Funding Opportunities in the Humanities

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers research fellowships and research awards for PIs to work on a research project with a host and collaborative partner in Germany.

Award Amount: varies

Source: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences

Deadline: Deadlines vary depending on Research Fellowship.

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Since 1933, 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.

Award Amount: $6000

Source: American Philosophical Society

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences

Deadlines:

  • October 1, 2013 - For work in February through December. Apply online. (CLOSED)
  • December 1, 2013 - For work in April through December. Apply online (CLOSED)

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The Graves Award is administered by Pomona College under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. These awards are intended to encourage and to reward "outstanding accomplishment in actual teaching in the humanities by younger faculty members." In this context, the humanities are broadly conceived as being less about a particular subject area and more about the process by which life is interpreted and given meaning. The humanities function, in this conception, to "produce men and women of understanding as contrasted with those trained to be technically proficient." Graves Awards are made "to those for whom there can be submitted evidence of unusual skill and enthusiasm as teachers and who can show that their projects will enhance their ability in the classroom.” Each institution may make only one nomination. The nominee should be under 42 at the time of nomination or within his/her first decade of teaching, and should have taught at the institution for at least two years. Stipends will vary depending on the recipient's needs, but recent awards have averaged about $10,000. The period of any particular award varies depending on the scope of the project, and may last a summer, a semester, or, in special cases, a year. The grants are especially appropriate for summer study or sabbatical leaves.

Award Amount: $10000

Source: Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Family

Disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: October 25, 2013 - Send 1) a project description of 2-3 pages), 2) budget (between $4,500-10,000), and 3) current CV. Please send your materials to Professor Pamela Moro (pmoro@willamette.edu), Chair of Faculty Council, by email no later than Friday, October 25, at 5 p.m. Please contact Pat Alley for more information. (CLOSED)

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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library offers short-term fellowships to support visiting scholars pursuing post-doctoral or equivalent research in its collections. Students enrolled in degree programs are ineligible. The fellowships pay for travel to and from New Haven and a living allowance of $4,000 per month, and are designed to provide access to the library for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. Granted for one month, fellowships must be taken up between September 1 and December 19, 2014. Recipients are expected to be in residence during the period of their award and are encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University. Successful applicants normally explain in extensive and specific detail the relationship of the Beinecke collections to their project and its significance within the larger field of scholarly concern. Most of the holdings of the Beinecke Library in printed materials are described in Orbis, the online catalogue of Yale University Library. Early manuscripts and modern archives are described in detailed finding aids available via the internet. Books and manuscripts at Yale have been extensively described since 1926 in the Yale University Library Gazette, which is available in many libraries.

Award Amount: 4000 per month

Source: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: December 6, 2013 - Postmark deadline for paper submissions, (CLOSED)

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The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Award Amount: varies

Source: Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Education

Deadline: August 1, 2014 - 2015-2016 competition and online application portal opens Feb. 1, 2014 (CLOSED)

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The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.

Award Amount: $10500

Source: Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences

Deadline: January 13, 2014 - Online, Email and Mail submission deadlines apply (CLOSED)

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The Centre offers a number of programmes to bring scholars from all over the world to CRASSH - from postdoctoral and early career researchers to more established visiting fellows - to interact at the heart of a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment. CRASSH offers a range of fellowship programmes to bring together scholars from Cambridge and beyond for a period of leave from their normal institutional commitments.

Award Amount: varies

Source: The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: October 31, 2013 - Deadline and program information is currently being updated. See http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/about/core-programmes/ (CLOSED)

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The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award aimed at identifying candidates who are in the early stages of careers devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture. The opposite of a lifetime achievement award, the Hiett Prize seeks to encourage future leaders in the humanities by 1) recognizing their early accomplishment and their potential and 2) assisting their ongoing work through a cash award of $50,000.

Award Amount: $50000

Source: Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: June 1, 2014 - For more information about applying for the Hiett Prize, please visit http://www.dallasinstitute.org (CLOSED)

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The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields. The Foundation targets its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Approximately ten fellowships will be awarded in April 2014 for 2014-2015 in the fields of History, Music, Musicology, Playwriting, and Theatre Studies.

Award Amount: $30000

Source: George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: November 1, 2013 - Deadline for receipt of hard copy materials (CLOSED)

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The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized. Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship.

Award Amount: $10000

Source: Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: Contact Arminda Lathrop,WU Corporate & Foundation Relations, ext. 6606 or alathrop@willamette.edu

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The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.

