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

Unless otherwise noted, all full proposals to external sponsors must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) 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.


INTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES
Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

 

I am looking for sabbatical funding.

 

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 develop or refine a humanities course or curriculum.

 

I want to develop or put on an exhibition or cultural program for the public or engage in community revitalization.

 

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

 

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

 

I want to host an external scholar or postdoc at my home institution.

 

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



INTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

The FAS Publication Fund for Tenure-Track Facultypub_tenure-track
Deadline: Rolling (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $5,000 (per faculty member over the course of his or her appointment as a tenure-track member of the FAS)

 

The FAS Tenure-Track Publication Fund is intended to provide aid to assistant and associate professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences seeking to find supplemental research funds to assist with costs related to scholarly publications, broadly defined. These needs might, for example, include expenses associated with research assistance, publication subsidies, copying, word processing, obtaining translations or illustrations, or creating footnotes or indices.

This funding is intended to be supplementary; other means of support, including appropriate departmental, center, or research funds, should be applied for first.

For more information, see here


The FAS Publications Fund for Tenured Facultypub_tenured
Deadline: Rolling (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $5,000 (per faculty member during any 3 year period)

The Publications Fund aids tenured FAS faculty members to complete scholarly book projects. Eligible expenses for edited collections as well as sole-authored works include costs associated with indexing, obtaining digital images, securing copyright permissions, and modest subventions requested by not-for-profit publishers. This funding does not, however, cover research costs, travel, book conferences, publicity expenses, publication charges, or costs associated with preparation of textbooks.

All FAS tenured faculty members in the Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Science and Science are eligible to apply for this fund. The Fund will make awards as long as funds are available and will be temporarily suspended when no funds are available. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.

For more information, see here


Climate Change Solutions Fundclimate
Deadline: November 1, 2015 (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for 1 to 2 years
Information Session: September 25, 2015 from 9:00 - 11:00am; Barker Center, Thompson Room

The Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing carbon-based energy systems on the climate, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world.  

Full-time assistant, associate, or full professors in all disciplines and from any Harvard School may apply for an award. Students and postdoctoral scholars may apply for an award provided they have an identified faculty mentor who will supervise their research.

Projects funded through the Fund (2014) confronted the challenges of climate change using the lever of law, policy, and economics, as well as public health and science.

For more information on the fund, see hereTo access the online application, see here.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studyradcliffe_seminars
Exploratory Seminars
Deadline: October 26, 2015 for one- to two-day seminars hosted by the Radcliffe Institute during the 2016-2017 academic year (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $18,000

Exploratory seminars provide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop early-stage ideas and research across the disciplines. The seminars support risk-taking inquiry into new ideas and research. Seminars have led to new scholarly research, publications, cross-disciplinary partnerships, and successful grant applications. 

Proposals are welcome from all academic fields, and proposals advancing innovation in learning and teaching and those considering issues connected to the wider field of urban studies are welcome. All Harvard faculty and past and present Radcliffe fellows are eligible. 

For more information, see here.


Anne and Jim Rothenberg Fund for Humanities Researchrothenberg
Deadline: October 17, 2015 (anticipated); (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This Fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects--both individual and collaborative--by Harvard faculty in the humanities. Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants.

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. 

For more information, see here.


Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanitiesprovost_AH
Deadline: October 17, 2015 (anticipated); (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: up to $7,500

This Fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). 

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum--existing or planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed--will be favored.

For more information, see here.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studyradcliffe_fellowship
Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 24, 2015 (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
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.


Harvard University Foundations of Human Behavior Initiativehuman_behavior
Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior
Deadline: August 31, 2015 (OSP review is not required for internal funding)
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty

This Fund provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. The funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods.

The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.

For more information, see here.


EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

American Academy of Arts and Sciencesaaas
Visiting Scholar Program
Deadline: October 23, 2015 (OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals)
Award Amount: up to $65,000 (faculty); up to $45,000 (postdocs)
Duration: one academic year

The Visiting Scholar 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.

 

 
Open Society Foundationsopen_society
Soros Justice Fellowships
Deadline: October 21, 2015 (OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals)
Award Amount: between $58,700 and $110,250
Duration: advocacy fellowships (18 months); media fellowships (12 months)

The Soros Justice Fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the US criminal justice system. Fellows receive funding through the following two categories:

Advocacy Fellowships fund lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and others with unique perspectives to undertake full-time criminal justice reform projects at the local, state, and national levels. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition-building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research.

