June 2016
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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 research_development@fas.harvard.edu
Unless otherwise noted, all proposals to funders outside of Harvard must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. We can help you navigate the routing process for your proposal.

Questions? Please contact Erin Cromack, Senior Research Development Officer: cromack@fas.harvard.edu  
or 617-496-5252
Click on the links below to see additional information
Internal Opportunities

For a more comprehensive list of Harvard internal funding opportunities, please see here.
External Opportunities

Non-Federal Opportunities:
Federal Opportunities:
Additional Information:
Internal Funding Opportunities
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.

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.

External Funding Opportunities
New York Public Library
Fellowships at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
OSP Review not required
Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2016
Award Amount: Fellow receives a stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources.

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers fellowships to outstanding scholars and writers whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (formerly the Humanities and Social Sciences Library).  Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world's preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, and sports.  The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May.  In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

OSP review not required
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 7, 2016
Award Amount: Stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income.

The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate farreaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. Starting in 2016, the Open Society Fellowship will only accept applications relevant to specific statements.  For the current application round, the Open Society Fellowship invites proposals relevant to the following propositions:

Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why?
  1. Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations.
  2. Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous "others."
Core Funding Areas: Small & Large Grants
OSP review not required for initial inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline (Required): August 31, 2016
Award Amount: $217,400 or less (Small Grants); $217,400 or more (Large)

The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting Online Funding Inquiries for its Core Funding Areas:
  • Science and the Big Questions: Science and the Big Questions is the largest of the Core Funding Areas and is divided into several subfields:
    • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Human Sciences
    • Philosophy and Theology
    • Science in Dialogue
  • Character Virtue Development: Supports programs 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: Identifying and nurturing young people who demonstrate exceptional talent in mathematics and science.
  • Genetics: The Foundation takes a particular interest in how major advances in genetics might serve to empower individuals, leading to spiritually beneficial social and cultural changes.
Research Grants: Exploring New Values for Society
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 26, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: September 2, 2016
Award Amount: Up to 8 million yen (~$77,870) for Joint Research Grants; Up to 2 million yen (~$19,468) for individual research grants.

The 2016 Research Grant Program, titled "Exploring New Values for Society", provides two grant frameworks respectively for joint research projects and individual research projects that can be expected to lead to "creation of new values for society".  For both frameworks, the foundation solicits ambitious projects that are founded on creative concepts that reflect a youthful perspective and whose results can help change people's ways of thinking - regardless of their country or region of origin or their social position and circumstances - and can lead to actions that bring about solutions to the issues faced.

Harvard OSP Deadline: August 15, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 22, 2016
Award Amount: Recent grants have ranged from $20,000 to $1,000,000, with the majority of grants under $100,000

The Searle Freedom Trust fosters research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country's most important and challenging domestic policy issues.  The foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.  The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.

OSP review not required for concept proposal
Concept Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline (if invited to submit full proposal): 5 business days in advance of the sponsor full proposal deadline
Sponsor Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation): TBD
Award Amount: $10,000-20,000

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable.  The foundation invites concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy.  Projects should also have clear social change goals.  SIF has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.

Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States: Obtaining New Insights from Population-Based Academic Performance Data
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 4, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 11, 2016

This solicitation seeks research projects that deepen our understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States by using data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive constructed by Sean Reardon and colleagues (http://seda.stanford.edu).  Studies that are able to plausibly identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement inequality or the effects of achievement gaps on other outcomes and forms of inequality will be preferred over descriptive or correlational studies. The foundation is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce inequality (educational inequality or subsequent forms of inequality).  Applicants can be doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty who received their Ph.D. on or after August 31, 2009.
Research Grants
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 4, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $1,000,000, depending on type of grant

The W.T. Grant Foundation supports high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.  The foundation funds research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Improving the use of research evidence grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. Officers' Research grants for both initiatives cover budgets up to $25,000. 

MacArthur Foundation 100&Change
Harvard Expression of Intent Deadline: July 27, 2016
Sponsor Registration Deadline: September 2, 2016
Harvard OSP Deadline:  September 26, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: October 3, 2016
Award Amount: $100,000,000

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal in any field that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.  Applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.  While the 100&Change opportunity does not limit the number of applications that may be submitted from Harvard University, given the scale of funding involved ALL proposals put forward will be subject to Provostial Review prior to submission to the MacArthur Foundation.  The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is soliciting brief pre-proposals from potential Harvard applicants, and those who wish to apply must express their intent by completing a brief questionnaire available here.

Small Research Grants
Harvard OSP Deadline: July 24, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $50,000

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation's mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, work funded through these grants has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.

Harvard OSP Deadline: July 24, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2016
Award Amount: $15,000 to $40,000 per year for one or two years

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects.

US-Japan Policy Studies
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: July 15, 2016
Award Amount: Not specified.  Recent grants have ranged from $5,000-$150,000.

The United States-Japan Foundation supports US-Japan policy-related studies, initiatives and exchanges that help address issues of significant mutual concern to the United States and Japan. The Foundation seeks to respond to policy-relevant needs as identified by experts and practitioners in US-Japan policy studies field and are therefore open to innovative projects.

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship
Harvard OSP Deadline: August 8, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: August 15, 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.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 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. Nearly 600 grants are available in 46 disciplines in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in individual award descriptions. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a grant through the core U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program.
Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2016
Award Amount: Grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents.  A salary supplement is available in some countries for teaching and eligible teaching/research awards.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

John W. Kluge Center Fellowships
Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2016 (OSP review not required)
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. 

Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 12, 2016
NSF Pre-Proposal Deadline: September 14, 2016
Award Amount: Average award size is expected to be approximately $4 million over 5 years
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. This PIRE competition is open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF. 

Harvard University is limited to submitting one preliminary proposal as the lead in response to this opportunity.  For more information on the award and the Harvard internal selection process administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, see here.

Summer Stipends
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 11, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: September 29, 2016
Award Amount: $6,000 for two months

The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.  Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.  The stipends support projects at any stage of development and recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.  A number of disciplines related to the social sciences are funded by NEH, including: history; jurisprudence; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the "study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." Note: Individuals who have either held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions or at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
Only two proposals may be submitted from Harvard-affiliated individuals and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will run an internal competition to select two applicants to submit proposals to NEH for funding in 2016.  Please see the link above for information on the internal application process.


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