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**Added as of 9/24/2021

University of Pennsylvania Primals Research Award (Psychology)

Organization: University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center 

Award amount: $125,000 and $250,000

Deadline: LOI due 9/26/2021

Description:  UPenn is awarding $250k and $125k grants for psych research (clinical, social, etc.) on primal world beliefs (e.g., the world is dangerous) which builds on this article (https://tinyurl.com/y4m62r7k).

The University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, with support from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce the Primals Research Awards. Our goal is to promote new empirical research exploring how primal world beliefs (‘primals’) are formed, maintained, change, or influence nontrivial outcomes or psychological processes.

Primals are basic perceptions of the general character of the world as a whole, such as the world is dangerous and the world is interesting, that correlate with many behaviors and wellbeing-related variables. We are awarding one $250,000 award and two $125,000 awards that will be administered over 24 months (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024) to Principal Investigators proposing to examine primals from any of the following eight disciplinary perspectives:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Eligibility: Principal Investigators must have a PhD and be in a contracted faculty position at an accredited college or university (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis). The competition is international. Only one proposal will be accepted per Principal Investigator.

Link to complete RFP

Facebook People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy

Organization: Facebook

Award amount: $100,000

Deadline: 9/30/2021

Description: Facebook is deeply committed to honoring people’s privacy in our products, policies, and services. Since we serve a diverse global community of users, living up to this commitment necessitates understanding people’s unique privacy needs around the world. This initiative seeks to establish a practical and scalable understanding of how to honor people’s privacy with consideration to the different contexts in which people experience and/or use our products. As such, we want to empower academic experts to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge of global privacy expectations and experiences.

Last year, we launched a similar research award opportunity in this space and received 147 proposals from 34 countries and 120 universities — awarding five winners. We are keen to continue this support for academics from across the social sciences and technical disciplines, including but not limited to disciplines such as anthropology, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, human-computer interaction, human factors, political science, social psychology, and sociology. Most notably, applications that are interdisciplinary and seek collaboration across fields are particularly welcome. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and those with expertise in specific countries, cultures, or vulnerable populations, including those that have not previously been examined in relation to privacy, are especially encouraged to apply. Research methodologies that use qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, and/or mixed method approaches are all welcome.

We aspire to use this increased understanding, in addition to separate advances in privacy-enhancing technologies and building tools to enhance transparency in fairness and privacy, to develop privacy-first products, inform inclusive privacy policies, and advance internal privacy practices with our diverse user base at the core of our work.

To foster further innovation in this area and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals pertaining to the aforementioned topics. We anticipate awarding a total of four to five awards, each in the $100,000 range. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university as an unrestricted gift.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improving understanding of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, preferences, needs, behaviors, and outcomes
    • Rigorous development of new scales to more precisely and inclusively measure user self-reported privacy constructs that…
      • Examine specific aspects of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, and preferences (i.e., beyond high-level privacy-related sentiment)
      • Are psychometrically sound, reliable, and valid, as well as sensitive enough to detect small changes
      • Are validated using representative samples so that the resulting scales are globally relevant and/or globally adaptable
      • Consider different contexts, including but not limited to civil, political, health, and social well-being
    • Broadening or enhancing the knowledge between self-reported attitudes and related observed behaviors
    • Broadening and deepening the understanding of privacy phenomena that might exist between and within countries or sub-cultures aimed at more inclusive privacy policy adoption and product design
  • Novel assessments of digital transparency and control that are meaningful for diverse populations, context, and data types
    • Interventions aimed at plausible incremental improvements (e.g., increasing knowledge, feelings of efficacy, safety, etc.) for people across current digital platforms should be examined. Research should aim to practically answer one or more of the following questions:
      • What forms of transparency (e.g., in-the-moment, text and non-text, etc.) and which specific types of information can improve digital experiences for people?
      • How specifically should transparency be delivered and evaluated for users of varying degrees of digital skill and/or across different cultural contexts? What does meaningful digital privacy education look like for users with varying degrees of digital skill?
      • How can meaningful privacy education be delivered, managed, and evaluated at scale?
      • How should increased controls be balanced with sensible defaults, accounting for varying degrees of digital skill, need, and motivation to use privacy controls?
      • How should controls be organized to optimize for usability,

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Research Grants and Fellowships

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Organization: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum

Award amount: see description

Deadline: 9/30/2021

Description: The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Factors to keep in mind when applying for our research fellowships:

  • Candidates may apply for only one fellowship in a given year.
  • The review committee will assess each application with the most relevant fellowship opportunity in mind.
  • Only complete applications (pdf) will be considered; those received after the deadline will be considered for the next funding cycle.

Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $2,500. Preference is given to research on foreign intelligence and the presidency, or a related topic. Application deadline: September 30. 

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowship

  • Up to two per year. Stipend of up to $5,000 (total). Preference is given to research in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration’s domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources. Application deadline: September 30. 

Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $3,100. Preference is given to research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy. Application deadline: September 30. 

Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship

  • One per year. Stipend of up to $3,600. Preference is given to research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, or press relations. Application deadline: September 30. 

Ernest Hemingway Research Grants 

  • Grant(s) of up to $5,000. Preference is given to dissertation research.
  • Application deadline: November 1. Hemingway Research Grants are on hiatus for 2021. 

Link to complete RFP

American Academy of Religion Collaborative International Research Program

Organization: American Academy of Religion

Award amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: 10/1/2021

Description: The American Academy of Religion, a member of the International Association for the History of Religions, is inviting applications to the Collaborative International Research Grants program. 

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of research collaborations between and among scholars located in different geographical regions who wish to pursue focused, joint projects in the study of religion, broadly defined.

Projects grounded in international research relationships that bring together scholars from disparate backgrounds and methodological approaches and advance critical research on and understanding of religious traditions, practices, and issues are encouraged. Awards may be used for a variety of project expenses, including enhanced communication and travel. Junior as well as more established scholars are encouraged to apply, as are independent scholars.

Award recipients are required to share the findings of the research collaboration publicly in at least two different ways. That might include reporting the results of the collaboration in a publication, a blog post, or on a web page, or in a presentation at the AAR annual meeting or another conference sponsored by an IAHR member association.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must include two or more collaborators, at least one of whom must hold a doctoral degree. Grant recipients must maintain AAR membership throughout the grant award period.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and awardees from previous years, see the American Academy of Religion website.

Link to complete RFP

Getty Foundation Getty Scholar Grants

Organization: Getty Foundation

Award amount: $21,500-$65,000

Deadline: 10/1/2021

Description: 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.

2022/2023 Themes

  • Art and Migration
    • The theme of migration has remained an inherent subject of art ever since some modern humans began to move across the planet, bringing their objects and technologies with them. Whether in Mesoamerica, the ancient Mediterranean, or medieval Africa, war, invasion, colonialism, enslavement, resettlement, and trade have fundamentally altered cultural production, reception, and rituals. In light of the many recent migration crises throughout the world, artists and scholars have responded to the critical movement of people and artifacts in myriad ways.
    • This year’s theme encompasses questions of memory, destruction of cultural heritage, provenance and repatriation, and the complex lives of movable objects, traditions, and practices. How does art that concerns migration contribute to or detract from ideas about belonging and community; assimilation and isolation; tradition, innovation, and legal or cultural boundaries? How are patterns or processes of movement made visible or invisible through the artworks, objects, and communities that are created, adapted, abandoned, or destroyed? Furthermore, what happens when mobility is brought to a halt?
    • Applicants may also consider representation, identity, and hybridity, as well as recent genetic research and long-term patterns of mobility, immobility, and migration.
  •  African American Art History (Research Institute)
    • Getty Research Institute invites applications from scholars of African American art and cultural history who would like to participate in the upcoming 2022/2023 scholar year. Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been created under the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), an ambitious program that aims to address an incomplete version of American art history by increasing the Research Institute’s African American—related collections, research, exhibitions, projects, publications, events, and partnerships with local and national institutions. The fellowships will provide financial support and housing to scholars undertaking research projects that speak to the goals of the initiative. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI fellows will have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers.
    • Our special collections include archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II, modern, and contemporary—and we are acquiring and processing major collections or collaborating on acquisitions from a range of artists and institutions. We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would benefit from our resources, which might include special collections, the Getty Library, or the scholar year cohort, and from alignment with AAAHI’s aims and goals.

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

Applicants who received their degree after September 1, 2017, should apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.

Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Scholar Grants. Recent recipients who have received a Getty Scholar award within the past three years may be removed from consideration.

Link to complete RFP

Getty Foundation Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Organization: Getty Foundation

Award amount: $30,000

Deadline: 10/1/2021

Description: Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual research theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand dissertation for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

2022/2023 Themes

  • Art and Migration
    • The theme of migration has remained an inherent subject of art ever since some modern humans began to move across the planet, bringing their objects and technologies with them. Whether in Mesoamerica, the ancient Mediterranean, or medieval Africa, war, invasion, colonialism, enslavement, resettlement, and trade have fundamentally altered cultural production, reception, and rituals. In light of the many recent migration crises throughout the world, artists and scholars have responded to the critical movement of people and artifacts in myriad ways.
    • This year’s theme encompasses questions of memory, destruction of cultural heritage, provenance and repatriation, and the complex lives of movable objects, traditions, and practices. How does art that concerns migration contribute to or detract from ideas about belonging and community; assimilation and isolation; tradition, innovation, and legal or cultural boundaries? How are patterns or processes of movement made visible or invisible through the artworks, objects, and communities that are created, adapted, abandoned, or destroyed? Furthermore, what happens when mobility is brought to a halt?
    • Applicants may also consider representation, identity, and hybridity, as well as recent genetic research and long-term patterns of mobility, immobility, and migration.
  •  African American Art History (Research Institute)
    • Getty Research Institute invites applications from scholars of African American art and cultural history who would like to participate in the upcoming 2022/2023 scholar year. Two opportunities for nine-month residencies have been created under the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative (AAAHI), an ambitious program that aims to address an incomplete version of American art history by increasing the Research Institute’s African American—related collections, research, exhibitions, projects, publications, events, and partnerships with local and national institutions. The fellowships will provide financial support and housing to scholars undertaking research projects that speak to the goals of the initiative. As part of the larger scholar year cohort, AAAHI fellows will have opportunities to present their research and receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of peers.
    • Our special collections include archival and primary source material related to African American art history—particularly post-World War II, modern, and contemporary—and we are acquiring and processing major collections or collaborating on acquisitions from a range of artists and institutions. We welcome expressions of interest from scholars working at predoctoral, postdoctoral, mid-career, and senior levels who focus on African American art and cultural history in all time periods and media and in a broad range of theoretical and methodological traditions. Applicants should indicate how their project would benefit from our resources, which might include special collections, the Getty Library, or the scholar year cohort, and from alignment with AAAHI’s aims and goals.

Eligibility: Applications for Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships are welcome from scholars of all nationalities. 

Current Getty staff and members of their immediate family are not eligible for Pre- and Postdoctoral fellowships.

