Arts, Humanities, and Humanistic Social Sciences
Upcoming Funding Opportunities April 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 Officer: 

HUMANITIES NEWS:  Two Harvard faculty win NEH grants

For a robust list of Harvard's internal funding opportunities, please see here.

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 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 am an artist or creative writer looking for project support.

I want to host a visiting scholar or artist.

NEH Announces $21.1 Million for 248 Humanities ProjectsNEH_awardees

Two Harvard faculty members received substantial NEH grants through the agency's most recent competitions:

Afsaneh Najmabadi 
Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Her project, Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran, received funding from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program for the preservation and digitization of primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran; these materials will be made available through the Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran website.

Peter Der Manuelian
Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology; Director, Harvard Semitic Museum

His project, The Giza Project: Consolidated Archaeological Reference Database II, received funding from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program for the continued development of an online resource linking an archaeological archive with 3D visualizations derived from excavations at the Giza pyramids in Egypt over the past century and a half. Phase one of the project, now complete, entailed development of a database; phase two proposes integration of 3D models into the database.

To access the full NEH press release, please visit here.


Publication Funds: for FAS Tenure-Track and Tenured FacultyFAS_Publication
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $5,000 (maximum award size for each fund)

The FAS Tenure-Track Faculty Publication Fund is intended to aid assistant and associate professors in the FAS to find supplemental research funds for 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. 

The FAS Tenured Publications Fund supports tenured faculty to bring scholarly book projects to timely completion. In academic year 2015-2016, the Fund will support 40 FAS faculty members on a first-come, first-served basis. All tenured faculty members in the FAS's Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible to apply for this Fund.

Both Funds are 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

Lemann Brazil Research FundBrazil
Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for one to two years

The Lemann Brazil Research Fund supports cross-disciplinary research projects relating to Brazil. Proposals are sought for projects that address: education management and administration; social science and its applications; public administration and policy; technological advances in education; and evidence-based research. 

Consideration will also be given to projects that propose collaboration between Harvard faculty and Brazilian academics in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and basic and applied sciences.

Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard school and who have principal investigator rights at that school. Harvard Medical School faculty must hold a faculty appointment with PI rights in one of HMS's basic or social science departments. Faculty may request support for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students from Brazil; and for Harvard postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates.

For more information, see here

The Foundations of Human Behavior InitiativeFHBI
Deadline: last day of May, August, November, and February
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and postdocs

The FHBI 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. 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.

Eligible grant recipients are Harvard University affiliates in the following categories: full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.

For more information, see here

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American StudiesDRCLAS
Faculty Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2016 (for projects to take place between July 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017)
Award Amount: dependent on project type

The Center provides funding for a variety of projects, including but not limited to: collaborative research, course-based field trips, curriculum development, research conferences, workshops, working groups and film series, and individual research. Projects should focus on Latin America.

An eligible applicant must be a Lecturer, Assistant, Associate or full Professor employed full-time by Harvard University in any Harvard Department or School. 

Applications with total budgets exceeding $20,000 will always be expected to involve other contributors. Faculty Grants may not be used to cover or supplement faculty salary, research staff salary, student stipends, administrative salaries, indirect costs, or to purchase computer hardware or other office-related equipment.

For more information, see here

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_digging
Digging Into Data Challenge
Deadline: June 29, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 22, 2016
Award Amount: up to $750,000 (up to $175,000 if only one U.S. institution participates; up to $200,000 if 2 or more participate)

The T-AP Digging into Data Challenge is open to any project that addresses research questions in the humanities and/or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis and shows how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights. Proposals may address any research question in the humanities and/or social sciences, utilizing any data source to do so.

Applicants will form international teams from at least three of the participating countries. In addition, each team must have members from both sides of the Atlantic. Participating countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States, Germany, Finland, France, Portugal, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_research_dev
Research and Development
Deadline: June 21, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 14, 2016
Award Amount: up to $75,000 (planning and basic research); up to $350,000 (advanced implementation)

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage--from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence--and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

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

NOTE: This program does not support projects primarily directed at enhancing the preservation of and access to a specific collection or the holdings of a specific institution. For example, projects intending to arrange and describe, digitize, or reformat a humanities collection (or to create a reference resource such as an encyclopedia or atlas) should apply to the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

For more information, see here.

