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Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
Upcoming Funding Opportunities Sabbatical Edition 2015

Please note: this special edition sabbatical newsletter includes notable opportunities that support a broad array of research interests. There are, however, many niche sabbatical opportunities that cater to specific research interests, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in learning about additional opportunities, please contact me with information about your specific research needs and a request for a customized list or an in-person consult.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Specialist



Fellowships that are portable and tenable anywhere.


Fellowships with Boston-area residency.


Fellowships with residency within the United States.


Fellowships that allow or require international travel and/or residency.


Most of the sabbatical opportunities below are awarded directly to the individual applicant; therefore, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) review is not always required. If you choose to submit through OSP, please note that all full proposals must be submitted 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.



Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard Universityradcliffe
Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 23, 2015 (deadline for individual applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences)
Award Amount: up to $75,000
Duration: one academic year

Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.


Scholars in any field with a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree at least two years prior to appointment (by December 2012) in the area of the proposed project are eligible to apply. Only scholars who have published at least two articles in refereed journals or edited collections are eligible to apply. Artists and writers need not have a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. to apply; however, they must meet other specific eligibility requirements.


Those individuals and groups whose projects draw on the resources of the Institute's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (the country's foremost archive in women's history) are looked on favorably, but such a focus is not a requisite for applying. 


For more information, see here.




European Institutes for Advanced Studyeurias
Fellowship Programme
Deadline: June 5, 2016 - for projects beginning September/October 2017
Award Amount: € 26,000 (junior fellows); € 38,000 (senior fellows)
Duration: ten months

The EURIAS Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.


EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences.


For the 2016 - 2017 academic year, EURIAS offered 43 fellowships (21 junior and 22 senior positions). Please see here for a list of available fellowship positions.


For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_fellowship
Deadline: April 28, 2016 - for projects beginning January 2017
Award Amount: up to $50,400 for a twelve-month period; $4,200/month
Duration: six to twelve 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.


All US citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.


For more information, see here.



National Endowment for the Artsnea
Creative Writing Fellowships: Poetry
Deadline: March 11, 2016 (anticipated) - for projects beginning January 2017 
Award Amount: $25,000
Duration: up to two years 

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.


The Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2017, fellowships in poetry are available. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.


For more information, see here.



American Philosophical Societyaps
Library Resident Research Fellowship
Deadline: March 2, 2016 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $3,000 per month
Duration: one to three months

The American Philosophical Society Library (Philadelphia, PA) offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The library is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.


Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.


For more information, see here.



Open Societyopen_society
Letter of Inquiry [optional]: at least one month prior to the proposal deadline
Deadline: February 2, 2016
Award Amount: $80,000 to $100,000
Duration: one year; shorter or longer durations are considered

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy.


The Open Society chooses its fellows from a diverse pool of applicants that include journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Among the Foundations' core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, access to information, access to justice, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach and advocacy around documentary film, and other forms of cultural production.


The fellowship considers applicants from all parts of the world. Most fellows spend a portion of their term in one or more Open Society Foundation offices. Fellows may work out of multiple offices during their term.


For more information, see here.



Bogliasco Foundationbogliasco
Fellowship Program
Deadline: January 15, 2016 (for fall 2016); April 15, 2016 (for spring 2017)
Award Amount: room and board; fellows are responsible for their own travel to and from the Study Center
Duration: one month

Residential (Italy) Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender, working on projects of any subject area in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts.


The Foundation gives preference to those whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multilingual community of scholars and artists. The committee carefully composes small residency groups of eight to ten Fellows, based on diversity of nationality, age, discipline and area of inquiry. The Foundation awards approximately 50 one-month Fellowships each year.


For more information, see here.



University of Texas at Austin: Harry Ransom Centerharry_ransom
Research Fellowship
Deadline: January 15, 2016 (anticipated)
Award Amount: $3,000 per month
Duration: one to three months

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum, offers residential fellowships (Austin, TX) for scholars performing research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.


United States citizens and foreign nationals are eligible to apply. Applicants must identify the Ransom Center collections they propose to consult. Information about the Center's collections and use of the collections may be found online.


For more information, see here.



The Newberry Librarynewberry
Long-Term Fellowship Deadline: December 1, 2015 
Short-Term Fellowship Deadline: January 15, 2016
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (Long-Term); $2,500 per month (Short-Term)
Duration: four to twelve months (Long-Term); one to two months (Short-Term)

Newberry Fellowships (Chicago, IL) provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.


