October 2016
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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
Deadline: last day of August, November, February, and May
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.

Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

External Funding Opportunities
Harvard OSP Deadline: January 18, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000

This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.  The program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:
  • Extend established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
  • Develop new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
  • Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources
  • Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged
  • Support projects aimed at preserving and making sustainable established digital projects and content.
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: January 16, 2017
Award Amount: $125,000

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF in Nuclear Security closes the gap between research and practice and enriches the teaching and scholarship of academics, while also benefiting policymakers by exposing them to cutting-edge scholarly research.

OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 11, 2017
Award Amount: Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 over 2-3 years. Improving the use of research evidence grants range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 over 2-4 years. 

Research Grants support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.   These grants fund research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that  reduce inequality  in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to  improve the use of research evidence  in ways that benefit youth.

OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 9, 2017
Harvard OSP Deadline (if invited to submit full proposal): March 6, 2017Sponsor
Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): March 13, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $150,000
These awards are restricted to support for social science research within the following five program areas:
  • Behavioral Economics: The program on Behavioral Economics focuses on research that incorporates insights of psychology and other social sciences into the study of economic behavior.
  • Future of Work: The Future of Work program is concerned primarily with examining the causes and consequences of the declining quality of jobs for less- and moderately-educated workers in the U.S. economy and the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of American workers.
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration: The Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration program is concerned with the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American.
  • Social Inequality: The program in Social Inequality focuses on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions in the U.S., and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 15, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline (if invited to submit full proposal): January 24, 2017
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): January 31, 2016
Award Amount: Not specified.  Recent grants have ranged from $5,000-$150,000

The United States-Japan Foundation supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and are therefore open to innovative projects.

Harvard OSP Deadline: December 8, 2016
Deadline: December 15, 2016
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.

Visiting Research Fellowships
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: December 12, 2016
Award Amount: Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester.

Each year, the Kroc Institute's Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives. The Kroc Institute seeks applications for Visiting Research Fellows for 2017- 18 in the following areas:
  • Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
  • Diaspora Communities, Conflict & Peacebuilding
  • Peace Studies (open)
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: December 5, 2016
Award Amount: $50,000

The American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program is a highly selective, nonpartisan program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. 
The program lasts nine months, beginning in November and ending in mid-August. Fellows spend the month of November in an intensive orientation where they participate in daily seminars with policy specialists, congressional staffers, scholars, and journalists. After orientation Fellows work on a congressional staff of their choosing.  Through this unique opportunity, the American Political Science Association enhances public understanding of policy-making and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2016
Award Amount: $7000 for 10 weeks for graduate students; $32,700 annually and a research allowance of up to $4,000 for postdoctoral students; and $48,000 annually and a research allowance of up to $4,000 for postdoctoral research fellowships and senior research fellowships

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program supports independent research and study related to Smithsonian facilities, experts, or collection for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.   Applicants must propose research that is conducted at the Smithsonian in an area of research outlined in the publication,  Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) . Applicants should contact staff members to help identify potential advisers, determine the feasibility of the proposed research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, and the availability of relevant resources such as staff, collections, archives and library materials during the proposed tenure dates. Current Smithsonian research staff members can be found  here .

Scholars-in-Residence Program
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $30,000 for six months

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.

Computational Social Science Program
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 30, 2016 (OSP review not required for letters of inquiry)
OSP Deadline: February 17, 2017
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): February 27, 2017

The Russell Sage Foundation's initiative on  Computational Social Science  (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in  Behavioral Economics Future of Work Race, Ethnicity and Immigration , and  Social Inequality . Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 30, 2016

Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) seeks visiting scholars and/or post-doctoral or more senior research associates for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Center supports empirical research on democratic political processes and institutions. Applications are welcome from political scientists and scholars in related social science disciplines at any career stage, but any applicant who has yet to complete the PhD must have turned in a final draft of the dissertation by July 1, 2017.  Each scholar will pursue research and contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, the Department of Politics, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 

Special Programme Security, Society and the State
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 23, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2016
Award Amount: No specified limit for research projects

