June 2016
Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Harvard's central office, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) must review and approve all proposal submissions. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

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Upcoming Sabbatical?

Deadlines for many fellowship and grant opportunities fall in August, September, and October of the year prior to your leave. For a list of major sabbatical options and FAQs, please see our sabbatical resources.

Or, to request a customized list of opportunities, please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Click on the links below to see additional information
Internal Opportunities

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

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 develop or produce a radio show, television or film documentary.

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 put on an exhibition or cultural program for the public or engage in community revitalization.

I want to support a graduate or undergraduate research assistant.

Additional Information:
Internal Funding Opportunities

Deadline: last day of August, November, February, and May
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.

Deadline: July 13, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

Through modest but meaningful support, these grants are designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. Approximately five grants will be awarded each semester. 

Funding can be used in various ways, for example, to pay for a research assistant, hire a graduate student with academic technology expertise, or convene collaborative groups. Through Spark Grants, awardees will receive resources, feedback, and community support to help them develop their ideas into prototypes, pilots, and small-scale innovations. HILT will also strive to support any future scaling-up of Spark Grant projects by increasing their visibility and connecting awardees and project outcomes with others in the broader Harvard community.

Documentary Fund
Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: up to $50,000

The Sundance Documentary Fund provides strategic financial support to cinematic, feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally. The Fund supports all stages of development, production, post-production, and strategic audience engagement.
Eligible projects display:
  • Artful film language;
  • Effective storytelling;
  • Originality and feasibility;
  • Contemporary cultural relevance; and
  • Potential to reach and connect with its intended audience.
Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.

Core Funding Areas: Small & Large Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline (Required): August 31, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 24, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less (Small Grants); $217,400 or more (Large)

The Templeton Foundation provides both large and small grants under its five Core Funding Areas. A number of topics--including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose--can be found under more than one Area:
  • Science and the Big Questions: is divided into several subfields, including mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, and science in dialogue;
  • Character Virtue Development: supports a broad range of projects focused on the universal truths of character development and on the roots of good character in human nature, whether understood from a scientific, philosophical, or religious point of view;
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets: encourages research and education intended to liberate the initiative of individuals and nations and to establish the necessary conditions for the success of profit-making enterprise;
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius: is committed to identifying and nurturing young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in mathematics and science; and
  • Genetics: focuses on how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
NOTE: The Foundation has only one deadline a year for Large Grant proposals (August 31); the Foundation offers four annual deadlines for Small Grant proposals.

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections
Deadline: August 25, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 3, 2016
Award Amount: up to $45,000

The InterAsia Program supports transregional research under the rubric InterAsian Contexts and Connections. Its purpose is to strengthen the understanding of issues and geographies that do not fit neatly into existing divisions of academia or the world and to develop new approaches, practices, and opportunities in international, regional, and area studies. 
These fellowships help junior scholars (one to five years out of the PhD) complete first books or undertake second projects. Proposals supported by the fellowship examine processes that connect places and peoples (such as migration, media, and resource flows) as well as those that reconfigure local and translocal contexts (such as shifting borders, urbanization, and social movements). 

Publication Subventions
Deadline: August 17, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 10, 2016
Award Amount: up to $2,500

The Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media.

Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing.

Cultural Anthropology
Deadline: August 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2016
Award Amount: award amounts depend on the proposed project type

The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Recognizing the breadth of the field's contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology.

This program supports the following project types: 
  • General Research;
  • The Faculty Scholars Program: for scholars who wish to learn new skills;
  • Rapid Response Research (RAPID): for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events; 
  • EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER): for exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, subjects;
  • Research Experience for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Supplements;
  • Workshops;
  • Training Programs; and
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grants.

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship
Deadline: August 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2016
Award Amount: $3,600

The Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship is intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. The successful candidate will develop at least a portion of his or her original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library.
Preference is given to projects not supported by large grants from other institutions.

Deadline: August 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 8, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $20,000

To perpetuate Miss Bergen's love of classical music, the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation provides grants for musical performing arts and musical education. Preference will be given to projects that:
  • Arrange for musical entertainment, concerts, and recitals appropriate for the education and instruction of the public in the musical arts (priority is given to traditional classical music programs);
  • Aid worthy students of music to secure complete and adequate musical education; and
  • Aid organizations in their efforts to present fine music to the public, provided that such organizations are operated exclusively for educational purposes
There are no geographic limitations; however, the trust has a practice of primarily supporting organizations located in New York and New Jersey.

Public Humanities Projects
Deadline: August 10, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 3, 2016
Award Amount: up to $40,000 (Planning Grants); $50,000 to $400,000 (Implementation)

Public Humanities grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.

NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. Applications should follow one of the following three formats:
  • Community Conversations;
  • Exhibitions; or
  • Historic Places.

Media Projects: Development & Production Grants
Deadline: August 10, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 3, 2016
Award Amount: $40,000 to $75,000 (Development); $100,000 to $650,000 (Production). NOTE: Although cost sharing is not required, this program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding.

The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.

Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

Radio projects, including podcasts, may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing program. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. They may be intended for regional or national distribution. 

Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline: August 3, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 27, 2016
Award Amount: up to $400,000

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 
STS researchers make use of methods from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communication studies, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. STS studies may be empirical or conceptual.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2016
Award Amount: recent grants range from $50,000 to over $1M

Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art (circa 1500-1980).

The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions that add an international dimension to the study or presentation of historical American art or take place in Chicago, where the Foundation is headquartered. 

Eligible American institutions include those organizing:
  • Exhibitions on any aspect of historical American art that travel internationally;
  • Exhibitions on any aspect of historical American art that are co-organized with an international venue;
  • Exhibitions that make a significant contribution to scholarship on historical American art in an international context.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Deadline: August 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2016
Award Amount: grant benefits vary by country and type of award; generally speaking, grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs for the grantee and their accompanying dependents

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months.
In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience. U.S. citizenship is required. 

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 25, 2016
Full Proposal Deadline: 
Award Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

The Foundation supports direct costs for 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. Limited funds are also available for publications related to the grantee organization and its programs or collections. 
The Foundation does not provide grants for individuals, general operating expenses, capital campaigns, endowment funds, or projects solely featuring the work of deceased artists. One-time special projects are preferred. To be considered, project dates must fall within one year of the funding cycle in which the organization is requesting funds. 

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Deadline: July 19, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 12, 2016
Award Amount: up to $350,000 for up to three years (implementation projects); up to $50,000 for up to two years (foundations projects). Cost sharing is not required; however, the NEH is rarely able to support the full costs of projects.

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

Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials. 

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

John W. Kluge Center Fellowships
Deadline: July 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: July 8, 2016
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Duration: 4 to 11 months

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. The Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome.

Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. 

Nonfiction Residency
Deadline: July 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: June 24, 2016
Award Amount: no stipend
Duration: 2 to 12 weeks (in residence at the Institute in Rensselaerville, NY)

The Carey Institute for Global Good believes that an informed, educated and engaged citizenry is essential to the functioning of democratic society. Our Nonfiction program supports this belief by advancing deeply reported, long-form nonfiction about the most pressing issues of the day and then helping to disseminate it on a variety of media platforms to the widest possible audience.

Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business.

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.

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 assistance, please contact:
Caitlin McDermott-Murphy
Research Development Officer

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