Short-Term Fellowships are primarily intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry's collection and are mostly restricted to individuals who live outside the Chicago area. Long-Term Fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the collection.


Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. 


For more information, see here.



Wellesley College: Newhouse Center for the Humanitieswellesley
External Faculty Fellowships
Deadline: December 1, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Duration: one full academic year; one-semester residencies can also be considered

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities will host (in Wellesley, MA) three to six external fellows for the academic year 2016-2017. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution: developing programming, meeting at weekly luncheons and salons, sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community.


Fellowships are open to both junior and senior faculty members. Both stipended and un-stipended awards are available. 


For more information, see here.



Rockefeller Foundationbellagio
Bellagio Residency Program
Deadline: December 1, 2015 
Award Amount: room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission
Duration: two to four weeks

The Bellagio Residency program (Italy) offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Center also welcomes collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project.


The Bellagio is especially interested in applicants whose work contributes to the well-being of humanity or in some way connects with the Rockefeller Foundation's issue areas of Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities.

Applicants may apply up to a total of three times.


For more information, see here.



The Huntingtonhuntington
Deadline: November 15, 2015 
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $50,000
Duration: one to twelve months (The Huntington offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts)

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) will award over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.


The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within the many general fields contained within the library's holdings, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

For more information, see here.



Ford Foundationford
2016 Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: November 13, 2015 
Award Amount: $45,000
Duration: nine to twelve months

The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


Eligible applicants must have received a PhD or ScD degree no earlier than November 30, 2008 and no later than November 13, 2015. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to choose a host institution other than the institution with which they are affiliated at the time of application. 


Eligible fields of study include those within the arts, humanities and social science disciplines. For a full list, see here.


For more information, see here.



American Academy in Romerome_prize
Rome Prize
Deadline: November 1, 2015 
Award Amount: room and board, stipend (unspecified), and separate work space 
Duration: eleven months (some design fellowships are six months)

The Rome Prize (residency: Italy) is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives.


Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters), music composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and modern Italian studies. 


Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship, must be US citizens at the time of the application. 


For more information, see here.



Princeton Institute for Advanced Studyias
School of Historical Studies
Deadline: November 1, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $75,000
Duration: one or two semesters

The Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) is an independent private institution founded to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars are expected to remain in residence in Princeton during term time.


The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, and modern international relations. The School also offers the Edward T. Cone Membership in Music Studies.


For more information, see here.



American Association of University Womenaauw
American Fellowships
Deadline: November 1, 2015 
Award Amount: $30,000
Duration: one year

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research. 


Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.


For more information, see here.



American Academy of Arts and Sciencesaaas
Visiting Scholars Program
Deadline: October 23, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $65,000 (faculty); up to $45,000 (postdocs)
Duration: one academic year

The Visiting Scholars Program provides residential (Cambridge, MA) fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and untenured junior faculty who are completing manuscripts on projects relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. Applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status as of the application deadline and should have completed their PhD, JD, or equivalent professional training within the last 10 years.


Research trips, interviews, attendance at scholarly meetings or speaking engagements should be limited to no more than one weekday per week during the fellowship term. 


For more information, see here.



The Clarkclark
Deadline: October 15, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $60,000
Duration: one to ten months

The Clark (Williamstown, MA) offers between ten and sixteen residential Fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one to ten months. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.


Given the intense competition for fellowships, The Clark does not normally make awards to those who have received their PhD within the last four years.

For more information, see here.



National Humanities Centerhumanities_center
Deadline: October 15, 2015 
Award Amount: fellowships are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow; the Center seeks to provide at least half salary and also covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents 
Duration: nine months

The National Humanities Center (North Carolina) offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication.


In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.


Most of the Center's fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research. These include a fellowship for a young woman in philosophy and fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, and theology. 


For more information, see here.



Cornell University Society for the Humanitiescornell
Deadline: October 1, 2015 
Award Amount: $50,000
Duration: one academic year

The focal theme for the 2016-2017 fellowship competition is "SKIN." The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) seeks interdisciplinary research projects that reflect on philosophical, aesthetic, political, ecological, religious, psychoanalytical, and cultural understandings of skin.


Applicants for this residential fellowship must have received the PhD degree before January 1, 2015. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student.


For more information, see here.



Stanford Humanities Centerstanford
Fellowships for External Faculty
Deadline: October 1, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $70,000 + housing and moving allowance up to $30,000
Duration: one full academic year

The Stanford Humanities Center (Stanford, CA) awards residential fellowships for faculty performing research in the humanities; creative arts projects are not eligible. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.


Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and there are no citizenship requirements; non-US nationals are welcome to apply. All applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree at the start of the fellowship year. Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three and no more than ten years beyond receipt of the PhD by the start of the fellowship year. Senior fellowships are for established scholars who are more than ten years beyond receipt of the PhD.


For more information, see here.



The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholarswoodrow
Deadline: October 1, 2015 
Award Amount: the Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient's other sources of income, approximate an individual's current level of income
Duration: nine months 

The Wilson Center (Washington, DC) welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges. The Center welcomes in particular those projects that transcend narrow specialties and methodological issues of interest only within a specific academic discipline.


Eligible applicants are Citizens or permanent residents from any country (applicants from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they are currently in the United States). Projects in the natural sciences, that create musical composition or dance, and those in the visual arts are not accepted.


For more information, see here.



The American Academy in Berlinberlin
Deadline: September 30, 2015; 12 noon EST
Award Amount: $5,000 per month
Duration: one or two semesters (Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be shorter)

The American Academy (Germany) offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Past Berlin Prize recipients include historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others.


Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Although it is helpful to explain how a Berlin residency would contribute to further professional development, candidates need not be working on German topics.

For more information, see here.



New York Public Libraryny_library
Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowships
Deadline: September 25, 2015 
Award Amount: $70,000
Duration: nine months 

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (New York, NY) is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). It aims to promote dynamic conversation about the humanities, social sciences, and scholarship at the very highest level.


Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library's other research centers--The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library--are not eligible for this fellowship.


For more information, see here.



American Council of Learned Societiesacls_fellowships
Deadline: September 23, 2015 
Award Amount: $70,000 (full Professor); $45,000 (Associate Professor); $35,000 (Assistant Professor)
Duration: six to twelve consecutive months, initiated between July 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary.  


Eligible applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents as of the application deadline date, must have received a PhD degree at least two years before the deadline, and have a lapse of at least two years between the last "supported research leave" and September 1, 2016.


For more information, see here.



American Council of Learned Societiesacls_burkhardt
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Deadline: September 23, 2015 
Award Amount: $75,000, plus funds for research costs and related scholarly activities of up to $5,000 and for relocation up to $2,000
Duration: nine months

The Burkhardt Residential Fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.


The first set of Burkhardt Fellowships continue to support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 participating residential research institutions, and are open to faculty at any degree-granting academic institution in the United States. An additional set of Burkhardt Fellowships are designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty and support an academic year of residence at a wider range of locations including campus humanities centers and university academic departments to be proposed by the applicant. 


Scholars are free to apply for this set of Burkhardt Fellowships and also to other ACLS fellowship programs. 


For more information, see here.



American Council of Learned Societiesacls_collaborative
Collaborative Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 23, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $200,000; dependent on number of collaborators and duration
Duration: up to 24 months, to be initiated between July 1, 2016 and September 1, 2018

The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.


Fellowships provide up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds (which may be used for such purposes as travel, materials, or research assistance). Collaborations need not be interdisciplinary or inter-institutional. Applicants at the same institution, however, must demonstrate why local funding is insufficient to support the project. Collaborations that involve the participation of assistant and associate faculty members are particularly encouraged.


For more information, see here.



John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundationguggenheim
Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
Deadline: September 18, 2015 
Award Amount: grant amounts vary; the Foundation takes into consideration the Fellow's other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans
Duration: six to twelve months

The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


Fellowships are made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.


Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.

For more information, see here.



Princeton University: Lewis Center for the Artsprinceton_hodder
Hodder Fellowship
Deadline: September 14, 2015 
Award Amount: $79,000
Duration: 10 months

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." 


Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work. 


For more information, see here.



The Whiting Foundation - NEW!whiting
Public Engagement Fellowship
Harvard has been invited to submit one proposal to the Whiting Foundation. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) will hold an internal competition to select one candidate to submit a full proposal to the Foundation. 
Internal Competition Deadline: August 17, 2015; 11:30pm
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2015
Award Amount: $40,000 + up to $10,000 for travel, collaboration, and training
Duration: six months

The Whiting Foundation invites selected colleges and universities to nominate a recently-tenured professor in the humanities for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. The Fellowship is a pilot program designed to celebrate and support faculty who incorporate public engagement into their scholarly vocations. The Foundation selected approximately 40 institutions to pilot this opportunity and expects to award 10 fellowships.


