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Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
Upcoming Funding Opportunities May 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 create a scholarly edition or reference volume.


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 create a website with humanities content.


I want to create a fellowship program for graduate students.


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


I want to develop or produce a radio show or television documentary.


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


I want to travel to a conference or archive to perform research.


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



The National Endowment for the Humanities' new initiative "Common Good" seeks to bring the humanities into the public square and foster innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues.

NEH announced several new funding programs associated with this initiative: Common Heritage; Humanities Open Book; Public Scholar; Humanities in the Public Square; Standing Together; and Latino Americans. 
For more information, see here.


frommFromm Music Foundation at Harvard
2015 Commission Application
Deadline: June 1, 2015 (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: $12,000

The Fromm Music Foundation aims to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. The Foundation seeks to influence the contemporary musical scene by:
  • Commissioning young and less-known composers as well as established composers;
  • Sponsoring the annual Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Concert Series;
  • Co-sponsoring, together with new music ensembles, premiere performances of Fromm Foundation commissioned works.
For more information, see here.

Harvard University Student Employment OfficeFAP
Faculty Aide Program
Deadline: Rolling (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: $1,500 for one student or divided among several

The Faculty Aide Program encourages professors to hire undergraduate research assistants and provides a platform to advertise the position through the online Jobs Database. The program provides opportunities for undergraduates to become closely involved in the ongoing research of Harvard faculty members.

Payment to students in the Faculty Aide Program is split between the SEO and the faculty member.

For more information, see here.

Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Educationcourse_inno
Course Innovation Funds
Deadline: Rolling (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $2,500

The Office of Undergraduate Education oversees a limited fund for the improvement of existing undergraduate courses or the creation of new ones. These courses should be innovative or improved in some distinctive way (new pedagogical approaches, the development of intensive writing assignments or public speaking components, etc.). OUE can offer small sums of money for one-time special opportunities that would enhance a specific course. For example, a guest lecture, a performance, or a short field trip might greatly enhance the educational experience for undergraduates.

Instructors teaching FAS courses are eligible to apply; successful applicants must intend to offer the course on a regular basis.

For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_hcrr
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Deadline: July 21, 2015
OSP Deadline: July 14, 2015
Award Amount: up to $350,000 over 3 years (implementation projects); up to $40,000 over 2 years (foundations projects)

Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.


Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. 


HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundation grants).


For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_stipends
Summer Stipends
Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions. Each institution may nominate two faculty members. Independent scholars, emeritus, adjunct, and part-time faculty, and staff members who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award tenure are all exempt from nomination.
Internal Competition Deadline: July 20, 2015
Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2015
Award Amount: $6,000 over two months


Summer Stipends 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.


The Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months; projects may be at any stage of development. 


Individuals who have held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. A "major fellowship or research grant" is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Grants from an individual's own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships.


For more information on Summer Stipends, see here.

For more information on the internal competition, see here.



NEW! Wellcome Trustwellcome
Collaborative Awards in Medical Humanities
Pre-Application Deadline: July 17, 2015 (required)
Full Proposal Deadline: September 25, 2015
Award Amount: awards will not normally exceed 2 million, and most will be in the range of 1m to 1.5m

Note: Faculty based within the United States may not be primary applicants but may apply as a collaborator on a proposal. Primary applicants must be based in the UK/Republic of Ireland or a low-or middle-income country.


The Medical Humanities funding stream encourages bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities. By exploring experience, knowledge and practice in context, the medical humanities can enrich our understanding of health, medicine and disease. For example, they can offer:

  • Scholarly reflection on scientific developments, clinical practice and human experience;
  • Opportunities to inform medical education and practice;
  • New methods for examining questions about health, wellbeing and illness;
  • The development of tools and techniques that allow patients and practitioners to engage reflectively and experientially.
The Fund supports scholars from a wide array of disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, classics, the creative arts, English, history, medicine, philosophy, psychology and sociology.


For more information, see here.



University of Chicago Computation Institutemeta
Metaknowledge Network: Metaknowledge Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: July 15, 2015 (required)
Full Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: July 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $110,000

The Metaknowledge Network brings together researchers and tool builders from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, computer science, linguistics, ecology and evolution, biomedicine, physics, statistics, and applied mathematics. The Network promotes the sharing of ideas and methods across this nascent field to explore the dynamic ecology of human knowledge and the processes by which knowledge emerges, thrives, evolves, and dies out.


