May 2018
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 Humanities Summer Stipends for 2019 

Harvard Internal Deadline: July 9, 2018
NEH Deadline (if nominated): September 26, 2018
Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2019 or later

Read more about this opportunity here.  


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: Congress voted to appropriate a $3M increase in FY18 funds for NEH and NEA and a $9M increase for IMLS over FY17 funding levels. The President's FY19 budget request has again called for the elimination of these agencies; however, they continue to have strong Congressional support. See statements from the NEH; the NEA; and the IMLS for more information.


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



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

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

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: May 18, 2018
Award Amount: up to $20,000

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

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. 


Individual Photographer's Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 18, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering fellowships for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. 

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. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) furthers the knowledge of India in the United States by supporting American scholarship on India. The programs of AIIS promote and advance mutual understanding between the citizens of the U.S. and India.

Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available both to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.

Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India's artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India.

Subventions for Publications
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2018
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.

American Heritage
OSP Deadline: July 2, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2018
Award Amount: $15,000 - $50,000 (range base on previous grants) 

The foundation is accepting applications for its American Heritage program, which seeks to promote knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage through educational opportunities for future conservators and curators and the preservation and presentation of unique collections. To that end, grants will be awarded for the preservation and/or acquisition of high style, classic, handcrafted furniture from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as their placement with charitable and educational institutions and/or the U.S. government; career development support for curatorial and conservation internships within major institutions and universities; and restoration projects for heritage buildings and cultural landscapes that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Concept Paper: September 1, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000 over a one-year period

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.

Logan Nonfiction Fellowship
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2018 
Award Amount: residency/professional support; stipend not included  

The Carey Institute for Global Good believes that an informed, educated, and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. The Logan Nonfiction Program supports this belief by advancing deeply reported, long-form nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience. The Institute also helps selected print fellows convert their work into audio, video or digital media through the expertise of partners. The Institute is eager to convene issue-oriented conferences related to fellows' projects to bring their reporting to policy-makers and other experts. Nonfiction writers, photographers, and documentarians are eligible to apply.

The Logan Nonfiction Program accepts fellows for two classes per year. The spring class runs from January to April, the fall class from October to December. Within these periods applicants can request a short residency (5 weeks) or a long residency (10-12 weeks). This deadline is for the Fall 2018 class. There are no citizenship requirements for this residency. 

OSP Deadline: May 24, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by project type

The Classical Association is a major giver of grants to classical projects, mainly but not exclusively in the UK. The applications this Foundation supports typically fall into one of the following categories: 
  1. Funding for Summer Schools;
  2. Funding for Conferences (hosted by UK Classics departments);
  3. School-teaching and Outreach;
  4. Major Projects;
  5. Other Initiatives.

Small Event Grants
OSP Deadline: June 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2018
Award Amount: $300 - $1,500

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia, and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Grants awarded in this cycle are for events taking place during the Fall semester. Any institution that receives a grant must agree to brand the event as "sponsored by the Council for European Studies" and provide an audio-visual or other record of the event.

Arts Writers Grant Program
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 21, 2018
Award Amount: not specified; each applicant must submit a budget request for a period of one year; awards ranged from $15,000 - $50,000 in the 2017 cycle

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

Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2018
Award Amount: Details below

This program supports the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by offering temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. Funding is provided for 18 months, of which 12 months have to be spent outside of Germany and 6 months at a German university. The German university administers the salary during the whole funding period. 

Neither German citizenship nor residency in Germany is a requirement. P.R.I.M.E. is open to both Germans and foreigners, no matter whether they are currently living in Germany or abroad. You are eligible to apply if you already hold a PhD or if you will have completed your PhD before the prospective starting date of your P.R.I.M.E. fellowship.

OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: August 1, 2018 
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

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

OSP Deadline: July 6, 2018 
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000 - $50,000 

The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education. Preference will be given to requests for the following:
  • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education
  • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes

OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified; detailed budget required  

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

Fromm Commission
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2018
Award Amount: $12,000

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

OSP Deadline: June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: $2,500 - $7,500 (average)

The Fuller Foundation primarily funds non-profit agencies that support youth at risk, protect wildlife, and showcase the arts. 