Getty Predoctoral Fellowship applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the application deadline and should expect to complete their dissertations during the fellowship period. Successful Predoctoral Fellowship applicants who are awarded their degree after the application deadline but before the fellowship begins, or who receive their doctorate while in residence, automatically become Postdoctoral Fellows. To be eligible to apply for the 2021-2022 scholar year, Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants should not have received their degree earlier than 2016. 

Link to complete RFP

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Oman Research Fellowship

Organization: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Award amount:  up to $10,000

Deadline: 10/2/2021

Description: In 2010, SQCC established its Research Fellowship Program, which aims to promote and cultivate scholarly research about Oman across several academic disciplines. The fellowship funds one pre- and/or post-doctorate scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and either a Ph.D. candidate or university academics.

Link to complete RFP

American Antiquarian Society Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

Organization: American Antiquarian Society

Award amount: $35,000

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. Established as the Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship in 1998, the fellowship has been renamed in honor of John B. Hench, who retired in August 2007 as vice president for collections and programs after thirty-three years on the staff of the American Antiquarian Society. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, generous sponsor of this fellowship, has made a challenge grant to the Society, which is currently raising money to endow this fellowship.

The purpose of the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society’s library collections and programmatic scope–that is, American history and culture through 1876–is eligible.

Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society’s coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.

Eligibility: Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society’s coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher.

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate.

Link to complete RFP

Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging Academic Research Grant Program

Organization: Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging

Award amount: $20,000

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging underwrites an Academic Research Grant Program to further scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly. Each grant recipient is required to publish an article on the subject of their research in a top flight journal.

Eligibility: This Academic Research Grant Program is open to all interested and qualified legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals. Organizations per se are not eligible to apply, although they may administer the grant. Two or more individuals in the same institution or different institutions may submit a collaborative proposal as long as one researcher is designated the principal investigator. The principal investigator must be U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S. and must be affiliated with a U.S. based tax-exempt institution or organization such as a university, government agency, or charitable organization.

Link to complete RFP

Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies -- Visiting Member Fellowships

Organization: Institute for Advanced Study

Award amount: Up to $75,000

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: The School of Historical Studies was established in 1949 with the merging of the School of Economics and Politics and the School of Humanistic Studies.  It bears no resemblance to a traditional academic history department, but rather supports all learning for which historical methods are appropriate.  The School embraces a historical approach to research throughout the humanistic disciplines, from socioeconomic developments, political theory, and modern international relations, to the history of art, science, philosophy, music, and literature.  In geographical terms, the School concentrates primarily on the history of Western, Near Eastern, and Far Eastern civilizations, with emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, and East Asia.  Support has been extended to the history of other regions, including Central Asia, India, and Africa.

The Faculty and Members of the School do not adhere to any one point of view but practice a range of methods of inquiry and scholarly styles, both traditional and innovative.  Uniquely positioned to sponsor work that crosses conventional departmental and professional boundaries, the School actively promotes interdisciplinary research and cross-fertilization of ideas.  It thereby encourages the creation of new historical enterprises.

The School of Historical Studies supports scholarship in all fields of historical research, but it is concerned principally with the following: Greek and Roman civilizations, Medieval Europe, Modern Europe, The Islamic World, Philosophy and International Relations, History of Art, East Asian Studies.

Eligibility: See complete funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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Marketing Science Institute Alden G. Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition

Organization: Marketing Science Institute

Award amount: $5,000

Deadline: pre-proposals due 10/15/2021

Description: The annual Alden G. Clayton dissertation proposal competition recognizes marketing doctoral students who are working on research questions with important marketing, societal, and policy implications. Each year, MSI grants up to five awards and five honorable mentions, encouraging top-notch Ph.D. students to apply rigorous research methods to questions that have real business relevance.

Eligibility: 

  • Students should be candidates for the doctorate in marketing and related fields (e.g. psychology, economics, management, strategy, etc.). 
  • The dissertation work must be less than 50% completed at the time of submission. The thesis advisor/chair must submit a letter approving the submission and certifying that the dissertation was no more than 50% completed at the time of submission.  
  • Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude consideration for this award.

Link to complete RFP

**United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

Organization: United States Institute of Peace

Award amount: $20,000

Deadline: Registration due 10/15/2021. Application due 10/26/2021. 

Description: USIP’s Peace Scholar Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics broadly related to conflict management, peacebuilding and relevant security studies. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of 332 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, higher education, and policy making.

Applicants whose research has broader implications to the peacebuilding field and relevance to policy and/or practice are encouraged to apply. Dissertation scholarships last for 10 months, beginning in September each year. Scholarships are open to citizens of any country enrolled in accredited U.S. universities. The Peace Scholars Fellowship includes distinct funding from USIP and the Minerva Initiative.

We are looking for proposals that contribute to the general knowledge of the field by either testing or developing theories. Applicants should present a persuasive argument on how their research makes a basic or fundamental research contribution to the field and an explanation of how their basic research contributions address key concerns of conflict management and peacebuilding that may include (but are not limited to) security and stability.

Eligibility: Citizens of any country may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in recognized doctoral programs (for example, Ph.D., S.J.D., Ed.D., Th.D.) in accredited universities in the United States. Successful candidates must have completed all course work and examinations towards their doctoral degrees by the time their fellowships begin. 

Please note that the Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program does not support pre-dissertation level graduate work. Doctoral students in non-U.S. based universities are not eligible. The fellowships cannot support research focused on U.S. domestic issues, however, research on U.S. Government foreign policy is eligible for support. Peace Scholar awards may not be made for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

Link to complete RFP

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research Fellowships and Awards

Organization: Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, W.F.

Award amount: Varies 

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: The Albright annually provides up to $200,000 in fellowships and awards to 20 recipients, from doctoral students to senior scholars. In addition, 50 Associate Fellows receive funding from other sources. The Albright is also committed to engaging the next generation and offers internships to undergraduates and recent graduates.

Fellowships are one to four months and come with a stipend and room/board at the Albright. Fellowships are open to students and scholars in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the Ottoman period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, biblical studies, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology, religion, and related disciplines.

The research period should be continuous, without frequent trips outside the country. Residence at the Albright is required, and no exceptions can be made. The option to accommodate dependents is subject to space available at the Albright.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria. 

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Williams College John William Miller Research Fellowships

Organization: Williams College’s John William Miller Fellowship Fund

Award amount: $45,000

Deadline: 10/15/2021

Description: The Fund supports book-length projects that examine Miller’s thought or engage with his actualism in ways that are philosophically creative. Applications are welcome from Ph.D.s as well as Ph.D. students with dissertation projects addressing Miller and which show high promise for subsequent publication in book form.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility criteria. 

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Wolf Foundation Prizes in Science and Art

Organization: Wolf Foundation

Award amount: $100,000

Deadline: 10/20/2021

Description: WOLF PRIZE in the SCIENCES and ARTS are awarded since 1978 to outstanding artists and scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind and brotherly relations among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views.

The scientific categories of the prize include Medicine, Agriculture, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. The Prize’s art categories include Painting and Sculpting, Music and Architecture. The prize laureates are selected by international Jury Committees which  comprise world-renowned professionals from all over the world.

The prize in each area consists of a diploma and 100,000 US$. In the event of co-recipients sharing one prize, the honorarium is equally divided among them.

To date, 346 scientists and artists from all over the world have been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize.

The 2022 Wolf Prize will be awarded in the fields of : Chemistry, Physics, Agriculture, Mathematics, and Architecture.

Eligibility: 

  • The Wolf Prize is awarded to individuals, not to institutions
  • A person cannot be nominated by him/herself
  • All existing nominations are valid for three years

Link to complete RFP

American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants (for Travel for Research Purposes)

Organization: American Philosophical Society

Award amount: $6,000

Deadline: 10/21/2021 and 12/1/2021

Description: 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.

Franklin grants are made for noncommercial research. They are not intended to meet the expenses of attending conferences or the costs of publication. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution, and grant funds are not to be used to pay income tax on the award. 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.

Eligibility: Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. Independent scholars and faculty members at all four-year and two-year research and non-research institutions are welcome to apply provided that all eligibility guidelines are met. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals not affiliated with a U.S. institution must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States. Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years.

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American Council of Learned Societies Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

Organization: American Council of Learned Societies

Award amount: $42,000

Deadline: 10/27/2021

Description: The American Council of Learned Societies is inviting applications for its Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The council will award eight fellowships of $38,000, with an additional $4,000 as a travel and research allowance to graduate students at any stage of their PhD dissertation research or writing who are researching topics on the history of the visual arts of the United States. ACLS believes that humanistic scholarship benefits from inclusivity of voices, narratives, and subjects that have historically been underrepresented or under-studied in academe and believes that institutional diversity enhances the scholarly enterprise. Applications from PhD candidates from all types of institutions in the United States are encouraged.

The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution or at another appropriate site for the research. Projects should be focused foremost on the art object and/or image and employ an art-historical or visual studies approach. Students preparing theses for the Master of Fine Arts degree are not eligible.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a PhD candidate at a U.S.-based university in art history or a related field, such as Native American and Indigenous Studies or African American Studies; and be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, Indigenous person residing in the United States through rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, DACA recipient, asylee, refugee, or individual granted Temporary Protected Status in the United States.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Council of Learned Societies website.

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Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowships

Organization: Council on Foreign Relations

Award amount: $105,000

Deadline: 10/31/2021

Description: Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of the Council on Foreign Relations. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni that span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.

Eligibility: The IAF Program is open only to early to mid-career professionals with a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Selected fellows possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy. A PhD is not required for university-based applicants, though successful candidates from academia typically hold an advanced degree. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects on which substantial progress has been made before the fellowship period. For candidates from academia and the private sector looking to go into government, preference is given to candidates with no significant work experience in the U.S. government or at an international organization. Candidates must be U.S. citizens to be considered for the fellowship.

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American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants for Americans

Organization: American-Scandinavian Foundation

Award amount: Up to $23,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study, research, or creative arts projects. In 2019, 63 students, professionals, and artists were provided over $725,350 in total funding.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year.

Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration.

Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay.  Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.
  • Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application.
  • First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Applicants are eligible to receive only two awards within a ten year period. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered.
  • Please note that ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, you must explain why this residency is crucial to your work.
  • Language Proficiency
    • ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan. For projects that require a command of one or more Scandinavian (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency.
    • If interviews are part of the project, the applicant is expected to be able to conduct the interviews in the appropriate local language/s. If language proficiency is required for your project then one of your three letters of recommendation must address the level of Nordic language proficiency, as necessary for the project, and must be written by a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language.
  • Projects should not begin before April 15th.
  • See complete RFP for additional award guidelines

Link to complete RFP

Archaeological Institute of America Ellen And Charles Steinmetz Endowment Fund for Innovative Uses of Technology in Archaeological Research

Organization: Archaeological Institute of America

Award amount: Up to $5,500

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: The Steinmetz Fund will support the use of technology in archaeological research by providing grants to archaeological projects that make innovative use of technological tools and methods. Normally, such projects will have a fieldwork element. However, research conducted in a laboratory setting that employs technology may also be eligible for a grant. While all are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to new projects proposed by archaeologists at an early stage in their careers (within 8 years of the receipt of the PhD).

