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Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
Upcoming Funding Opportunities March 2015

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 Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Specialist, at cmcdermottmurphy@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-2618.


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.


I want to host a program for faculty, scholars, or practitioners to expand their knowledge of a topic.


I want to combine digital technology with the humanities or preserve a collection and/or make it easier for people to access.


I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program.


I am an artist or creative writer looking for project support.


I want to develop or refine a humanities course or curriculum.


I want to complete and/or publish a scholarly book.



radcliffe_workshopsRadcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Deadline: Rolling (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $20,000

Workshops convene Harvard faculty members, scholars, artists, and other thought leaders from around the world, and go beyond early-stage research questions. Workshops are based on innovative ideas that have already been developed to some extent but are now ready for further deep exploration. Outcomes may be intellectually based or have practical application; in the past they have resulted in publications, grant applications, course development, policy recommendations, the enhancement of an established research program, and conferences. 

Programs consist of one- to three-day meetings hosted by the Radcliffe Institute, which provides meeting space, and logistical and administrative support prior to and throughout the workshop.

For more information, see here.

Elson Family Arts Initiative
Deadline: April 3, 2015 (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
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. The Committee will only consider proposals that have a curricular connection and that show the prudent use of funds. As a general rule, priority will be given to proposals for art-making in courses where art-making has not traditionally been inserted.

For more information, see here.

laskyThe Lasky/Barajas Dean's Innovation Fund for Digital Arts and Humanities
Statement of Intent Deadline: March 18, 2015 (OSP review is not required)
Full Proposal Deadline: April 3, 2015
Award Amount: up to $12,000

This fund is intended to encourage innovation in the arts and humanities by supporting small and medium scale projects that will move these fields to the center of the digital revolution. Proposals may include (but are by no means limited to) course development and support, inter-faculty collaborations, technology and training, experiential learning opportunities, and undergraduate, graduate, or faculty research.

All faculty and senior lecturers, including those without a previous history of digital innovation, are encouraged to apply. New applicants will be favored; earlier recipients of Lasky-Barajas grants will be considered for extension of funding or for funding of new projects.

For more information, see here.



us_caeUnited States Department of State

Creative Arts Exchange

Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: up to $1,500,000


The goals of the Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) are to: 

  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries; 
  • Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement, and/or performance between American artists and international participants; 
  • Convey the diversity and high artistic merit of the arts in America as well as increase awareness and understanding of American art, culture, values and society for international participants and audiences; 
  • Foster opportunities for educational outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth, women, and persons with disabilities;
  • Engage participants in instructive and informative experiences in their art form;
  • Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or performance that enrich American and international artists and arts experts; and
  • Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaboration between U.S. and international artists and institutions that endure beyond program duration.
Eligible themes and/or artistic genres for CAE initiatives are determined annually.

For more information, see here.



Gladys Brooks Foundationgladys_brooks
Grants for Libraries or Educational Institutions
Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: $50,000 to $100,000 (greater and lesser amounts in certain circumstances)


The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries, education, hospitals and clinics.


Grants for Libraries: Applications will be considered for resource Endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies, and equipment are encouraged.


Grants for Educational Institutions: Applications will be considered for: educational endowments to fund scholarships; endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs; and erection or endowment of buildings and equipment for educational purposes.

For more information, see here.



warholCreative Capital | Warhol Foundation 

Arts Writers Grant Program
Deadline: May 21, 2015 (grants are made directly to the applicant; therefore, OSP review is not required)
Award Amount: up to $50,000


The Arts Writers Grant Program supports individuals whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants in the following categories: articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing. It aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

For more information, see here.



unescoUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme
Deadline: April 30, 2015
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2015
Award Amount: The overall success of the Programme depends on financial and in-kind support. UNESCO, not being a funding agency, cannot be a major donor. For this reason, UNESCO encourages institutions to mobilize financial partners at the time when they are preparing the project proposals and also offers its services in helping to mobilize resources. 


The UNESCO programme serves as a means of building the capacities of higher education and research institutions through the exchange of knowledge and sharing, in a spirit of international solidarity. The programme covers training, research and exchange of academics and offers a platform for information sharing in all fields. The majority of projects are interdisciplinary. 


Because of the nature and flexibility of the Chairs Programme, universities can respond more readily and with greater autonomy to the demands for new learning and research in a world undergoing rapid economic, social and technological change.

For more information, see here.



neh_japanNational Endowment for the Humanities 

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Deadline: April 30, 2015
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2015
Award Amount: up to $4,200/month for 6 to 12 months


Fellowships support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology.


Fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents in their original languages or whose research requires interviews onsite in direct one-on-one contact. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes.

For more information, see here.



neh_fellowshipNational Endowment for the Humanities 

Deadline: April 30, 2015
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2015
Award Amount: up to $4,200/month for 6 to 12 months


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.


