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, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
January 2014
Funding Opportunities
Unless otherwise noted, all full proposals to external sponsors must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (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

elsonElson Family Arts Initiative
Deadline: January 24, 2014 (first round) or April 4, 2014 (second round)
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Eligible Faculty: All faculty
Eligible Disciplines: Any discipline

The Elson Family Arts Initiative fund supports undergraduate education in the arts and humanities and the integration of the arts into the curriculum within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Course proposals may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS.  Priority will be given to proposals for art-making in courses where art-making has not traditionally been inserted.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Arts
Grants for Art Projects: Art Works

Harvard Letter of Interest Deadline: January 27, 2014 by 5pm

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: February 3, 2014 by 5pm  

Funding Amount: $10,000-$100,000 (1:1 match of non-federal funds is required)

Target Disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting, Theater & Musical Theater, and Visual Arts.


National Endowment for the Arts is seeking proposals for Grants for Art Projects: Art Works. These grants are intended to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities; it may be a part of an applicant's regular season or activities. Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.


For more information on the award and the Harvard nomination process, see here.  


pficProvost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration
Deadline: February 14, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $25,000
Eligible Disciplines: All

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration supports a variety of cross-faculty collaborations, including but not limited to new interdisciplinary courses, working groups, small-scale conferences, and new research projects that have relevance to fostering interfaculty collaboration more broadly.  Applicants must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor and must be from at least two different Schools or two different divisions within FAS.  Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant and to proposals that illustrate the potential long-term impact of one-time seed funding, as well as to proposals that show the leveraging of other Harvard resources.


Questions may be directed to Marshall Page at or 617-495-2579. 


For more information, see here.


pfahProvostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $7,500
Eligible Disciplines: All

This fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to) performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). They may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. In the same spirit, they may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Although a direct tie-in with the curriculum is not an absolute requirement, proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum -- to existing courses, planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed -- will be favored.

For more information, see here.

nehsummerNational Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: March 4, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 for seminars and up to $200,000 for institutes
Eligible 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. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers and may take the following formats:
  • Seminar for school teachers - sixteen participants: A seminar enables participants to examine an important text, study works of well-known authors, or review scholarship on a significant historical period or event.    
  • Institute for school teachers - twenty-five to thirty participants: An institute presents the best available scholarship on important topics and works in the humanities that are taught in the nation's schools. Participants compare and synthesize the various perspectives offered by the faculty and make connections between the institute content and classroom teaching.   
  • Seminar for college and university teachers - sixteen participants: A seminar enables participants to conduct scholarly research and focused study under the direction of a scholarly expert.   
  • Institute for college and university teachers-twenty - five to thirty participants: An institute focuses on a subject of major importance in undergraduate education. Guided by a team of core and visiting scholars, participants explore a variety of perspectives on the subject.   
For more information, see here.

neapoetryNational Endowment for the Arts
Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline: March 12, 2014 (review by OSP is not required for this award)
Award Amount: $25,000
Eligible Disciplines: Poetry

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose 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.  For the upcoming deadline, fellowships in poetry are available.  A candidate is eligible to apply in Poetry if, between January 1, 2007, and March 12, 2014, they have had published a volume of 48 or more pages of poetry or twenty or more different poems or pages of poetry in five or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include poetry as a portion of their format.

For more information, see here.

clirCouncil on Library and Information Resources
Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives
Deadline: March 21, 2014
Award Amount: $50,000-$500,000
Eligible Disciplines: Any discipline with hidden collections in libraries, archives, and cultural institutions

Libraries, archives, and cultural institutions hold millions of items that have never been adequately described. This program seeks to address this problem by awarding grants for supporting innovative, efficient description of large volumes of material of high value to scholars.  CLIR welcomes applications from any United States library, museum, archive or other cultural heritage institution that holds hidden collections of broad scholarly import.  For the purposes of this program, special collections are any kind of rare or unique materials housed in secure, monitored environments and made available to researchers.

For more information, see here.

Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer

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Unless otherwise noted, all applications to external sponsors must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.