Projects may concern any location in the world and any time period, but must be designed to address important questions about the human past specifically through technological means. “Technology” should be understood broadly to include not only digital tools and approaches, but also those developed in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be AIA members in good standing at the time of application, with a PhD in archaeology or a related field, and are expected to have an academic affiliation. If the project requires a permit, applicants should also be the primary permit holders; if the applicant is not the primary permit holder, the application should be accompanied by a letter of support from the primary permit holder. Awardees must have the permit in hand before funds will be disbursed.

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Archaeological Institute of America Kathleen And David Boochever Endowment Fund For Fieldwork And Scientific Analyses

Organization: Archaeological Institute of America

Award amount: Up to $4,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: The Boochever Fund will support both fieldwork and laboratory research informed by new technologies. While the fund’s primary purpose is to help defray the start-up costs of new projects, archaeologists exploring innovative applications of new technologies in any stage of their work are welcome to apply. Projects proposed by archaeologists who are at an early stage in their careers (within 8 years of receipt of the PhD) will be given priority.

Projects may concern any location in the world and any time period, but must be designed to address significant questions about the human past through the use of state-of-the-art technology, understood broadly to include not only digital tools and approaches, but also those developed in engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, etc. The best proposals will make use of emerging or experimental technologies, or will apply existing technologies to archaeological research in new ways. The fund will support research activities such as regional or site survey, geophysical prospection, remote sensing, exploratory excavations in both terrestrial and maritime contexts, or innovative laboratory analyses.

Eligibility: Applicants must be AIA members in good standing at the time of application, with a PhD in archaeology or a related field, and are expected to have an academic affiliation. If the project requires a permit, applicants should also be the primary permit holders; if the applicant is not the primary permit holder, the application should be accompanied by a letter of support from the primary permit holder. Awardees must have the permit in hand before funds will be disbursed.

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Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Grant

Organization: Archaeological Institute of America

Award amount: $15,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: The Site Preservation Grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA’s mission to preserve and protect the world’s archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant, which carries a maximum stipend of $15,000, is to enhance global preservation efforts and promote awareness of the need to protect threatened archaeological sites. The AIA seeks to support projects that not only directly preserve archaeological sites, but those that also include public outreach and education components that create a positive impact on the local community, students, and the discipline of archaeology as a whole. 

Eligibility: Applications eligible for consideration for a Site Preservation Grant should fit one or more of these categories: 

  • Planning for conservation: involves documentation including photography and digital applications, assessment of significance and condition, and drawing up a conservation plan in coordination with the local authorities 
  • Conservation interventions: physical hands-on treatments, materials and labor
  • Preventive measures: reburial, shelters, fences, walkways, water management (drainage, flood prevention)
  • Monitoring and maintenance of sites
  • Training of personnel in conservation and site management
  • Public outreach and education

Link to complete RFP

Dumbarton Oaks Project Grants (in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Landscape Architecture)

Organization: Dumbarton Oaks

Award amount: $3,000-$10,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: Dumbarton Oaks makes a limited number of grants to assist with scholarly projects in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Support is generally for archeological investigation, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost. The normal range of awards is $3,000–$10,000. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • non-destructive investigation, excavation, and/or on-site study of a (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden) site or component of one
  • surveying or photographing monuments and objects that are at risk (e.g., architecture, gardens, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures in situ), as well as objects that have already been collected but are largely unrecorded and endangered.

Funding may only be used to cover direct costs for which original documentation must be submitted for reimbursement. Examples of eligible expenses include transportation (excluding students), meals, housing, vehicle rental, workmen’s wages, and technical analysis (as part of the overall project). Grants are not made for the purchase of computers or other equipment, or to cover the salaries of the principal investigators. Project grants are not given purely for the purpose of travel, or for work associated with a degree, library or archival research, catalogues, nor for conservation and restoration per se. Priority is given to applicants who have not previously received support from Dumbarton Oaks.

Pre-Columbian project awards are intended only to survey, excavate, and/or document sites, landscapes, or objects that are in imminent danger. Applicants should provide evidence that such sites, landscapes, or objects are under immediate threat.

Garden and Landscape grants are intended to support primary research of a specific site. Project grants may be used for a broad array of projects including field research, site analysis, botanical surveys, heritage conservation and restoration planning, with the goal of promoting the preservation and understanding of historic gardens and other significant designed landscapes. 

For Byzantine project awards, priority is given to small projects, as well as start-up support for new projects, or for the final push for completion.

Eligibility: Project grants are limited to applicants holding a doctorate or the equivalent, and are awarded on the basis of:

  • ability and preparation of the principal project personnel (including knowledge of the requisite languages) and
  • interest and value of the project to the specific field of study.

Individuals currently affiliated with Dumbarton Oaks are not eligible.

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GRAMMY Museum Grants Program for Scientific Research and Preservation Projects

Organization: GRAMMY Foundation

Award amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/1/2021

Description: With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied 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. To date, over $7.7 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 450 grantees.

Scientific Research Projects:

  • Each year, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support research on the impact of music on the human condition. Examples might include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition and healing, as well as the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals, and the creative process underlying music. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design and innovative research questions.

Preservation Projects:

  • The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The Archiving and Preservation area has two funding categories.

Eligibility: See the guidelines in the complete RFP for eligibility criteria.

Link to complete RFP

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Organization: Henry Luce Foundation / American Council of Learned Studies

Award amount: Up to $40,000. See description for more details.

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: In cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation, ACLS has embarked on a three-year bridging initiative to reassess and reconfigure the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies.  We will convene scholars at all ranks, higher education leaders, journalists, and other readers of research and writing on China to re-imagine and transform our program to meet the needs of China studies in the 21st century.

Fellowships in 2021-22 will support research, writing, and curriculum development.  An intensive retreat on the future of the field, on progress of fellowship projects, and on their curricular implications will be held in June 2022.

Fellowships are financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Short-term research fellowships will enable recent PhDs (without tenure and within eight years of the PhD), and with heavy teaching and service responsibilities, to carry out projects in research and writing. These flexible, short-term awards may be used for access to online archives, travel, conference participation, childcare or other familial responsibilities, as well as other needs identified in the application essay for accomplishing the proposed objectives.  Fellows will be asked to share the planned impact of their projects for curriculum development at the June 2022 retreat, whose purpose is to build teacher-scholar cohorts in China studies. Each short-term fellowship provides a stipend of $15,000 (three months’ work over a period of twelve months).  It also provides an additional $5000 allowance for attendance at the summer retreat in 2022.  Short-term fellowships do not require leave from university responsibilities.

Long-term research fellowships will enable recent PhDs (without tenure and within eight years of the PhD) to take leaves from university responsibilities for four to eight months to carry out projects in research and writing.  During the fellowship tenure, which must consist of consecutive semesters or quarters, Fellows must be on leave from teaching and service.  No employment is allowed, so that full time may be devoted to the project.  Fellows will be asked to share the planned impact of their projects for curriculum development at the June 2022 retreat, whose purpose is to build teacher-scholar cohorts in China studies. Each long-term fellowship provides a stipend of $5000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 8 months. The minimum stipend is $20,000; the maximum is $40,000.  The fellowship also provides an additional $5000 allowance for attendance at the summer retreat in 2022.

Priority will be given to proposals based on the applicant’s research in China. Research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan is eligible. In addition, proposals based on research outside these areas will also be considered.

Eligibility: 

  • An applicant must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada, OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 1, 2021. If the degree is not completed by the deadline, please see the FAQs.
  • An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, or a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
  • An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2013.
  • Applicants who have obtained tenure, or who have submitted tenure materials for review by the application deadline are not eligible.

Link to complete RFP

Loeb Classical Library Foundation Classical Studies Fellowships

Organization: Loeb Classical Library Foundation

Award amount: $1,000-$35,000

Deadline: 11/1/2021

Description: The Loeb Classical Library Foundation awards fellowships to qualified scholars to support research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies. Fellowships will normally range from $1,000 to $35,000, and may occasionally exceed that limit in the case of unusually interesting and promising projects.

Applicants must have faculty or faculty emeritus status at a college or university at the time of application and during the entire time covered by the fellowship.

Fellowships may be used for a wide variety of purposes. Examples include publication of research, enhancement of sabbaticals, travel to libraries or collections, dramatic productions, excavation expenses, or cost of research materials. Individual fellowship requests may be only partially funded. In exceptional circumstances a fellowship may be extended or renewed, but a new application must be submitted in a regular application cycle in order to obtain additional funding. A special selection committee will choose the persons to whom fellowships are to be awarded and recommend the amount of the fellowships.

Eligibility: Applicants must have faculty or faculty emeritus status at a college or university at the time of application and during the entire time covered by the fellowship.

Link to complete RFP

Fondation Fyssen International Prize for Human Cognition Discoveries

Organization: Fondation Fyssen

Award amount: EUR 100,000

Deadline: 11/5/2021

Description: The aim of the Fyssen Foundation is to “encourage all forms of scientific inquiry into cognitive mechanisms, including thought and reasoning, which underlie animal and human behavior; their biological and cultural bases, and phylogenetic and ontogenetic development”.

The 2021 Fyssen International Prize will be awarded for research in: 

  • Evolution Towards Human Cognition: major discoveries that have allowed us to appreciate the complexity of the evolution towards the present human.

This Prize is awarded to a scientist who has conducted distinguished research in the areas supported by the Foundation : Ethology, Psychology, Neurobiology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Human Paleontology and Archaeology.

Eligibility: The candidate must be proposed by a renowned scientific personality.

Link to complete RFP

Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Program

Organization: Russell Sage Foundation

Award amount: Up o $175,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/10/2021

Description: The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF encourages proposals that analyze any of these issues on topics of interest under our Behavioral Economics program.

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Behavioral Economics supports novel research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of actual behaviors and decisions.

RSF is especially interested in research at the intersection of behavioral economics and behavioral sciences and its other programs—Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments. Projects that can contribute to a more unified theory of human behavior to eventually eliminate the distinction between behavioral economics and the rest of economics are also of interest.

See the complete RFP for the kinds of questions that are of interest in this program.

Eligibility: All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.

RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or our Pipeline Competition. For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or our regular research grants but not both. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per our mission.

Link to complete RFP

**Playwrights Center Jerome Fellowships

Organization: Playwrights Center

Award amount: $23,000

Deadline: 11/4/2021

Description: Playwrights’ Center’s Jerome Fellowship is intended to support early career playwrights who demonstrate extraordinary potential, artistic vision, and a commitment to spending a year in residence in Minnesota developing their work with Playwrights’ Center, in community with other fellows. Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend and $3,000 in development support.

Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023), working in an individualized and hands-on way with Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country. Beyond the financial stipend, the fellowship includes year-long support through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors—and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, connections with other artists, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center’s programs. Housing and travel are not provided. Playwrights may not receive more than two Jerome Fellowships. A previous Jerome Fellowship recipient applying for a second fellowship must submit a different play than the play that accompanied the previous successful application. Recipients may not receive any other Playwrights’ Center fellowships during the year.

