Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
Upcoming Funding Opportunities January 2016

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.
Questions? Please contact
Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Specialist: 

Special Reminder: Milton Fund applications are due February 1, 2016


Match your project to a grant program:

I am looking for research support for my project.

I want to visit an archive or library and/or fund my sabbatical leave.

I am a recent PhD looking for a fellowship opportunity.

I want to build the capacity of my home institution to support humanities activities.

I am organizing a scholarly conference.

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

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

I want to create a website with humanities content.

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 am an artist or creative writer looking for project support.

I want to host a visiting scholar.

I want to travel for research purposes.


Foundations of Human Behavior InitiativeFHBI
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Award Amount: up to $40,000 for ladder faculty and $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs

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

Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanitiesprovostial
Deadline: February 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $7,500; the Committee strongly encourages proposals that are more modest in nature

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. 

Proposals might include (but are by no means limited to): performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). They may (but need not) involve collaborations across departments and divisions of the FAS and the University as well as with colleagues beyond the University. In the same spirit, they may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. 

Although a direct tie-in with the curriculum is not an absolute requirement, proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum--to existing courses, planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed--will be favored.

For more information, see here

Anne and Jim Rothenberg Fund for Humanities Researchrothenberg
Deadline: February 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $7,500; the Committee strongly encourages proposals that are more modest in nature

This fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects (both individual and collaborative) by Harvard ladder faculty in the humanities. 

Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are eligible. Proposals might include (but are by no means 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. Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Expenses associated with travel to collections and archives, as well as travel to conferences, symposia, seminars, film festivals, and other scholarly gatherings are eligible. Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants. 

The committee hopes that it can fund proposals across all these categories, but if forced to choose, it will give priority to funding travel to do research over travel to present findings. 

For more information, see here

Provost Fund for Interfaculty CollaborationPFIC
Deadline: February 12, 2016
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for one year

The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote discussion and collaboration on topics and activities of mutual intellectual interest that involve faculty from two or more Harvard Schools. 

To be eligible for support, the designated leader and faculty involved with the proposal must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Additionally, the faculty involved must be from at least two different Schools or two different divisions within FAS. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well.

For more information, see here

Milton Fundmilton
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000 for one year
Target Applicants: voting members of Harvard University Faculty or Junior Fellows of the Harvard Society of Fellows in all disciplines

The application portal for the William F. Milton Fund is now open.

The Milton Fund supports projects in the fields of medicine, geography, history, and science. Winning projects must either: promote the physical and material welfare and prosperity of the human race; investigate and determine the value and importance of any discovery or invention; or assist in the discovery and perfecting of any special means of alleviating or curing human disease. 

The fields specified in the request for proposals are broadly interpreted. Successful applications in recent years span all disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, see here

Weatherhead Center for International Affairsweatherhead
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $25,000

Conferences: The Weatherhead Center provides logistical and organizational support to bring scholars and practitioners to Harvard from around the country and the world to participate with Harvard faculty in conferences and workshops designed to advance analytical research. Typically, Center funds cover travel and hotel expenses for speakers, conference space, meals, materials, and the use of web-based tools and websites for collaboration and dissemination of research papers.

Proposals for conferences should relate to the core interests of the Center. This research focuses on international, transnational, global, and comparative national issues and may address contemporary or historical topics, including rigorous policy analysis, as well as the study of specific countries and regions outside the United States.

Only Faculty Associates of the Weatherhead Center may apply for conference funding, but proposed research may include other scholars and practitioners from inside and outside of Harvard. 

Research Projects: Faculty Associates are eligible for medium grants for research that bring together faculty from different fields. Proposals for projects should relate to the core research interests of the Center. 

For more information, see here

Harvard Global InstituteHGI
Deadline: February 1, 2016
Award Amount (Large Grants): $500,000 to $1M annually for up to two years
Award Amount (Small Grants): $50,000 to $100,000 for up to two years

The Institute will fund projects that connect Harvard faculty and students with scholars from outside the United States to investigate problems of universal consequence, produce findings, and advance them in ways that achieve significant impact, whether upon the University curriculum, individual research fields, theories, methodologies, policies, and/or broader public discourse here and abroad.

