Sabbatical Edition, 2016
Please note: this special edition sabbatical newsletter includes notable opportunities that support a broad array of research interests. There are, however, a wealth of sabbatical opportunities that cater to specific research topics, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in these additional opportunities, please contact me with a brief summary of your intended sabbatical and a request for a customized list or an in-person consult.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Officer: 
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Most of the sabbatical opportunities below are awarded directly to the individual applicant; therefore, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) review is not always required. If you choose to submit through OSP, please note that all full proposals must be submitted five business days in advance of the sponsor deadline. In either case, Jimmy Matejek-Morris can help you create a budget, organize supporting documents, and navigate the proposal submission process.



Fellowships that are portable and tenable anywhere

Fellowships with a Boston-area residency requirement.

Fellowships with a residency requirement within the United States.

Fellowships that support or require international travel and/or residency.

Apart from the opportunities included in this list, are there other awards available to fund my sabbatical leave?

When should I start looking and applying for sabbatical funding?

What support services does Research Development offer to faculty looking for sabbatical funding?

Can I find sabbatical funding for one semester or less?

I have obligations that require that I remain in the Cambridge area during my sabbatical. Are non-residential or Cambridge-based opportunities available?

I am a Junior Faculty member: am I eligible to apply for sabbatical funding?

If I receive two or more sabbatical awards, what are my options?


Regional Fellowships
Deadline: January 7, 2017 [anticipated]
Award Amount: up to $47,000
Tenure: one or two terms
The Center is particularly interested in discovering and cultivating the connections among the scholarly literatures in the humanities and social sciences that explore Russia, the Soviet and post-Soviet space, and other nations and regional orders. Despite this interest, any scholar whose research touches on the work of the Davis Center community is welcome to apply to the Fellows Program.

Regional Fellowships support advanced scholars who have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent by September 2010, plus policymakers, journalists, and other specialists.

Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: $21,000 (Junior Fellow); $35,000 (Fellow)
Tenure: one or two terms
The Library (Washington D.C.) offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape studies. Applicants may apply for the following fellowship types:
  • Junior Fellowshipsfor degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their own university;
  • Fellowshipsfor scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate final degree or have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research; 
  • Summer Fellowshipsfor Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, or Garden and Landscape scholars on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate (post-baccalaureate) study;
  • Mellon Fellowships in Urban Landscape Studies: offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes.

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. Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment.

The 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 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: varies by fellowship (see below)
Award Amount: $4,200 per month
Tenure: up to 11 months

The Kluge Center (Washington D.C.) invites and welcomes more than 100 scholars to the Library each year at varying levels of funding and terms. Recipients are expected to be in continuous residence at the Center and to participate in, and contribute to, its intellectual life. The Center offers the following fellowship programs: 

Kluge Fellowships: for research in the humanities and social sciences that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multilingual research is particularly welcome. Open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree conferred within seven years of the July 15, 2017 deadline.

Kluge Fellowships in Digital Studies: for research related to the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations. Open to scholars and practitioners worldwide. Deadline: December 6, 2016

David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality: for research on the relation of religiousness and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health, funded by the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality. Open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Deadline: April 17, 2017

Jay I. Kislak Fellowship for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas: for research that contributes to a greater understanding of the cultures and history of the early Americas using the Kislak Collection of books, manuscripts, maps, and artifacts. Open to scholars worldwide. Deadline: October 15, 2016

Deadline: June 5, 2017
Award Amount: € 26,000 (junior fellow) and € 38,000 (senior fellow) + accommodation or support for relocation and travel expenses
Tenure: 10 months

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Program is an international researcher mobility program offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

EURIAS 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.

Deadline: May 16, 2017
Award Amount: $3,000
Tenure: unspecified (research must be completed within a year)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards annual short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. 

International scholars are eligible to apply. The fellowships support research at archives in New York City. 

Deadline: April 26, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (up to $50,400)
Tenure: 6 to 12 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.

Creative Writing Fellowships
Deadline: March 9, 2017, for projects beginning as early as January 2018
Award Amount: $25,000
Tenure: up to 2 years

The Literature Fellowships program offers grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY 2018 (the award year associated with the March 9, 2017 deadline), fellowships in prose are available.