Eligibility: Applicants must reside in, and have the legal right to work in, the United States during the fellowship term. Applicants may not have had more than two different works fully produced by professional theaters at the time of the application. (Note for 2020, 2021, and 2022: any programmed/announced productions cancelled due to COVID-19 don’t need to count towards your production limit. Please be sure to mark cancellations or postponements clearly on your resume.)

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**American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Awards and Scholarships

Organization: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: 11/8/2021

Description: ASPRS is pleased to offer twelve awards totaling more than $50,000 in value. Available to both undergraduate and graduate student-members of ASPRS and others, these resources have been generated with the intention of advancing academic and professional goals within the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and related disciplines. ASPRS recognizes that students are the future of these rapidly evolving fields and encourages all who are qualified to take advantage of these unique opportunities.

Awards are available in the form of cash, travel grants, and data.

Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, and you must be a member of ASPRS for many, but not all, awards. All awards ask that you submit samples of your work and research goals as part of your application, and that you submit a report to ASPRS outlining your research accomplishments upon completion of your grant period.

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Russell Sage Foundation Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context Program

Organization: Russell Sage Foundation

Award amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/10/2021

Description: The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF encourages proposals that analyze any of these issues on topics of interest under our Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context initiative.

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is launching a new special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context that will support innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective. We seek to support a wide range of research on decision-making in context by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation. This initiative complements RSF’s long-standing Behavioral Economics (BE) Program which continues to encourage the submission of proposals.

This initiative will support research proposals from multiple methodological perspectives that will further our understanding of decision making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social inequality, broadly conceived, in the U.S. Priority will be given to research related to our core programs and other special initiatives. Limited consideration will be given to projects that test well-established behavioral effects without examining the overarching context or the underlying mechanisms.

See the complete RFP for the kinds of questions that are of interest in this program.

Eligibility: All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.

RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or our Pipeline Competition. For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or our regular research grants but not both. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per our mission.

Link to complete RFP

Russell Sage Foundation Future of Work Program

Organization: Russell Sage Foundation

Award amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/10/2021

Description: The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF encourages proposals that analyze any of these issues on topics of interest under our Future of Work program.

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately skilled workers and their families. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on employment, earnings, and job quality. We are especially interested in proposals that address questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future.

See the complete RFP for the kinds of questions that are of interest in this program.

Eligibility: All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.

RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or our Pipeline Competition. For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or our regular research grants but not both. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per our mission.

Link to complete RFP

Russell Sage Foundation Social, Political and Economic Inequality Program

Organization: Russell Sage Foundation

Award amount: Up to $175,000

Deadline: LOI due 11/10/2021

Description: The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations.

We seek innovative investigator-initiated research that will expand our understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. We welcome projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, residence, or other statuses for the distribution of social, political and economic outcomes within and across these groups. RSF funding priorities do not include analyses of health behaviors or outcomes. RSF seldom supports studies  focused on outcomes such as educational processes or curricular issues, but does prioritize analyses of inequities in educational attainment or student performance.

RSF is particularly interested in analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data. We also support original data collection when a project is focused on important program priorities. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research questions and hypotheses must be clearly stated.

See the complete RFP for the kinds of questions that are of interest in this program.

Eligibility: All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.

RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or our Pipeline Competition. For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or our regular research grants but not both. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per our mission.

Link to complete RFP

American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research (Social & Natural Sciences Doctoral Students)

Organization: American Philosophical Society

Award amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: 11/15/2021

Description: The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.

Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, and population genetics, but grants will not be restricted to these fields.

Graduate students and postdoctoral and junior scientists wishing to pursue projects in astrobiological field studies should consult the program description and application forms for the Lewis and Clark Fund in Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology.

Eligibility: Grants will be available to doctoral students. Postdoctoral fellows, master’s degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible. Applicants who have previously received a Lewis and Clark Fund grant may reapply after an interval of two years. Preference is given to applicants who have not yet been granted an award from the Fund.

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Graham Foundation for Advancement Studies in the Fine Arts Carter Meany Award

OrganizationThe Graham Foundation

Award amount: The Research Award is acknowledged with up to $15,000. The Writing Award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Opens: 9/15/2021

Deadline: 11/15/2021

Description: Established in 1996 by the Graham Foundation, the Carter Manny Award supports the completion of outstanding doctoral dissertations on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The only pre-doctoral award dedicated exclusively to architectural scholarship, the Carter Manny Award recognizes emerging scholars whose work promises to challenge and reshape contemporary discourse and impact the field at large. Eligible dissertation projects must focus on architecture, though scholarly investigations may be grounded in a range of academic disciplines and fields of inquiry that align with the mission of the Graham Foundation. These include: architectural history and theory; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields. (See the Overview of our grant programs). The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics.

Each year the Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: one Research Award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and one Writing Award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The Research Award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the Writing Award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

The Carter Manny Award applications are reviewed by a diverse panel of recognized scholars in the fields of inquiry represented by the award.

Eligibility: PhD students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply.

  • Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award.
  • A department may nominate up to two candidates: one for the Research Award and one for the Writing Award.
  • At the time of application, students must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation and have had their dissertation proposals formally approved by their academic departments.
  • A student may reapply for the Carter Manny Award if a previous application was not successful. Due to limited funds, a student who received a Research Award or a Writing Award is not eligible to apply for another Carter Manny Award in subsequent years.
  • The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the United States and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

Work being undertaken in pursuit of an academic degree is not otherwise eligible for Graham Foundation support.

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Institute for Citizens and Scholars Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Organization: Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)

Award amount: $30,000

Deadline: 11/15/2021

Description: The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

New This Year:

  • Candidates will ideally expect to complete and defend their dissertation before August of the fellowship year. Recognizing, however, that various factors may affect a Fellow’s defense/graduation timeline, the Newcombe Fellowship allows leeway of up to one academic year after the academic year for which the fellowship is granted. For instance, a Newcombe Fellow who receives the fellowship in the spring of 2022 will hold the fellowship in the academic year 2022-23 and will ideally have completed and defended the dissertation by August of 2023. If the Fellow’s circumstances make this timeline impractical, they will complete and defend the dissertation by the end of the academic year 2023-2024. Funds are awarded for the Fellowship year only and should be expended in that year; there will be no additional Newcombe funding that would support additional time. 
  • Understanding that dissertation completion timelines may change or extend for various reasons, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation and the Institute for Citizens & Scholars have revised their previous re-application policy. Prior applicants who did not receive the award when they first applied may now reapply if their revised timeline meets Newcombe Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense. Applicants who have already received funding from another national award for dissertation writing may not apply. 

Eligibility: Eligible applicants for the 2022 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in any field of study in the humanities and social sciences at accredited graduate schools in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • have completed all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2021, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023.
  • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the AAUW, Ford, NAEd/Spencer, Mellon/ACLS, or Mellon-CES fellowship are not eligible.
  • be in a humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • Prior applicants who did not receive the award when they first applied may now reapply if their revised timeline meets Newcombe Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense.

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**American Society for Environmental History Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship

Organization: American Society for Environmental History

Award amount: $1,000

Deadline: 11/20/2021

Description: The Hal Rothman Research Fellowship was created to recognize graduate student achievements in environmental history research in honor of Hal Rothman, recipient of ASEH’s Distinguished Service award in 2006 and editor of Environmental History for many years. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support research and travel during 2022.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in any Ph.D. program worldwide are eligible to apply.

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Gerda Henkel Foundation General Research Grants: Projects in Historical Humanities

Organization: Gerda Henkel Foundation

Award amount: EUR 1,600-3,100 per month plus child stipends available

Deadline: 11/24/2021

Description: Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.

The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible.

The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.

Eligibility: Applications for research projects can be made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. It is necessary to provide a (preliminary) PhD certificate.

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Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Scholarships in the Historical Humanities

Organization: Gerda Henkel Foundation

Award amount: EUR 2,300-3,100 per month plus child stipends available.

Deadline: 11/24/2021

Description: Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.

Applications for research scholarships can be made directly by Postdocs or scholars with Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification. A research scholarship is usually applied for by one scholar who will work on a specific project on his own. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.

Eligibility: 

  • Applications for a “research scholarship for post-doctoral researchers” may only be made if applicants received their PhD within the last ten years. The relevant date is that on the PhD certificate. (This restriction does not apply to research scholarships after Post Doctoral Lecture Qualification.)
  • The dissertation must have already been published at the time the application is made. The presentation of a publishing contract is not sufficient in this regard.
  • The topic of the proposed research project must clearly differ from the topic of the PhD thesis.
  • No renewed application for a project rejected by the Gerda Henkel Foundation may be made.
  • Applications for a new project may be made if the last rejected application was made more than three years ago. The relevant date for calculating the timeframe is the date on the letter of rejection.

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Gerda Henkel Foundation Special Programme: Security, Society, and the State

Organization: Gerda Henkel Foundation

Award amount: see the complete RFP for more information

Deadline: 11/29/2021

Description: As security-related issues, the fading role of the state and the gradual elimination of borders are central themes in both political and scholarly debates today. “Failing states” as a safe haven for terrorists, transnational organized crime, a loss of overall legitimacy, shrinking state authority in conflict-ridden regions are the relevant keywords in this context.

There is good reason for a more fine-grained perspective, however. Current security issues are multi-faceted and dynamic, ranging from military protection to efficient public infrastructure and a viable social negotiation process. As a matter of fact, the state is not irrevocably losing ground in security-sensitive areas. In some areas of national and personal security, state authority and sound governmental practice are more important than ever.

The “Security, Society and the State” research programme reflects these contradictory trends. It targets new security-related issues that are prime examples of the post-Cold-War era but have been largely neglected in mainstream research. The programme is intended to encourage junior scholars to pursue unconventional research agendas that are nonetheless crucial, while providing senior scholars with the opportunity to focus intensively on work in progress for a limited period. Moreover, the objective is to combine basic theoretical research with concepts that are applicable to present-day political issues of security policy.

The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Types of funding include grants for research scholarships and research projects. PhD scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project. Research projects should be closely related to one or more of the five fields of research.

Eligibility: The Foundation generally accepts applications for research projects made by universities, other research institutes or comparable institutions as well as by one or several Postdocs or scholars with Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification.

The grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs.

The applicants must be actively involved in the research work of the project.

Project staff on research projects may only be financed by PhD or research grants. A fundamental prerequisite for a grant is that project staff conduct their own research, which is published under their name. The simultaneous receipt of salary or retirement pension and a research scholarship is not possible. The period of support for Foundation stipend holders working on Ph.D. or research projects can be extended by up to 12 months if the holder becomes a parent during the period covered by the stipend and has an entitlement to maternity or parental leave. Individual arrangements must be discussed with the Foundation’s administrative office.

As part of a research project, the costs incurred of visiting (foreign) scholars can also be financed.