Successful candidates will further and exemplify the Network's standards and goals for growth, expansion, feasibility, quality, and fit with the John Templeton Foundation's Donor Intent. Selected projects will have a promising research team and propose research that will achieve substantial advances through contributing new methods and tools, understanding of new knowledge-making processes, and new disciplinary perspectives. 


For external applicants, the Network allows single investigators or groups; the proposal should include both a proposed project and a request to collaborate with a current Network member.


For more information, see here.



Music Library Associationmusic_library
Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
Deadline: July 9, 2015
OSP Deadline: July 2, 2015
Award Amount: up to $5,775

Grants are awarded to support research in archives or libraries internationally on any aspect of American music. For purposes of this award, "American music" is defined as music directly relating to or that has some direct connection with the United States of America.


There are no restrictions as to an applicant's age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. At its discretion, the committee may choose not to award a grant during any particular year. An applicant may receive only one award for any one project.


For more information, see here.



NEW! National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_commonheritage
Common Heritage
Deadline: June 25, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 18, 2015
Award Amount: up to $12,000 for up to 18 months

The Common Heritage program aims to capture and preserve the vitality of America's cultural heritage found not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. 


The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions to digitize cultural heritage materials; such events will feature corresponding public programming which may take place before, during, and/or after the day of the digitization event. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public.


NEH especially welcomes applications from small and medium-sized institutions that have not previously received NEH support.


For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanities
Division of Preservation and Access: Research and Developmentneh_preservation
Deadline: June 25, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 18, 2015
Award Amount: up to $75,000 for planning and basic research; up to $350,000 for advanced implementation


The Research and Development program supports 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 recording and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence--and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials. 


This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science. 


All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.


For more information, see here.



NEW! National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_publicsquare
Humanities in the Public Square
Deadline: June 24, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 17, 2015
Award Amount: up to $300,000 for up to 12 months


The Humanities in the Public Square program supports scholarly forums, public discussions, and educational resources related to the themes of a new NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This program welcomes projects addressing a significant humanities theme that is important to a particular community, region, or state. 


Eligible projects should consist of: 

  • A public forum that engages scholars and humanities practitioners in discussion with a public audience about a theme; 
  • Subsequent public programs that would use creative formats to engage audiences in reflection on and discussion of a humanities theme for an extended period of time; and 
  • Educational resources that disseminate materials for ongoing use by teachers, students, and/or lifelong learners.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to forge partnerships with other institutions as appropriate (especially state humanities councils), to ensure that the scholarly, public programming, and educational elements are all well conceived and realized.


For more information, see here.



National Archives and Records Administrationnara

Access to Historical Records

Deadline: June 17, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 10, 2015
Award Amount: up to $200,000


The Access to Historical Records program seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation's most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.


The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake one or more of the following activities:

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


For more information, see here.



Fuller Foundation, Inc.

The Arts

Deadline: June 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $7,500


Under the Arts program, the Foundation encourages "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists and communities. Specific program interests include:

  • Art for viewing and listening;
  • Art education in school;
  • Art and performing arts festivals;
  • Art (murals and sculpture) that beautifies or inspires a community;
  • Programs that bring symphony, opera and theatre to the community; and
  • Adult and/or children's museum education programs.  

For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Projects for the Public

Deadline: June 10, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 3, 2015
Award Amount: up to $30,000 (for Discovery); up to $100,000 (for Prototyping)


The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games,and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public's engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history.


Projects can have specific targeted audiences (including K-12 students), but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. NEH welcomes applications for smaller digital components of a larger project.

For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanities

Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics

Deadline: June 10, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 3, 2015
Award Amount: up to $75,000 (for development); up to $650,000 (for production)


The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities. The films are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. 


The program invites a wide range of approaches to international topics and themes, such as: an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, literature, or history, viewed through an international lens; an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state; a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.

For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Open Book Program

Deadline: June 10, 2015
OSP Deadline: June 3, 2015
Award Amount: $50,000 to $100,000


The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost "ebook" technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. 


NEH and the Mellon Foundation are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. 

For more information, see here.



Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship Program

Deadline: June 5, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 29, 2015
Award Amount: IAS provides Fellows with an honorarium (3,000 for three months or pro rata for shorter stays), plus travel funding; individuals who will experience a loss of income as a result of accepting an IAS Fellowship are eligible to apply for a contribution towards their salary/earnings of the same amount


The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University's major interdisciplinary research institute, providing a central forum for debate and collaboration across the entire disciplinary spectrum. The Institute seeks to catalyze new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners. 


The theme for 2016/17 is "Scale," interpreted in its broadest sense--scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, literarily, politically, economically, and sociologically. Applicants may be from any academic discipline and may come from anywhere in the world. Fellowships last three months (October - December 2016 or January - March 2017).

For more information, see here.



The Conference on Latin American Historylatin_america

The Lydia Cabrera Awards

Deadline: June 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 25, 2015
Award Amount: up to $5,000


The Lydia Cabrera Awards support original research, re-editions of important works, and publications of source materials related to the study of Cuba between 1492 and 1868. Awards are designed specifically to support:

  • Original research on Cuban history in Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. archives;
  • The publication of currently out of print meritorious books on Cuba; and
  • The publication of those historical statistics, historical documents, and guides to Spanish archives that relate to Cuban history (1492 - 1868).
Successful applicants will be expected to disseminate the results of their research in scholarly publications and/or professional papers delivered at scholarly conferences and/or public lectures at educational institutions.


For more information, see here.



DAAD North Americadaad

Conference Funding in German Studies

Deadline: May 31, 2015 (grants are made directly to the applicant; therefore, OSP review is not required)
Award Amount: a minimum of 50% of project costs must be contributed from other sources, including the university hosting the event. DAAD does not fund transatlantic travel; however, domestic travel, ground transportation, accommodation, catering and honoraria of up to $500 for keynote speakers are all eligible expenses. 


Faculty members and advanced students in the humanities, social sciences and related fields are invited to apply for co-funding to organize workshops, seminars and conferences that embrace the interdisciplinary and/or comparative study of the history, politics, economics, law, society, culture, and the arts of Germany.


Grants can be made for specific projects only; they cannot be made to institutions. Funded projects must be of limited duration, have a clearly defined goal, and, as a general rule, must be carried out within the applicable calendar year.


For more information, see here.



Aaron Siskind Foundationsiskind

2015 Individual Photographer's Fellowship

Deadline: May 29, 2015 (grants are made directly to the applicant; therefore, OSP review is not required)
Award Amount: up to $10,000


The Aaron Siskind Foundation offers Photographer's Fellowships for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.


For more information, see here.



Regional Studies Associationrsa_travelgrant

RSA Travel Grant

Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: up to 500 for travel (transport and accommodation)


The RSA Travel Grant supports travel costs for students and early career faculty to present work, network and participate at world-wide non RSA events within the field of regional studies. 


Recipients of the travel grant must be members of the Association at the time of the application and at the time of travel. Only one grant can be awarded every five years of membership. The event the applicant wishes to attend must be held a minimum of 6 weeks after the Travel Grant application deadline has passed.


For more information, see here.



United States Department of Educationed_gaann

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: estimated award range- $140,877 to $281,754 (required matching contribution equal to at least 25 percent of the grant amount received)


The GAANN Program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution.


A project must provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need: Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies; Biological Sciences/Life Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Engineering; Foreign Languages; Mathematics; Nursing; Physics; Psychology; and Educational Evaluation, Research, and Statistics.

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.



gerda_henkelGerda Henkel Foundation
Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements
Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: €2,700 per month


The "Islam, Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements" program is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science.


Proposals will be supported that address the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Project deliverables should be able to make a contribution to diverse and expert discussions in public and political circles.


This program supports projects that fall within five individual research areas:

  • Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state;
  • The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilization;
  • Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation;
  • Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world;
  • Islamic states in the international world system. 

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.



Mid Atlantic Arts Foundationjazz_exchange

French-American Jazz Exchange

Deadline: May 29, 2015
OSP Deadline: May 22, 2015
Award Amount: up to $25,000


The French-American Jazz Exchange fosters the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and activities that provide exposure to new audiences and professional relationships. 


The program awards grants through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period. Eligible activities include the creation of original work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists collaborating with artists working in different music genres.


An eligible lead applicant must be an individual jazz artist or jazz ensemble (not to exceed 5 musicians); an eligible collaborating partner must be an individual music artist or ensemble (not to exceed 5 musicians).

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.


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.