Sabbatical Edition, 2017
This newsletter includes notable sabbatical opportunities that support a broad array of research interests. There are, however, a wealth of sabbatical opportunities that cater to specific research topics, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in these additional opportunities, please contact Paige Belisle with a brief summary of your intended sabbatical and a request for a customized list or an in-person meeting.  Jimmy Matejek-Morris   can also help you create a budget, organize supporting documents, and navigate the proposal submission process.

Most of the sabbatical opportunities in this newsletter are awarded directly to the individual applicant; in this case, an  Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) review is not required. Opportunities requiring OSP review have been noted. 
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Please note: Fellowship opportunities marked with a primarily cater to junior faculty members. Many of the opportunities listed in this newsletter support researchers at all career stages. 

Fellowships that are portable and tenable anywhere. 

Fellowships with a Boston-area residency requirement.

Fellowships with a residency requirement within the United States.

Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.



Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by fellowship
Tenure: varies by fellowship (up to 24 months)
Citizenship Requirement: none

Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for  postdoctoral researchers  and experienced researchers annually. Researchers reside in Germany for this fellowship. 

Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: round-trip airfare, room and partial board + $5,000 per month
Tenure: typically awarded for one academic semester
Citizenship Requirement: none

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: room and board + a stipend and separate work space
Tenure: 11 months; 5-month fellowships are offered in Design and Historic Preservation & Conservation; applicants in Architecture, Historic Preservation & Conservation, and Landscape Architecture have a choice of either full or half term
Citizenship Requirement:  Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be U.S. citizens at the time of the application.

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Ancient Studies, Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Medieval Studies, Modern Italian Studies, Musical Composition, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Visual Arts. 

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $30,000
Tenure: one year
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.

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. This program is open to scholars in all fields.

Collaborative Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: will not exceed $201,000 for any one project
Tenure: up to 24 months
Citizenship Requirement:  The Project Coordinator must have an appointment at a U.S.-based institution of higher education; other project members may be at institutions outside the United States or may be independent scholars.

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.

Collaborators' research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged.

Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: $40,000 (Assistant Professors); $50,000 (Associate Professors); and $70,000 (Full Professors)
Tenure: 6 to 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications 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. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. A 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. 

Eligible applicants must have a Ph.D. that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: $95,000 + up to $7,500 for research costs and up to $3,000 for relocation
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: None;  an applicant must be employed in a tenured position at a degree-granting academic institution in the United States. 

These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious 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 first set of Burkhardt Fellowships support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 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.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program & Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program
Deadline: October 2, 2017
Award Amount: $5,000 to $25,000
Tenure: 3 to 9 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

With funds from the  U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) , American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. 

In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

Library Resident Research Fellowships
Deadline: March 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $3,000 per month
Tenure: 1 to 3 months
Citizenship Requirement: none 

The APS Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections, which focus on the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship are eligible to apply. And candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Fellowship Program
Fall Semester  Deadline: January 15, 2018 (for the following September)
Spring Semester Deadline: April 15, 2018 (for the following February)
Award Amount: room and board; no stipend
Tenure: 30 to 34 days (during the academic year)
Citizenship Requirement: none

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual ArtsApplicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

Deadline: November 3, 2017
Award Amount: up to $75,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. 

Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000 to $35,000
Tenure: one year
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Foundation offers grants to support scholars while on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing. Grants fund research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences.

The Foundation encourages applications with matching funds from other sources. The total of the grant funds awarded by the CCK Foundation and other organizations must not exceed the recipient's annual salary. 

Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $60,000
Tenure: 1 to 10 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Clark (in Williamstown, MA) offers between ten and sixteen residential Fellowships each year. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.
Given the intense competition for fellowships, The Clark does not normally make awards to those who have received their PhD within the last four years.

Deadline: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: $50,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies in 2018-2019 that reflect on the theme of authority.  The Society seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority. Fellows spend their time in research and writing, participate in the weekly Fellows Seminar, and offer one seminar related to their research. Each Fellow's approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines.

Multi-Country Research Fellowships
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Award Amount: up to $10,500
Tenure: 3 to 9 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. A list of the American overseas research centers can be found here

Deadline: varies; the earliest deadline falls on October 31, 2017
Award Amount: stipends vary by fellowship
Tenure: 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, D.C.

Deadline: January 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $40,000 for 9 months or $53,333 for 12 months (2017-18 terms)
Tenure: 9 months or 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard University scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. Their mission is fourfold:
  • To generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies.
  • To promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region.
  • To create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement.
  • To ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center.
The Davis Center's Fellows Program brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. Each year, a team of faculty affiliates coordinates this theme and leads a regular interdisciplinary seminar series in which Fellows participate in addition to pursuing their own research.