By contrast, a research scholarship should be applied for by one scholar alone for a project that he conducts himself.

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American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Organization: American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

Award amount: 

  • A stipend of $3,700/month, for a period of two to nine months.
  • Reimbursement for round trip airfare between the United States and Colombo, for an amount up to $2,000. Travel must comply with the Fly America Act.  Details will be provided to successful applicants.
  • A limited budget for research expenses, to be negotiated according to need and funding limitations. Fellows will be required to provide documentation for these expenses.

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: AISLS fellowships support two to nine months of research in Sri Lanka by US citizens who already hold a PhD or the equivalent at the time they begin their fellowship tenure. Both scholars with little or no experience in Sri Lanka as well as specialists are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must hold US citizenship.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent academic degree or show that they will hold such a degree before taking up the fellowship. Scholars at all ranks are eligible. Members of the AISLS Board of Directors are not eligible. Please see the AISLS policy on board membership and fellowships.
  • No individual may be awarded AISLS fellowships for more than seven months over any three consecutive fellowship competitions.
  • Applicants must plan to spend at least two months in Sri Lanka and complete the fellowship (including travel back to the United States) before December 31, 2023. The time in Sri Lanka supported by the fellowship need not be continuous (e.g., it might be divided between the summers of 2022 and 2023), but only one round trip airfare will be reimbursed.

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Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grants and Special Awards

Organization: Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Award amount: $7,500

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences, which include psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, and political science.

Through its grants program, the foundation awards grants of $7,500 — $5,000 at the start of the project and $2,500 at its completion — to Ph.D. candidates in support of dissertations that address contemporary issues in the social sciences.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be current PhD (or DrPH) candidates who are working on their dissertation;​
  • Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible;​
  • Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department;​
  • Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required.

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Institute for Citizens and Scholars Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

Organization: Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation)

Award amount: $17,500

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent. 

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. Ten awards will be made in 2021-22. 

Eligibility: Applicants eligible for the Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award will be assistant professors in tenure-track appointments who are pursuing tenure. They will have successfully passed the standard third-year/midpoint review or their institution’s equivalent no later than January 31, 2022. Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for the tenure dossier, which should not be scheduled for submission prior to the end of the award year (Summer 2023). Please note that the award seeks to support progress toward tenure for scholars who are also meaningfully engaged in building campus community; therefore, applicants who are already effectively in a position to go up for tenure—for instance, those who have already submitted the dossier and/or who would be considered for tenure during the award year—will be ineligible. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of December 1, 2020 (please include a copy of your green card with your application supplemental items if a permanent resident). 

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**Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - Scholars in Residence

Organization: New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Award amount: Up to $35,000

Deadline: 12/1/2021

Description: The Scholars-in-Residence Program offers both long-term and short-term fellowships designed to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, literature, and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among scholars and writers in residence at the Schomburg Center.

  • Long-term fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend to support postdoctoral scholars and independent researchers who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of six to nine months. Selected fellows can choose to begin their term either in September or in January. Fellows are provided with individual office space and a computer, research assistance, and full access to the unparalleled resources of the Schomburg Center. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows also engage in an ongoing interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, sharing their research with one another in a weekly work-in-progress seminar. While in residence, they are also exposed to the vibrant intellectual life of the Schomburg through its public exhibitions, panels, screenings, and events.
  • Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $2500 per month.

Eligibility: The Scholars-in-Residence Program is intended for scholars and writers requiring extensive, on-site research with collections at the Schomburg Center, the pre-eminent repository for documentation on the history and cultures of peoples of African descent around the globe. Fellows are expected to be in full-time residency at the Center during the award period and to participate in scheduled seminars and colloquia. The Program is intended to support research in African diasporic studies undertaken from a humanistic perspective; projects in the social sciences, science and technology, psychology, education, and religion are eligible if they utilize a humanistic approach and contribute to humanistic knowledge.

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Blakemore Foundation Blakemore Freeman Fellowships For Advanced Asian Language Study

Organization: Blakemore Foundation

Award amount: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are intended to cover basic expenses at a graduate student level necessary to pursue a year of full-time language study in Asia.

Deadline: 12/30/2021

Description: Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $18 million in grants to graduating seniors, college graduates, graduate students and working professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive Asian language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, international business, accounting, law, medicine, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:  

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be pursuing a professional, business, or academic career that involves the regular use of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese.
  • By the start of the grant, have (at minimum) bachelor’s degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language. By the start of the grant, applicants must have completed (at minimum) the third year of language classes at the college level, through formal classroom study at a college or university and/or in rigorous college-level language programs.
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant; grants are not made for part-time study or research.

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The MacDowell Colony Artist Residencies

Organization: The MacDowell Colony 

Award amount: Free residency, travel, exclusive use of a studio, accommodation, a three meals a day for up to eight weeks

Deadline: 1/15/2022

Description: About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.

Eligibility: The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are in a degree program as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.

MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified. The Colony offers barrier-free access in all main buildings and some studios.

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Abelard Foundation-East General Grants

Organization: Abelard Foundation-East

Award amount: around $10,000

Deadline: 3/15/2022

Description: Fundamental to the grantees of Abelard East is the strategy of community organizing as they work toward the goal of a more democratic, just and equitable society. While organizations may engage in other complementary strategies, e.g. advocacy, electoral participation, research, etc., the strategies are employed as a complement to the core focus on organizing. Part of an organizing strategy is the development of local leadership and the empowerment of their constituents. We also look for strategies that reflect the connection between local work and broader policy issues and the efforts to address them at the state, regional or national levels.

Abelard East is committed to supporting local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives. We do not focus on any issues in particular, e.g. housing, health, the environment, or education, etc. Our grantees are involved in a broad range of issues which involve the question of civil and human rights.

Application can be made at any time. However, applications mailed by March 15th will be reviewed for the spring meeting and applications mailed by September 15th will be reviewed for the fall meeting.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must represent or be associated with a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

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American Philosophical Association Berry Fund

Organization: American Philosophical Association

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Biannually March 30 and September 30

Description: The American Philosophical Association was founded in 1900 to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and represent philosophy as a discipline.

Today, APA promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena, and supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.

To that end, APA is inviting applications for the Berry Fund in support of the APA committee on public philosophy, which works to find and create opportunities to demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be members of the APA.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the American Philosophical Association website.

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American Psychological Foundation Grants Program

OrganizationAmerican Psychological Foundation

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling

Description: APF is seeking to seed innovation through supporting projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems. APF grants align with our mission of enhancing psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential. We offer grants for early career funding and seed grants for research and for targeted programs.

Eligibility: See specific grant opportunities for eligibility criteria.

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Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Grants

Organization: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Award amount: Varies by award type

Deadline: Biannual. March 1 and September 1.

Description: Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The work of choreographers and performing artists occasionally is funded when the visual arts are an inherent element of a production.

Scholarly research undertaken in the field of contemporary art is funded through Curatorial Research Fellowships. Institutionally-affiliated curators at any stage of their careers are eligible to apply and must have the formal support of their director. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement. Grants to curators do not preclude separate proposals from sponsoring institutions in any given grant round.

Grants are also made to support efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work. In 2006 the Foundation formally designated one of its grants The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to preserving and defending the First Amendment rights of artists. Named in honor of the Foundation’s former Board Chair, the grant rewards outstanding advocacy, legal, and curatorial efforts on behalf of those whose rights to free expression have been challenged.

Eligibility: See each award for specific eligibility criteria. 

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Arnold Ventures Randomized Controlled Trials of Criminal Justice Programs and Practices Research Grant

OrganizationArnold Ventures

Award amount: varies

Deadline: ongoing

Description: Arnold Ventures (AV) is a nonpartisan philanthropy whose core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. This Request for Proposals—a joint effort of AV’s Criminal Justice and Evidence-Based Policy initiatives—seeks grant applications to conduct randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of criminal justice programs and practices (“interventions”) in the United States that fall into one of three tiers:

  • (i) The intervention is backed by promising prior evidence suggesting it could produce sizable impacts on important criminal justice outcomes (e.g., prevent violence, reduce recidivism, minimize injustice, improve health/employment of persons formerly involved in the justice system);
  • (ii) The intervention is widely adopted in practice, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated and its impacts on key criminal justice outcomes are thus largely unknown; or
  • (iii) The intervention is growing in use and likely to become widely adopted, but has not yet been rigorously evaluated.

Eligibility: see the complete RFP for more information

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Arnold Ventures Randomized Controlled Trials to Evaluate Social Programs Whose Delivery Will Be Funded By Government or Other Entities Research Grant

OrganizationArnold Ventures

Award amount: varies

Deadline: ongoing

Description: Arnold Ventures’ (AV) Evidence-Based Policy team invites grant applications to conduct randomized
controlled trials (RCTs) of social programs in any area of U.S. policy in which:
(i) AV will fund the RCT, and government or another entity will fund the program’s delivery; and
(ii) The RCT meets the additional selection criteria set out below.
Our main goal in funding such RCTs is to build the body of programs rigorously shown to produce sizable, sustained effects on important life outcomes. We recognize how challenging this is: Surprisingly few programs are found to produce the hoped-for improvements in participants’ lives when evaluated in a well-conducted RCT. This Request for Proposals seeks to optimize the chances of success by prioritizing RCTs of programs with highly-promising prior evidence or other compelling policy reasons for a rigorous evaluation.

Eligibility: see the complete RFP for more information

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Borealis Philanthropy Communities Transforming Policing Fund

Organization: Borealis Philanthropy

Award amount:  $15,000 and $30,000.

Deadline: Rolling

Description: To that end, CTPF provides one-year general operating support grants to ranging between $15,000 and $30,000. (Amounts will be determined based on the nature of the request and available resources.) In addition to financial support, all grantees will have access to ongoing capacity-building opportunities, including regular learning webinars dedicated to key issues related to their work, opportunities for peer sharing with other grantees, and weekly newsletters that compile field-related news, updates, resources, and funding opportunities.

Applicants must work authentically within communities impacted by policing and incarceration; have an explicit, demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and gender justice that is reflected in the organization’s leadership and staffing and in how it conducts its work; and demonstrate a clear power-building and leadership-development strategy that meaningfully engages directly impacted communities in defining problems, solutions, and actions.

Priority consideration will be given to Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led organizations; organizations led by individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system; ongoing campaigns in jurisdictions with particularly timely opportunities for change; and groups who do not receive significant support from national foundations.

Eligibility:  To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Charles Koch Foundation Research Grants

OrganizationCharles Koch Foundation

Award amount: Undisclosed. Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.

Deadline: Rolling

The Charles Koch Foundation focuses on programs that help move toward a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. In addition to welcoming new ideas for these topics, we also invite general research proposals.

Eligibility: See the Charles Koch Foundation website for eligibility requirements.

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Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research Grants

Organization: Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

Award amount: Not disclosed

Deadline: AnnualApplications may be submitted every year from August 1 to October 15.

Description: Research grant applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The long-term impact of the proposed project.
  • The importance of the proposed project in its field.
  • Originality and feasibility.
  • Collaboration with other scholars.

