External Grant Opportunities

In addition to the programs below, don't forget to check for federal sources for funding. There are many opportunities for a wide variety of purposes. Search through all federal grant opportunities by visiting www.grants.gov. Have questions about a funding opportunity? Do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Deadline: September 30, 9 a.m. PST

The American Academy in Berlin provides a unique bridge between Germany and America - a bridge created through the scholarship and creativity of distinguished individuals involved in cultural, academic, and public affairs.

Academy Fellows are sought from the fine arts including painting, sculpture, music, film, and drama; scholarly disciplines such as art history, history, philosophy, sociology, political science, and public policy; as well as from professional fields including architecture, law, business, economics and journalism. Fellows are encouraged to take up an association with a Berlin institution such as a museum, library, archive, university, government agency, film studio or media organization.


Deadline: January 15

The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.


Deadline: March 17

Undergraduate Faculty Sabbatical Grants (PRF)—Grants are intended to help provide year-long, full-time research experiences that will inspire and rejuvenate the awardees and their research programs. It is anticipated that participation in this program will have long-term benefits not only for the participating faculty members but also for their students and home institutions.


Deadline: September 28, 9 p.m. EST for fellowship program; other deadlines vary

The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, geography, history, languages and literatures, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

They offer many fellowships, including but not limited to the following:

  • ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships
  • ACLS/ New York Public Library Fellowships ACLS/ New York Public Library Fellowships
  • ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships for Junior Faculty
  • Early-Career Postdoctoral Fellowships in East European Studies

Deadline: January 17, 11:59 pm EST

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. Grants fall into two categories:

  • Title III Combined Research and Language Training Program - Provides full support for research and approximately ten hours per week of advanced language instruction for three to nine consecutive months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Moldova, and Ukraine.
  • Title VIII Research Scholar Program - Provides full support for three to nine consecutive month research trips to Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova and Ukraine.

Deadline: July 1

Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships. Available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.


Deadline: October 1 for a January 2017 decision for work in February 2017 through January 2018, December 1 for a March 2017 decision for work in April 2017 through January 2018

The American Philosophical Society has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of 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.


Deadlines: December 15, June 15 for research grants; other deadlines vary

The Association brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors in order to expand awareness and understanding of political life. Programs for research support include:

  • Centennial Center Research Grant - Assists APSA members with the costs of research, including travel, interviews, access to archives, or costs for a research assistant. Funds can also be used to assist scholars in publishing their research.

Deadlines: Vary by program

The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting North American and Turkish research and exchanges related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT provides support for these aims by maintaining research centers and libraries in Istanbul and Ankara, and administering fellowship programs to support research in Turkey at doctoral and advanced research levels.


Deadline: Vary by program

ASM provides funds to students, postdoctoral fellows, and early and mid-career scientists to conduct research and participate in activities that encourage professional growth in a new area. Funds may be available for stipends, housing, travel, and membership in ASM. Check individual program for more information.


Deadline: Vary by program

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) promotes archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material record of the human past to foster an appreciation of diverse cultures and our shared humanity.  Many award opportunities offered for publication, travel, and fellowship support


Deadlines: February 1, October 1; vary by program.

Offers grants for short-term travel to Japan and Korea. The grant is intended for use by scholars already familiar with the country but who need time there in order to complete their work.


Deadline: December 31 for research grants; other deadlines vary

Grants and awards supporting doctoral dissertation, writing, and research in the field of geography. Other sponsors which fund projects outside of geography: East-West Center Visiting Fellowships and National Geographic Society - Committee for Research and Exploration Awards.


Deadline: April 30

The Humanities Research Centre was established by the Australian National University in 1972 to foster innovative research in the humanities and provides funds to support both scholars of demonstrated achievement and promising younger scholars to work in the centre. Each year the centre concentrates on a special theme of enquiry and applications are particularly welcomed from scholars with interest in the theme. Visiting Fellows are expected to participate in the centre's programs, meet regularly with other fellows, make public presentations of their research (Work-in-Progress seminars), and avail themselves of other opportunities for interchange. Visitors must be in residence for the duration of their appointment.