The "Security, Society and the State" research programme targets new security-related issues that are prime examples of the post-Cold-War era but have been largely neglected in mainstream research. The programme is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy. Types of funding include grants for research scholarships and research projects. PhD scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project. Research projects should be closely related to one or more of the five fields of research:
  1. Challenges of New Technologies
  2. Public Administration and Human Security
  3. Patterns of Conflict Resolution Between the State and Traditional Actors
  4. Non-Governmental Actors as Partners and Contenders of the State
  5. Security Strategies Between Doctrine Formation and Implementation 
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: $30,000
American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 14, 2016
Award Amount: Fellows receive a research salary of one-half their ten (10) month salary at their home institution, up to a maximum set each year before awards are announced

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University invites outstanding faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for visiting, residential appointments for the academic year 2017-2018.  LAPA Fellows devote the major portion of their time to their own research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal and/or normative significance.  In addition, LAPA Fellows are expected to be in residence for ten months and participate in LAPA programs, including a biweekly seminar, a weekly luncheon discussion group, as well as some public events and conferences.  The program does not support, as a primary activity, off-site fieldwork or work in remote archives, development of course materials, work in legal practice, direct advocacy of causes or residence elsewhere. 

OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 10, 2016
Award Amount: $45,000
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  Awards will be made for study in the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. 

Harvard OSP Deadline: November 7, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: $30,000-$300,000, depending on category of funding

AFSP Suicide Research Grants support studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the causes of suicide and factors related to suicide risk, or that test treatments and other interventions designed to prevent suicide. At least one suicide outcome measure must be included in all grant projects. The foundation also considers studies of treatment feasibility, and studies that add a suicide component (e.g., population or treatment) to an existing grant in another area.  Investigators from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply, and both basic science and applied research projects will be considered, provided that the proposed study has an essential focus on suicide or suicide prevention.

Harvard OSP Deadline: November 2, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: November 9, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $15,000

These grants provide support for collaborative reading of texts in a workshop format that is interdisciplinary and crosses scholarly generations.  Luce/ACLS-funded reading-workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together.  Formats of workshops may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. The primary objects of study should be written texts, but these may be supplemented by images and objects such as archaeological artifacts.   Awards for collaborative reading workshops may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Funds may not be used for salary replacement, honoraria, or institutional indirect costs.

School of Social Science - Visiting Member Fellowships
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount:  The School attempts to provide half of the current academic base salary for all Members, up to a maximum stipend of $70,000.

Founded in 1973, the School of Social Science takes as its mission the analysis of contemporary societies and social change. It is devoted to a pluralistic and critical approach to social research, from a multidisciplinary and international perspective. Each year, the School invites approximately twenty visiting scholars with various perspectives, methods and topics, providing a space for intellectual debate and mutual enrichment. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. Members pursue their own research, and participate in collective activities, including a weekly seminar at which on-going work is presented.

To facilitate scientific engagement among the visiting scholars, the School defines a theme for each year. Approximately one half of Members selected pursue work related to it and contribute to a corresponding seminar, while the other half conduct their research on other topics.  The theme for 2017-2018 will be "The Social Sciences in a Changing World."

National Institutes of Health Advancing Basic Behavioral and Social Research on Resilience: An Integrative Science Approach (UG3/UH3)
Harvard OSP Deadline: November 22, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: varies by award type
Currently behavioral and social science research on resilience lacks a common framework, taxonomy, or approach that extends across multiple levels of analysis (e.g., genetic/epigenetic, neurobiological, physiological, psychological, behavioral, social, environmental). In addition current research does not clearly articulate the various predisposing factors, classes of adverse exposures, dynamic processes of adaptation, and potential environmental moderators of those processes. This initiative seeks to address these gaps.
This FOA encourages applications that will elucidate mechanisms and processes of resilience within a general framework that emphasizes its dynamics and interactions across both time and scale (level of analysis). This framework can be applied to multiple contexts (e.g., acute or chronic stress exposure, including disease, disaster, unemployment, divorce, etc.), multiple outcomes (health, function, psychological well-being, etc.), and multiple time frames (seconds, minutes, days, years). The framework has four features: (1) assessment of a baseline level prior to a challenge, (2) characterization of a specific challenge (acute or chronic), (3) post-challenge measures of outcomes that characterize the response over time, and (4) predictors of outcomes (including predisposing factors at the individual level and environmental moderators). Measurement of response across multiple domains (physiological, psychological etc.) is critical to this holistic framework.

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