Currently, the HGI is funding proposals for interdisciplinary research in AY 2016-17 on issues that are of particular salience to China and of relevance to other parts of the world; that is, topics should be "China-inclusive" without being "China-exclusive."

Large-scale grants will support multi-faculty, cross-school, cross-discipline, integrative projects on problems or issues of global relevance that build on existing research and include significant collaboration with scholars in China (and potentially other countries and regions as well). 

Smaller grants will support innovative, interdisciplinary projects that, like the large grants, focus on issues of global significance with a clear China focus and that would be unlikely to find funding from other sources. Projects may involve faculty from only a single school at Harvard.

For more information, see here

UMass AmherstUMass_fellowships
Du Bois Library Fellowships
Deadline: March 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 24, 2016
Award Amount: $2,500 for four consecutive weeks in residence

Fellows may come from any field and any perspective, and they may work on any topic, but their research should explore the major themes that characterize Du Bois's scholarship and activism. These themes include: the history and meaning of racial, social, and economic justice; the problems of democracy and political inclusion; the role of capitalism in world affairs; and the global influence of African cultures. 

All full time graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply; and, the competition especially encourages applications from early career scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For more information, see here.

Max van Berchem Foundationmax_van_berchem
Deadline: March 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 24, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified grant amount

The Max van Berchem Foundation supports research projects in Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature.

For more information, see here.

German Academic Exchange ServiceDAAD
North American Universities Host German Guest Lecturers
Deadline: March 30, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 23, 2016
Award Amount: stipend of €98-€143 per day; the host institution must commit a monetary honorarium of $2,200 per month for the guest lecturer
Duration: four to six weeks

This program supports North American universities that want to host German professors and lecturers for short-term teaching engagements. The program aims to promote activity in specialized fields, help fill curricular gaps, and/or act as a stimulus for teaching and research

The program is open to all disciplines. 

For more information, see here.

American Council of Learned SocietiesACLS_public
Public Fellows
Deadline: March 24, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for awards granted directly to individuals
Award Amount: $65,000 per year, and up to $3,000 in professional development
Tenure: two years; start date falls on either August 1 or September 1

ACLS invites applications for the sixth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

For more information, see here.

Mass Humanitiesmasshum
Project Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline (required): March 21, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 14, 2016
Award Amount: up to $10,000

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 discussions programs;
  • Film and discussion programs;
  • Museum exhibitions and related programming;
  • Theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion;
  • Oral history projects;
  • Walking tours;
  • Audio tours;
  • Film pre-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 (see their Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities initiative), and programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.

For more information, see here.

Knight Foundationknight
Knight News Challenge
Deadline: March 21, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 14, 2016
Award Amount: $200,000 to $500,000

The Knight Foundation supports translational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. This competition is open to nonprofits, for-profits or individuals anywhere in the world. 

The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate. The Knight Foundation helps its award winners to develop their organizations, recruit collaborators, manage projects and grow their networks.

For more information, see here.

Chamber Music AmericaCMA_classical
Classical Commissioning Program
Deadline: March 20, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 14, 2016
Award Amount: grants provide a composer's fee ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, plus a $1,000 honorarium to each ensemble member and up to $1,000 for copying costs

Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, generally without a conductor, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.
The new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the U.S.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_digital_institutes
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
Deadline: March 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 8, 2016
Award Amount: $50,000 to $250,000 for one to three years

Grants support national or regional (multi-state) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.

The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • applications of the Text Encoding Initiative, electronic editing, and publishing;
  • scholarly communication and publishing;
  • e-literature;
  • textual analysis and text mining;
  • immersive and virtual environments in multimedia research, including those for mobile platforms;
  • 3-D imaging technology;
  • digital image and sound analysis;
  • information aesthetics and approaches to visualizations of humanities topics and research;
  • computing gaming and simulations as applied to the humanities;
  • high-performance computing or supercomputing and the humanities; and
  • advanced Geographic Information Systems applications.