Media Fellowships support writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinctive voices proposing to complete media projects that engage and inform, spur debate and conversation, and catalyze change on important US criminal justice issues.
 
For more information, see here.

 

National Institutes of Healthnih_ethics
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research: Small Research Grant Program (R03)
Deadline: October 16, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 9, 2015
Award Amount: up to $50,000 in direct costs per year, for up to 2 years

Continuing advances in genomic technology are transforming the way genomic research is conducted. This ongoing evolution of genomic research and health care requires a continuing analysis of the normative underpinnings of beliefs, practices and policies regarding research, health and disease. In addition, as personal genomic information permeates many aspects of society, it has profound implications for how we understand ourselves as individuals and as members of families, communities, and society--and even for how we understand what it means to be human. 

 

To ensure that genomic research and health care are built on a solid foundation, focused conceptual and analytical studies are needed that will address these basic issues. Applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to those from the social and behavioral sciences, ethics, philosophy, history and economics, as well as the basic, clinical and computational sciences. 

 

Small research grant (R03) applications may propose projects using a variety of approaches, including legal, economic and normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.
 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Fitch Foundationfitch
Fellowships
Deadline: October 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $15,000

The Fitch Foundation supports mid-career professionals working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, archaeology, environmental planning, decorative arts, architectural design, and architectural history. The Foundation offers funding through the following programs:

  • The James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship: supports research and preservation-related projects in any of the Foundations fields of interest; and
  • The Samuel H. Kress Fellowship: supports research projects that relate to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture, and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century.
Applicants for both programs must be mid-career professionals with at least 10 years experience in historic preservation or related fields.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Googlegoogle
Faculty Research Awards
Deadline: October 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for one year

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Full-time faculty members from universities worldwide are eligible to apply.

 

The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Eligible fields include: computational neuroscience; geo-maps; human-computer interaction; information retrieval, extraction, and organization; machine learning and data mining; machine perception; machine translation; mobile; natural language processing; networking; physical interfaces and immersive experiences; privacy; security; software engineering and programming languages; speech; structured data and database management; systems (hardware and software).
 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchangechiang
Scholar Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $40,000 for full Professor; $35,000 for Associate; and $30,000 for Assistant

 

The Foundation's grants provide support for research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences. 

 

Scholar Grants support tenured faculty, including full and Associate professors, to take sabbatical for research and writing. 

 

Junior Scholar Grants provide grants for time off for research and writing to postdoctoral scholars and Assistant professors without tenure who are affiliated with an accredited US university and who have taught for no more than 6 years since receiving their PhD degree.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

National Archives and Records Administrationnara_literacy
Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records
Deadline: October 8, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 1, 2015
Award Amount: $50,000 to $150,000 (cost sharing is required)

 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records. The development of new online tools for literacy and engagement is highly encouraged.

 

The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can adopt without cost. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

National Archives and Records Administrationnara_dissem
Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections
Deadline: October 8, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 1, 2015
Award Amount: $20,000 to $150,000 for 1 to 2 years (cost sharing is required)

 

The Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program aims to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available through dissemination of digital surrogates on the internet. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience.

 

Applicants may digitize a single collection or sets of collections. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged. In addition, applicants may undertake more complex descriptive work, such as document transcription, tagging, or geo-referencing, if these additional access points are justified by the value of the material and its expected users. 

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

National Archives and Records Administrationnara_pub
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Deadline: October 8, 2015
OSP Deadline: October 1, 2015
Award Amount: $30,000 to $200,000 over one year (cost sharing is required)

 

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience.

 

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.

 

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

American Philosophical Societyaps_franklin
Franklin Research Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2015
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Franklin program funds travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials, the costs associated with fieldwork, or laboratory research expenses. 

 

Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.

 

The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad.
 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Samuel H. Kress Foundationkress_digital
Digital Resources Program
Deadline: October 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2015
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $25,000 to $100,000

The Digital Resources Program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history.

 

This grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Samuel H. Kress Foundationkress_conservation
Conservation Program
Deadline: October 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2015
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $10,000 to $21,000

The Conservation Program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. 

 

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience.
 

Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Samuel H. Kress Foundationkress_history
History of Art Grants Program
Deadline: October 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2015
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $6,000 to $20,000

The History of Art Grants Program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.

 

Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

GRAMMY Foundationgrammy
Research Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: October 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2015
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The GRAMMY Foundation awards grants to organizations and individuals in North America to support efforts in research that study the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. 

 

Grants also support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America. 