In funding the arts, the Foundation expects its grants to encourage "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists, and communities. Specific program interests include: art for viewing and listening; art education in school; art and performing arts festivals; murals and sculptures that beautify or inspire a community; programs that bring symphony, opera, and theatre to the community; and adult and/or children's museum education programs.


General Research Grants
OSP Deadline: June 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 13, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.  Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.

Grants for Libraries and Educational Institutions
OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000

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

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.

Research Grants on Understanding Violence, Aggression, and Dominance
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2018
Award Amount: $15,000 - $40,000

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. 
Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

J.M. Kaplan Fund
Furthermore Grants in Publishing
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2018
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. Grants support 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: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 2018
Award Amount: varies by fellowship; please see below

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $2,500 for research on foreign intelligence and the presidency, or a related topic.
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $5,000. Preference is given to research in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration's domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources.
  • Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $3,100. Preference is given to research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy.
  • Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship: Offers a stipend of up to $3,600. Preference is given to research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, or press relations.

Small and Large Grants
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $234,800 (Small Grants); over $234,800 (Large Grants)

The John Templeton Foundation provides grants under its core funding areas: Science & the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics; and Voluntary Family Planning. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one funding area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines. The Foundation generally funds specific projects and favors proposals where the applicant has sought or secured partial funding from other sources. 

The John W. Kluge Center: Kluge Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 4 to 11 months

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months.  The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Exceptions may be made for individuals without continuous academic careers. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. 

Inter Mobility
OSP Deadline: June 22, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 30, 2018
Award Amount: stipend varies 

The aim of the  Inter Mobility program is to promote the exchange between research groups from public research institutions in Luxembourg, and leading research groups abroad. The program aims to foster innovative, internationally competitive research and support the exchange of key knowledge and technological know-how. Inter Mobility allows for exchanges in both directions: for researchers working in Luxembourg to go abroad, and for r esearchers from abroad to come to Luxembourg. Eligible social science and humanities projects include those that fall under the following  domains :
  • Individuals, institutions and markets 
  • Institutions, values, beliefs and behavior
  • Environment and society
  • The Human Mind and its complexity 
  • Cultures and cultural production
  • The study of the human past
The duration of the exchange can be from six weeks to one year. If justified, the research stay may be split in several intervals of at least 2 weeks each. 

2019 Summer Stipends
Harvard Internal Deadline: July 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 26, 2018
Award Amount:  $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2019 or later

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.  Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  Awards support projects at any stage of development. Please see additional NEH guidelines here

Please Note: This is a limited submission opportunity.  Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. 

OSP Deadline: May 23, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $12,000

America's cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country's heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community's history and culture.

The program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information - provided by community attendees - about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner's permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions' collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
OSP Deadline: May 29, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 5, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000 to $50,000 over up to 18 months (Level I); $50,001 to $100,000 over up to 18 months (Level II); $100,001 to $325,000 over up to 3 years (Level III)  

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Grants may involve: 
  • creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities;
  • pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or
  • revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.

Digital Projects for the Public
OSP Deadline: May 30, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 6, 2018
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (Discovery); up to $100,000 (Prototyping); up to $400,000 (Production) 

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences. Digital platforms-such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments-can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
OSP Deadline: July 12, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 19, 2018
Award Amount:  $350,000 max. (Implementation projects, up to three years); $50,000 max. (Foundations projects, up to two years) 

This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. The program  offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts ( Foundations   grants).

Preservation and Access Research and Development
OSP Deadline: May 31, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 7, 2018
Award Amount: $75,000 for up to two years (Planning and Basic Research - Tier I); $350,000 for up to three years (Advanced Implementation - Tier II)

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence-and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.
This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science.  All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

Documenting Human Migrations
OSP Deadline: July 2, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 10, 2018
Award Amount:  Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $70,000.

The goal of this RFP is to support impactful projects that - through education or storytelling - seek to increase understanding of and acceptance of migrants and migrant communities. Types of human migrations include (but are not limited to) nomadic communities, refugees of all kinds, migrant labor, victims of human trafficking, and people exploring the planet and beyond.  Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following through education or storytelling:
  • Document the causes and effects of one or more examples of present-day human migration;
  • Document the lives of present-day migrants, their journeys, and receiving communities; and
  • Develop and test out classroom resources, curricula, or public outreach materials that aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities.