For more information, see here.

College Art Associationmillard_meiss
Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Deadline: March 15, 2016 (applications must be submitted by a publisher)
OSP Deadline: March 2, 2016
Award Amount: the award amount is unspecified; awards are based on the specific needs of each publication

Applications for publication grants will be considered only for 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 Fund encourages 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/reproduction rights, especially in cases where they are burdensome, are also appropriate.

For more information, see here.

French Embassy in the United States and the FACE FoundationPAF
Partner University Fund
Deadline: March 13, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 7, 2016
Award Amount: up to $100,000 per year for three years

PUF promotes innovative collaborations of excellence in research and education between French and American institutions of higher education. The program supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial 3-year grant.

PUF will support partnerships in the Humanities. Applications will combine collaborations such as:
  • Joint research, joint publications and joint conferences;
  • Graduate students, postdoc and faculty transatlantic mobility;
  • Collaboration in teaching (organization of workshops, seminars, symposia...);
  • Joint and dual degrees at the master's and PhD levels.
Projects must be jointly submitted by at least one American and one French university or research institution.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the ArtsNEA_creative
Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline: March 9, 2016
OSP Deadline: March 2, 2016
Award Amount: $25,000

The National Endowment for the Arts' 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 Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2017, which is covered by these guidelines, fellowships in poetry are available. Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) will be offered in FY 2018. You may apply only once each year.

For more information, see here.

Chamber Music Americajazz
New Jazz Works
Deadline: March 4, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $19,000 for up to three years

The Chamber Music America foundation supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings. 

Under the New Jazz Works program, the foundation provides grants for: 
  • Core: the creation and two performances of a new work; 
  • Continued Life: additional performances and recording of the new composition; 
  • Administrative Support: activities such as booking or promoting performances, recording the new work, or other administrative functions identified by the grantee; and 
  • Attendance at a CMA National Conference.
The composition and two performances must take place during the first 18 months of the grant.

For more information, see here.

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundationfirestone_graham
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: March 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 23, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

The Foundation offers grants to support catalogues and other publications accompanying contemporary art exhibitions and projects, especially those supporting emerging and under-recognized artists, and produced by organizations outside the nation's cultural centers. One-time special projects are preferred. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections.

To be considered, project dates must fall within one year of the funding cycle in which the organization is requesting funds. And, the Foundation is unlikely to provide grants exceeding one third of the proposed publication budget.

For more information, see here.

J. M. Kaplan Fundfurthermore
Furthermore Grants in Publishing
Deadline: March 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 23, 2016
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

Furthermore grants in publishing support the publication of nonfiction books that concern: art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. The Fund 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. Grant applications are accepted twice a year with deadlines of March 1 and September 1.

For more information, see here.

Massachusetts Historical SocietyMHS
Short-Term Research Fellowships
Deadline: March 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 23, 2016
Award Amount: $2,000 for four weeks

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer approximately 20 short-term research fellowships in 2016. Each grant supports four weeks of research at the Society sometime between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. 

Short-term awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, with candidates who live 50 or more miles from Boston receiving preference. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend.

For more information, see here.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Artsandy_warhol
Deadline: March 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 23, 2016
Award Amount: recent grant amounts range from $30,000 to $120,000

The Foundation focuses on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. 

Projects may include: 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. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement. 

For more information, see here.

John D. Templeton Foundationtempleton_small
Small Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: February 29, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 22, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry for projects that fall under their Core Funding Areas. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one Area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines.

Templeton's Core Funding Areas are:
  • Science and the Big Questions: includes mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, and science in dialogue;
  • Character Virtue Development;
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets;
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; and
  • Genetics.

For more information, see here.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundationdoris_duke
Performing Arts
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: February 26, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 19, 2016
Award Amount: $60,000 to $200,000

The Performing Arts program supports projects that: strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field.