Deadline: May 1

The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have established the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to both scholarship and the greater community by deepening public understanding of some aspect of California history. The prize carries a $5,000 advance and publication in both print and ebook formats by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state. The topic should be broad enough to be of interest to readers throughout the state. Authors with either manuscripts in progress or finished manuscripts are welcome to apply. Manuscripts, when finished, should be at least 40,000 words. Preference will be given to manuscripts of fewer than 75,000 words.


Deadline February 10 for Camille Dreyfus teacher-Scholar Awards Program May 18 for Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

To advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world." The Foundation has sought to identify and address needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences through a series of programs and awards. Programs include:

  • The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Grants unrestricted research grants of $75,000.
  • The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. Grants unrestricted research grants of $60,000.

Deadline: January 15

The James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships is offering supplemental sabbatical awards in psychology. These awards are designed to supplement sabbatical allowances provided by colleges and universities, so that each awardee may be able to take enough time to complete the objectives of the sabbatical period. The objective of the awards is to encourage research and scholarly endeavor on the part of the psychologists at colleges and universities.


Deadline: January 9, 11:59 p.m. MST

The sponsor offers in-residence fellowships to scientists with research interests in the areas of: advanced observing and modeling systems; climate system variability; geodynamics; planetary metabolism and regional processes.


Deadline: None

The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.


Deadline: March 1

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a limited number of residential fellowships for periods of six to nine months. Successful candidates will be advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields and whose research projects are appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library.


Deadline: November 10

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.


Each year the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 grants in more than 125 countries to support teaching and research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Scholars contribute not only to their host institutions but also their home universities and colleges. Recently, Fulbright has introduced new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, including innovations that increase flexibility, impact and scope of the program.


Deadline: Typically August-September

The sponsor offers a monthly stipend award to established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields in the arts, humanities, or social sciences to pursue projects related to the sponsor's annual theme. Scholars are usually in residence three months. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue their research free from academic obligations, make use of the Getty collections, join colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center. The sponsor welcomes applications from researchers in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences whose projects bear upon the problem of duration in the visual arts. Conservators who have an interest in theoretical aspects of this topic are also invited to apply; projects may entail use of a Getty conservation laboratory.


Deadline: Typically August-September

Often characterized as “mid-career” 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. The sponsor provides fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.


Deadlines: March 15, May 10, August 30, and October 18 at 3 p.m. PST for Major Research; December 13 for Faculty Fellowships

Grant programs include:

  • Major Research Grants— or research on major economic, social and political problems of the greater Los Angeles area. 
  • Faculty Fellowships— Faculty Fellowships are awarded by the Foundation on an annual basis to social science faculty members teaching at any university or four-year college in the five county (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside) Southern California region. The fellowships are competitive and favor is given to proposals which are well-conceived, imaginative, and break new ground on economic, social and political problems.

Deadline: November 15

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, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fellowships of $33,000 will be awarded in April 2017 for 2017-2018 in the fields of Photography, Anthropology, and Archaeology. The sponsor awards fellowships to support persons engaged in independent projects in the following fields for 2018-2019: Sculpture and the History of Art and Architecture.


Deadlines: Vary by program

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientist from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international.

Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent).

Long-term Fellowships provide young scientists with up to three years of postdoctoral research training in an outstanding laboratory in another country.

Short-term Fellowships enable researchers to move into new areas by learning state-of-the-art techniques in use abroad or by establishing new research collaborations. These fellowships can last from two weeks to three months in a foreign country.


Deadline: November 1

The Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Study 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. Each year the School welcomes approximately forty Members. Most are working on topics in the above mentioned fields, but each year the School also selects some scholars working in other areas of historical research.


Deadline: Fall

The purpose of the Japan Foundation is "to contribute to a better international environment, and to the maintenance and development of harmonious foreign relationships with Japan, through deepening other nations’ understanding of Japan, promoting better mutual understanding among nations, encouraging friendship and goodwill among the peoples of the world, and contributing to the world in culture and other fields through the efficient and comprehensive implementation of international cultural exchange activities." (Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law, Article 3)

The Japan Foundation carries out its programs and activities in the following three major categories: 1) Art and Cultural Exchange, 2) Japanese Language Education Overseas, and 3) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange. In addition, the Japan Foundation Information Center (JFIC) was established in May 2004 to encourage and provide information on international exchange.