National Historical Publications & Records Commission
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
OSP Deadline: June 6, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 13, 2018
Award Amount: up to $200,000; cost sharing is required

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print.  Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.

Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 1, 2018
Award Amount: Travel and field support only

The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S. The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica.

OSP Deadline: July 9, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: July 16, 2018
Award Amount: varies   

The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Research areas include syntax, semantics, morphology, phonetics, and phonology.  The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in methodological or theoretical perspective, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries, such as (but not limited to):
  • What are the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language?
  • What are the computational properties of language and/or the language processor that make fluent production, incremental comprehension or rapid learning possible?
  • How do the acoustic and physiological properties of speech inform our theories of natural language and/or language processing?
  • What role does human neurobiology play in shaping the various grammatical properties of language? 
  • How does language develop in children?
  • What social and cultural factors underlie language variation and change?
Because NSF's mandate is to support basic research, the Linguistics Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy, nor does it support work to develop or assess pedagogical methods or tools for language instruction. The program will also accept proposals for workshops and conferences.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 3, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award type

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

Women's Film Preservation Fund
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,000

The Women's Film Preservation Fund, founded by New York Women in Film & Television, seeks proposals for the preservation or restoration of American films, from any era, in which women have held significant creative positions, including, but not limited to, writer, director, producer, editor and performer. Criteria for selection includes:
  • Artistic, historic, cultural and/or educational importance of the film, especially its relation to the role of women in film history;
  • Significance of the key creative women in the production; 
  • Evidence of the artistic and technical expertise of those planning and executing the project;
  • Urgency of the need to preserve the film;
  • Appropriateness of the budget for the proposed work;
  • Realistic plan for making the film available to professionals, scholars, and interested audiences 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
Award Amount: stipend of $80,000 to $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income

Applicants for the Open Society Fellowship are invited to address the following proposition:  New and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialization are needed to fight pervasive economic inequality.  This proposition is intended as a provocation-to stimulate productive controversy and debate-and does not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with the proposition in their submissions. Though the proposition deals with economic issues, those without an economics or business background are welcome to apply, provided they have a relevant project in mind.

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations' thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: May 15, 2018 
Award Amount:  stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses

Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. As part of a one-year initiative at the Institute on the broad theme of the human body, the Institute particularly welcomes applications related to this topic in all disciplines (arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences), as well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. There is no citizenship requirement; this is a residential fellowship in Cambridge, MA.

Cluster Applicants for the 2019-2020 Fellowship Year: Clusters are made up of two or three individuals. As a fellowship cluster you would spend the year pursuing your cluster's research interests or project. The Institute encourages the inclusion of junior faculty.  All members of the cluster (excluding creative artists) must have been awarded their doctorates by December 2017. Only scholars who have published at least two refereed articles in journals or edited collections are eligible to apply. 

OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2018
Award Amount: $1,500

The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation gives annual awards to individual artists living and working in the United States, and who are engaged in or planning a new craft or visual art project. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art or music submissions (except as those media are integrated into a larger craft or visual art project).

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

Exhibition Grants
OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: August 1, 2018
Award Amount: varies by award

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, we encourage:
  • 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.

Trinity College Junior Research Fellowships
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 30, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified

The purpose of Junior Research Fellowships is to offer men and women of exceptional intellectual calibre, for whom the fellowship would be their first substantial paid academic or research appointment, an opportunity to pursue research for up to four years. The Fellowships are available in all branches of University studies.

Core Fulbright Scholar Program
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2018
Award Amount: grant benefits vary by country and type of award; generally speaking, grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs for the grantee and their accompanying dependents

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

OSP Deadline: June 8, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 15, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

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

Artist Residencies
OSP Deadline: not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2018
Award Amount: room/board and studio space; stipend not included

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in Literature, Visual Art, Music Composition, Performance, and Film & Video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and a studio.

For assistance, please contact:
Paige Belisle
Research Development Officer | 617-496-7672

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