Smith Richardson FoundationSmith_Richardson
Strategy & Policy Fellows Program
Deadline: June 17, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $60,000

The Strategy and Policy Fellows program supports young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.

Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing. The Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects. It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays).

An applicant must have a Ph.D. by the time of the deadline, preferably in Political Science, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, or History.

For more information, see here.

Gerda Henkel FoundationGerda_Henkel
Research Grants & Scholarships
Deadline: June 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: 2,700 euros per month

The Gerda Henkel Foundation supports research projects that focus on the historical humanities, including but not limited to: Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.

Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. Research projects can also support costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars. Those scholars who plan to work on an independent (solo) research project should apply, instead, for a research scholarship.

NOTE: The published application deadline is not valid for smaller funding amounts (max. 15,000 euros). Smaller funding amounts are granted by the Foundation through a simplified procedure with a deliberation time of approximately three to four months.

For more information, see here.

Russell Sage FoundationRussell_Sage
Project & Presidential Awards
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: June 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for up to 2 years (Project Awards); up to $35,000 (Presidential Awards)

Project and Presidential Awards provide support primarily for analyzing data and writing up results; the program is particularly interested in innovative projects that collect or analyze new data to illuminate issues that are highly relevant to the Foundation's program goals. These goals include: Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality.

The Foundation also encourages projects that are interdisciplinary and combine both quantitative and qualitative research. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.

For more information, see here.

Fuller FoundationFuller
Deadline: June 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: the average grant size is between $2,500 and $7,500

The Fuller Foundation primarily funds non-profit agencies that support youth at risk, protect wildlife, and showcase the arts.

In funding the Arts, the Foundation expects its grants to encourage "hands-on" and participatory collaborations between established cultural institutions, artists and communities. Specific program interests include: art for viewing and listening; art education in school; art and performing arts festivals, murals and sculptures that beautify or inspire a community, programs that bring symphony, opera, and theatre to the community; and adult and/or children's museum education programs. 

Applications are accepted from: organizations headquartered in the Boston area (inside 128) and the immediate Seacoast area of New Hampshire. No multi-year grants will be considered.

For more information, see here.

National Historical Publications & Records CommissionNHPRC_access
Access to Historical Records
Deadline: June 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $200,000 over one to two year(s); cost sharing is required

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of historical records collections to broaden understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.

The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake one or more of the following activities:
  • Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats;
  • Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio or moving image formats.
After completing arrangement and description activities, applicants may also propose to digitize materials to provide online access to collections.

For more information, see here.

National Historical Publications & Records CommissionNHPRC_publishing
Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Deadline: June 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $200,000 over one to two year(s); 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 historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

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, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online. 

For more information, see here.

Durham UniversityIAS_Fellowship
Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship Program
Deadline: June 10, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to the individual
Award Amount: IAS provides Fellows with an honorarium (£3,000 for three months or pro rata for shorter stays), plus travel funding; individuals who will experience a loss of income as a result of accepting an IAS Fellowship are eligible to apply for a contribution towards their salary/earnings of the same amount

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

The theme for 2017/18 is Structure, interpreted in its broadest sense--scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, literarily, politically, economically, and sociologically. Applicants may be from any academic discipline and may come from anywhere in the world. Fellowships last three months (October - December 2017 or January - March 2018).

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_dig_pub
Digital Projects for the Public
Deadline: June 8, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $30,000 for Discovery grants, $100,000 for Prototyping, and $400,000 for Production; all awards are made for a period of one to three years

The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that significantly contribute to the public's engagement with the humanities.

Digital platforms--such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments--can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. This program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proof-of-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work).

While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

For more information, see here.

National Institutes of HealthNIH_ethical
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genomic Research (R01 and R03)
Deadline: June 5, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 30, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified; the scope of the award should match the proposed project; 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.

European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS)EURIAS
Deadline: June 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to €38,000

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

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.

