July 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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Currently, there are no applicants for Harvard's two National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends nomination spots. Summer Stipends provides up to $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for two consecutive months.

If you wish to submit an application, please contact Erin Cromack as soon as possible.

Looking for resources to help develop your proposal? 
Our proposal development resources include sample proposals, guidelines, templates, tools, and more.

For customized proposal development advice and resources, please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy.


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 design a fellowship program for artists or scholars.

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 OR a postdoctoral scholar.


Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 over one or two years
Target applicants: Full-time assistant, associate, or full professors from any Harvard School may apply for an award. Students and postdoctoral scholars with an identified faculty mentor who will supervise their research are also eligible to apply.
The Climate Change Solutions Fund supports research and policy initiatives intended to hasten the transition from carbon-based energy systems to those that rely on renewable energy sources, to develop methods for diminishing the impact of existing carbon-based energy systems on the climate, and to propel scientific, technological, legal, policy and artistic innovations needed to accelerate progress toward cleaner energy and a greener world. Applications should propose research that will advance solutions to climate change. Solutions may include both preparedness and mitigation and strong consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to application, as well as riskier proposals with the potential to be transformative over time. 

Full-time assistant, association or full professors from any Harvard school may apply; in addition, students and postdoctoral scholars with a faculty mentor who will supervise their research are also eligible.

Fellowship Program
Deadline for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: September 15, 2016
Deadline for Natural Sciences & Mathematics: October 15, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $75,000 + additional funds for project expenses
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.

The Radcliffe Institute encourages applications in all disciplines and on any topic. In recognition of Radcliffe's historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however.

Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply.

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.


Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Deadline: September 30, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 23, 2016
Award Amount: up to £40,000 for up to two years (Curatorial); up to £3,000 (Publications, Author & Educational Programme); up to £7,000 (Publications, Publisher); up to £40,000 (Digital Project Grants)

Curatorial Research Grants are awarded to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project, including but not limited to: research towards an exhibition or installation of British art or architectural history, or related topic; a cataloguing project on part of a collection or archive which will result in a printed or online catalogue; or an online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic.

Publications Grants (Author) are awarded to authors or editors for expenditure they incur personally for illustrations/images for their publication.

Publications Grants (Publisher) are awarded to publishers or institutions to help towards the costs incurred in producing works of scholarship in print or in other media. Grants are intended to make possible publications which would otherwise not appear or which would appear in reduced specification.

Education Programme Grants help support educational programmes in the field of British art or architectural history. Educational programmes eligible for awards include lectures, conferences, symposia and seminars for scholars or provided at a scholarly level for the general public.

Digital Project Grants are awarded to institutions to help support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project. They are intended to stimulate new modes of research, collaboration, and the dissemination of scholarship.

Deadline: September 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: Not required for funds awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $35,000 (Assistant Professors); $45,000 (Associate); and $75,000 (full Professor)
Tenure: 6 to 12 months

The ACLS Fellowship program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

Fellowships are portable and are tenable at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for research. A Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. 

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have a PhD that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Deadline: September 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: Not required for funds awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: $95,000 + up to $7,500 for research costs and up to $3,000 for relocation
Tenure: one academic year

These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant.

The first set of Burkhardt Fellowships support an academic year (nine months) of residence at any one of the 13 participating residential research centers, and are open to faculty at any degree-granting academic institution in the United States. An additional set of Burkhardt Fellowships are designated specifically for liberal arts college faculty.

Collaborative Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 28, 2016
OSP Deadline: Not required for funds awarded directly to individuals
Award Amount: up to $201,000
Tenure: up to 24 months

Collaborative Research Fellowships support small teams of two or more scholars collaborating intensively on a single, substantive project in the humanities and related social sciences. The goal of the project should be a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which at least two collaborators will take credit.

Collaborator's research leaves may be taken during any semester or year within the overall award period, and leaves need not be concurrent. Collaborations among untenured faculty members or that involve untenured faculty are particularly encouraged.

Project Grants
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: September 22, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 15, 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 discussion programs;
  • film and discussion programs;
  • museum exhibitions and related programming;
  • theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussion;
  • oral history projects;
  • walking tours;
  • audio projects;
  • film 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 the Engaging New Audiences for the Humanities Initiative), and programming that responds to their current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract.

Deadline to request institutional endorsement from Harvard: early September
Deadline: September 21, 2016
Award Amount: $70,000 per year (taxable) for two years

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career.
Eligible candidates (for Harvard to host) must fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD or equivalent between September 24, 2013 and August 15, 2016 and must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have obtained or will obtain their PhD or equivalent from a Canadian university.
Applications are accepted from all fields in the humanities, social sciences, health research, natural sciences and engineering; the sponsor especially encourages applications from candidates in the humanities and social sciences.
Postdoctoral scholars who wish to apply for a fellowship (where Harvard acts as host) must acquire an institutional letter of endorsement signed by the Vice Provost for Research to include with their application. Please contact Erin Cromack if you intend to submit an application.

Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
Deadline: September 19, 2016
OSP Deadline: Not required for funds awarded directly to an individual
Award Amount: Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project; award duration spans from 6 to 12 months

The foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any area of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions. The Foundation provides fellowships across all fields, including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (except the performing arts). 

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship
Deadline: September 19, 2016
OSP Deadline: Not required for funds awarded directly to an individual
Award Amount: $20,000-$45,000 (InterAsian)2,500 €/month (Global Summer)

The Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Program aims at promoting excellence in transregional research and interrogating boundaries that have long divided world geographies and academic communities.

