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
October 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

wwWoodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation
Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty
Deadline: November 14, 2014
Award Amount: Maximum $30,000 stipend, a $1,500 research, travel or publication grant, and funding to attend the Annual Retreat

The Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty aim to increase the presence of minority Junior Faculty (African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans and Native Alaskans), and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, and breaking down stereotypes and promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields in the arts and sciences. The objective of the fellowship program is to aid the scholarly research and intellectual growth of junior faculty (men and women) and improve their chances for moving successfully towards tenure by offering support for twelve months of research and writing.  Applicants should be in the third year of a tenure-track teaching appointment at the time of application, teach in one of the eligible academic fields, and be able to accept the award for the 2015-2016 academic year. 


For more information, see the program brochure and application form.

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.

sparkHarvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching
Spark Grants
Deadline: December 3, 2014 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: $5,000-15,000

Spark Grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Through Spark Grants, awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. Grant proposals should be aligned with HILT's mission to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Harvard.  Proposals that build communities of practice around teaching and learning, facilitate high quality assessment practices and educational research, experiment with and document new instructional practices, and/or provide pedagogically-driven tools for teaching and learning (multimedia and instructional technology) are encouraged.

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.

neaNational Endowment for the Arts
Translation Projects
Deadline: December 8, 2014
Award Amount: $12,500-$25,000
Target Disciplines: Translation, Prose, Poetry, Drama

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The NEA encourages translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value and priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English.

For more information, see here.

neh_translationNational Endowment for the Humanities
Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
Deadline: December 9, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $100,000/year for 1-3 years

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.  Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member.


For more information, see here

neh_collaborativeNational Endowment for the Humanities
Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline: December 9, 2014
Award Amount: Up to $100,000/year for 1-3 years

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services.

For more information, see here.

cultivationHarvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching
Cultivation Grants
Deadline: December 13, 2014 (review by OSP is not required)
Award Amount: $100,000-200,000 over 1-2 years

HILT Cultivation Grants are designed to extend promising educational innovations into new intellectual and institutional contexts, and to rigorously investigate the potential of their wide-scale adoption across the University.  Contrasted with HILT's Spark Grants--which are meant to "spark" a new idea into reality through relatively modest funding--Cultivation Grants are meant to "cultivate" projects that have already experienced limited success. They should hold significant promise of university-level generalizability, draw on relevant evidence, and have a viable prospect for long-term sustainability.


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.