At the time of the application, researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree plus 2 years of full-time research experience after the degree.

For more information, see here.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic ResearchCOMNAP
COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship
Deadline: June 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $15,000 (includes travel and subsistence allowance)

The COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship is designed to support the professional development of early-career Antarctic researchers and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty.

This Fellowship supports early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

For more information, see here.

Templeton FoundationTempleton_sm
Core Funding Areas: Small Grant Cycle II
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less

Four times per year, 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.

The 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.

Gladys Brooks FoundationGladys_Brooks
Grants for Libraries or Educational Institutions
Deadline: May 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2016
Award Amount: $50,000 to $100,000 (greater or lesser amounts in certain circumstances)

The Foundation considers major grant applications in the fields of libraries, education, hospitals and clinics.
Grants for Libraries: Applications will be considered for resource endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies, and equipment are encouraged.
Grants for Educational Institutions: Applications will be considered for: educational endowments to fund scholarships; endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs; and erection or endowment of buildings and equipment for educational purposes.

For more information, see here.

Russkiy Mir FoundationRusskiy
Deadline: May 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 24, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified

The Foundation's grants support the integration of Russian language, history and culture into global society by promoting the use and teaching of Russian language abroad, by educating foreign audiences about Russia's rich heritage and culture, and by building new and stronger links between ethnic Russian communities abroad and the Russian Federation. 

For more information, see here.

Gerda Henkel FoundationGerda_Islam
Islam, the Modern Nation State, and Transnational Movements
Deadline: May 27, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 20, 2016
Award Amount: €2,700 per month

The Islam, Modern Nation State, and Transnational Movements program is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science.
Proposals will be supported that address the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Project deliverables should be able to make a contribution to diverse and expert discussions in public and political circles.
This program supports projects that fall within five individual research areas:
  • Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state;
  • The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilization;
  • Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation;
  • Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world; and
  • Islamic states in the international world system. 

For more information, see here.

Creative Capital FoundationCreative_Capital
Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant
Deadline: May 18, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 11, 2016
Award Amount: $15,000 to $50,000

The Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants in the following categories: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. The Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

To be eligible for this grant, an arts writer must be: an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or practitioner in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts; at least 25 years old; a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or holder of an O-1 visa; and a published author.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_common_heritage
Common Heritage
Deadline: May 12, 2016
OSP Deadline: May 5, 2016
Award Amount: up to $12,000 for a period of eighteen months

The Common Heritage program aims to capture the cultural heritage alive in all our homes, family histories, and life stories and preserve it for future generations. Grants support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community's history and culture.

The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community's history. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_humanities_access
Humanities Access Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 27, 2016
Award Amount: two years of match-based funding (in the amount of either $50,000 or $100,000) to be expended through a term endowment over the final three years of the five-year grant period

Humanities Access grants help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: youth, communities of color, and/or economically disadvantaged populations. Grants establish or augment term endowments (that is, endowments whose funds are entirely expended over the course of a set time period) to provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, HBCUs and tribal colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations. 

Humanities Access grants are intended to seed longer-term endowment-building efforts. Grant funds should not be used to replace existing program funds. Instead, the grant should expand or enhance an existing exemplary humanities program.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the Humanitiesneh_preservation_training
Preservation and Access Education and Training 
Deadline: May 3, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to $175,000 per year for up to two years; although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to cover more than 80 percent of project costs

This program awards grants to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs around efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage collections. Such collections include: books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects.

Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

For more information, see here.

National Institute of JusticeDOJ
New Investigator/Early Career Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
- NEW!
Deadline: May 2, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to $150,000 for projects up to 24 months

The NIJ's New Investigator/Early Career Program provides support for non-tenured assistant professors to conduct applied research on topics including: justice systems, violence and victimization, and/or crime control and prevention. NIJ encourages applications from diverse social and behavior sciences, including but not limited to criminal justice, criminology, economics, law, psychology, public health, and sociology.

Applications must propose research led by a Principal Investigator (PI) who: was awarded a terminal degree no more than four (4) years ago; holds a non-tenured assistant professor position at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States; and has not previously served as PI on an NIJ research grant or fellowship.