Eligibility: Scholars at academic institutions are eligible to apply for research grants. Priority will be given to collaborative projects involving institutions in Taiwan. Projects on Taiwan Studies are especially encouraged. Research grants are usually given for no more than two years.

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College Art Association Millard Meiss Publication Grants to Support History of Art Manuscripts

Organization: College Art Association

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Biannual. March 15 and Sep 15. 

Description: Twice a year, CAA awards grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund to support 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. Thanks to the generous bequest of the late Prof. Millard Meiss, CAA began awarding these publishing grants in 1975.

Books eligible for a Meiss grant must currently be under contract with a publisher and be on a subject in the arts or art history. 

Eligibility: 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. Although the quality of the manuscript is the sine qua non for a grant, an excellent manuscript may not be funded if it is financially self-supporting.

In general, the purpose of the grant is to support presses in the publication of projects of the highest scholarly and intellectual merit that may not generate adequate financial return. The jury is particularly sympathetic to applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations. Expenses generated by exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables) are also suitable for consideration. Permission and rental fees/reproduction rights, especially in cases where they are burdensome, are also appropriate.

Awards are open to publishers of all nations. Commercial, university, and museum presses are all eligible. Applicant authors and presses must be institutional CAA members. University presses can be eligible under the CAA membership of the university. Self-published manuscripts are not eligible for this grant. While all periods and all areas of art history and visual studies may be considered, eligibility does not embrace excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings. Within a calendar year, a press may submit the same manuscript for a Meiss Grant and a Wyeth Grant, but a book that wins one CAA publishing grant is ineligible to receive another CAA-administered grant and will be removed from consideration for the other grant. A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant, except in a rare case where substantial revision has been made to the material, and the publisher has so noted in the application. At its discretion, the jury may decline to review the resubmitted application. Publishers are encouraged to submit no more than two or three books for consideration in any one grant period, except in extraordinary circumstances.

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Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Armenian Culture and History Publications

Organization: Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund

Award Amount: Vary depending on magnitude of the publication

Deadline: Biannual. Applications due 4/15 and 11/15.

Description: Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of Krikor Zohrab, a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.

In addition to graduate fellowships and research projects, the Fund also makes grants to support the publication of dissertations or historical or literary works focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Eligibility: See the funding opportunity for eligibility information.

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Gerda Henkel Foundation Ph.D. Scholarships

Organization: Gerda Henkel Foundation

Award amount: EUR 1600 per month for up to two years. Child stipends available. 

Deadline: Rolling

Description: In line with one of the founder’s wishes, a special focus of the Gerda Henkel Foundation is support for up-and-coming scholars. Special attention is made when approving grants to enable qualified young researchers of both sexes to conduct scientific work for a limited period of time and in order to improve their academic training. As part of its Ph.D. programme, the Foundation seeks to promote highly-qualified new academic talent. Only those candidates are considered whose study achievements and exam performances show them to be especially gifted and whose Ph.D. theses can be expected to yield well above-average results. At present, each year about 50 scholarships are awarded.

Applications for PhD scholarships are considered throughout the year. Recipients of PhD scholarships will be selected four times a year. The review and approval process of a complete application is generally completed within six months.

Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the following fields:

  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Historical Islamic Studies
  • History
  • History of Law
  • History of Science
  • Prehistory and Early History

Eligibility: Only applicants who are not older than 28 years at the time of concluding their master studies may be included in the selection process. This age limit shall be extended to take the following situations into account: night school, bringing up children, military or civil service, work experience and other exceptional circumstances.

For an application to be considered in the selection process the overall master grade awarded must be at least 1.5 or above in Germany (comparable with grade A in other countries). Foreign degrees will be reviewed separately in the Foundation’s office. The final grade achieved in legal exams also will likewise be assessed separately.

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German Historical Institute Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Organization: German Historical Institute

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Biannually April 1 and October 1.

Description: The GHI awards short-term research fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources principally located in North America. We are particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: 

  • German and European history
  • The history of German-American relations
  • The role of Germany and the USA in international relations
  • North American history and Pan American, including Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (European doctoral and postdoctoral scholars only)

The proposed research projects should make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography. We especially invite applications from doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who currently have no funding from their home institutions. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months but, in exceptional cases and depending on the availability of funds, they can be extended by one month.

The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition, or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects that are designed for the “second book.” The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars based in North America and Europe. The monthly stipend is € 2,000 for doctoral students and € 3,400 for postdoctoral scholars. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the U.S. 

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants should be based at (or recent graduates of) a North American or European university or research institute.
  • For doctoral students applying, ABD status is required before starting the fellowship.
  • For postdoctoral scholars applying, the preference is for projects that are designed for the “second book” (Habilitation or equivalent).
  • The proposed project should require primary research that is principally located in North America.

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Hagley Museum and Library Grants and Fellowships

Organization: Hagley Museum and Library

Award amount: $400-$25,000

Deadline: Ongoing. Grants are considered three times a year and fellowships are considered annually (varying).

Description: Hagley invites serious researchers to apply for one of our grants to defray the costs of an extended stay intended to use our collections. Grants and fellowships are administered by the Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society.

Hagley’s library furthers the study of business and technology in America. The collections include individuals’ papers and companies’ records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society.

Anyone may apply for Hagley’s exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont research grants. Researchers who first apply for an exploratory grant may ask for a longer research grant if our collections warrant more attention.

  • Exploratory grants are limited to one week and are designed to give scholars the opportunity to determine if a longer research visit is warranted.
  • Henry Belin du Pont research grants may be up to eight weeks and are intended for more intensive use of the collections.

Advanced graduate students are eligible for our two dissertation fellowships:

  • Henry Belin du Pont dissertation fellowship (four months)
  • Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business & Politics (nine months)

Eligibility: See individual opportunities in the complete RFP for eligibility criteria.

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Holberg Prize for Research

Organization: Holberg Prize

Award amount: NOK 6 000,000 (approx. EUR 620,000 / USD 700,000)

Deadline: Annually on June 15.

Description: The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social science, law or theology, either in one of these fields or through interdisciplinary work.

The Holberg Prize was established by the Norwegian Parliament 1 July 2003, and was awarded for the first time in 2004.The objective of the prize is to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The Prize has a monetary value of NOK 6 000,000 (approx. EUR 620,000 / USD 700,000). The Prize is named after the Danish-Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, who excelled in all of the sciences covered by the award.

Eligibility: Scholars holding positions at universities, academies and other research institutions, are entitled to nominate candidates for the Holberg Prize. Please note that all text and attachments must be written in English.

Please also note the following restrictions:

  • Groups or organizations may not be nominated.
  • Self-nominations and posthumous nominations are not accepted.
  • Joint nominations do not strengthen a candidacy.
  • Nominations are strictly confidential and should not be disclosed to the nominee or to others at any time.

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International Institute for Asian Studies Fellowships

Organization: International Institute for Asian Studies

Award amount: 

  • A monthly grant of €2000
  • Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries
  • A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel

Deadline: Biannually March 1 and Oct 1.

Description: The positions are intended for outstanding researchers from around the world, to work on an important piece of Asian Studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.The sponsor also welcomes researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their Ph.D. thesis into book publication.

IIAS is an institute that actively promotes innovative research and seeks the interconnection between academic disciplines. In doing so, we are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters ‘Asian Cities’, ‘Asian Heritages’ and ‘Global Asia’. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

Eligibility: The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers (also see ‘Terms and conditions’) from around the world, to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. We also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

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John Templeton Foundation Science & the Big Questions Strategic Priorities

OrganizationJohn Templeton Foundation

Award amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling online funding inquiry

Description: The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will.

In order to catalyze such discoveries, the Foundation provides grants for independent research that advances the mission of the Foundation. Their grants for public engagement help people worldwide engage the fruits of that research and explore the Big Questions.

The Science & the Big Questions Funding Area supports innovative efforts to address the deepest questions facing humankind. Why are we here? How can we flourish? What are the fundamental structures of reality? What can we know about the nature and purposes of the divine?

From 2019-2023, the Foundation will devote a significant portion of their funding in Science & the Big Questions to twelve priorities:

  • Cultural evolution: investigating humanity’s cultural past to understand its possible futures.
  • Dynamics of religious change: understanding changes in religious beliefs and practices around the world and their causes.
  • Health, religion & spirituality: exploring the impact of religion and spirituality on health outcomes and engaging religious and spiritual resources in health care contexts.
  • Intellectual humility: supporting research on the theory, understanding, and practice of intellectual humility.
  • Mathematics & physical sciences: investigating the fundamental laws and structures of nature through mathematics and physics.
  • Programs in Islam: building capacity and networks of scholarship in global Muslim communities related to Science & the Big Questions.
  • Programs in Latin America: building capacity and networks of scholarship related to Science & the Big Questions.
  • Public engagement: how might media coverage of the Big Questions become more substantive and less sensationalistic? Are there ways to inspire undergraduate students to think deeply about the universe and their place in it? Can faith communities engage scientific research in ways that inform and enrich the lives of religious believers?
  • Religious cognition: using the tools of scientific inquiry to investigate the nature of religious belief and experience.
  • Science of character virtue: investigating the roots, nature, and impact of character virtues on human flourishing.
  • Science of purpose: investigating the nature and varieties of long-term directional trends and agential, goal-seeking processes in the natural world.
  • Science-engaged theology: encouraging theologians to engage with empirical science.

Eligibility:

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Kress Foundation European Art Scholarly Grants

Organization: Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Award amount: Not disclosed. 2019 History of Art grants ranged from $2,800 to $120,000, with a median award of $10,000.

Deadline: Rolling LOIs due March 1, September 1 and December 15. Digital Art History Grants not accepted for Dec 15 cycle.

Description: Through its Grant Programs, the Kress Foundation supports scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. These competitive grants are awarded to institutions only.

  • History of Art Grants: supports scholarly projects that enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture of the pre-modern era.
  • Conservation Grants: supports the professional practice of art conservation.
  • Digital Art History Grants: supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history and the creation of important online resources in art history.

Eligibility: See the Kress Foundation website for guidelines for each grant opportunity.

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Legal Foundation of Washington Race Equity Grants

OrganizationLegal Foundation of Washington

Award amount: Undisclosed. $220,000 will be funded in 2021.

Deadline: Biannual. Applications due April 15 and August 15.

Description: LFW believes that creating fair access to civil justice requires undoing systemic racial oppression. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization and strive to reflect racial justice and inclusion in all of our grantmaking. Read more about LFW’s commitment to anti-racism here.

LFW created the Race Equity Grant fund to build power within communities that have been historically overlooked within philanthropy and to combat the disparate outcomes that racism creates for people of color, particularly in the justice system.

Our goals are to:

  • invest in communities most impacted by structural racism and oppression;
  • support community- and client-centered approaches to legal aid;
  • increase civil legal aid opportunities for communities of color; and
  • build and support anti-racist organizations and leadership.