In general, the Arts Program does not fund visual arts, museums or galleries; film or media projects; literary arts; symphonies, opera companies, classical chamber music or musical forms beyond jazz; classical ballet companies; avocational arts activities; arts programs for rehabilitative or therapeutic purposes; training and conservatory programs; capital projects; research or publications.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_landmarks
Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
Deadline: February 25, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 18, 2016
Award Amount: up to $160,000 for programs serving commuters in one of their two weeks and $180,000 for programs serving a national audience in both weeks

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators. Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.

Each workshop is offered twice during the summer. Workshops accommodate thirty-six school teachers (NEH Summer Scholars) at each one-week session. At least one workshop week must serve a national audience and provide housing for participants. The other workshop week may also serve a national audience; alternatively, it may limit its audience to participants who are able to commute and do not require housing.

The goals of the workshops are to:
  • increase knowledge and appreciation of subjects, ideas, and places significant to American history and culture through humanities reading and site study;
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and of excellent scholarship and teaching;
  • provide teachers with expertise in the use and interpretation of historical sites and of material and archival resources; and
  • foster interaction between K-12 educators and scholarly experts.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_seminars
Summer Seminars and Institutes
Deadline: February 25, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 18, 2016
Award Amount (Seminars): between $50,000 and $135,000 
Award Amount (Institutes): between $60,000 and $225,000

These grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. Seminars and Institutes may last for as short as one week and as long as four weeks and should:
  • provide models of excellent teaching;
  • provide models of excellent scholarship;
  • broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities;
  • focus on the study and teaching of significant topics, texts, and other sources;
  • contribute to the intellectual vitality of participants; and
  • build communities of inquiry.
A Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. These programs are designed for a national audience of participants.

For more information, see here.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Artsgraham
Grants to Organizations
Deadline: February 25, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 18, 2016
Award Amount: up to $30,000 for up to two years

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.

For organizations, the Foundation's priorities are to: 
  • assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences;
  • support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation;

  • recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work; and

  • help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without the Foundation's support.

For more information, see here.

Vodaphone Americas Foundationvodaphone
Wireless Innovation Project
Deadline: February 22, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 15, 2016
Award Amount: winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000 and $300,000 for projects spanning three years

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™ (the "competition") seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless-related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. 

The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_next_generation
Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants: Planning & Implementation
Deadline: February 17, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 10, 2016
Award Amount (Planning Grants): 1:1 cost-share grant of up to $25,000 for as long as 12 months (thus, a maximum total grant of $50,000)
Award Amount (Implementation Grants): 1:1 cost-share grant of no more than $350,000 for as long as 36 months (thus, a maximum total grant of $700,000)

Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants support universities in devising a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere.

Planning Grants are designed to bring together various important constituencies to discuss and strategize, and then to produce plans that will transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level. 

Implementation Grants support universities in instituting wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs and are designed to produce plans that will transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_digital_hum
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Deadline: February 17, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 10, 2016
Award Amount: $100,000 to $325,000 for one to three years

The Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program awards substantial grants to support the implementation of experimental projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the humanities. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities.

The program can support innovative digital humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. 

Unlike NEH's Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.

For more information, see here.

Institute of Museum and Library Servicesimls_sparks
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Deadline: February 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2016
Award Amount: $10,000 to $25,000 for up to one year

These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Proposed activities or approaches may involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and archives serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.

For more information, see here.

Jacobs Research Fundsjacobs
Grants for Anthropological and Linguistic Research Working with Native American Peoples
Deadline: February 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $9,000

The Jacobs Research Fund (JRF) supports projects involving fieldwork with living peoples of North, Central and South America, which result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork.

Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, as well as to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research have low priority, but the Fund welcomes proposals to digitize, transcribe and translate old materials that might otherwise be lost or become inaccessible. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts, for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization.

For more information, see here.

