August 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.

Questions? Please contact Caitlin McDermott-Murphy, Research Development Officer:
or 617-496-2618
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BEYOND WORDS, a NEH-funded exhibition of illuminated manuscripts in Boston collections, will open this September 2016 at Harvard University's Houghton Library. The curatorial team includes:

Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University
William P. Stoneman, Houghton Library, Harvard University
Anne-Marie Eze, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Lisa Fagin Davis, Medieval Academy of America
Nancy Netzer, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
The Division of Arts & Humanities has a new Sponsored Research Administrator: Jimmy Matejek-Morris.

Jimmy provides proposal submission assistance, as well as post-award and sponsored systems and policies support. Are you submitting an application? Contact Jimmy for help with budget preparation, biosketches, letters of commitment, and more. We recommend contacting Jimmy as soon as you decide to apply.


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 create a scholarly edition or reference volume.

I want to develop or produce a radio show, television or film documentary.

I want to develop or refine a humanities course or curriculum.

I want to host a program for faculty, scholars, or practitioners to expand their knowledge of a topic.

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.


Seminars & Workshops
Deadline: October 24, 2016 (Seminars); Rolling (Workshops)
Award Amount: up to $18,000 (Seminars); up to $20,000 (Workshops)
The Academic Ventures program at the Radcliffe Institute brings together faculty from across Harvard University and around the world to develop innovative academic programming across a wide range of disciplines. Workshops and seminars launch or expand new scholarly and research endeavors for faculty and students, while public conferences, symposia, and lectures provide opportunities to challenge assumptions, study timely issues of public policy, and explore emerging ideas with audiences near and far.

Exploratory Seminarsprovide funding to bring together scholars, practitioners, and artists from Harvard University and around the world to develop ideas and research across the disciplines. Seminars are usually one or two days in length and are held at the Radcliffe Institute.

Workshopsconvene Harvard faculty members, scholars, artists, and other thought leaders from around the world, but these events go beyond early-stage research questions. Workshops are based on innovative ideas that have already been developed to some extent but are now ready for further deep exploration. Programs consist of one- to three-day meetings hosted by the Radcliffe Institute.

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 [anticipated]: October 2, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $7,500
This Fund is intended to support creative, innovative initiatives in the arts and humanities, for projects within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and/or other schools. Eligible projects include (but are not limited to): performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars and visits by outsiders (although not simply lectures). 

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character. Proposals that have a clear connection to the curriculum--existing or planned courses, or pedagogical activities more broadly construed--will be favored.

Deadline [anticipated]: October 2, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $7,500
This Fund is intended to support new and ongoing research projects--both individual and collaborative--by Harvard faculty in the humanities. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: research for books, articles, performances, films, installations, translations, web-based projects, scholarly editions, databases, and any other form of scholarly writing or creative work. Costs associated with publication or any related forms of dissemination are also eligible.

Expenses to pay research assistants are permitted, although faculty are asked to hire Harvard undergraduates or graduate students as research assistants.

Proposals may (but need not) be interdisciplinary or cross-cultural in character.

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.


Humanities Connections
Deadline: October 5, 2016
OSP Deadline: September 28, 2016
Award Amount: up to $100,000 for between eighteen and thirty-six months

Humanities Connections grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions, offering students in all academic fields new opportunities to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. Grants support the development and implementation of an integrated set of courses and student engagement activities focusing on significant humanities content. A common topic, theme, or compelling issue or question must link the courses and activities. 

Humanities Connections projects have two core features:
  • faculty from at least two separate departments or schools at a single institution must collaborate to devise new curricular arrangements; and
  • projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities that relate directly to the topic(s) of the linked courses. These activities could include individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; opportunities for civic engagement; or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning. Community organizations and cultural institutions can play key roles in this regard.

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.

OSP Deadline: October 21, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: October 28, 2016
Award Amount: up to $45,000

The MAP Fund welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose project contains a live performance. The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The Fund is, therefore, particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.

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 apply. Emerging 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.

Scholar Grants
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.

Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records
OSP Deadline: October 3, 2016
Deadline [anticipated]: October 8, 2016 
Award Amount: $50,000 to $150,000 for 1 to 3 years (cost sharing is required)

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records. The development of new online tools for literacy and engagement is highly encouraged.
The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can adopt without cost. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections
OSP Deadline: October 3, 2016
Deadline [anticipated]: October 8, 2016 
Award Amount: $20,000 to $150,000 for 1 to 2 years (cost sharing is required)

The Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program aims to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available through dissemination of digital surrogates on the internet. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience.
Applicants may digitize a single collection or sets of collections. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged. In addition, applicants may undertake more complex descriptive work, such as document transcription, tagging, or geo-referencing, if these additional access points are justified by the value of the material and its expected users.

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
OSP Deadline: September 29, 2016
Deadline: October 6, 2016 
Award Amount: $30,000 to $200,000 over 1 year (cost sharing is required)

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience.
The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without precluding other forms of publication.
Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online.

Deadline: October 5, 2016 (Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers); October 15, 2016 (Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships)
Award Amount: $1,850 (Creative and Performing Artists and Writers); $4,200 per month (Long-Term)
Tenure: 4 weeks (Creative and Performing Artists and Writers); 4 to 12 months (Long-Term)

The American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA) offers three broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to twelve months. All of the fellowships are designed to enable academic and independent scholars and advanced graduate students to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library.

Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers: support scholars whose goals are to perform historical research and produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences.

Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships: for scholars to reside at the Society for between four to twelve months. 

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.

Franklin Research Grants
OSP Deadline: September 26, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $6,000

The Franklin program funds travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials, the costs associated with fieldwork, or laboratory research expenses. 
Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. Grants will not be made to replace salary during a leave of absence or earnings from summer teaching; pay living expenses while working at home; cover the costs of consultants or research assistants; or purchase permanent equipment such as computers, cameras, tape recorders, or laboratory apparatus.
The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad.

Digital Resources Program
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $25,000 to $100,000

The Digital Resources Program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration and new approaches to teaching and learning. Support will also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history.
This grant program does not typically support the digitization of museum object collections.

OSP Deadline: September 24, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $10,000 to $21,000

The Conservation Program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. 
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience.
Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.

History of Art
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2016
Deadline: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants range from $6,000 to $20,000

The History of Art Grants Program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies.
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Research Grants
OSP Deadline: September 24, 2016
Letter of Inquiry Deadline [required]: October 1, 2016
Award Amount: up to $20,000

The GRAMMY Foundation awards grants to organizations and individuals in North America to support efforts in research that study the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. 
Grants also support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America. 

Fellowships 2017-2018
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.

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.

The Hodder Fellowship
Deadline: September 19, 2016
OSP review is not required for grants awarded directly to individuals
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
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. 

International Research Fellowships
Deadline: September 15, 2016
OSP Deadline: OSP review not required for awards granted to individuals
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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