The Race Equity Grant program is built on a participatory grantmaking model. An advisory panel of community experts who have worked on race equity issues and/or lived in communities impacted by poverty and racism review grant applications and make recommendations for funding. The panel provides insight into the challenges facing Washington’s communities of color and ensures that LFW grants connect to their concerns.

Eligibility: Civil legal aid providers or organizations in partnership with civil legal aid providers are eligible to apply. Grant proposals can be for new or existing projects, including operational expenses, and must be focused on work in Washington State.

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Leo Baeck Institute Graduate Fellowships to Study History of German-speaking Jewry

Organization: Leo Baeck Institute

Award amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: Varies annually

Description: Leo Baeck Institute supports new research on German-Jewish culture and history through the following fellowships. Ph.D. candidates and academics working on topics related to the German-Jewish community in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

  • David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship: The Baumgardt Fellowship provides grants of up to $7,500 for Ph.D. candidates working on topics such as ethics, Wissenschaft des Judentums, or the modern intellectual history of German Jews. Deadline: Nov. 16
  • Fritz Halbers Fellowship: A fellowship of $3,000 for Ph.D. candidates to conduct research related to German-Jewish history.  Deadline: Nov. 16
  • Gerald Westheimer Career Development Fellowship: The Westheimer Fellowship provides personal grants of $20,000 to pre-tenure scholars in the field of German-Jewish History. Deadline: Mar. 1
  • LBI/DAAD Fellowships: LBI and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provide financial support to American doctoral students for dissertation research and to academics for the preparation of a scholarly essay or book. Deadlines: May 1, July 11, Nov. 1.
  • The Ismar Elbogen Scholarship: The Ismar Elbogen Scholarship of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund (ELES) and the Leo Baeck Institute supports a research stay of 6–12 months at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The program is directed at doctoral students of various disciplines working on a dissertation related to the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Deadlines: Mar. 31, Sep. 30

Eligibility: See specific fellowships for eligibility criteria. 

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Les Paul Foundation Grants for Music Education, Recording, Innovation and Medical Research Related to Hearing

Organization: Les Paul Foundation

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Biannually Jan 15 and Sep 15.

Description: The Les Paul Foundation works to inspire innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through music education, recording, innovation, and medical research related to hearing.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for grants in support of programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and innovative STEM or STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. The foundation also will consider proposals for medical research related to curing tinnitus and other hearing impairment issues. Preference will be given to programs that focus on music innovation, engineering, and medical research related to hearing loss.

Eligibility: Applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Les Paul Foundation website.

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The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation Grants Programs

**If you are interested in applying to this organization, please contact Lauren Honaker, Senior Director of Foundation Relations at lhonaker@uw.edu.

Organization: The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Bradley Foundation recognizes that its mission can only be realized through the hard work and dedication of its grant recipients, whether in its home city of Milwaukee or around the country. It is the Foundation’s job to find, assist, and nurture these grant recipients – and at times, get out of their way.

To accomplish this, the Foundation, in line with its mission and guiding principles, focuses to four priority giving areas:

  • Constitutional Order
    • The Foundation believes the unique political system envisioned by our country’s founders must be preserved to secure individual freedom and give American citizens room to solve problems effectively on their own. To that end, The Bradley Foundation seeks to uphold the Constitution, and its principles of limited government, federalism, the separation of powers, and individual liberties.
  • Free Markets
    • The Bradley brothers owed much of their success to a free enterprise system. The Bradley Foundation works to ensure that this opportunity is available to future generations. We are committed to free markets that allow for private enterprise, entrepreneurship, and free voluntary exchange.
  • Civil Society
    • America thrives on the exceptional strength and vitality of its families, schools, churches, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, and arts and cultural institutions, which cultivate personal character, strengthen community bonds, and encourage genuine citizenship. The Bradley Foundation supports these fundamental institutions of civil society in cultivating individuals capable of self-governance.
  • Informed Citizens
    • Our liberties are secure and will endure only insofar as Americans value and uphold the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. The Bradley Foundation supports educational efforts that help cultivate informed and capable citizens.

To strengthen its grantmaking and enhance its impact, The Bradley Foundation sponsors additional programs to advance ideas, promote grant recipients, connect with conservative intellectuals, and build a robust community of knowledgeable and committed donors and friends. Sponsored programs include the Bradley Prizes, Bradley Fellows Program, Bradley Forums, Encounter Books and the Bradley Impact Fund.

Eligibility: Can only support organizations that are exempt from Federal taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code and publicly supported under Section 509(a). Cannot provide grants to individuals.

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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Arts Support for Scholarship in British Art

Organization: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Arts

Award amount: Varies. See description for award amounts. 

Deadline: Biannual. January 31 and September 30.

Description: In order to support scholarship in the field of British art and architectural history and to disseminate knowledge through publications, exhibitions and education, the Paul Mellon Centre offers a variety of Fellowships and Grants. However, please note that the Centre’s remit does not cover contemporary fine arts, archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts.

  • Curatorial Research Grants: To help institutions undertake research for a particular exhibition or installation of British art (up to three years). Up to up to £40,000.
  • Publications Grants (Author): For costs incurred by authors on books, catalogues of exhibitions or permanent collections of British fine and decorative arts and architecture. Up to £3,000.
  • Publications Grants (Publisher): For costs incurred by publishers or institutions on books, catalogues of exhibitions or permanent collections of British fine and decorative arts and architecture. Up to £7,000.
  • Collaborative Project Grants: To support the development of innovative collaborative research projects between two or more organisations in the field of British art and architecture. Up to £40,000.
  • Research Support Grants: To contribute towards travel and subsistence expenses for scholars engaged in research on the history of British art or architecture. Up to £2,000.
  • Digital Project Grants: Grants to help support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to an online research. Up to £40,000.
  • Event Support Grants: to support institutions when hosting events in the field of British art or architectural history. Up to £3,000.
  • Research Collections Fellowship: For use of the Centre’s Archive and Library Collections to explore an aspect of the development of art history as a discipline in the UK in the 20th century. Up to £10,000 and international travel bursary.
  • Senior Fellowships: For academics, established scholars or senior museum professionals in the field of British art and architectural history either to complete a manuscript or book for publication or to undertake a sustained period of research towards a major project. Up to £40,000.
  • Mid-Career Fellowships: to academics and scholars at universities, museums, galleries or other institutions. Designed to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with a defined period of four months to devote to research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue. Up to £15,000.
  • Junior Fellowships: For the purpose of pursuing further British art or architectural history doctoral research in the United Kingdom based at the Paul Mellon Centre. Up to £7,500. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: For the purpose of supporting continuing postdoctoral research in the field of British art and architectural history or supporting the start of a new research project that has arisen out of a successfully submitted doctoral dissertation. Up to £10,000.
  • Rome Fellowships: To undertake three months of dedicated research and work on a topic of British-Italian art history whilst being based at the British School at Rome. Provides residency and meals, plus an honorarium.
  • Andrew Wyld Research Support Grants: This new category of grant is awarded by The Andrew Wyld Fund and is administered by the Paul Mellon Centre. The awards will be made annually tostudent/s working on a topic in the field of British works of art on paper of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries including watercolours, prints and drawings. Up to £2,000.

Applications for spring funding opportunities (all Fellowships, Research Support Grants and Event Support Grants) open mid-November and close 31 January.

Applications for autumn funding opportunities (all grants categories) open mid-August and close 30 September.

The deadline for referees to submit their references is 10 February for the spring round and 10 October for the autumn round. Referee details need to be provided when the application is submitted.

Eligibility: See specific funding opportunities for eligibility criteria.

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Retirement Research Foundation Research Grants

OrganizationRetirement Research Foundation (RRF) Foundation for Aging

Award amount: Not disclosed

Deadline: Rolling. Next LOI due 6/15/2021.

Description: RRF funds research that seeks to identify interventions, policies and practices to improve the well-being of older adults and/or their caregivers. Preference is given to projects aimed at generating practical knowledge and guidance that can be used by advocates, policy-makers, providers, and the aging network. Of particular interest are:

  • Interventional trials; translational studies; and health services and policy research
  • Projects that build on the investigator’s past studies
  • Proposals that include robust dissemination plans, if appropriate, to assure that findings reach audiences positioned to act on them

Eligibility: Research Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that are:

  • Proposing applied research projects that have immediate and direct implications on the  adult population, ages 65 and older
  • Proposing a project that will have national relevance across the U.S. or regional relevance within the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.

Please review the general grant exclusions before applying for a grant.

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Organization: Russell J. Efros Foundation

Award amount: $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The RJE Sprout Fund was established in 2021 to support artists across the nation with direct funds in order to provide financial means to projects that will be completed within the next 12 months.

All artists are encouraged to apply – formally trained, self-taught, and those whose creative work falls outside of traditional forms of art. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities such as art classes, therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects.

Funds will be prioritized for artists working with marginalized and underserved audiences, topics, or subject matter.

Eligibility: All participants are encouraged to follow the RJE Foundation on social media. Artists should also think about the impact of their project and how the project might impact others. Participants must be 18 years or older to apply.

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The Searle Freedom Trust Public Policy Research Grants

OrganizationThe Searle Freedom Trust

Award amount: Not disclosed.

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The Searle Freedom Trust was founded by Daniel C. Searle in 1998 to foster research and education on public policy issues that affect individual freedom and economic liberty. Through its grant-making, the foundation seeks to develop solutions to the country’s most important and challenging domestic policy issues.

Recognizing that good policy making relies on the availability of high-quality research, the foundation invests primarily in scholarship that results in the publication of books, journal articles, and policy papers. Funding is typically provided in the form of research grants, fellowships, and other types of targeted project support.

The Searle Freedom Trust also provides funding for public interest litigation and supports outreach to the public through a variety of forums, including sponsorship of research conferences and seminars, film and journalism projects, and new media initiatives.

With the foundation’s assistance, university and think tank scholars investigate a wide range of issues, including:

  • Tax and budget policy
  • Cost-benefit analysis of regulatory practices and proposals
  • The workings of the legal system
  • Environmental policy
  • Social welfare reform
  • K-12 and higher education policy

Eligibility: The Searle Freedom Trust will not typically support building projects, individuals, organizations that are not non-profit, charitable organizations, organizations that are primarily dependent upon government funds, capital campaigns, and endowments.

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Smith Richardson Foundation International Security & Foreign Policy Grant Program

OrganizationSmith Richardson Foundation

Award amount: Undisclosed

Deadline: Rolling

Description: The objective of the International Security and Foreign Policy Program is to assist the U.S. policy community in developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies. The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that help the policy community face the fundamental challenge of ensuring the security of the United States, protecting and promoting American interests and values abroad, and enhancing international order.

The Foundation is supporting efforts to help U.S. policy makers improve the country’s national security and foreign policy capabilities. The Foundation has developed portfolios of projects on the evolving politics of the Middle East. These have included assessments of the actors shaping the politics of Iran, the future of Turkey’s foreign policy, and the role of security services in Pakistan. The Foundation has expanded its grant making on the internal evolution of major powers in Asia, including China, India, and South Korea, as well as on the prospects for conflict among these countries. In terms of informing the debate over U.S. policy, the Foundation has supported efforts to help security analysts identify ways that the United States can continue to play its essential world role at a time of constrained budgets. Foundation grant making has also sought to highlight the emergence of new challenges, such as cyber attacks, and to consider policy steps to combat those threats.