For more information, see here.

The Rockefeller FoundationBellagio
Bellagio Center Residency Program
Deadline: May 2, 2016 (for residencies in 2017)
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: room and board; no stipend provided

The Bellagio Residency program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparelleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies.
Residencies last between two and four weeks. The program 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: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods, and Transform Cities. 
This program seeks applications from university or think tank-based academics at mid to senior-level positions with a record of significant achievement in their field.

For more information, see here.

German Academic Exchange ServiceGerman_PhD_Scholarships
PhD and Postdoc Scholarships and Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 25, 2016
Award Amount: $2,000 to $3,000

This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department or program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany.

Grants are restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the US and Canada who are enrolled full time at the university that nominates them.

For more information, see here.

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesIMLS_STEM
STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums
Deadline: May 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to $1,000,000 for up to two years

This special initiative invites proposals for research on informal educational approaches that leverage community Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals in the broadest sense. Funded research projects will create a foundation for reaching children and families from diverse economic, social, and cultural backgrounds, with different levels of knowledge about STEM.

The program prioritizes design-based research projects that develop and explore models for inquiry-based STEM programs delivered by scientists, engineers, and related technical practitioners (STEM experts) to children ages 6 - 10 and their families. In particular, proposals should address the role of expert oral narratives (e.g., storytelling, personal histories, and analogies) as part of object-based science inquiry. Proposals should include information about how findings from this research will be applicable in both museum and library settings.

For more information, see here.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationunesco
UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme
Deadline: April 30, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 22, 2016
Award Amount: the overall success of the Program depends on financial and in-kind support. UNESCO, not being a funding agency, cannot be a major donor. For this reason, UNESCO encourages institutions to mobilize financial partners at the time when they are preparing the project proposals and also offers its services in helping to mobilize resources

The UNESCO program serves as a means of building the capacities of higher education and research institutions through the exchange of knowledge and sharing, in a spirit of international solidarity. The program covers training, research and exchange of academics and offers a platform for information sharing in all fields. The majority of projects are interdisciplinary. 
Because of the nature and flexibility of the Chairs Program, universities can respond more readily and with greater autonomy to the demands for new learning and research in a world undergoing rapid economic, social and technological change.

For more information, see here.

Australian National UniversityANU
2017 Visiting Fellowship
Deadline: April 30, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: the fellowship provides travel (up to a maximum of $3,000 AUD) and accommodation; no living allowance is provided

The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University welcomes scholars from around the world through its Visiting Fellowship program. Fellows reside at the ANU in Canberra for 6 to 12 weeks

The HRC interprets the 'Humanities' generously. As well as supporting scholarship in traditional Humanities disciplines, its visiting fellowship programs encourage and support interdisciplinary and comparative research both within and beyond the Humanities. As members of the scholarly community at the HRC, visiting fellows make valuable contributions to its intellectual life, and to the intellectual life of the broader university community.

The theme for 2017 is "The Question of the Stranger."

For more information, see here.

Poetry Foundationpoetry
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Deadline: April 30, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $25,800

These fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry. Previously published poems may be included in the application. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2016.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_digital_fellowship
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
- NEW!
Deadline: April 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for six to twelve months

These Fellowships support individual scholars pursuing research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant's plans for digital publication must be essential to the project's research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. 

Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_fellowships
Deadline: April 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for 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.

Recipients may begin their awards as early as January 1, 2016, and as late as September 1, 2017. The award period must be full-time and continuous. Teaching and administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken during the fellowship period.

For more information, see here.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesNEH_japan
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
Deadline: April 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $4,200 per month for six to twelve months

The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. 

Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. 

Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any stage of development.

For more information, see here.

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New Work Project Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: April 27, 2016
OSP Deadline: April 20, 2016
Award Amount: up to $10,000

New Work Project Grants consider proposals from organizations to directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.

NOTE: Presenting venues and hosting organizations may only submit one application a year; fiscal sponsors may submit proposals on behalf of more than one artist a year.

For more information, see here.

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all applications to external sponsors must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for review five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Research Development Officer

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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.