In 2016, the SSRC will offer two separate fellowship competitions as part of its Transregional Research Program:
  • Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections: these longer-term fellowships are designed to support junior scholars as they work on first or second projects and are to be disbursed flexibly over a sixteen-month period. Fellows can be affiliated anywhere, need not be full-time employed, and can use the funds for research or writing.
  • SSRC Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Gottingen: a new short-term fellowship opportunity, these three-month residencies will take place during the 2017 summer semester at the University of Göttingen. Residencies are designed to support a small cohort of scholars who are working on projects that reflect the following research themes: Movements of KnowledgeMedia, Migration, and the Moving Political, and Religious Networks.

Documenting Endangered Languages
Deadline: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $4,200 per month for up to 24 months (fellowships); $12,000 to $150,000 per year for one to three years (senior research projects)

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

Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. 

Inquiry Form Deadline [required]: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $20,000 (Production & Presentation Grants); up to $10,000 (Research & Development Grants)

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

The Graham Foundation offers two types of grants to individuals: Production and Presentation Grants and Research and Development Grants.

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

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

Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Deadline: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified; the grant sum is intended to be less than the total cost of production; a substantial portion of production costs must be met by the publisher or be from other sources

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. Applications are judged in relation to two criteria: (1) the quality of the project; and (2) the need for financial assistance.

Awards are open to publishers of all nations. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible.

Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $15,000

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

Eligible projects should fit into three distinct categories:
  • Grants to U.S. publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context;
  • Grants to non-U.S. publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art;
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.
Grants are available to nonprofit or commercial publishers.

Conference, Seminar, and Workshop Grants & Publication Subsidies
Deadline: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 8, 2016
Award Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences (applicants are urged to seek matching funds); $5,000 to $10,000 for publication subsidies

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

Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops: The foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to the foundation's goals and objectives. The academic background of the participants and the significance of the meeting will be key factors in the evaluation process.

Publication Subsidies: Academic publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to the goals of the Foundation. The publication may be in the form of a book or a monograph. Applications will be accepted for completed book manuscripts, but not for books in a series. Priority will be given to first book projects by junior scholars. 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Deadline: September 14, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 7, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified stipend; the budget allocation for the entire program is 179,500,000 EUR

The goal of the Individual Fellowship program is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international, and intersectoral mobility.

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. 

Humanities Open Book Program
Deadline: September 13, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 6, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000 to $100,000 for one to three years

The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost "ebook" technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print.

NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in this program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance.

Deadline: September 12, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 2, 2016
Award Amount: $25,000 to $200,000 in matching funds
This is a Limited Submission Opportunity; each institution may submit two applications. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Erin Cromack before July 27, 2016.

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:
Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design ProjectsThese projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization.

Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative PlacemakingThese projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work.

Deadline: September 12, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 2, 2016
Award Amount: $2,500 to $10,000 for up to 12 months

Creative City grants enable artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and that integrate public participation into artistic process and/or presentation.

Eligible applicants must be:
  • an individual artist; 
  • an artist on behalf of a clearly articulated artistic collaboration;
  • an unincorporated collective/company with strong artist leadership. Culturally specific, immigrant, traditional cultural practitioner groups that features a strong lead artist are encouraged to apply.
Exploring New Values for Society
Deadline: September 2, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 26, 2016
Award Amount: up to 4M yen per year (Joint Research Grants); up to 1M yen per year (Individual Research Grants)

The Foundation's 2016 Research Grant Program, titled "Exploring New Values for Society," offers two grant mechanisms: joint research projects and individual research projects. For both frameworks, the program solicits ambitious research projects that explore basic ways of thinking and methodologies to address difficult issues to be faced by future society; issues that are on a global scale; issues that transcend generations; and nascent problems that will only fully manifest themselves in the future.

Deadline: September 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2016
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

The Foundation provides grants for: scholarly exhibitions at museums, curatorial research, visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations, artist residencies and commissions, arts writing, and efforts to promote the health, welfare, and first amendment rights of artists. The Foundation also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs.

FURTHERMORE Grants in Publishing
Deadline: September 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2016
Award Amount: $1,500 to $15,000

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

Grants support writing, research, editing, indexing, design, illustration, photography, and printing and binding. 

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

Deadline: September 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 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 culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and civic and public benefit. Within these fields, as appropriate, the trustees prefer programs mainly serving youth and young adults, with a special interest in programs focused on insuring the healthy growth and development of infants and young children as a foundation for their future success.

Deadline: September 1, 2016
OSP Deadline: August 25, 2016
Award Amount: up to €900,000

The funding initiative addresses the future challenges facing Europe in respect of climate change, migration, demographic change, and economic uncertainties. The aim is to inspire scholarly interest in such challenges beyond mere cooperation at the European level, and to promote collective supranational action on a global scale.

The funding initiative target scholars in the humanities and social sciences, but does not exclude the involvement of other disciplines. Projects must involve researchers from at least one further region of the world. This call will accept proposals related to the following global challenges:
  • Climate Change
  • Global Health
  • Terrorism/Radicalization
  • Migration
  • Social Inequality.

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.

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. 

Harvard Expression of Intent Deadline: July 27, 2016
Sponsor Registration Deadline: September 2, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: October 3, 2016

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.

Although this program does not limit the number of applications that Harvard University may submit, given the scale of funding involved, all proposals 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; those who wish to apply must express their intent by completing a brief questionnaire available here
Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Erin Cromack (cromack@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5252) or Susan Gomes (sgomes@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-9448).

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.

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

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