The following funding opportunities notice is being sent to department chairs and administrators in the Arts & Humanities.  Please distribute to your faculty as appropriate.
FAS Research Development
Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities
December, 2012

Funding opportunities included in this email:
  • Harvard Film Study Center Fellowships 
  • Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts Production and Presentation Grants 
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships     
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes   
Unless otherwise noted, full proposals must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.  For questions regarding any of the opportunities listed below, please contact Erin Cromack, Research Development Officer, at or 617-496-5252

Harvard Film Study Center Fellowships
Deadline: February 15, 2013 (Review by OSP is not required for this award)
Award Amount: up to $5,000.  All fellows receive access to production equipment, post-production facilities, and technical support.
Target Disciplines: All 

FSC-Harvard fellowships support advanced work in film, video, photography, and sound, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explores and expands the expressive potential of audiovisual media, especially through nonfiction.  The fellowships support fellows with grants, use of its film, video, and photographic equipment, facilities, technical assistance, and involvement in a community of fellow artists.  For all applicants except faculty, fellowships may also include monetary awards, which are intended to help defray production or post-production expenses, and typically range between $1,000 and $5,000.  The fellowships are open to Harvard faculty, graduate students, teaching assistants, and postdoctoral and research fellows. Applicants must be affiliated with Harvard during the fellowship year for which they are applying.   


For more information, see here.  

Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts
Production and Presentation Grants
Inquiry Form Deadline: February 25, 2013
Award Amount: up to $30,000
Target Disciplines: architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry such as work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space.

This is a limited submission opportunity.  The Graham Foundation will accept only one application per department.  Please discuss with your department chair before applying for this award.

The Graham Foundation makes project-based grants and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.  These grants assist organizations with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.  Projects must have clearly defined goals, work plans, budgets, and production and dissemination plans.


For more information, see here.  

National Endowment for the Arts
Literature Fellowships
Deadline: February 28, 2013
Award Amount: $25,000
Target Disciplines: creative writing: fiction, creative non-fiction

The NEA provides grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit.

Candidates are eligible to apply in if, between January 1, 2006, and February 28, 2013, they have had published:

  • At least five different short stories, works of short fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs, or creative essays (or any combination thereof) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that  regularly include fiction and/or creative nonfiction as a portion of their format; or
  • A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
  • A novel or novella; or
  • A volume of creative nonfiction.

To qualify, work must have been originally published between these dates, not only reprinted or reissued in another format during this period.


For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: March 5, 2015
Award Amount: up to $200,000
Target Disciplines: languages; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; social sciences with humanistic content and methods

These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks.


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes:

  • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts;
  • contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and
  • effectively link teaching and research in the humanities.

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, a cultural or professional organization, or a school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers.  


For more information, see here

Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer
Unless otherwise noted, all applications must be submitted to OSP for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.