Fellowship recipients may begin their fellowship tenure as early as January 2016 or as late as September 2016.

For more information, see here.


clirCouncil on Library and Information Resources

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives  
Deadline for Initial Proposals: April 30, 2015
OSP Deadline: April 23, 2015
Award Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 over 12 to 24 months for single-institution projects; $50,000 to $500,000 over 12 to 36 months for collaborative projects


The goal of this program is to digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Competitive applications will: encourage approaches to digitization that make possible new kinds of scholarship in the digital research environment; support the digitization of entire collections; promote strategic partnerships; promote best practices for ensuring the long-term availability and discoverability of digital content; and ensure that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible.

For more information, see here.



naraNational Archives and Records Administration
Access to Historical Records
Draft Deadline: April 3, 2015 (optional; draft proposals require a budget and, therefore, must be submitted to OSP for review by March 27, 2015)
Final Deadline: June 17, 2015
Award Amount: up to $200,000 over 1 to 2 years


This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of digital tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records. Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats;
  • Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio or moving image formats.

The Commission funds projects that deal with the following kinds of historical source material: records of state, county, municipal, tribal, or other non-Federal units of government; manuscripts, personal and family papers, or organizational and business archives; and collections of photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, electronic records, and/or such visual materials as unpublished architectural, cartographic, and engineering drawings. 


For more information, see here.


John Templeton Foundationtempleton
Core Funding Areas
Online Funding Inquiry Deadline: April 1, 2015 (OSP review is not required for initial funding inquiry)
Award Amount: varies - recent grants range from $5,000 - $10,500,000

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.


Samuel H. Kress Foundation

History of Art, Conservation, and Digital Resources

Deadline: April 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: March 25, 2015
Award Amount: varies - most awards do not exceed $100,000
Eligible 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.



luceHenry Luce Foundation

Luce Fund in American Art

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: April 1, 2015 (OSP review is not required for initial inquiry)
Award Amount: varies - recent grants range from $15,000 - $500,000


This award supports scholarly special exhibitions and their related publications that contribute significantly to the study of American art. All periods and genres of American art history are included. Each proposed project must result in a tangible product that can be added to the body of scholarship in the field of American art. Intellectual merit and potential contribution to scholarship are the most important criteria for evaluating proposals. 


Applicants must be the originator of the exhibition project, not a subsequent venue. The program is aesthetically- and object-based and does not include projects that are primarily historical, documentary, social, technological, or that concern private collections.

For more information, see here.



new_musicNew Music USA

Project Grants

Deadline: April 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: March 25, 2015
Award Amount: up to $15,000
Eligible Disciplines: music


New Music USA supports a range of new music projects. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline or up to six months prior and requests can come from individuals or organizations. The Foundation is especially interested in funding artists directly for their work, whether that's creating, engaging, performing, or otherwise. Project Grants support:

  • The creation of new musical work;
  • New live music for dance;
  • Recording costs; and
  • Residency and community outreach activities.
The most competitive projects are those that are publicly disseminated and include living composers or recent music.

For more information, see here.



SPAMSociety for the Preservation of American Modernists

Course Development and Publication Grants

Deadline: April 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: March 25, 2015
Award Amount: course development grant amounts are unspecified; 
publication grants average $1,200

Eligible Disciplines: art history


The Society for the Preservation of American Modernists celebrates and elucidates the art, lives, and ideas of the American modernists. 


Course Development Grants are intended to expand college and university teaching of the history of support for the arts in the U.S. Applicants, who may come from disciplines other than art history, must demonstrate that the proposed course is entirely new or substantially revised from old course offerings at their schools.


Publication Grants support the authorship of articles or books by independent scholars, writers, students, and professionals in the following subject areas: the artistic contributions of the American modernists, and the history of public and private support for the arts in the U.S. 

For more information, see here.



Harpo Foundationharpo

Grants for Visual Artists

Deadline: April 1, 2015 (grants are made directly to the artist; therefore, OSP review is not required)
Award Amount: up to $10,000

Eligible Disciplines: visual arts


The Harpo Foundation supports artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist's work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation's priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

For more information, see here.



berchemMax van Berchem Foundation

Deadline: March 31, 2015
OSP Deadline: March 24, 2015
Award Amount: up to 40,000 (Swiss Francs)

Eligible Disciplines: Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.


The Max van Berchem Foundation's goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature. Grants are usually awarded for a period of three years--sometimes longer for archaeological projects--and support a range of research activities, including but not limited to: excavations, studies of manuscripts, texts, inscriptions, artifacts, and architectural surveys. Scholars of any rank may apply.

For more information, see here.


The Research Development (RD) team provides resources and support to FAS faculty seeking funding. This support includes: finding funding; proposal development; programs and workshops; and grantsmanship advice and strategy. To learn more, please visit our website or contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy at cmcdermottmurphy@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-2618.