Library Resident Research Fellowships
Deadline: March 1, 2017 (notifications in early May)
Award Amount: $3,000 per month
Tenure: 1 to 3 months

The APS Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections, which focus on the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

Fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship are eligible to apply. And candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

Deadline: February 28, 2017 [anticipated]
Award Amount: unfunded
Tenure: 2 to 6 months

The Institute exists to foster interdisciplinary activities in the Humanities and Social Sciences and has a particular interest in using its visiting fellowships to build international collaborations. No limitation is placed on the area of research within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Multi-Country Research Fellowships
Deadline: January 30, 2017 [anticipated]
Award Amount: up to $10,500
Tenure: 3 to 9 months

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates, and postdoctoral scholars. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Fall Semester Deadline: January 15, 2017 (for the following September)
Spring Semester: April 15, 2017 (for the following February)
Award Amount: room and board; no stipend
Tenure: 30 to 34 days (during the academic year)

Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender. Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

The Bogliasco Foundation accepts applications from those doing both creative and scholarly work in the following fields: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual ArtsApplicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience.

Long-Term Fellowships Deadline: December 1, 2016
Short-Term Fellowships Deadline: January 15, 2017
Award Amount: $4,200 per month (Long-Term); $2,500 per month (Short-Term)
Tenure: 4 to 12 months (Long-Term); 1 to 2 months (Short-Term)

Newberry Fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use the collections. The library (Chicago, IL) offers both Long-Term and Short-Term residential fellowships.
Short-Term Fellowships are primarily intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry's collection and are mostly restricted to individuals who live outside the Chicago area. Long-Term Fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the collection.
Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency. 

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one year; one-semester residencies can also be considered

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities hosts ten to twelve resident fellows each year. Resident fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution: developing programming, meeting at weekly luncheons and salons, sharing their work in progress with one another and with the larger Wellesley community.

The Newhouse Center welcomes applications from faculty in the humanities at all levels.

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Award Amount: room and board; travel assistance and stipend amounts are determined following application submission
Tenure: 2 to 4 weeks

The Bellagio Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation's work to expand upon opportunities that enable more broadly shared prosperity and build resilience in people, places and institutions to prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.

The Academic Writing residency is for university and thinktank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.

Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: $3,000 per month
Tenure: 1 to 3 months

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections.

The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

Deadline: November 15, 2016
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $50,000
Tenure: 1 to 12 months; the Library offers a variety of fellowships, all with differing durations and award amounts

The Huntington (San Marino, CA) will award over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at the Huntington and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Within the many general fields contained within the library's holdings, there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The Art Collections contain notable British and American paintings, fine prints, photographs, and an art reference library. In the library of the Botanical Gardens is a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening.

Deadline: November 10, 2016
Award Amount: $30,000
Tenure: one year

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 10, 2016
Award Amount: $45,000
Tenure: 9 to 12 months

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible to apply.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies
Deadline: November 9, 2016
Award Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: one or two semesters

Postdoctoral fellowships support scholars who are preparing their Ph.D. dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The ACLS intends to support work based on the applicant's research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. 

An applicant must hold a Ph.D. from an institution in the United States or Canada OR be a U.S. or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a Ph.D. from any institution. And, an applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2008.

Deadline: November 4, 2016
Award Amount: up to $73,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Center offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. 

School of Historical Studies Membership
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: $75,000 (full year); $37,500 (one term)
Tenure: one or two terms

Each year, the Institute hosts a community of scholars from around the world to pursue their own research while in residence (Princeton, New Jersey). 

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy and modern international relations. 

The School takes into account the stage of the scholar's academic career when considering the list of publications, but in general applicants should have at least several articles already published in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible.

School of Social Science Membership
Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to a maximum of $70,000
Tenure: one academic year

Each year, between 20 and 25 scholars are selected as Members in the School of Social Science (Princeton, New Jersey). Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels.

Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the seminars. The theme for 2017-18 is "The Social Sciences in a Changing World" but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. The Institute fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: room and board + a stipend and separate work space
Tenure: about 11 months; 5-month fellowships are offered in Design and Historic Preservation & Conservation; applicants in Architecture and Landscape architecture have a choice of either full or half term

Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies.

Applicants for all Rome Prize fellowships, except those applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral fellowship, must be U.S. citizens at the time of the application.

Deadline: November 1, 2016
Award Amount: $33,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fellowships will be awarded for 2017-2018 in Photography, Anthropology, and Archaeology.

