July 2018
Funding Opportunities in the Social Sciences

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erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-5252.
Internal Opportunities
For a more comprehensive list of Harvard internal funding opportunities, please see  here .
External Opportunities
Non-Federal Opportunities:
Federal Opportunities:
Internal Funding Opportunities
climate
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: up to $150,000
The Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to reduce the risks of climate change, hasten the transition from fossil fuel-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing fossil fuel-based energy systems on the climate, to understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, behavioral, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy, improved human health, and a greener world. Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change and its impact. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. Proposals that demonstrate imaginative and promising collaboration among faculty and students across different parts of the University will receive special consideration, as will projects that propose using the university campus as a "living laboratory."
fhb
Deadline: Last day of February, May, August and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.
External Funding Opportunities
cfr
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: $100,000 stipend

The International Affairs Fellowship is the hallmark fellowship program of Council on Foreign Relations. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be mid-career professionals. Applicants should possess a strong record of professional achievement and have a firm grounding in and a demonstrated commitment to the field of foreign policy.
gerda_democracy
Harvard OSP Deadline: October 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: No specified limit

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has established a new funding program for the theme of Democracy as Utopia, Experience and Threat. The Foundation is responding to recent experiences that democracy is not a given. The rule of law, the separation of powers, freedom of opinion, and a commitment to the common good have lost some of their binding effect even in core democratic countries, and have been relativized, called into question, and limited. The focus of this program is on the history of confrontation concerning the basic principles of social order, whereby there is a clash of demands for enhanced participation, for greater scope for self-organization, for more justice, or for the dismantling of hierarchies on the one hand, and on the other the value systems of those who consider the relevant status quo worthy of preservation or who see entirely different objectives of fairness, freedom and hierarchization as worth fighting for.

The funding program is designed to be interdisciplinary. Eligible to apply are post-PhD researchers based in a university and working in the area of humanities and social sciences. Funding can be provided for projects with up to three persons involved, who are carrying out research into the same issues, by means of bursaries (PhD scholarships and Research Scholarships) as well as travel and material aid. 
gerda_lostcities
Harvard OSP Deadline: October 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2018
Award Amount: No specified limit

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has established a new funding program for the theme Lost Cities: Perception of and living with abandoned cities in the cultures of the world.  The funding program is designed to be interdisciplinary and to facilitate projects in which there are varied dimensions to the examination of abandoned cities. At the same time, there should be a focus on causal correlations, both with regard to specific individual cultures and spanning all cultures, and on specifics of place and time. Thus far, such places have emerged for very different reasons, including military destruction, natural disasters, epidemics, environmental pollution, economic collapse, financial speculation, mobility, migration, centralization, deindustrialization, or post-colonial change, to name but a few.

Eligible to apply are post-PhD researchers based in a university and working in the area of humanities and social sciences. Funding can be provided for projects with up to three persons involved, who are carrying out research into the same issues, by means of bursaries (PhD scholarships and Research Scholarships) as well as travel and material aid. 
cck
Harvard OSP Deadline: October 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2018
Award Amount: $20,000 to $35,000

The Foundation supports 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. Scholar Grants help replace half of the scholar's salary while they're on sabbatical, or provide for time off for research and writing.  Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan and projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged.
wilson
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2018
Award Amount: Varies. The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient's other sources of income, approximates an individual's current level of income.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aims to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking that scholarship to issues of concern to officials in Washington. Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.
cullman
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 28, 2018
Award Amount: Stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources. 

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports. The Cullman Center's Selection Committee awards up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers -- academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers. The Cullman Center looks for top-quality writing from academics as well as from creative writers and independent scholars. It aims to promote dynamic communication about literature and scholarship at the very highest level-within the Center, in public forums throughout the Library, and in the Fellows' published work. 
Sponsor Deadline: September 26, 2018
Award Amount: $40,000 for Assistant Professors, $50,000 for Associate Professors, $70,000 for full Professors

ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources. ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. The awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary.
acls_burkhardt
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 26, 2018
Award Amount: $95,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $7,500 and for relocation up to $3,000

These fellowships support ambitious, long-term projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. The Burkhardt program offers two sets of opportunities for recently tenured humanists. The first set of Burkhardt Fellowships support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of 13 participating residential research centers, and are open to faculty at any degree-granting academic institution in the United States. An additional set of Burkhardt Fellowships are designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty, and support an academic year of residence at a wider range of locations including campus humanities centers and university academic departments to be proposed by the applicant.
acls_collaborative
Harvard OSP Deadline: September 20, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2018
Award Amount: Amount will depend on the number of collaborators and the duration of the research leaves but will not exceed $201,000 for any one project.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the  humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit. 

Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary-replacement stipends for each collaborator to take a semester- or academic year-long supported research leave, as well as up to $21,000 in project funds, which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance. The total amount of a fellowship for any collaborative project will vary depending on the number of collaborators and the duration of research leaves, but the total amount of stipends may not exceed $180,000 for any one project. The fellowships are for a total period of up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2018 and September 1, 2020. Collaborators' research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent.
emk
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 24, 2018
Award Amount: $25,000

The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship program supports graduate research projects and scholarships in child psychology. The Program goals are to nurture excellent young scholars for careers in areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational and developmental psychopathology, and to support scholarly work contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these areas.

Harvard may put forward only one nomination for this award. Interested applicants are asked to submit an internal application online at the link above in order to be considered for the Harvard nomination.
guggenheim
OSP Deadline review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2018
Award Amount: varies; see details below
 
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.
 
The amounts of grants vary, taking into consideration the Fellows' other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans. Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are those holding other fellowships and appointments at research centers. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application.
radcliffe
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 13, 2018 for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences
Award Amount: $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments. Scholars, scientists, and artists work on individual projects to generate new research, publications, art, and more. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2019 through May 31, 2020.  

Applications in all academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts are encouraged, and there are a few areas of special interest:
  • Applications related to the broad theme of the human body, which is a one-year initiative across the programs of the Radcliffe Institute; 
  • Applications that involve the study of women, gender, and society, which is a commitment rooted in Radcliffe's unique history
  • Applications that draw on the resources of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, which is part of the Radcliffe Institute and one of the foremost archives on women's history; and
  • Applications for the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellowship, part of the broader Long 19th Amendment Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
banting
Deadline to Request Harvard Institutional Endorsement: September 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2018
Award Amount: $70,000 per year for 2 years
 
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada, provide two year fellowships to eligible postdoctoral students both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering, and  the sponsor has specifically expressed an interest in receiving more applications in the social sciences and humanities.  
 
Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 15, 2015 and September 30, 2019 and must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained/will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university. Those who wish to be hosted by Harvard University must include with their application a   Letter of Endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research. Applicants requesting a Letter of Endorsement are asked to provide the OVPR with a copy of their proposed  Supervisor's Statement through the online portal at the link above by September 5, 2018.
ssrc_abe
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2018
Award Amount: The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24-month period.

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. Applications are welcome from scholars and nonacademic research professionals. The objectives of the program are to foster high quality research in the social sciences and related disciplines, to build new collaborative networks of researchers around the four thematic foci of the program, to bring new data and new data resources to the attention of those researchers, and to obtain from them a commitment to a comparative or transnational line of inquiry.
kennan
OSP review not required 
Sponsor Deadline: September 1, 2018 
Award Amount: Monthly stipend of $4,000

The Kennan Institute seeks fellowship applicants from diverse, policy-oriented sectors such as media, business, local government, law, civil society, and academia to examine important political, social, economic, cultural, and historical issues in Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Among the aims of the new fellowships are to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, as well as to maintain and increase collaboration among researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., and around the globe. George F. Kennan Fellows will be based at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. for three-month residencies. Fellows will receive access to the Library of Congress, National Archives, and policy research centers in Washington, D.C., as well as the opportunity to meet with key experts and officials at the State Department, USAID, Department of Defense, and Congress. Applicants have an option to apply for the fellowship as individuals or as part of a team. If applying as a team of two (or three) applicants, the applicants must be citizens of at least two different countries. 

templeton
OSP review not required for letter of intent
Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline: August 31, 2018
Award Amount: Individual grants vary in amount. Smallest active grant is about $35,000 and largest is $7.6 million.
 
