge exchange in their design. While conducting the funded project, implementers should have varied and plentiful opportunities to substantively engage with their international partners. Engagement can be achieved through co-hosted webinars, joint events in the U.S. and Russia, bilateral presentations, international volunteer engagement, collaborative performances, or through other creative activities.

OSP Deadline: February 21, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 28, 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.

Grants for the Arts
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $7,500

The Foundation expects its grants to encourage "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists, and communities. Specific programs of interest include art for viewing and listening; art education in school; art and performing arts festivals; art (murals and sculpture) that beautifies or inspires a community; programs that bring symphony, opera, and theatre to the community; and adult and/or children's museum education programs. Applications are accepted from organizations headquartered in the Boston area or Seacoast New Hampshire. 

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.

Grants to Organizations
OSP Deadline: February 15, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 25, 2019
Award Amount: up to $30,000 

The Graham Foundation fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.  The Foundation offers Production and Presentation Grants to organizations.  These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.  

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: stipend of €2,000/month for a maximum of ten months plus €1000 towards international travel and the possibility of a funded stay for up to two months at the Collège d'études mondiales of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (CEM-FMSH) in Paris, France 

IIAS Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers from around the world who wish to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. Researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication are also welcome.  The  IIAS is particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters, Asian CitiesAsian Heritages, and Global Asia ; however, some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Fellows are in residence in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, New York City, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The foundation looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience, gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production, and promises a reasonable shelf life. Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding. Book projects to which a university press, nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.  

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2019
Award Amount:  varies; covers airfare, accommodation, and living expenses for four to twelve months

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme supports curators, museum professionals and art history research academics taking part in Chinese art related Fellowships at  Participating Institutions . In order to realize the goal of promoting international cultural and intellectual exchange in the field of Chinese art, the Programme requires the applicant to be based in a museum or an institution in a place outside of his / her habitual residence. Fields of Fellowship supported include Chinese art history, curatorship, archaeology, conservation, museum management and museum education.

Selected Fellows will have the opportunities to work under leading curatorial professionals, and to participate in curatorial work and research for a period of four to twelve months. The Fellowship fund will cover international round-trip airfare, accommodation, and living expenses during the Fellowship period. 

OSP Deadline: February 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $45,000

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining--and ultimately co-creating--a more equitable and vibrant society.  MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. MAP is committed to intersectional anti-racism, and does not support cultural appropriation or oppressive project language, structures, or content. 

Artist Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 28, 2019
Award Amount: $15,000

Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowships are direct grants to artists creating exceptional original work.  There are two review criteria for the Artist Fellowships: artistic quality and creative ability. Applicants must be current Massachusetts residents and have been residents for the past two years. The  January  deadline is for the disciplines of film and video, music composition, and photography. 

MHS-NEH Long-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4-12 months

The Massachusetts Historical Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020.  Applicants must specify the number of months for which they are applying. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The awards committee will pay special attention both to the quality of proposed projects and to their relationship to the Society's collections. It will give preference to candidates who have not held a long-term grant during the three years prior to the proposed fellowship term.

Project Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 25, 2019
Award Amount: $7,500

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.

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.  

Art Works
Internal Pre-Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2019 at 11:30pm
OSP Deadline (if selected): February 7, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if selected): February 14, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $100,000; all Art Works grants require a non-federal match of at least 1:1

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grants program. Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art  that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the  arts at all stages of life,  and the integration of the arts into the  fabric of community life.  Projects  may be large or small, existing  or new, and may take place  in any  part of the nation's 50  states, the District of Columbia, and  U.S. territories.

Please Note:  This is a Limited Submission Opportunity. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) runs two application cycles per year for their Art Works program. Each year, Harvard University may submit one application to only one of these grant cycles. Applicants who wish to apply for either cycle should submit an internal application by January 8, 2019.

Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: March 6, 2019
Award Amount: $25,000

This NEA program offers grants to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. To review the applications, the NEA assembles a different advisory panel every year, each diverse with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2020, fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) are available. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2021 and guidelines will be available in January 2020.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000 (Level I); $50,001 - $100,000 (Level II); $100,001 - $325,000 (Level III)

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.  This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of 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.

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
OSP Deadline: March 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 12, 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.

Public Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 6, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Some humanities scholarship is necessarily specialized, but the humanities can also engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.

Summer Seminars and Institutes
OSP Deadline: February 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 21, 2019
Award Amount: up to $125,000 (Seminars); up to $200,000 (Institutes)

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes grants broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities in supporting professional development programs, specifically designed for a national audience of K-12 educators or college and university faculty. The programs provide one- to four-week opportunities for participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities. 

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must provide facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. The program must be held only in the United States and its territories.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award Amount: up to $40,000 over up to 2 years (Planning Grants); up to $350,000 over up to 5 years (Implementation Projects) 

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program 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. Effective and sustainable preservation strategies must be informed by the nature of an institution and its collections. All applicants, whether at the planning or the implementation level, should have completed the process of basic preservation planning; they should also clearly state how sustainable strategies will address priorities established in existing preservation or collection management plans. Sustainable preservation strategies can take many forms, depending on collection materials, the building envelope, and the local climate. However, interdisciplinary collaboration during planning and implementation of these strategies is essential. In SCHC projects,  such teams typically consist of consultants and members of the institution's staff and can include architects, building engineers, conservation scientists, conservators, curators, archivists, and facilities managers, among others.