Lily Family School of Philanthropy/Templeton Foundationtempleton
The Science and Imagination of Living Generously
Deadline: February 12, 2016
OSP Deadline: February 5, 2016
Award Amount: up to $40,000 over one year

The goal of this program is to attract and capture bold ideas within the study of life-course generosity and to advance multi-disciplinary methods and approaches within the arts, humanities and social sciences.

This program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), which serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. JTF supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will.

Preference will be given to emerging scholars and innovators. Principal Investigators must have completed their Ph.D. between 2007 and 2015. Funding can be used for course release time, summer salary for a faculty member paid on a 10-month or 9-month schedule, wages paid to student assistants working directly on the proposed research project, travel for data collection or dissemination (e.g., conference and workshop presentations), experiments, and computer programs for analytical tools.

For more information, see here.

National Institutes of HealthNIH
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research
Deadline for new R01 applications: February 5, 2016
OSP Deadline (R01): January 29, 2016
Deadline for new R03 applications: February 16, 2016
OSP Deadline (R03): February 9, 2016
Award Amount: the scope of the award should match the proposed project; the maximum project period is 5 years

This program encourages research applications that identify, analyze, and address the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genomic research, health care and technology for individuals, families, communities and society more broadly.

To address the broad scope and reach of genomics in society, applications are invited from investigators representing a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the social, behavioral and communication sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, economics, and epidemiology as well as the basic, clinical and computational sciences.  

Applications may propose well-integrated single or multi-disciplinary studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed methods may include, but are not limited to, data-generating qualitative or quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, or other analytical or conceptual research methodologies.

For more information, see here.

National Science FoundationNSF_STS
Science, Technology and Society
Deadline: February 2, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2016
Award Amount: total direct costs rarely exceed $400,000; awards typically span two to three years

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.

The STS program supports several distinct modes of funding, including: 
  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research;
  • Scholars Awards (support for full-time release over an academic year);
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships;
  • Conference/Workshop Support;
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants.

For more information, see here.

American Council of Learned SocietiesACLS_digital
Digital Extension Grants
Deadline: February 2, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $150,000 over 12-18 months

Digital Extension Grants support digitally-based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance the digital transformation of humanities scholarship by extending the reach of existing digital projects to new communities of users.

To this end, projects supported by these grants may:
  • extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary research;
  • develop new systems of making existing digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions;
  • foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure to exploit digital resources;
  • create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_public
Public Scholar Program
Deadline: February 2, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,400 for continuous work over a period of six to twelve months

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities that are intended to reach a broad readership.

The Program encourages scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style.

Projects may be at any stage of development. Awards may be held part-time or full-time (or part-time for some months and full-time for other months). 

For more information, see here.

Association for Asian StudiesAAS_Japan
AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Japan Studies Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to $5,000

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies designed to facilitate the research of individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Japan into the major academic disciplines in the United States.

Grants support: research travel within the U.S., short-term research travel to Japan, seminars on teaching about Japan, purchase of instructional materials, and small scholarly conferences in Japanese studies.

Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and seminars, workshops and conferences must be held in the United States. 

For more information, see here.

Center for Architecture Foundationarchitecture_grant
Arnold W. Brunner Grant
Deadline: February 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to $30,000

The Center supports advanced study in the area of architectural investigation, which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application.

For more information, see here.

Cabot Family Charitable Trustcabot
Deadline: February 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Trust awards grants biannually to nonprofit organizations in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations in which Cabot family members maintain philanthropic interest.

Awards support projects in the areas of arts and cultureeducation and youth development, environment, and conservationhealth 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, as a foundation for their future success.

For more information, see here.

International Institute for Asian StudiesIIAS_fellowships
Deadline: February 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: January 25, 2016
Award Amount: €2000 per month and €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel

Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers from around the world to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.

Fellowships support researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters: Asian Cities, Asian Heritages, and Global Asia. In addition, a small number of awards are reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside these core three.

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 or 617-496-2618.