The Foundation offers grants in support of research and public engagement in the following major Funding Areas:
  • The Science & the Big Questions Funding Area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind. Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?
  • The Character Virtue Development funding area seeks to advance the science and practice of character, with a focus on moral, performance, civic, and intellectual virtues such as humility, gratitude, curiosity, diligence, and honesty.
  • The Individual Freedom & Free Markets Funding Area supports education, research, and grassroots efforts to promote individual freedom, free markets, free competition, and entrepreneurship. Grounded in the ideas of classical liberal political economy, we seek and develop projects that focus on individuals and their place in a free society. 
  • The Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius Funding Area supports programs that aim to recognize and nurture exceptional cognitive talent, especially for those at an early stage of life. This Funding Area also supports research concerning the nature of cognitive genius, including extraordinary creativity, curiosity, and imagination.
  • The Genetics Funding Area seeks to advance genetics research by supporting novel approaches and contrarian projects, especially research that is undervalued by traditional funding sources. In addition to basic and translational research, this Funding Area supports educational programs that increase public awareness concerning the ways in which genetics-related research and its applications can advance human flourishing at the individual, familial, and societal levels.
  • The Voluntary Family Planning Funding Area supports programs that provide such resources for parents and families worldwide.
furthermore
Harvard 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.

fritz_thyssen
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 24, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2018
Award Amount: unspecified

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 in the following areas of support:
  • History, Language, and Culture;
  • Image and Imagery;
  • State, Economy, and Society; and
  • Medicine and the Natural Sciences. 
The foundation generally does not accept any applications for projects if applications are being filed with other institutions at the same time to ease the burden on its experts assessing applications. An application that is refused by another institution can be filed with the foundation along with a note explaining why it was refused.

Funding is typically 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.
rsf
OSP Review not required for letters of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 20, 2018
Award Amount: $175,000 maximum

The Russell Sage Foundation is devoted exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of improving social policies. Applicants may apply to the following programs for the August 20 deadline:
  • The Future of Work program supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families.
  • The Social Inequality Program supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. 
  • The Behavioral Economics program supports high quality research in behavioral economics and encourages young investigators (Ph.D. students and recent graduates) to enter this developing field.
  • The Non-Standard Employment Special Initiative supports innovative social science research on the causes and consequences of the increased incidence of alternative work arrangements in the United States.
  • The Social, Economic and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act Special Initiative supports innovative social science research on the social, economic and political effects of the Affordable Care Act.
searle
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 15, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: August 22, 2018 
Award Amount: Recent grants have ranged from $20,000 to $1,000,000, with the majority of grants under $100,000

The Searle Freedom Trust fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country's most important and challenging domestic policy issues.  The foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.  The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.
sif
OSP review not required for concept papers
Sponsor Concept Paper Deadline: August 15, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000-$20,000

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions.

The Foundation specifically supports research that focuses on impacting:
  • Social policy;
  • Institutional and educational practices;
  • Linguistic issues (e.g. literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, language and national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures); and
  • Community capacity and the organization of previously unorganized groups
The Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change. It seeks to fund research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that can be useful to specific groups and/or communities.
Greenwall
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2018
Award Amount: 50 percent of a Scholar's salary plus benefits for three years

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research. Applicants must be junior faculty members with a faculty appointment that allows at least 50 percent of their effort to perform research.

Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their works in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars and Alumni/ae, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. 

Harvard may nominate only two candidates for this opportunity. Interested applicants are asked to submit an internal application online at the link above in order to be considered for the Harvard nomination.
ssrc_social
Harvard OSP Deadline: 5 business days in advance of submission
Sponsor Deadline: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first period of review beginning August 9, 2018.
Award Amount: $50,000 maximum

The Social Media and Democracy Research Grant Program invites proposals that examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. The initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all.
mellon
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018 by 12:00PM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): October 5, 2018
Award Amount: $175,000 - $300,000
Eligible Applicants: Faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences between 2006 and 2012

New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication. Eligible candidates will be faculty members who were awarded a doctorate in the humanities or humanistic social sciences within the last six to twelve years and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. The principal criteria for selection are:  
  • The overall significance of the research; 
  • The case for the importance of extra-disciplinary training for furthering the research;
  • The likely ability of the candidate to derive satisfactory results from the training program proposed; and
  • A well-developed plan for acquiring the necessary training within a reasonable period of time. 
Fellows will receive: (1) the equivalent of one academic year's salary; (2) two summers of additional support, each at the equivalent of two-ninths of the previous academic year salary; and (3) tuition or course fees or equivalent direct costs associated with the fellows' training programs.  To permit flexibility in meeting individual scholars' needs, these funds may be expended over a period not to exceed three full academic years following the date of the award. Full details from the Mellon Foundation can be found here.

Harvard may nominate only one candidate for this opportunity. Interested applicants are asked to submit an internal application online here by July 30, 2018 in order to be considered for the Harvard nomination.
Federal Funding Opportunities
fulbright
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2018
Award Amount: Varies by award type
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 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.   U.S. citizenship is required. 

otherfederal

Agency for International Development (USAID)
Department of State
National Institutes of Health


National Endowment for the Humanities
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