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art - U.K.UK_art
Educational Programme Grants
Deadline: September 30, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 23, 2015
Award Amount: up to 3,000

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a variety of Fellowships (for individuals) and Grants (for institutions and individuals) twice a year. The programme supports scholarship, academic research and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history from the medieval period to the present. All supported topics must have an historical perspective.  

 

Eligible programmes include lectures, conferences, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public. An institution may apply for costs such as: 

  • Venue hire;
  • Travel and accommodation costs for speakers;
  • Catering costs;
  • Printing and publicity; and
  • Allocation of free or reduced-fee places for students.

For more information, see here.

 

 
Multi-Arts Production Fund
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: September 28, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 21, 2015
Full Proposal (by invite only) Deadline: December 10, 2015
Award Amount: up to $45,000

The MAP Fund welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose project contains a live performance. The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The Fund is, therefore, particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.
 
For more information, see here.

 
American Council of Learned Societiesacls_fellowships
Fellowships
Deadline: September 23, 2015
Amount/Duration: see below

The ACLS offers several fellowship programs to support scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This year, the following programs are available:

Fellowships: portable and tenable at the fellow's home institution or abroad, these fellowships support scholars for six to twelve continuous months of full-time research and writing. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
Amount: $35,000 for Assistant Professor; $45,000 for Associate Professor; $70,000 for full Professor.

Collaborative Research Fellowships: support small teams of two or more scholars to collaborate on a single, substantive project that produces a tangible research product.
Amount: up to $60,000 in salary replacement for each collaborator as well as up to $20,000 in collaboration funds for up to 24 months.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars: these fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. Fellowships support one academic year leave, and the ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.
Amount: $75,000, plus an additional $5,000 in research costs and up to $2,000 for travel.
 
For more information, see here.

 

Terra Foundation for American Artterra
International Publication Grant
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: September 21, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline: November 9, 2015 
OSP Deadline: November 2, 2015 
Award Amount: up to $15,000

The Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. For this grant program, "American art" is defined as art (circa 1500-1980) of what is now the geographic United States.

 

Awards are made in three distinct categories: 

  • Grants to US publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context;
  • Grants to non-US publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art;
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

For more information, see here.

 

 

National Endowment for the Artsnea_town
Our Town
This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; each institution may submit two applications. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Erin Cromack before September 1, 2015.
Deadline: September 21, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 14, 2015 
Award Amount: $25,000 to $200,000

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work--placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies.

 

Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: 

  • Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects; and
  • Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking.

For more information, see here.

 

 

Mass Humanitiesmasshumanities
Project Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: September 21, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 14, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline: November 2, 2015
Award Amount: up to $10,000 (all project grants require 1:1 matching)

The Mass Humanities Project Grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including but not limited to: 

  • Humanities based civic conversations; 
  • Public lecture, conference and panel discussion; 
  • Reading and discussion programs; 
  • Film and discussion programs; 
  • Museum exhibitions and related programming; 
  • Theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion; 
  • Oral history projects; 
  • Walking tours; 
  • Audio projects; 
  • Film production and distribution; 
  • Websites; and 
  • Content-based professional development workshops for teachers.
In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited, as well as programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract

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.

 

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_dig_start-up
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Deadline: September 16, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 9, 2015
Award Amount: up to $30,000 for Level I grants; up to $60,000 for Level II grants

The Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

 

Proposals should be for the planning of initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Two levels of awards will be made in this program, Level I and Level II:

  • Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning;
  • Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept. 
Start-Up Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months.

For more information, see here.

 

 

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchangechiang_ching-kuo
Conference, Seminar, Workshop & Publication Grants
Deadline: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $25,000 (conferences, etc.); up to $10,000 (publication)

The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation supports research on Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. The Foundation offers funding for conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to Chinese Studies. Events should be held during the six-month period immediately following the application deadline.

 

The Foundation also accepts applications from academic publishers; publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to Chinese Studies. The Foundation will not subsidize books that are part of a series, and applicants may not include translation and research-related expenses. Priority will be given to first book projects by junior scholars. 


For more information, see here.

 

 

College Art Associationmeiss_publication
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Deadline: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Award Amount: the grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production; that is, a substantial portion of production costs must be met by the publisher or be from other sources

The Millard Meiss Publication Fund supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. 

 

The jury is particularly sympathetic to applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations. Expenses generated by exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables) are also suitable for consideration. Permission and rental fees or reproduction rights--especially in cases where they are burdensome--are also appropriate. 