The application period is expected to open in October of 2017. 

Deadline: November 1, 2017; February 1, 2018 (Mellon Fellowships)
Award Amount: $21,000 (Junior Fellow); $35,000 (Fellow)
Tenure: one or two terms
Citizenship Requirement: none
The Library (located in Washington, D.C.) offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine studies (including related aspects of  late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape studies. Applicants may apply for the following fellowship types:
  • Fellowshipsfor scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research; 
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies: offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Please note the deadline for this fellowship opportunity is February 1.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Deadline: September 14, 2017
Award Amount:  unspecified stipend
Citizenship Requirement: none

The goal of the Individual Fellowship program is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international, and intersectoral mobility.

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. 

Deadline: June 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount: € 26,000 (junior fellow) and € 38,000 (senior fellow) + accommodation or support for relocation and travel expenses
Tenure: 10 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Program is an international researcher mobility program offering 10-month residencies in one of the 19 participating institutes ( Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zürich.) Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences.

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships
Deadline: September 30, 2017 and/or March 30, 2018 (see below)
Award Amount: € 3,000 per month
Tenure: up to 10 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships provide a framework for established academics with an international reputation to pursue their research at the EUI in Florence, Italy. The EUI accepts applications for positions within specific departments:
  • The Department of Economics considers applications for the March 30 and the September 30 deadline;
  • The Department of Law considers applications only for the March 30 deadline;
  • The Department of History and Civilization considers applications only for the September 30 deadline for fellowships during the following academic year (September to June);
  • The Department of Political and Social Sciences considers applications only for the September 30 deadline.The next deadline (September 30) is for fellowships during the calendar year 2019.

Deadline: October 25, 2017
Award Amount: $60,000 plus $5,000 for research and travel expenses
Tenure: 2018-19 academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

These fellowships are intended to support an academic year of research and/or writing by early career scholars for a project that will make a substantial and original contribution to the understanding of art and its history. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. 

The fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the work proposed. Awards also will include a one-week residence at the Getty Research Institute (in Los Angeles, CA) following the fellowship period.  Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants, though they may be combined with sabbatical. Tenure of the award must encompass the entirety of the 2018-19 academic year, during which fellows must devote themselves to full-time research and writing. 

Scholar Grants
Deadline: October 2, 2017
Award Amount: up to $65,000
Tenure: 3 to 9 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The Getty is located in Los Angeles, CA. 

Deadline: May 14, 2018
Award Amount: $3,000
Tenure: unspecified (research must be completed within a year)
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. The fellowships support research at archives in New York City. 

Deadline: November 1, 2017 
Award Amount: $33,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fellowships will be awarded for 2018-19 in Sculpture and the History of Art and Architecture.

Fellowships are portable and tenable anywhere.

International Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 2017 
Award Amount:  monthly stipend (individually negotiated) + travel
Tenure: up to 10 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

Every year the International Research Centre 'Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History' at Humboldt University in Berlin (re:work) invites senior scholars and postdoctoral candidates to apply for 10 to 15 international research fellowships. The fellowships begin on 1 October and end on 31 July (shorter fellowship terms are negotiable). The fellowships require the researchers' presence at the centre.

re:work especially welcomes candidates from the disciplines of history, anthropology, law, sociology, political science, and area studies. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level or senior scholars. And, re:work would like the proposed projects to employ a historical and transregional perspective. Possible topic areas include household work, loss of work, the relationship between work and non-work, as well as free and unfree labour.

Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $50,000
Tenure: 1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts
Citizenship Requirement: none; e xceptions include the three long-term fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which requires recipients be either U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the U.S. for three years preceding application. 

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) will award over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within the many general fields contained within the library's holdings, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

School of Historical Studies
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: $75,000 (full year); $37,500 (one term)
Tenure: one or two terms
Citizenship Requirement: none

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy and modern international relations. Each year, the Institute hosts a community of scholars from around the world to pursue their own research while in residence (Princeton, New Jersey). 

The School takes into account the stage of the scholar's academic career when considering the list of publications, but in general applicants should have at least several articles already published in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible.

School of Social Science
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $70,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2018-19 is "Crisis and Critique" but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. The Institute fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme. Each year, between 20 and 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science (in Princeton, New Jersey). Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. 

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship
Deadline: August 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $3,600
Citizenship Requirement: unspecified

The Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship is intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. The successful candidate will develop at least a portion of his or her original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library (in Boston, MA).
Preference is given to projects not supported by large grants from other institutions.