Award Amount: $10000

Source: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: January 31, 2014 - Applications for 2014–2015 fellowships must be submitted electronically through an online fellowship account on the Ransom Center's website. (CLOSED)

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Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include: (1) research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities; (2)conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; (3) archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and (4) research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.

Award Amount: $100000

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: December 5, 2013 - for projects beginning October 2014 (CLOSED)

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The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

Award Amount: $25000

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: September 12, 2013 - for projects beginning May 2014 (CLOSED)

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Past Willamette Recipients: Jennifer Jopp (History, 2009)

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months with a stipend of $4,200 per month ($50,400 max. for 12 mos.).

Award Amount: $50400

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: May 1, 2014 - (CLOSED)

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Award Amount: $50000

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: September 12, 2013 - Receipt Deadline September 12, 2013 for Projects Beginning May 2014. Applications for this program must be submitted via Grants.gov. (CLOSED)

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Past Willamette Recipients: Mike Spalti, et al. (Hatfield Library and Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 2008)

Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. NEH fellowships provide scholars with research time and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Award Amount: $50400

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: See link above for FPIRI offerings and deadlines for 2014-2015

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Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. Projects must be undertaken by a team of at least one editor or translator and one other staff member. Grants typically support editions and translations of significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Award Amount: $50000

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Humanities

Deadline: December 5, 2013 - For projects Beginning October 2014. Applications for this program must be submitted via Grants.gov. (CLOSED)

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Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

Award Amount: $6000

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: September 26, 2013 - Internal nomination required. Contact Patricia Alley at ext. 6246 for more information. (CLOSED)

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Past Willamette Recipients:

  • Mike Chasar (English, 2011)
  • Richard Ellis (Politics, 2010)

The Division of Education Programs works to strengthen humanities education through programs aimed at pre-collegiate and post-secondary levels of study. Through intensive summer programs of reading and discussion with recognized scholars, individual teachers have opportunities to strengthen their mastery of the subjects they teach in history, philosophy, literature and languages, world cultures, art history, and political science, among others.

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: March 3, 2014 - See NEH Summer Program website for a list of summer seminars and institutes and 2014 deadlines (CLOSED)

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The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September 2012 through May 2013. Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. 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.

Award Amount: Fellowships are individually determined, the amount depending upon the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and also covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and their dependents.

Source: National Humanities Center

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: October 1, 2014 - postmark deadline (CLOSED)

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Fellowships at the Newberry Library provide assistance to researchers who wish to use the collections, but who cannot finance a visit on their own. 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.

Award Amount: $40000

Source: Newberry Library

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: December 1, 2013 - Receipt deadline for electronic materials (CLOSED)

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Once a year, Oregon Humanities awards Public Program Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit organizations in Oregon to support programs that make use of one or more of the disciplines of the humanities to connect Oregonians with timely and relevant ideas and insights that shape our daily lives. Oregon Humanities welcomes proposals for programs that use the humanities in the public sphere to meet our core mission of connecting Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. Programs must begin after April 1, 2013. Letters of Interest must be postmarked by October 31, 2012.

Award Amount: 1000-10000

Source: Oregon Humanities

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: October 31, 2013 - Letters of inquiry to apply for Public Program Grants must be postmarked by October 31. Full proposals, if invited, will be due by December 15. (CLOSED)

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Past Willamette Recipients: Ann Nicgorski (Art History, 2006)

Through the Fellowship Program, women and men at the forefront of the sciences, humanities, social sciences, arts, and professions—all of whom have exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments—convene at the Radcliffe Institute for a full year. As fellows, they focus on individual projects and research while benefiting from a multidisciplinary community in the enriching University setting. The Institute is now accepting applications in Natural Sciences and Mathematics for the 2013–2014 fellowship year.

Award Amount: $65000

Source: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Humanities

Deadline: November 1, 2013 - Online application portal at http://radcliffe.onlineapplicationportal.com/register/ (CLOSED)

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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. Awards are made from an applicant pool of approximately 250.

Award Amount: Fellows are awarded stipends of up to $60,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $15,000, dependent upon need.

Source: Stanford Humanities Center

Disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Deadline: October 1, 2014 - (CLOSED)

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The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) invites outstanding university and college professors, independent scholars, writers, museum and library professionals to apply for a residential fellowship that comes with a stipend of $40,000. Successful candidates will devote an academic year at the Storrs campus to research and writing, scholarly collaboration with other UCHI fellows, and present a public lecture in his or her area of expertise.

Award Amount: $40000

Source: University of Connecticut

Discipline: Humanities

Deadline: January 15, 2014 - Application materials, including three letters of recommendation, must be received by deadline. (CLOSED)

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