Deadline: August 31

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Core Funding areas include:

  • Science and the Big Questions
  • Character Virtue Development
  • Individual Freedom and Free Markets
  • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius

Both small and large grants are made. Small grants are defined by the foundation as requests for $217,400 (USD) or less. Large Grants are defined as requests for more than $217,400 (USD).


Deadline: October 1

This prestigious opportunity provides a professor the resources and freedom to conduct cutting edge research in fields of their choice. Candidates are invited to conduct original research on one or more aspects of science relevant to the mission and goals of LLNL, which include: Physics, Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Geological Sciences, Energy, Laser Science and Biological Science. Successful candidates may participate in experimental or theoretical work at LLNL and will have access to the Laboratory's extensive computing facilities, specialized laboratory facilities and field equipment.


Deadline: July 15

Library of Congress offers fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research through the Kluge Center, which especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome.


Deadline: September 30

The Lilly Library, the principal rare book and manuscript library of Indiana University, invites applications for visiting fellowships for research in residence in its collections. Its holdings support research in British, French, and American literature and history; the literature of voyages and exploration, specifically the European expansion in the Americas; early printing, and the Church, children's literature, music; film, radio and television; medicine, science, and architecture; and food and drink.


NCEEER was created in 1978 to develop and sustain long-term, high quality programs of post-doctoral research about the social, political, economic and historical development of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Among national research organizations, NCEEER is the largest provider of resources to U.S. scholars for postdoctoral research in these fields. Its support for research on the region has produced direct benefits for U.S. policymakers, the academic community, nonprofit organizations and American business. The projects it has funded have helped people from all of these fields gain a better understanding of current developments and future prospects in the post-communist countries of Europe and Eurasia. NCEEER has also been involved in bringing to the attention of Congress and the executive branch the national interest served by the exchange of ideas among professionals in academia and government.


Visiting Senior Fellowship Program applications will be considered for study 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, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form.


Deadline: March 8 for Creative Writing Fellowship; December 6 for Translation

The NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Fellowships offered in Creative Writing and for translation projects.


Deadlines: April 12 for fellowship program, December 7 for Collaborative Research; vary by program.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."


Deadline: October 18

The National Humanities Center is the country's only independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. A private, nonprofit institution, the Center exists to encourage excellent scholarship and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American society. Leaders from higher education, the corporate world, and public life founded the Center in 1976, convinced that we must study history, language and literature, philosophy, the arts, religion, law, and all other humanities fields if we want to understand the human experience. Most of the Center's fellowships are unrestricted.


Deadline: Vary by program

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.


The National Academies administers Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards through its Associateship Programs, part of the Policy and Global Affairs Division. The Research Associateship Programs are sponsored by federal laboratories and NASA Research Centers at over one hundred locations in the United States and overseas. Awards are made to doctoral level scientists and engineers who can apply their special knowledge and research talents to research areas that are of interest to them and to the host laboratories and centers.


Deadlines: Vary by program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. 


Deadline: October 1, February 1, July 1

Science for Peace and Security Program—The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program is a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange. The SPS Program provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country. The SPS Program supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: multi-year research projects, research workshops, and training courses.


Deadline: December 15 for short-term fellowship; November 15 for long-term fellowship

The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Fellowships at the Newberry Library are of two types: short-term fellowships with terms of one week to two months and long-term fellowships of six to eleven months. Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to individuals from outside the metropolitan Chicago area and are primarily intended to assist researchers with a need to examine specific items in the Library's collection. 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 Library's strengths.


Deadline: January 26 and August 26

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics: Mid-Career Research Fellowships—The sponsor supports research fellowships in the social, behavioral, economic, and statistical sciences to facilitate the development of innovative methods and models for understanding complex social and behavioral science phenomena.


Deadlines: Vary by program

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides short- and long-term collaborations for faculty or faculty-student teams with ORISE’s world-class science, computer science, and engineering partners.


Pioneer Academics, an education organization, is offering two scholar award opportunities to CMC faculty, the Pioneer Liberal Arts Scholars Award & the Pioneer STEM Scholars Award, to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that open up new avenues of online research and teaching.

