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
September 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

rothenbergAnne and Jim Rothenberg Fund for Humanities Research
Deadline: October 17, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $7,500

This fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects by Harvard faculty in the humanities, both individual and collaborative projects. Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to) research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are eligible.  Expenses associated with travel to collections and archives, as well as travel to conferences, symposia, seminars, film festivals, and other scholarly gatherings are eligible. Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character.  Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants.

For more information, see here.

provostProvostial Fund for Arts and Humanities
Deadline: October 17, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $7,500

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.

aaasAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences
Visiting Scholar Program
Deadline: October 20, 2013 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: $65,000 for junior faculty, $45,000 for postdoctoral scholars


The Academy's Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  The Academy seeks proposals in the humanities and social sciences relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present.  The fellowship program offers scholars a year for research and writing free from teaching and administrative duties, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members. Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research.  Preference will be given to untenured faculty; postdoctoral scholars are also eligible.  


For more information, see here.  


 neaNational Endowment for the Arts
ArtWorks: Research
Deadline: October 21, 2014
Award Amount: $10,000 to $30,000

The NEA ArtWorks Research Program makes awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts.  Funds will be given for projects that involve analyses of primary and/or secondary data. Projects may include, but are not limited to, primary and/or secondary data analyses; psychological studies that take place in clinical and non-clinical settings; third-party evaluations of an arts program's effectiveness and impact; and statistically-driven meta-analyses of existing bodies of research so as to provide a fresh understanding of the value and/or impact of the arts.  The NEA encourages applicants from diverse research fields (e.g., sociology, economics, anthropology) and diverse areas of expertise, including, but not limited to, health, education, and urban and regional planning. Priority will be given to applications that present theory-driven research questions and methodologies that will yield important information about the value and/or impact of the arts.

For more information, see here.

Deadline: November 1, 2014 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: $33,000
Eligible Disciplines: Creative writing (fiction and poetry) and philosophy

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, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Approximately ten fellowships will be awarded for 2015-2016 in the fields of Creative Writing (Fiction), Creative Writing (Poetry), and Philosophy.  Howard Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work. They are not intended for publication subsidies, for equipment purchase, for preparation of exhibits, or to support institutional programs.


For more information, see here.

Getty Scholars Program
Deadline: November 3, 2014 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: up to $65,000
Eligible Disciplines: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences

Getty Scholar grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, 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 theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.  The two research themes for 2015/2016 are Art and Materiality and The Classical World in Context: Egypt.  Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.  Getty Scholars may be in residence for one of three periods ranging from three to nine months: September to December 2015; January to June 2016; or September 2015 to June 2016. 

For more information, see here.

aauwAmerican Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Fellowships
Deadline: November 17, 2014 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: Up to $30,000

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar's living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.

Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education.  Fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study.

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers.

For more information, see here.

neh_schc National Endowment for the Humanities
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: December 3, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $350,000

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.  Two types of grants are offered: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants.

Planning Grants support planning projects, which may encompass such activities as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. Planning grants must focus on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies.

Implementation Grants help an institution implement a preventive conservation project. Implementation Grants might be used to manage interior relative humidity and temperature; install or recommission heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; install storage systems and rehouse collections; improve security and the protection of collections from fire, flood, and other disasters; or upgrade lighting systems and controls to achieve energy efficiency and levels suitable for collections.  Implementation grants may also cover costs associated with renovation required to implement preventive conservation measures.

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.