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

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives
OSP Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: January 10, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Preliminary Proposal: January 17, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000 - $350,000; cost sharing is required as the Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:
  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records
The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. NHPRC also encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research
OSP Deadline: January 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 5, 2019
Award Amount: varies; maximum project period is 5 years

This program invites applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. Applications may propose studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed approaches may include but are not limited to data-generating qualitative and quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, and other types of analytical and conceptual research methodologies, such as those involving the direct engagement of stakeholders.  To address the broad scope and reach of genomic advances in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to ethics, genetics and genomics, clinical medicine, law, health services research, public health, bioinformatics and health information sciences, behavioral and social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, communication science) and the humanities (e.g., history, religion, philosophy, literature). 

Science, Technology, and Society
OSP Deadline: January 28, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type; please see below

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.  Funding is as follows: 
  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research: $400,000, including indirect costs, over two to three years. 
  2. Scholars Awards: $180,000, including indirect costs, over one year. 
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowships: Annual stipend of $50,000 to cover both salary and fringe benefits for a maximum of two years. 
  4. Conferences and Workshops: $25,000, including indirect costs.
  5. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: $10,000 in direct costs for research in North America and $12,500 in direct costs for international research, plus applicable indirect costs.
This program draws from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology to address the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Within this tradition, the STS program supports the NSF mission by welcoming proposals that provide an STS approach to NSF research-focused Big Ideas:
  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
  • Navigating the New Arctic
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future
  • Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype
  • Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics

National Fellows Program
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2019
Award Amount: $15,000 - $30,000

New America's Fellows Program invests in thinkers--journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts--who offer inventive perspectives on the major challenges facing our society. Fellows advance big ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. The big idea can be a sweeping reframing of a familiar subject through new research or a new combination of existing research; a masterful presentation of a case study that advances our understanding of a timeless American theme or stress fracture; an innovative new media or academic project to disseminate knowledge about a shared challenge; or a bold policy prescription for moving domestic and international issues forward. The goal in the Fellows Program is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year, long enough so that they can make progress in writing a book, develop a series of articles, work on a documentary, or work on another project that would be accessible to a broad audience and long enough to be able to build a real community among the fellows. Fellows typically remain in their jobs and home city, but come together for three cohort gatherings, each lasting ~3 days and held in Washington, DC or NYC.

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 1, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 for a minimum of 8 weeks of research at participating institutions

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium is a collaboration of 27 major cultural agencies . NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. Each NERFC itinerary must be a minimum of eight weeks, include at least three different member institutions, and include at least two weeks at each of these institutions. 

New Music USA
Project Grants
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award Amount: $250 - $15,000

A "project" is defined as any activity that involves new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. New Music USA is especially interested in having funds go towards paying artists directly for their work; whether that's creating, engaging, performing, or something else. New Music USA places special emphasis on funds toward:
  • The creation of new musical work
  • New live music for dance
  • Recording costs
  • Residency and community outreach activities
The most competitive projects are those that include specified living composers and recent music.

Short-Term Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 18, 2019
Award Amount: up to $1,000 for 2-4 weeks

The New York Public Library offers  Short-Term Research Fellowships  to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library's special collections are welcome to apply. Preference is given to applications making a strong case for accessing special collections materials.  

The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: stipend of $20,000

The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually, alternating in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The 2019 Sibley Fellowship will be for Greek studies.

Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens. 

Schlesinger Library Grants
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 4, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3,000

The Schlesinger Library invites scholars and other serious researchers at any career stage beyond graduate school to apply for support for their work in its collections. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent research and writing experience. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated research productivity and whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.

Funds for Research 
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amount:  up to $2,500 for visits 4-6 weeks in length

Grants are awarded to faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton, Massachusetts, and whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended research in the holdings of either the Sophia Smith Collection, the Smith College Archives, or the Mortimer Rare Book Collection. These grants do not cover research-related costs, e.g., reproduction fees.

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

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.

Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: $10,000 - $25,000

Grants are for pre-exhibition convenings and available only when the exhibition topic (which may be about any aspect of historical American art except architecture, conservation, or film) and the organizing and presenting institutions have been identified and confirmed (and must represent at least two countries). The grants allow for an international team of at least four people (curators, professors, or advising scholars) to convene in person. Objectives must relate to: the refinement of ideas for an exhibition and its catalogue; and also possibly development of programming related to the exhibition; participants should seek ways to bring new perspectives and innovative thinking to their topic that result in new scholarship, and address how to make the exhibition more meaningful for international audiences. Convenings should not be primarily for logistical planning, exhibition design, or archival/collection research.