The Fellowship will fund six consecutive months of leave; fellows may choose to take the leave in the fall of 2016 or the spring of 2017. Additionally, the Fellowship may be taken consecutively with institutional or other grant supported leave, if the nominating institution approves.


Professors in the humanities who received tenure between September 1, 2010 and October 15, 2015 are eligible to apply. Scholars performing humanistic work in the social science fields--such as cultural anthropology--are also eligible.

For more information, see here.



United States Department of Statefulbright
Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Deadline: August 3, 2015
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2015
Award Amount: grant benefits vary by country and type of award; generally speaking, grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs for the grantee and their accompanying dependents
Duration: two to twelve months (dependent on the destination country)

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months.


In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience. U.S. citizenship is required. 

For more information, see here.



National Science Foundationnsf_sts
Science, Technology, and Society: Scholars Awards
Deadline: August 3, 2015
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2015
Award Amount: awards rarely exceed $180,000
Duration: one full-time academic year (nine person-months)

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 


STS researchers make use of methods from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. STS studies may be empirical or conceptual.


Scholars Awards provide up to full-time release for an academic year and a summer to conduct research. This time can be distributed over two or more years. 


For more information, see here.



Andrew W. Mellon Foundationnew_directions
New Directions Fellowships
Harvard has been invited to submit one proposal to the Mellon Foundation. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) will hold an internal competition to select one candidate to submit a full proposal to the Foundation.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 24, 2015, by 5PM
OSP Deadline: October 2, 2015
Sponsor Deadline: October 9, 2015
Award Amount: up to $300,000
Duration: one academic year + support for two summers

New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities, broadly understood to include the arts, history, languages, area studies, and zones of such fields as anthropology and geography that bridge the humanities and social sciences. Fellows pursue systematic training and academic competencies outside their own special fields in order to advance a cross-disciplinary research agenda.  


Eligible candidates include humanities faculty who received their doctorates between 2003 and 2009 and whose research interests call for formal training in a discipline other than the one in which they are expert. Such training may consist of coursework or other programs of organized study and may take place either at the fellows' home institutions or elsewhere, as appropriate. 


For more information, see here.



Are there more opportunities available to fund my sabbatical leave?more

Yes. This newsletter includes notable opportunities that support a broad array of research interests. There are, however, many niche sabbatical opportunities that cater to specific research interests, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in learning about additional opportunities, please contact me with information about your specific research needs and a request for a customized list or an in-person consult:

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Specialist

When should I start looking and applying for sabbatical funding?when

Sabbatical funding opportunity deadlines often fall at least a year before your leave start date. For example, if your sabbatical leave is scheduled for academic year 2016-17, you will need to start looking for funding in the Spring or the summer BEFORE your scheduled leave because most of the deadlines will fall between August and November of 2015. Some sponsors run competitions even earlier; the National Endowment for the Humanities has a May deadline for projects beginning as early as January the following year and as late as the following September.

What support or services does Research Development offer to faculty looking for sabbatical funding?support

We perform customized funding searches to locate those opportunities that best suit your sabbatical plans. We offer advice on strategies for submitting competitive proposals and will review your proposal against sponsor requirements. For more information on Research Development support and services, please see here.

Can I find sabbatical funding for one semester or less?semester

Yes. Some sabbatical funders will only support faculty for an entire academic year leave; however, some give faculty the option of receiving funding for 6 months or less while still others will only fund faculty for less than one semester. Be sure to read the sponsor's award information or contact Research Development for a tailored funding search based on your needs.

I have familial or other commitments that require that I remain in the Cambridge area during my sabbatical. Are non-residential or Cambridge-based opportunities available?familial

Yes. The major "flexible" sabbatical funders are the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Alternatively, two major Cambridge-based residential options are the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

I am a Junior Faculty member--am I eligible to apply for sabbatical funding?junior

Yes. Although some sponsors programs are directed toward mid- to senior-level faculty, most sponsors open competitions to all tenured and tenure-track faculty and even some offer programs specifically for junior faculty. Please keep in mind that competitions open to all faculty are highly competitive but certainly not out of reach for new faculty.

If I receive two or more sabbatical awards, what are my options?two

This highly depends on which awards you receive. In all cases, we strongly recommend consulting with your Department Chair and your Divisional Dean. They can best advise you on the optimal strategy for approaching this important decision. For clarification on what specific sponsors will allow, please contact Caitlin Murphy at cmcdermottmurphy@fas.harvard.edu.

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.