Fellowships are portable and tenable anywhere.

Deadline: varies; the earliest deadline falls on October 31, 2016
Award Amount: stipends vary by fellowship
Tenure: 12 months

The Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC.

Visiting Scholars Program
Deadline: October 23, 2016 [anticipated]
Award Amount: $65,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Academy's Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships in Cambridge, Massachusetts for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship program offers scholars a year for research and writing free from teaching and administrative duties, a collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to interact with Academy members.

The Academy seeks proposals in the humanities and social sciences relating to American history, culture, and public policy from the founding period to the present. Preference will be given to untenured faculty; postdoctoral scholars are also eligible.

Deadline: October 18, 2016
Award Amount: at least half salary + travel expenses
Tenure: one academic year

The Center offers up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to applyEmerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.

In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Senior Fellowships
Deadline: October 15, 2016
Award Amount: $50,000
Tenure: one or two terms

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts offers senior fellowships for full-time research. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Awards are intended to support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period.

Senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application, or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment.

Deadline: October 15, 2016 (Long-Term); December 14, 2016 (Short-Term)
Award Amount: $4,000 per month
Tenure: 12 months (Long-Term); 4 or 6 months (Short-Term)

Currently, the Center (Florence, Italy) offers fifteen full-year post-doctoral fellowships and several shorter fellowships annually. The Berenson Library, with holdings of nearly 185,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 600 scholarly journals, includes an extensive and historically important photograph collection, an archive that documents the lives and work of Bernard and Mary Berenson, and the Morrill Music Library, considered one of the finest in the world for medieval and Renaissance music.

Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations.

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Award Amount: $20,000 to $35,000
Tenure: one year

The Foundation offers grants to support scholars while on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing. Grants fund research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences.

The Foundation encourages applications with matching funds from other sources.

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Award Amount: $60,000
Tenure: 1 to 10 months

The Clark (Williamstown, MA) offers between ten and sixteen residential Fellowships each year. National and international scholars, critics, and museum professionals are welcome to propose projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture.
Given the intense competition for fellowships, The Clark does not normally make awards to those who have received their PhD within the last four years.

External Fellowships
Deadline: October 5, 2016
Award Amount: up to $70,000 + housing and moving allowance of up to $30,000
Tenure: one academic year

External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars.

Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

Scholar Grants
Deadline: October 3, 2016
Award Amount: up to $65,000
Tenure: 3 to 9 months

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: $50,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies in 2017-2018 that reflect on the theme of corruption. The Society is looking for scholarly approaches that seek to trace the consequences of corruption for humanistic and artistic thinking and practice, whether from philosophical, aesthetic, political, ecological, religious, legal, psychoanalytical or cultural perspectives.

Applicants must have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student.

Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: The Center tries to ensure that the fellowship award, when combined with the recipient's other sources of income (e.g. other grants and sabbatical allowances), approximates an individual's current level of income
Tenure: 4 to 9 months

Through an international competition, the Center offers residential fellowships for scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington, Wilson Center staff, and other scholars in residence. The Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Citizens or permanent residents from any country may apply (applicants from countries outside the United States must hold a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 visa even if they are currently in the United States).

Title VIII Research Scholar Program & Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 to $25,000
Tenure: 3 to 8 months

With funds from the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. 

In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

Deadlines: varies (October 2016 through July 2017)
Award Amount: fellowship stipends vary across programs; generally, scholars receive $48,000 per year
Tenure: various

The Smithsonian Institution offers a wide range of research opportunities and fellowships across its various units (Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, etc.). To learn more about each fellowship opportunity, please review their list of current programs

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Award Amount: up to $70,000
Tenure: one academic year

The Cullman Center's Selection Committee awards up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers--academics, independent scholars, journalists, and creative writers. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May.

Candidates who need to work primarily in The New York Public Library's other research libraries (The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Science, Industry and Business Library) are not eligible for this fellowship.

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Award Amount: round-trip airfare, room and partial board + $5,000 per month
Tenure: one or two semesters

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics. U.S. citizenship is not required.