Interested professors propose an academic topic and innovative course plan designed to prepare a small group of exceptional high school students to engage in independent undergraduate-level research within the proposed academic topic. If accepted, the faculty member will implement his/her course plan to a small group of 2-4 high school students in an interactive online learning space. As the award seeks faculty members with research and teaching experience, proposed coursework and research commitments will be arranged according to the faculty member’s availability. Pioneer holds two academic terms: spring/summer and summer. The spring/summer term lasts over 20 weeks from mid-February through mid-July. The summer term takes place over a 12-week period from late June through mid-September. Both terms have the same total number of student meetings.

Awards range from $6,000 to $12,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Deadline: September 15

The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary residential research center, offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers.


Deadline: Pre-proposal due May 16 for Cottrell Scholar Award

RCSA is a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics, and related fields) at U.S. colleges and universities. It supports research independently proposed by college and university faculty members, convenes conferences and actively advocates for science advancement. RCSA is a strong supporter of improvements in science education. Programs include:

The Cottrell Scholar Award develops outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. The Cottrell Scholar Award provides entry into a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes.


Deadline: December 31

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University offers short-term fellowships to support scholarly use of the Library's research collections in the areas of modern literature and African-American studies.


Deadline: Rolling

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health. Evidence for Action encourages creative, rigorous research on the impact of innovative programs, policies and partnerships on health and well-being, and on novel approaches to measuring health determinants and outcomes. Generally, applicants can expect to be notified within 6-8 of submitting their Letters of Intent. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have two months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. Full proposal funding decisions generally will be made within 6-8 weeks of the submission deadline.


Deadline: December 1 for Academic Writing and Arts and Literary arts programs; practitioner residencies accepted on a rolling basis.

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program has a track record for supporting the generation of important new knowledge addressing some of the most complex issues facing our world, and innovative new works of art that inspire reflection and understanding of global and social issues.


Deadline: March 9

The Royal Society USA Research Fellowships have been established by the Royal Society to increase scientific collaboration between centers of excellence in the United Kingdom and the USA. The Newton Found provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries.


Deadline: Vary by program

The Russell Sage Foundation has established a center where Visiting Scholars can pursue their writing and research and to investigate topics in social and behavioral sciences. Of particular interest to the foundation are groups of scholars who wish to collaborate on a specific project during their residence at Russell Sage. The foundation is committed to an ongoing effort to analyze the shifting nature of social and economic life in the U.S.


A website that lets scholars who are planning sabbaticals or other trips search for apartments and house-sitting opportunities around the world.


Deadline: first Monday in November

In-residence fellowships support writing projects, or Ph.D. dissertations about topics in the understanding of humankind. Topics may be humanistic or scientific, from the perspective of anthropology or from anthropologically informed perspectives in fields such as history, sociology, art, and philosophy. The award provides a stipend of $30,000 for nine-month tenure.


Deadline: January 31 for Collaboration Grants; September 29 for fellows; rolling deadline for Targeted Grants.

The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences. Programs include:

  • Simons Fellows in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics— provide funds to faculty for up to a semester long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations. Such leaves can increase creativity and provide intellectual stimulation.
  • Targeted Grants in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences
  • Support for high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.
  • Collaboration Grants in Mathematics— The goal of the program is to support the “mathematical marketplace” by substantially increasing collaborative contacts in the community of mathematicians working in the United States. The foundation will make a large number of grants to accomplished, active researchers who do not otherwise have access to substantial research funding that supports travel and visitors.

Deadlines: Vary by program

Fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution provide students and scholars with opportunities to pursue independent research projects in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff. They offer 50+ fellowships in many areas. See their website for details.


Deadline: January 20 for individual research grant; vary by program.

SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. These programs often target the spaces between disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance, thus ensuring the production of knowledge and expertise on key topics, regions, and social challenges. They promote the diversification of knowledge production, strengthening research by ensuring that it remains open to (and challenged by) a range of perspectives, backgrounds, and nationalities.


Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November for Small Research Grant program; vary by program.

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer's death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling approximately $250 million. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. From the first, the Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.