 

While all periods and all areas of art history and visual studies may be considered, eligibility does not embrace excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings. 


For more information, see here.

 

 

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Artsgraham
Grants to Individuals (Architecture)
Inquiry Deadline [required]: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (Production and Presentation); up to $10,000 (Research and Development)

The Graham Foundation makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production & Presentation Grants and Research & Development Grants. 

 

Production and Presentation Grants: these assist individuals with the production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. These projects include, but are not limited to, publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, and other public programs.

 

Research and Development Grants: these assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs.


For more information, see here.

 

 

National Endowment for the Humanities - NEW!neh_war
Dialogues on the Experience of War
This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; each institution may submit three applications. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Erin Cromack before September 1, 2015.
Deadline: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $100,000

As a part of its current initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War, the NEH offers a new grant opportunity: the Dialogues on the Experience of War program. The program supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.

 

The humanities sources can be drawn from history, philosophy, literature, and film--and they may and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. The discussions are intended to promote serious exploration of important questions about the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism.

 

Grants will support:

  • the recruitment and training of discussion leaders; and
  • following the training program, the convening of at least two discussion programs. 

For more information, see here.

 

 

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_languages
Documenting Endangered Languages
Deadline: September 15, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2015
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for grants; up to $4,200 per month for fellowships

The Documenting Endangered Languages program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. 

 

Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months.

 

At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.


For more information, see here.

 

 

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_enduring
Enduring Questions
Deadline: September 10, 2015
OSP Deadline: September 3, 2015
Award Amount: up to $20,000 for a course developed by a single faculty member; up to $28,000 for a course developed by two; $34,000 for three; and $38,000 for four

The Enduring Questions program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities. This question-driven course would encourage undergraduates and teachers to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential ideas, works, and thinkers over the centuries.

 

The course is to be developed by one or more (up to four) faculty members at a single institution, but not team taught. Enduring Questions courses must be taught from a common syllabus and must be offered during the grant period at least twice by each faculty member involved in developing the course.

 

An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (for example, astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, or psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.


For more information, see here.

 

 

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowshipsbanting
Deadline to request institutional endorsement from Harvard: September 7
Sponsor Deadline: September 23, 2015 
Award Amount: $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.

 

Eligible candidates (for Harvard to host) must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 24, 2012 and August 15, 2015 and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained or will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university.

 

Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering; the sponsor especially encourages applications from candidates in the humanities and social sciences.

 

Postdoctoral scholars who wish to apply for a fellowship (where Harvard acts as host) must acquire an institutional letter of endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research to include with their application. To request this letter,
candidates must submit their contact information and a copy of their proposed supervisor's statement here by September 7, 2015.

 

For more information, see here.

 

 

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundationmacarthur_doc
2015 Documentary Fund
Deadline: September 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2015
Award Amount: $50,000 to $200,000

The MacArthur Foundation Documentary Fund seeks to support feature documentary films and interactive digital documentaries that combine engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. These films have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social, culture, and policy change.

 

MacArthur-supported documentaries:

  • Address important, contemporary social issues--international and domestic--illustrating the human impacts of public policy;
  • Follow an issue over time, providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond conventional news coverage;
  • Utilize compelling personal stories to engage viewers and create empathy;
  • Appeal to a broad audience because they treat differing points of view with respect;
  • Are factually accurate and follow best practices in documentary ethics;
  • Are led by experienced teams that have had past success in bringing a documentary or interactive project to completion and reaching broad U.S. audiences;
  • Are in production or post-production stage.

For more information, see here.

 

 

Cabot Family Charitable Trustcabot
Deadline: September 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2015
Award Amount: $5,000 to $50,000 for one year

The Trust awards grants biannually to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities. Awards support: 

  • Arts and culture; 
  • Education and youth development; 
  • Environment and conservation; 
  • Health and human services; and 
  • Civic and public benefit.
Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on insuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children.

For more information, see here.

 

 

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Artswarhol
Deadline: September 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2015
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $50,000 to $100,000

The Foundation serves the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

 

Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to the Foundation's priority areas detailed above.


For more information, see here.

 

 

J.M. Kaplan Fundfurthermore
Furthermore Grants in Publishing
Deadline: September 1, 2015
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2015
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life.

 

Funds apply to such specific publication components as writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding.

 

Book projects to which a university press or nonprofit or trade publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred.  


For more information, see here.

 

 
National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_summer_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.
NEW Internal Competition Deadline: August 31, 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.

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.