The following funding opportunities notice is being sent to department chairs and administrators in the Arts & Humanities.  Please distribute as appropriate.
FAS Research Development
Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities
August, 2013
Funding Opportunities
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

meissmellonMeiss/Mellon Author's Book Award
Deadline: September 15, 2013
Award Amount: Varies by project. Previous awards have ranged from $3,000-$8,000.
Eligible Disciplines: History of Art, Visual Studies

The Meiss/Mellon Author's Book Award provides funding for image acquisition for book-length, scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that are currently under contract with a publisher.  Support will be for emerging scholars who have been awarded a Ph.D. within the last six years and will fund reimbursement or anticipated expenses for rights and reproductions for books under contract with a publisher.  Applications will be evaluated based on contribution or importance to the field, significance and clarity of argument in submitted abstract and text sample, use of illustrations, depth of research and completeness of bibliography and clarity of writing.  The author must be a member of the College Art Association.

For more information, see here.

guggenheimJohn Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 19, 2013
Award Amount: Varies
Eligible Disciplines: All disciplines except the performing arts

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to advanced professionals in all fields who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.  The Foundation defines advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.  Grants are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months.  The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions.

For more information, see here.

bantingBanting Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline to request institutional endorsement: September 23, 2013 by 12PM

Sponsor Deadline: October 23, 2013

Award Amount: $70,000 per year for two years

Target applicants: Postdoctoral fellows. Candidates to be hosted by Harvard must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Eligible disciplines: Humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences, and engineering

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.  Candidates to be hosted at Harvard must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and must fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between October 23, 2010 and December 31, 2013 from a Canadian university.  Candidates to be hosted by Canadian institutions need not be Canadian citizens.


Applications require an Institutional Synergy and Endorsement letter to be signed the host institution's president (equivalent or designate) on institutional letterhead.  FAS Research Development will assist applicants to be hosted within FAS departments in obtaining this endorsement and can provide a template for host supervisors to utilize in drafting this letter.  Requests from within FAS departments for signature on institutional endorsement letters may be directed to Erin Cromack and must be received by September 23, 2013 by 12PM.


For more information, see here


radcliffeRadcliffe Institute Fellowship Program
Deadline for Humanists, Social Scientists, and Creative Artists: October 1, 2013 (Review by OSP not required)
Award Amount: Up to $70,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses
Eligible Disciplines: All fields

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $70,000 for one year, with additional funds for project expenses. Fellows also receive office or studio space and access to the libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2014 through May 31, 2015. Visual artists or film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters. In the event that a fellow comes for one semester, the stipend is $35,000.

For more information, see here.

nhcfellowNational Humanities Center Fellowships
Deadline: October 1, 2013 (Review by OSP not required)
Award Amount: Stipends are individually determined, typically at least half salary and travel expenses for Fellows and dependents.
Eligible Disciplines: All fields of the humanities.  Scholars in other fields engaged in humanistic projects are also encouraged to apply.

The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015.  Applicants must have doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. 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.

For  more information, see here.

templetonJohn Templeton Foundation
Core Funding Areas
Online Funding Inquiry Deadline: October 1, 2013 (review by OSP not required for initial funding inquiry)
Award Amount: Varies - grants have ranged from $5,000-$10,500,000
Eligible Disciplines: All

The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting Online Funding Inquiries for its Core Funding Areas:

  • Science and the Big Questions:
    • Mathematical & Physical Sciences: Projects that focus on foundational questions in mathematics or that seek a deeper understanding of the nature of reality within the realm of physics, cosmology, astronomy, chemistry, or other physical sciences.  
    • Life Sciences: Projects investigating the evolution and fundamental nature of life, human life, and mind, especially as they relate to issues of meaning and purpose.
    • Human Sciences: Projects that apply the tools of anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology to the various moral and spiritual concepts identified by Sir John Templeton. These include altruism, creativity, free will, generosity, gratitude, intellect, love, prayer, and purpose.
    • Philosophy & Theology: Projects that attempt to develop new philosophical and theological insights, especially (but not only) in relation to advances in scientific understanding.
    • Science in Dialogue: Projects that bring one or more scientific disciplines into a mutually enriching discussion with theology and/or philosophy, whether for a scholarly audience or the public at large.
  • Character Development: Programs, publications, and studies focused on the universal truths of character development, from childhood through young adulthood and beyond.   
  • Freedom and Free Enterprise: Programs intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profitmaking enterprise.
  • Exceptional Talent and Genius: The Foundation supports accelerated learning for students capable of working well beyond their grade level and national studies of the issue.  

For more information, see here.   


mapCreative Capital Foundation
Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund
Online Inquiry Deadline: October 4, 2013 (review by OSP not required for inquiry)
Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): December 9, 2013

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP provides funding for artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry.  MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.  This award supports most direct costs related to the conception, creation and premiere of a new work. These include but are not limited to commissioning fees and artists' salaries, research costs, rehearsal and workshop expenses, promotion, and audience outreach and production costs up to and including the premiere run of the work.

For more information, see here.

miltonThe Milton Fund
Deadline: October 8, 2013 (Review by OSP not required)
Award Amount: $40,000 for one year
Eligible Disciplines: All

The purpose of the Milton Fund is to provide funding to facilitate new approaches, initiate new projects, and in particular, assist junior members of Harvard schools in establishing their research programs. The Milton Fund supports studies of a medical, geographical, historical, or scientific nature, which must be either in the interests of promoting the physical and material welfare of the human race, or of investigating and determining the value and importance of a discovery or invention.

For more information, see here.

Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer

For previous funding opportunity announcements, view our email archive

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