January 2019
Funding Opportunities in the Social Sciences

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Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

Questions? Please contact Erin Hale, Senior Research Development Officer at 
erin_hale@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-5252.

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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
milton
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $50,000
Eligible Applicants: Applications are invited from individuals who hold a junior faculty appointment. This includes FAS and SEAS Assistant or Associate Professors, Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and those in a postdoctoral position at Harvard with a formal accepted offer to join the Junior Faculty at one of Harvard's schools.
 
The Milton Fund supports research projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history and science that promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race, investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention, or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. Funds awarded through the Milton Fund support research to explore new ideas, to act as the catalyst between ideas and more definitive directions, and to consider new methods of approaching solutions.
hilt
Deadline: March 20, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $15,000
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for funding, individually or as groups. 
 
The Spark 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 resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. Each Spark Grant will be assigned a HILT Grants Coach, who will serve as a strategic thought partner during the funding cycle. HILT will also strive to support any future scaling-up of Spark Grant projects by increasing their visibility and connecting awardees and project outcomes with others in the broader Harvard community. In general, grant proposals should align with HILT's mission to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Harvard University.
star
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 in direct costs for individual investigators; up to $300,000 in direct costs for collaborative proposals involving funding to multiple independent investigators (project budgets should not include indirect costs). Up to five awards will be made annually.
Eligible Applicants: This competition is open to ladder faculty members in the four participating schools (HMS, HSPH, FAS and SEAS). In HMS, this program is open to ladder faculty (assistant professors, associate professors, and professors) who have primary appointments in the HMS basic and social science departments AND whose laboratories are located on the HMS Quadrangle.In HSPH, eligible PIs include primary Harvard Chan School ladder faculty whose research operation is based at the Harvard Chan School.

The Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research (formerly known as the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research) provides seed funding to interdisciplinary high-risk, high-impact projects in the life, physical, and social sciences. Early-stage projects that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional grant-making agencies are encouraged. Award recipients will present and discuss their projects with a range of scholars in multiple disciplines at a Challenge event on May 10, 2019, prior to receipt of funding.
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
OSP review not required for letters of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: No specified limit

The Working Longer program is examining one of today's most pressing social issues: older workers who need or want to work beyond conventional retirement ages. In this multi-disciplinary program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams, which exhibit a high degree of methodological rigor, which have a high expected return to society, and for which funding from the private sector, government, or other foundations is not yet widely available.
clir
OSP Deadline: March 27, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: April 3, 2019
Award Amount: Applicants from single institutions may request funds in amounts ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000; applicants from multiple institutions collaborating on a single project may request funds in amounts ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $500,000. 

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials is a national grant competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing rare and unique content in collecting institutions.  The Digitizing Hidden Collections program coheres around six core values:
  • Scholarship: The program is designed to maximize its impact on the creation and dissemination of new knowledge.
  • Comprehensiveness: The program supports digitization projects that will provide thorough coverage of an important topic or topics of high interest to scholars, in ways that help those scholars understand digitized sources' provenance and context.
  • Connectedness: The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution.
  • Collaboration: The program promotes strategic partnerships rather than duplication of capacity and effort.
  • Sustainability: The program promotes best practices for ensuring the long-term availability and discoverability of digital files created through digitization.
  • Openness: The program ensures that digitized content will be made available to the public as easily and completely as possible, given ethical and legal constraints.
CLIR will hold a webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, February 5, from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern time ( click this link to register ). Additional Q&A webinars will be announced at a later date. All webinars are recorded and shared online to the program's Applicant Resources page: https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicant-resources/ .
whiting
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. 

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. 

Harvard is limited to submitting one proposal in consideration of this opportunity. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above by March 18, 2019. 
whiting_seed
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 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. 

Harvard is limited to submitting one proposal in consideration of this opportunity. Prospective applicants are asked to submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above by March 18, 2019.
yale
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: $4,000 plus library privileges and office space for one-month fellowships; $16,000 plus health insurance (if requested), library privileges, and office space for four-month fellowships.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, invites applications for its 2019-2020 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. The Center especially welcomes proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries or other research collections of the New England area, and explicitly engage issues of slavery, resistance, abolition, and their legacies. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The GLC offers two types of residential fellowships:
  • One-month Fellowships: The Gilder Lehrman Center will award several one-month fellowships between September 2019 and May 2020. The one-month fellowships are designed for scholars who are working on short-term projects including articles, book chapters, or other research endeavors.
  • Four-month Fellowships: The Gilder Lehrman Center will award two four-month fellowships, one in the fall semester (from September through December 2019), and one in the spring semester (from either January through April 2020 or February through May 2020). The four-month fellowships are designed for scholars who are working on short-term projects including articles, book chapters, book manuscripts, or other research endeavors. Digital humanities projects are encouraged. The four-month fellowship provides support of $16,000, plus health insurance (if requested), library privileges, and office space.
yale_glc
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: $55,000 plus health insurance benefits (if requested), with the salary paid through Yale University.

The Gilder Lehrman Center invites applications from scholars and public intellectuals for a residential fellowship to study the fundamental origins and circumstances surrounding debt bondage, forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery. Traditional academics as well as writers and researchers without academic institutional affiliation are encouraged to apply. All Gilder Lehrman Center Fellows will have full access to the Yale University libraries and email. Normally, Fellows can expect shared office space, computer access, and basic office supplies. The Fellows will be expected to be in full-time residence during the academic year beginning August 1, 2019. 
phillips
Harvard OSP Deadline: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: $3,500 maximum

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants' fees. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, or psycholinguistics; for the purchase of permanent equipment; or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study of cultures and cultural change through time.
furthermore
Harvard OSP Deadline: February 22, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: March 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The fund 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.  
newamerica
OSP review not required
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 generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day. Fellows advance ideas through research, reporting, analysis, and storytelling. Some projects focus on furthering a new public policy idea through either a domestic or international lens, while others illuminate longstanding dilemmas of American life from new angles. The goal is to find bold, impactful thinkers and to fund them for a year; long enough to make progress on a book, develop a series of articles, produce a documentary, or work on another project that is accessible.

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.The fellowship will begin on September 1, 2019 and run until August 31, 2020.

Federal Funding Opportunities
neh_japan
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: April 24, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000 per month for 6-12 months for projects beginning January 2020 or later

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
neh_public_scholar
OSP review not required
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.

otherfederal
Agency for International Development (USAID)

Department of State

National Institutes of Health

National Endowment for the Humanities
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