The Foundation also provides funding to foster the next generation of scholars and analysts and underwrites historical research with implications or lessons for current policy. For more than a decade, the Foundation has provided research grants to junior faculty and junior-level analysts in the think tank community. The Foundation also sponsors the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship Program, to support doctoral graduate students who are pursuing policy-relevant research projects in their dissertations.

Initial inquiries should be submitted by mail in the form of the concept paper. A concept paper should be between three and six pages in length. It should begin with a one-page data sheet listing all the essential information pertinent to a grant request, including the project title, an estimated grant amount, project start and end dates, and the name and contact information for the principal investigator. Concept paper submissions should adhere to the requirements described in the concept paper template.

Eligibility: See the grant opportunity for complete eligibility requirements.

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Society for American Music Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship

Organization: Society for American Music

Award amount: $3,000

Deadline: Annually November 1.

Description: This fellowship, endowed in honor of Adrienne Fried Block, shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities. Preference shall be given to projects that focus on the interconnections among the groups and organizations present in these metropolitan settings and their participation in the wide range of genres that inform the musical life and culture of their cities.

No more than one award will be offered in each cycle. The amount of the award each cycle will vary depending on the interest generated by its endowment. The maximum award is $3,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

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Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Marilyn Blatt Young Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Organization: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 

Award amount: $25,000

Deadline: Annually April 1

Description: SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. SHAFR will make one year-long award in the amount of $25,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in each academic year. This highly competitive fellowship will support the most promising doctoral candidates in the final phase of completing their dissertations.

Eligibility: Membership in SHAFR is required.

Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.

Because successful applicants are expected to finish writing the dissertation during the tenure of the fellowship, they should not engage in teaching opportunities or extensive paid work, except at the discretion of the Fellowship Committee

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Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Fellowships and Grants

Organization: Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 

Award amount: $2,000-$4,000

Deadline: Annually Oct 15

Description: 

Graduate Dissertation Research Grants

  • Applicants are automatically considered for all four grants and must be actively working on dissertations dealing with some aspect of U.S. foreign relations history. These awards are announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January.
  • The Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Grant: The Bernath Dissertation Grant of up to $4,000 is intended to help graduate students defray expenses encountered in the writing of their dissertations.
  • The W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship: The W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship of up to $4,000 is intended to defray the costs of travel necessary to conduct research on a significant dissertation project.
  • The Lawrence Gelfand – Armin Rappaport – Walter LaFeber Dissertation Fellowship: SHAFR established this fellowship to honor Lawrence Gelfand, founding member and former SHAFR president; Armin Rappaport, founding editor of Diplomatic History; and Walter LaFeber, former president of SHAFR. The Gelfand-Rappaport-LaFeber Fellowship of up to $4,000 is intended to defray the costs of dissertation research travel.
  • Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grants: The Samuel F. Bemis Research Grants are intended to promote dissertation research by graduate students.  A limited number of grants of varying amounts (generally, up to $2,000) will be awarded annually to help defray the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research on significant scholarly projects. 

The Michael J. Hogan Foreign Language Fellowship

  • Applicants must be graduate students researching some aspect of U.S. foreign relations history.  This award is announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January.
  • The Michael J. Hogan Foreign Language Fellowship was established to honor Michael J. Hogan, long-time editor of Diplomatic History. The Hogan Fellowship of up to $4,000 is intended to promote research in foreign language sources by graduate students. The fellowship is intended to defray the costs of studying foreign languages needed for research, or for the travel costs associated with research in foreign language archives.  Given current travel restrictions, these funds can be used for online language learning programs.  The award is announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applicants must be graduate students researching some aspect of U.S. foreign relations history.

William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants

  • The William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants are intended to promote scholarly research in U.S. foreign relations by untenured college and university faculty and others who are within six years of the Ph.D. and who are working as professional historians. Grants are limited to scholars working on the first research monograph.  A limited number of grants of varying amounts (generally, up to $2,000) will be awarded annually to help defray the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research on significant scholarly projects.  The award is announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.

The Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship

  • The Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship was established by the Bernath family to promote scholarship in U.S. foreign relations history by women. The Myrna Bernath Fellowship of up to $2,500 is intended to defray the costs of scholarly research by women. It is awarded biannually (in odd years) and announced at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applications are welcomed from women at U.S. universities as well as women abroad who wish to do research in the United States. Preference will be given to graduate students and those within five years of completion of their PhDs. 

Eligibility: Open only to current SHAFR members. See each specific funding opportunity for eligibility criteria.

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Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues The Clara Mayo Grants In Support of Masters’ Theses and Pre-Dissertation Research on Sexism, Racism, or Prejudice

Organization: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Award amount: $1,000

Deadline: Biannually May 15 and October 15. 

Description: The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.

Up to six grants will be awarded each cycle. The maximum amount of any grant is $1,000. Proposals that include a college or university agreement to match the amount requested will be favored, but proposals without matching funds will also be considered.

Eligibility: Individuals who are SPSSI members and who have matriculated in graduate programs in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. A student who is applying for a Grants-In-Aids may not apply for the Clara Mayo award in the same award year. Applicants may submit only one Clara Mayo grant application per calendar year.

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Stanton Foundation Applied History Course Development Program

OrganizationStanton Foundation

Award amount: up to $50,000

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Stanton Foundation has created a program to provide grants of up to $50,000 for tenured and tenure-track faculty to develop new Applied History courses for undergraduates or first-year graduate students.

In line with its mission to ‘develop a more informed citizenry’, the Foundation’s focus in Applied History is narrower than the typical “big tent” definition of Applied History as the examination of recent or current-day issues through an analysis of historical precedents or parallel. The Foundation’s focus is on the development of undergraduate courses which prepare students for their role as citizens. The Foundation wishes to promote Applied History courses that examine U.S. public policy issues that students will confront throughout their lifetimes. It believes that a familiarity with the historical record on such major issues will help prepare students for their role as citizen and lead them to be more informed consumers of news and more responsible decision makers.

Eligibility: To be eligible for a grant, a proposed course must meet two tests:

  • The issues to be examined by the course must be current U.S. policy issues or issues which relate to U.S. vital interests. These issues must be likely to endure through students’ lifetimes, whether they be international or domestic.
  • In the initial rounds of grants, the course must examine numerous periods in U.S. history (for more details, please refer to FAQs). Thus a course on immigration, which explored U.S. policies toward immigration since 1776 would be eligible. A course on World War I, in which the final week of the syllabus was entitled “Lessons for the Present,” would not be.

Applicants must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members. They must have received excellent ratings as a teacher in reasonably large courses (40 students minimum). The purpose of this initiative is to create a more broadly informed public, so preference is given to faculty at large institutions or those who anticipate substantial enrollments. A proposal to create a small graduate seminar, for example, cannot receive support under this program.

A proposed course must be taught in person unless the instructor has substantial successful prior experience with the development of online courses.

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Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

OrganizationTerra Foundation for American Art

Award amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: Rolling. Next LOIs due 12/3/2021 and 3/15/2022.

Description: The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States.

To help advance this mission, the foundation is inviting applications for its Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980).

Visual arts that are eligible for Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and commercial film/animation. The foundation favors programs that place objects and practices in an art historical perspective.

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants must be institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. For consideration by the foundation, at least one-third of the program must focus on pre-1980 art of the United States and the award level may be commensurate with the degree of focus. The Terra Foundation prefers not to be the sole contributor to an event. No more than 15 percent of a Terra Foundation grant may be applied to indirect costs.

The foundation welcomes applications from international research groups. Such groups should involve two to four faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times.

The foundation funds museum-organized educational programs related to exhibitions through its Exhibition Grants; therefore only organizers from universities and research institutes may apply for exhibition-related programs through the Academic Program area.

These programs are intended for scholarly audiences. Public programs, travel grants, fellowship programs, research databases, programs designed for non-academic audiences, capital expenditures, and programs focused on architecture, conservation, or film are not eligible for funding through this category. For research travel grants to individuals, please visit our Research Travel Grants to the United States and Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars pages.

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Short-term Fellowships

Organization: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation

Award amount: $2,000-$3,000 per month and pre-approved travel costs

Deadline: Biannually April 1 and November 1

Description: Short-term fellowships are awarded for one or more months, and open to academics from any country, subject to selection by committee.  Successful applicants will be working on Jefferson-related projects. Priority is given to Jefferson-related projects using the Digital Archeological Archive of Comparative Slavery or Getting Word.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), where they will have access to Monticello’s expert staff and research holdings at the Jefferson Library as well as those of the University of Virginia. During their residencies, fellows hold a 45 minute forum on their research projects.

The domestic fellowship awards (Batten and First Union) carry a stipend of $2,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs for scholars from the United States and Canada. The Peter Nicolaisen International Fellowship (reserved for citizens of other countries living outside of the U.S. and Canada) provides $3,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs. Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis. Because ICJS is located in a rural setting with no public transportation, it is necessary for fellows to either rent a car, bring their own car, or make arrangements with a local cab company for transportation.

Application deadlines are April 1 and November 1. Fellowships are awarded for the following calendar year.

Eligibility: All non-U.S. citizens are required to have a B1/B2 visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

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University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center Grants In Aid

Organization: University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center

Award amount: Around $1,000

Deadline: Annually on June 1

Description: The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) offers Grant-in-Aid Awards to support a visit in order to conduct research in our collections. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds.

This award is open to scholars of all levels, including independent and international scholars, and supports a research visit of 5 days or more. Typically, awards are for $1,000, and four awards are given each year. The application is due June 1 of each year, and we aim to inform all applicants of their application status by July 1 of same year. The research visit is to occur within the next 12 months.

Grant-in-Aid Awards are intended to help defray expenses of scholars who are based outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN, USA) metro area.

Awards are made on a competitive basis, and for research specific to the IHRCA’s collections.

The Immigration History Research Center Archives collaborates with partner Immigration History Research Center, and is an internationally-known archive centered on im/migration to the United States from the latter 19th century to current refugee migrations. Key areas of coverage include European and Near Eastern immigrants (1880-1930) and 20th-century refugees, such as Displaced Persons after World War II and more recent Southeast Asian, African, and other forced migrations. The IHRCA provides access to collections of fraternal organization records, personal papers, and immigrant and refugee assistance organization materials, as well as ethnic print collections. The IHRCA is part of Archives and Special Collections of the University Libraries.

Eligibility: Open to students and scholars who live outside the Minneapolis – St. Paul (MN) metro area and who need to do research in the IHRCA collections.

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Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants in Anthropology

Organization: Wenner-Gren Foundation

Award amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: Biannual. May 1 and November 1.

Description: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if applying from outside the United States) at the time of application. Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply.  There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design.

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