Exhibition Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: varies by project

Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500-1980). The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that travel outside the United States or to Chicago, where the Foundation is headquartered. For exhibitions that travel outside the United States, the Foundation encourages:
  • A focused thesis that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art
  • International curatorial involvement
  • Inclusion of international catalogue essayists
  • A presentation that is meaningful to international audiences
Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Exhibition Grants include painting; sculpture; works on paper (prints, drawings, watercolors, photographs); decorative arts (typically handmade functional objects of high aesthetic quality); design (objects of high aesthetic quality; excludes industrial design); video art; and conceptual art. Excluded are architecture, performance art, and commercial film/animation.

International Research Travel Grants
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $9,000

Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad. Grant funding is available for projects that require study of materials outside the United States and that will enable scholars to discover new primary source material; experience works of art first-hand in museums and private collections; make contact with artists, critics, art dealers, archivists, curators, and university scholars; consult archives and library collections outside the US; and establish professional networks for future research.

Endangered Language Documentation Programme Grants
OSP Deadline: January 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount:  £10,000 (Small Grants); £150,000 (Major Documentation Projects)

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme aims to  support the documentation of as many endangered languages as possible; to encourage fieldwork on endangered languages; to create a repository of resources for linguistics, the social sciences, and the language communities themselves; and to make the documentary collections freely available. The program funds grants for the linguistic documentation of endangered languages worldwide. Anybody with qualifications in linguistic language documentation can apply as there are no restrictions on the nationality of the applicant or on the location of the host institution. Revitalization projects are not supported.

The Jacobs Research Funds
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amount: up to $3,000 (Individual Grants); up to $6,000 (Group Grants); up to $9,000 (Kinkade Grants)

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) supports projects involving fieldwork with living aboriginal peoples of North and South America. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. The JRF does not support research on non-aboriginal peoples, nor on peoples outside the Americas. Projects that produce new data are the highest priority, including proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise become lost or inaccessible. Projects that only process, analyze, present, or publish previously gathered data, whether in an archive or personal collection, are of lower priority. Most funded projects fall within linguistics (including ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and world view) or anthropology (including social-cultural anthropology, social organization, political organization, and folk taxonomy). Projects in religion, mythology, music, dance, and other arts are also eligible. 

OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 17, 2019
Award Amount: individually determined

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States. Fellows work in such areas as art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, journalism, and creative writing.

Newhouse Fellowships
OSP Deadline: review not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2019
Award Amount: stipend of up to $50,000

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities hosts ten to twelve resident fellows each year. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution: developing programming, meeting at weekly luncheons and salons, sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community.  The Newhouse Center welcomes applications from faculty in the humanities at all levels.

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. 

In addition to seeking nomination through the Harvard internal process, any American Philosophical Association (APA) members who meet the eligibility requirements and are doing publicly engaged philosophy may apply to be APA nominees. APA will nominate up to four faculty to apply for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. (This is in addition to the two nominees that Harvard may select for this year's Whiting Foundation funding programs.) Please see  here  for information on eligibility and how to apply as an APA nominee. The APA deadline is January 25, 2019. Only APA members may submit applications.

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.

In addition to seeking nomination through the Harvard internal process, any American Philosophical Association (APA) members who meet the eligibility requirements and are doing publicly engaged philosophy may apply to be APA nominees. APA will nominate up to four faculty to apply for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. (This is in addition to the two nominees that Harvard may select for this year's Whiting Foundation funding programs.) Please see  here  for information on eligibility and how to apply as an APA nominee. The APA deadline is January 25, 2019. Only APA members may submit applications.

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Grant and Fellowship Opportunities
OSP Deadline: January 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: January 31, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year in a strictly timetabled schedule. The program supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present, although all supported topics must have an historical perspective.

  • Senior Fellowships are offered annually to academics, established scholars or senior museum professionals in the field of British art and architectural history either to complete a manuscript or book for publication or to undertake a sustained period of research towards a major project. The fellowships are for senior scholars only and are for nine months each.
  • Mid-Career Fellowships are awarded annually. These fellowships offer a four-month period of research to applicants who already have a significant publishing record and are working on a subsequent research, publishing or curatorial project. The four-month period may be used to undertake research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue.
  • Junior Fellowships are offered annually to scholars in the advanced stages of their doctoral research in the field of British art and architectural history to pursue further study in the UK based at the Paul Mellon Centre. The fellowships are for three months.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered annually for the purpose of transforming doctoral research in the field of British art and architectural history into publishable form. The fellowships are for six months.
  • Research Support Grants are offered in Spring and Autumn each year to assist with research travel costs. They are offered to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history. Grants may be used towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites with the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.
  • Educational Programme Grants are offered in Spring and Autumn each year to help support educational programmes in the field of British art or architectural history. Educational programmes eligible for awards include lectures, conferences, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public.
  • One Rome Fellowship is offered annually to allow a Senior or Mid-Career scholar three months at the British School at Rome to work on an Anglo-Italian art-historical topic of any period from the medieval era onwards.
  • One four-month Terra-PMC Fellowship will be offered annually to allow a scholar to pursue research on an aspect of British-American artistic exchange. 

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

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