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
February 2014

neh_buNEH Grantwriting Workshop and Program Officer Visit
February 28, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Boston University
George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor, Conference Auditorium
775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Boston University will host NEH Program Officer Daniel Sack as he provides program updates and grant-writing guidance. Mr. Sack will also lead a panel discussion outlining the NEH peer review process. There is no fee for this event and it is open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP, see here.

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

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.

dedalusDedalus Foundation
Institutional Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $25,000
Target Disciplines: Modern Art, Arts Education, Conservation

The Dedalus Foundation educates the public by fostering public understanding of modern art and modernism through its support of research, education, publications, and exhibitions in this field.  The Dedalus Foundation Institutional Grants support educational programs, exhibitions, and publications by museums, universities, art schools, and other educational institutions.  In addition to providing funds for short term projects, the Foundation provides seed money to facilitate long term projects that are in their initial or planning stage. 


For more information, see  here.  

mass_humanitiesMass Humanities
Project Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 21, 2014 (review by OSP not required for LOI)
Award Amount: Up to $5,000, though some thematic and media grants can be as high as $10,000.
Target Disciplines: All humanities disciplines

Mass Humanities' standard grant supports public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including film, lecture, reading, and discussion series; exhibits; media pre-production and distribution; and other public activities.  Proposals for public programs that respond to this year's theme (Crisis, Community, and Civic Culture), by exploring the confluence of challenges that has led to today's fraying of the social contract as well as the history and promise of collective action organized in response to a variety of crises, may be eligible for a maximum award of $10,000.

For more information, see here.

templetonJohn Templeton Foundation
Core Funding Areas
Online Funding Inquiry Deadline: April 1, 2014 (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.  


kressKress Foundation
History of Art, Conservation, and Digital Resources Grants Programs
Deadline: April 1, 2014
Award Amount: Varies - most awards are under $100,000
Target Disciplines: History of Art and Architecture, Digital Humanities, Art Conservation

Through its Grant Programs, the Kress Foundation supports scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century.

The History of Art Program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture.

The Conservation Program supports the professional practice of art conservation.


The Digital Resources Program supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history, including classroom applications and online publishing. This program further supports the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources. Key interests include digitization of core art history photographic archives and primary textual sources.


For more information, see here .  

elsonElson Family Arts Initiative
Deadline: April 4, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $5,000

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.

neh_pardNational Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and Access Research and Development
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Award Amount: up to $350,000 for three years
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

Preservation and Access Research and Development grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence-and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials.  Applicants should define a specific problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, and explain how they would evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. Project results must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.


For more information, see here.  


neh_fellowshipsNational Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $4,200/month for 6-12 months
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

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.

For more information, see here.

Erin Cromack
Research Development Officer

For previous funding opportunity announcements, view our email archive

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.