Deadline: September 19, 2017
Award Amount: Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project; award duration spans from 6 to 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada at the time of application. 

The foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any area of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible  conditions. The Foundation provides fellowships across all fields, including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (except the performing arts). 

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

John W. Kluge Center  Fellowships
Deadline: varies by fellowship (see below)
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Tenure: varies by fellowship (see below)
Citizenship Requirement: none

The John W. Kluge Center is the internationally renowned scholars center inside the Library of Congress. Situated within the historic Thomas Jefferson building, the Center provides unparalleled access to the Library's 160 million items and a vibrant intellectual community on Capitol Hill through long- and short-term Chair and Fellowship positions. The Kluge Center invites and welcomes more than 100 scholars to the Library each year at varying levels of funding and terms. Recipients are expected to be in continuous residence at the Center and to participate in, and contribute to, its intellectual life.

Kluge FellowshipsResearch in the humanities and social sciences that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multilingual research is particularly welcome. Open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree conferred within seven years of the July 15 deadline. Possible tenure of up to 11 months.

Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies : Research related to the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations. Open to scholars and practitioners worldwide. Deadline: December 6.  Possible  tenure of up to 11 months.

David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and SpiritualityResearch on the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social healthfunded by the International Center for the Integrationof Health and Spirituality. Open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Deadline: April 17. Possible tenure of 6 to 12 months.

Jay I. Kislak Fellowship for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early AmericasResearch that contributes to a greater understanding of the cultures and history of the early Americas using the Kislak Collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and artifacts. Open to scholars worldwide. Deadline: October 15. Possible tenure of up to 3 months.

Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection: Research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the work of Alan Lomax and the cultural traditions he documented over the course of a vigorous and highly productive seventy-year career. Possible tenure of up to 8 months. 

Deadline: November 8, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one or two semesters
Citizenship Requirement:  An applicant must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a U.S. or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a Ph.D. from any institution. 

Postdoctoral fellowships support  scholars who are preparing their Ph.D. dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The ACLS intends to support work based on the applicant's research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English.  A working knowledge of Chinese is required.  Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. 

An applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2009.

Deadline: October 25, 2017
Award Amount: $55,000, plus up to $3,000 for research costs and related scholarly activities
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as of the application deadline date.  

These fellowships support scholars in the  humanities and related social sciences  who are pursuing research on any aspect of religion in international contexts and who desire to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The ultimate goal of the research should be a significant piece of scholarly work by the applicant and concrete steps to engage journalistic and media audiences. Please note that this program not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

In 2018-19 three universities (Arizona State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison) are partnering with ACLS to establish links between their schools of arts and sciences and schools or programs of media and journalism. Fellows may choose to take up residence at one of this year's three partnering institutions or they may take up the fellowship at any location suitable for pursuing their projects. All fellows are required to participate in two program-sponsored symposia during the academic year.

MHS-NEH Long Term Fellowships
Deadline: January 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $4,200 per month + a housing and professional expense stipend
Tenure: 4-12 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be  U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

The Massachusetts Historical Society (in Boston, MA) offers assistance to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. During their residence, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They participate in "brown-bag" lunchtime programs, often presenting their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for collegial lunches every Thursday at a neighborhood eatery.

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

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: December 7, 2017
Award Amount: $45,000
Tenure: 9 to 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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.
The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the postdoctoral level of the fellowship program is available here

Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline: March 2018 (anticipated) for projects beginning as early as January 2019
Award Amount: $25,000
Tenure: up to 2 years
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose  (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry  to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. Fellowships in poetry will be offered in FY 2019 and updated guidelines will be available in January 2018. 

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Award Amount:  up to $4,200 per month for 6 to 12 months (fellowships); $12,000 to $150,000 per year for one to three years (senior research projects)
Citizenship Requirement: There is no citizenship requirement for senior research projects; U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. for at least three years prior to the deadline are eligible to apply for fellowships.

The Documenting Endangered Languages program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. 

Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. 

Deadline: April 11, 2018
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (up to $50,400)
Tenure: 6 to 12 months
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars,  general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Senior Fellowships
Deadline: October 15, 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one or two terms
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts offers senior fellowships for full-time research. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Awards are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period.

Senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment.

Deadline: October 18, 2017
Award Amount: at least half salary + travel expenses
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Center offers up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to applyEmerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.