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships
Deadline: September 30, 2016 and/or March 30, 2016 (see below)
Award Amount: € 3,000 per month
Tenure: 3 to 10 months

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships provide a framework for established academics with an international reputation to pursue their research at the EUI in Florence, Italy. The EUI accepts applications for positions within specific departments:
  • The Department of Economics considers applications for the 30 March and the 30 September deadline;
  • The Department of Law considers applications only for the 30 March deadline;
  • The Department of History and Civilization considers applications only for the 30 September deadline for fellowships during the following academic year (September to June);
  • The Department of Political and Social Sciences considers applications only for the 30 September deadline.The next deadline (30 September 2016) is for fellowships during the calendar year 2018.
Candidates of all nationalities are eligible.

Deadline: September 28, 2016
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 Ph.D. that was conferred at least two years before the application deadline.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Deadline: September 28, 2016
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
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.

Deadline: September 19, 2016
Award Amount: $80,000
Tenure: 10 months

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists and writers of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." 

Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
Deadline: September 19, 2016
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
Award Amount: $20,000 to $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
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. 

International Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Award Amount: monthly stipend (individually negotiated) + travel
Tenure: up to 10 months

Every year the International Research Centre 'Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History' at Humboldt University in Berlin (re:work) invites senior scholars and postdoctoral candidates to apply for 10 to 15 international research fellowships. The fellowships begin on 1 October and end on 31 July (shorter fellowship terms are negotiable). The fellowships require the researchers' presence at the centre.

re:work especially welcomes candidates from the disciplines of history, anthropology, law, sociology, political science, and area studies. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level or senior scholars. And, re:work would like the proposed projects to employ a historical and transregional perspective. Possible topic areas include household work, loss of work, the relationship between work and non-work, as well as free and unfree labour.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
Deadline: September 14, 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. 

Deadline: September 7, 2016
Award Amount: $80,000 or $100,000, depending on work experience, seniority, and current income
Tenure: one year 

This fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of open society challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. 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."
Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with one or both of these statements in their submissions.

Cultural Anthropology
Deadline: August 15, 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
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.

Science, Technology, and Society
Deadline: August 3, 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.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
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. 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. 

Deadline: Rolling
Award Amount: varies by fellowship
Tenure: varies by fellowship (up to 24 months)

Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation online at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually.

Are there more opportunities available to support my sabbatical leave?

Yes. This newsletter includes notable opportunities that support a broad range of research interests. There are, however, a wealth of sabbatical opportunities that cater to specific research topics, require residency, do not offer stipends, or allow for only brief stays. If you have interest in these additional opportunities, please contact me with a brief summary of your intended sabbatical and a request for a customized list or an in-person consult.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Officer: 

When should I start looking and applying for sabbatical funding?

Deadlines often fall at least a year prior to your leave start date. For example, if your sabbatical leave is scheduled for the academic year 2016/17, you will need to select your possible fellowship opportunities in the Spring or Summer the year before your scheduled leave. Most deadlines fall between August and November. 

Some sponsors run competitions even earlier; the National Endowment for the Humanities has an April deadline for projects beginning as early as January the following year and as late as the following September.
What support services does Research Development offer to faculty looking for sabbatical funding?

We perform customized funding searches to locate opportunities that best complement your sabbatical plans. We offer advice on strategies for submitting competitive proposals and will review your proposal against sponsor requirements. For more information on Research Development support services, please see our website.
Can I find sabbatical funding for one semester or less?

Yes. Some sabbatical funders will only support faculty for an entire academic year leave; however, some give faculty the option of receiving funding for six months or less while still others will fund faculty for less than one semester. Be sure to read the sponsor's award information or contact Research Development for a tailored funding search based on your needs.
I have obligations that require that I remain in the Cambridge area during my sabbatical. Are non-residential or Cambridge-based opportunities available?

Yes. The most notable "flexible" sabbatical funders are the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Alternatively, two major Cambridge-based residential options are the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Please see the curated list above for additional opportunities.
I am a Junior Faculty member: am I eligible to apply for sabbatical funding?

Yes. Although some programs are directed toward mid- to senior-level faculty, most sponsors open competitions to all tenured and tenure-track faculty. And, some programs cater to junior faculty. Please keep in mind that competitions open to all faculty are highly competitive but are certainly not out of reach for new faculty.
If I receive two or more sabbatical awards, what are my options?

This highly depends upon the awards you receive. In all cases, we strongly recommend consulting with your Department Chair and your Divisional Dean, who can best advise you on the optimal strategy for approaching this important decision. For clarification on what specific sponsors will allow, please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy.

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

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