Deadline: No formal deadline. Review of applications begins on April 1

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies awards NEH Research Fellowships of five, ten, or fifteen-week duration to scholars who can make use of the rich and varied resources available at Saint Louis University. These include the Vatican Film Library as well as the manuscript, rare book, and general collections of Pius XII Library. The Vatican Film Library holds extensive portions of the Vatican Library’s Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on microfilm. In addition, it has one of the largest collections of microfilmed Jesuit historical documents from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Topics proposed for research may include any medieval or early modern subject in areas such as history, philosophy, theology, science, literature, paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing, scriptural and patristic studies, Roman and canon law, etc.  Scholars affiliated with Saint Louis University or who reside within commuting distance of the campus are not eligible.

  • Stipend: $1,750.00 per five-week period
  • Reimbursement of all travel expenses to and from St Louis 
  • A fully furnished two-bedroom apartment (utilities included)

Each year the Stanford Humanities Center offers residential fellowships to as many as thirty fellows, who meet regularly in formal and informal sessions while pursuing their individual study, research, and writing. The Center constitutes an intellectual and social community in which historians, philosophers, scholars of literature and the arts, anthropologists, and other humanists of diverse ages, academic ranks, and departmental and institutional affiliations contribute to and learn from one another's work.


Deadline: January 31

The Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior scholars or senior scholars in a new area from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income issues. Priority areas include:

  • Social Security
  • Macroeconomic analyses of Social Security
  • Wealth and retirement income
  • Program interactions
  • International research
  • Demographic research

Up to five grants of $45,000 are awarded based upon the quality of the applicant’s proposal and his or her proposed budget. Applicants are required to complete the research outlined in the proposal within one year of the award. Grant recipients may be required to present their work to the Social Security Administration in Washington, DC or Baltimore.


Deadline: November 14

Visiting Research Fellowships: The Calgary Institute for the Humanities supports work in the traditional humanities disciplines such as languages and literatures, philosophy, and history, as well as in the philosophical and historical aspects of the social sciences, arts, sciences, and professional studies. The humanities are thus not conceived as a specific group of academic disciplines, but as forms of study that explore human reality and experience, guided by literature, by history, and by philosophical analysis and reflection.


Deadline: application available on December 15

Center for the Education of Women—Visiting Scholar Program: The sponsor provides support to scholars whose interests lie in the following areas: women in higher education; women's work; women of color in the academy; gender and education; career development; women in non-traditional fields; leadership; gender equity in education and employment; and gender and poverty.


Deadline: December 1

Tanner Humanities Center's mission is to promote humanistic research and education at the University of Utah, in the state, and in the nation. Faculty affiliated with colleges and universities, as well as independent scholars, interested in humanistic issues are eligible to apply. Projects in any of the following fields are eligible for support: anthropology and archaeology, communication, history, philosophy, religious studies, ethnic and cultural studies, jurisprudence, history/theory/criticism of the arts, languages and linguistics, literature, gender studies, historical or philosophical issues in the social and natural sciences, or the professions. The center encourages projects that are interdisciplinary and that are likely to contribute to substantive intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars.


Deadline: Vary by program. Calls for proposals require applicants to submit a concept note. The deadline for submitting concept notes is listed on each individual call for proposals. USIP cannot accept any concept notes after the deadline for an opportunity has passed.

Awards Senior Fellowships and Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to enable outstanding scholars, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals to conduct research on important issues concerning international conflict and peace.


Deadline: None

A non-profit that focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming.


Deadline: January 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST; May 3, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST; August 2, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST for Research Grants; July 6 for Scholars Program for early-career researchers.

The William T. Grant Foundation is interested in social, behavioral, and health sciences. The Foundation encourages scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. The Foundation focuses on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States and funds research that increases understanding of: programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.


Deadline: October 28 for Career Enhancement Fellowship Program, December 15 for Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar Awards

Current programs include:

  • The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award for junior faculty. offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.
  • Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and humanities. The Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides each Fellow with a six-month or one-year sabbatical grant; a research, travel, or publication stipend; and participation in an annual conference/retreat.

Contact

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Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8179
Fax: (909) 621-8443

Campus Location

400 N. Claremont Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711