In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Most of the Center's fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian studies, theology, and for early-career female philosophers. The Center also invites applicants from scholars in interdisciplinary fields, including African-American studies, area studies, bioethics, cultural studies, history of science and technology, film, and media studies. The Center is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Science, Technology, and Society Scholars Awards
OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to proposal submission
Deadline: February 2, 2018; August 3, 2018
Award Amount: up to $180,000 in direct costs
Tenure: one academic year (see details below)
Citizenship Requirement: Grants are awarded to the U.S. institution. 

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.  STS researchers make use of methods from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. STS studies may be empirical or conceptual. 

Scholars Awards provide up to full-time release for an academic year and a summer to conduct research. This time can be distributed over two or more years. In exceptional circumstances, longer releases can be requested. Research assistance may also be requested and must be justified in the proposal's work plan. Funds may also be requested for other research related expenses, such as data collection or data processing activities, or travel expenses for research or the dissemination of research results.

Deadline: September 29, 2017
Award Amount: up to $70,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

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. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May.  Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library's other research libraries are not eligible for this fellowship.

Long-Term Fellowships  Deadline: November 15, 2017
Short-Term Fellowships Deadline: December 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (Long-Term); $2,500 per month (Short-Term)
Tenure: 4 to 9 months (Long-Term); 1 to 2 months (Short-Term)
Citizenship Requirement: Details can be found here

Newberry Fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library (Chicago, IL) offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.
Short-Term Fellowships are primarily intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry's collection and are mostly restricted to individuals who live outside the Chicago area. Long-Term Fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the collection, which are: American History and Culture;   American Indian and Indigenous Studies;   Chicago and the Midwest; Genealogy and Local History; History of the Book; Manuscripts and Archives; Maps, Travel, and Exploration; Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies; Music; and Religion. 

Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. 

Deadline: March 2018 (anticipated) 
Award Amount: $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income
Tenure: one year
Citizenship Requirement: none

This fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of open society challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.  For the current application round, the Open Society Fellowship invites proposals relevant to the following propositions:

Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why? 
  1. Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations.
  2. Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous "others."
Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with one or both of these statements in their submissions.  Proposals will be accepted from anywhere in the world, although demonstrable proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Also, the next call will be released on January 15, 2018.

Please note: These  guidelines  apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Deadline: September 19, 2017
Award Amount: $81,000
Tenure: 10 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists and writers of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-19 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." 

Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields. 

Fellowship Program
Deadline for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: September 14, 2017
Deadline for Natural Sciences & Mathematics: October 5, 2017
Award Amount: Up to $77,500 + additional funds for project expenses
Citizenship Requirement: none
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment.

The Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. In recognition of Radcliffe's historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is located at Harvard University. 

Deadline: December 1, 2017
Award Amount:  room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission
Tenure: 2 to 4 weeks
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's work to expand upon opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places, and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.

The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

The  residency requirement is in Bellagio, Italy. 

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship
Deadline: September 27, 2017
Award Amount: $20,000 to $45,000 (InterAsian) 2,500/month (Global Summer)
Tenure: varies; see below
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Program aims at promoting excellence in transregional research and interrogating boundaries that have long divided world geographies and academic communities.

In 2017, the SSRC will offer two separate fellowship competitions as part of its Transregional Research Program:
  • Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections: these longer-term fellowships are designed to support junior scholars as they work on first or second projects and are to be disbursed flexibly over a sixteen-month period. Fellows can be affiliated anywhere, need not be full-time employed, and can use the funds for research or writing.
  • SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Gottingen: a short-term fellowship opportunity offered in collaboration with the Global and Transregional Studies Platform at the University of Göttingen in Germany, an InterAsia partner institution, or hub. These three-month residencies will take place during the 2018 summer semester at the University of Göttingen, which runs from April 15, 2018 - July 15, 2018. These residencies are designed to support a small cohort of scholars who are working on projects that reflect the existing research expertise at the University of Göttingen and build upon the Global and Transregional Studies Platform research themes: Movements of KnowledgeTransregional Populisms, and Religious Networks.

Deadlines: varies (October 2017 through July 2018)
Award Amount: fellowship stipends vary across programs; generally, scholars receive $48,000 per year
Tenure: varies by fellowship
Citizenship Requirement: varies by fellowship

The Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of research opportunities and fellowships across its various units (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc.). To learn more about each fellowship opportunity, please review their list of current programs

Fellowships for External Faculty
Deadline: October 5, 2017
Award Amount: up to $70,000 + housing and moving allowance of up to $30,000
Tenure: one academic year
Citizenship Requirement: none

External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars.

Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply

Deadline: February 2018 (anticipated)
Award Amount:   unfunded
Tenure: 2 to 6 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Institute exists to foster interdisciplinary activities in the Humanities and Social Sciences and has a particular interest in using its visiting fellowships to build international collaborations. The Institute is housed in an 18th century courtyard close to the University Library and about 20 scholars are in residence at any time. Fellows are allocated a private office in the Institute with all the usual research facilities and are expected to play a full part in the activities of the Institute. They are also encouraged to develop their contacts with colleagues within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. They give at least one seminar on their current research work during their tenure. The Fellowships are not funded. No limitation is placed on the area of research within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Award Amount: $3,500 per month
Tenure: 1 to 3 months
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its  collections .

The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Deadline:  August 2018 (anticipated) 
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
Citizenship Requirement: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months.
In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience. 

Deadline: October 15, 2017 (Long-Term); November 15, 2017 (Short-Term)
Award Amount: $50,000 (Long-Term); $4,000 per month (Short-Term)
Tenure: 12 months (Long-Term); 4 or 6 months (Short-Term)
Citizenship Requirement: none

Currently, the Center (in Florence, Italy) offers fifteen full-year post-doctoral fellowships and several shorter fellowships annually. The Berenson Library, with holdings of nearly 185,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 600 scholarly journals, includes an extensive and historically important photograph collection, an archive that documents the lives and work of Bernard and Mary Berenson, and the Morrill Music Library, considered one of the finest in the world for medieval and Renaissance music.

Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations.

Deadline: January 2018 (anticipated) 
Award Amount: funded (amount unspecified)
Tenure: one or two semesters
Citizenship Requirement: none

The Fellows Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University.  Fellows work in a range of fields and interests, including art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing. Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, including Fellows' Workshops and, importantly, the weekly colloquium.

Deadline: December 2017 (anticipated)
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one year; one-semester residencies can also be considered
Citizenship Requirement: none

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

The Newhouse Center welcomes applications from faculty in the humanities at all levels.

Please note: These guidelines apply to the previous year's fellowship competition. 

Deadline: October 1, 2017
Award Amount: The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient's other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual's current level of income
Tenure: typically one academic year, though occasionally fellowships are awarded for shorter periods, with a minimum of four months
Citizenship Requirement: none

Through an international competition, the Center offers residential fellowships for scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington, Wilson Center staff, and other scholars in residence. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Apart from the opportunities included in this list, are there other awards available to fund my sabbatical leave? 

Yes. This newsletter includes notable opportunities that support a broad range of research interests.  There are, however, a wealth of sabbati cal opportunities that cater to specific research topics, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in these additional opportunities, please contact Paige Belisle with a brief summary of your intended sabbatical and a request for a customized list or an in-person consul t.
When should I start looking and applying for sabbatical funding?

Deadlines often fall at least a year prior to your leave start date. For example, if your sabbatical leave is scheduled for the academic year 2018/19, you will need to select your possible fellowship opportunities in the Spring or Summer the year before your scheduled leave. Most deadlines fall between August and November. 

Some sponsors run competitions even earlier; the National Endowment for the Humanities has an April deadline for projects beginning as early as January the following year and as late as the following September.
What support services does Research Development offer to faculty looking for sabbatical funding?

We perform customized funding searches to locate opportunities that best complement your sabbatical plans. We offer advice on strategies for submitting competitive proposals and will review your proposal against sponsor requirements. For more information on Research Development support services, please see our website .
Can I find sabbatical funding for one semester or less?

Yes. Some sabbatical funders will only support faculty for an entire academic year leave; however, some give faculty the option of receiving funding for six months or less while still others will fund faculty for less than one semester. Be sure to read the sponsor's award information or contact Research Development for a tailored funding search based on your needs.
I have obligations that require that I remain in the Cambridge area during my sabbatical. Are non-residential or Cambridge-based opportunities available?

Yes. The most notable "flexible" sabbatical funders are the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Alternatively, another major Cambridge-based residential option is the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Please see the curated list above for additional opportunities.
I am a Junior Faculty member: am I eligible to apply for sabbatical funding?

Yes. Although some programs are directed toward mid- to senior-level faculty, most sponsors open competitions to all tenured and tenure-track faculty. And, some programs cater to junior faculty. Please keep in mind that competitions open to all faculty are highly competitive but are certainly not out of reach for new faculty.
If I receive two or more sabbatical awards, what are my options?

This highly depends upon the awards you receive. In all cases, we strongly recommend consulting with your Department Chair and your Divisional Dean, who can best advise you on the optimal strategy for approaching this important decision. For clarification on what specific sponsors will allow, please contact Paige Belisle .

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

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