Humanities Funding


  • Advanced Study, Institute for
    The Institute supports fundamental research in the sciences and humanities. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by Faculty, and it offers all who work there the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute

  • American Antiquarian Society
    The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The American Antiquarian Society offers long-term and short-term visiting academic research fellowships.

  • American Overseas Research Centers, Council of (CAORC)
    The Council fosters international scholarly exchange primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs which allow pre-doctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures.

  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports women breaking through educational and economic barriers as aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

  • The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
    ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of seventy national scholarly organizations and is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. ACLS offers fellowships and grants in programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

  • American Institute of Indian Studies
    American knowledge of India is shaped by the American Institute of Indian Studies, a consortium of universities and colleges in the United States at which scholars actively engage in teaching and research about India. The Institute has provided fellowship support for senior American scholars and Ph.D. candidates.

  • The American Philosophical Society (APS)
    The American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. The APS sponsors the Franklin Grants Program, specialized programs for humanities and social science, clinical medicine, North American Indian linguistics, and ethno-history, and a library resident fellowship program for research in its collections.

  • Archives, The National -- National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) promotes the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.


  • Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund

  • Priority areas: Politics, Public Administration, Working Life, Human environment, Mass media, Business, Education, and Culture. The program will fund a two to four-week study in Sweden for up to 30,000 SEK.

  • Brookings Institution
    The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. It conducts independent research to provide innovative, practical recommendations that strengthen American democracy, foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans, and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system. The Institution offers research programs in Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.

  • Bureau of International Information Programs (formerly USAID now
    The State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) communicates with foreign publics, including opinion makers and youth, about U.S. policy, society, and values. IIP engages foreign publics through speaker programs, print outreach, and the web in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.


  • Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund
    The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund was created by Chapters 227 and 323 of the 1992 Acts of Assembly for use by the Commonwealth of Virginia for environmental education and restoration projects to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

  • Commerce, Department of (DOC)
    The Department fosters, promotes, and develops the foreign and domestic commerce of the United States. It sponsors NTIA Broadband Grants, EDA Investment Grants, NIST Measurement Science and Research Grants, and NIST Science and Engineering Fellowship Program.

  • Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
    The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. It administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort.

  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
    The Council fosters international scholarly exchange primarily through sponsorship of fellowship programs which allow pre-doctoral and senior scholars to pursue independent research important to the increase of knowledge and to our understanding of foreign cultures.

  • Creative Capital
    Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature, and emerging fields.


  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. It promotes international academic relations especially through the exchange of students and faculty.

  • Department of Education (ED)
    The Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. It is dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, and focusing national attention on key educational issues.

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
    The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law, ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic, provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

  • Dumbarton Oaks
    Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is dedicated to supporting scholarships internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications.


  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.

  • Eurasia Foundation
    Eurasia Foundation Network partners award grants and operate programs within three broad mandate areas: Private Enterprise Development, Public Administration and Policy, and Civil Society. Within these areas, programs fall into many practice areas, including: anti-corruption, community development, corporate philanthropy, education, entrepreneurship, independent media, labor migration, responsive local government and youth activism, among others.


  • Folger Shakespeare Library
    The Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. It is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.

  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
    Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. It supports Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships.

  • The Foundation Center
    The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources, and conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice.

  • Fulbright Scholar Program (CIES)
    The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. It administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort.


  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD helps students, researchers, and faculty in the USA and Canada on their journey to study or research in Germany.

  • The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
    The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts.

  • Gwathmey Memorial Trust
    Grants are made to institutions and organizations which qualify under IRS regulations as tax exempt and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, so long as attempts to influence legislation or to Support candidates for public office do not form part of their activities.


  • Hagley Museum and Library
    Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. Hagley’s collections document the interaction between business and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late 18th century to the present. It offers Henry Belin du Pont Fellowships, Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships, and Grants-in-aid.

  • Howard Foundation
    The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected arts and humanity fields. The Foundation targets its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fellows must be nominated by the institution.

  • Huntington Library
    The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. The Huntington offers fellowships that derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington.



  • I Tatti, Villa, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
    The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti is devoted to advanced study of the Italian Renaissance in all its aspects: the history of art; political, economic, and social history; the history of science, philosophy, and religion; and the history of literature and music. It offers a year-long I Tatti Fellowship program to post-doctoral scholars in the early stages of their careers.

  • Information Agency, U.S. (USIA)
    An independent foreign affairs agency supporting U.S. foreign policy and national interests abroad, USIA conducts international educational and cultural exchanges, broadcasting, and information programs.

  • Institute for Advanced Study
    The Institute for Advanced Study encourages and supports fundamental research in the sciences and humanities. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by Faculty, and it offers all who work there the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

  • Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research
    The Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research is a meeting place and residential center where a diverse mix of people from various faith communities, including scholars, writers, professionals, artists and corporate leaders, gather to connect faith to the world and its pressing social issues. It supports research, publication, and education on the important intersections between faith and culture. The Institute offers three main programs: the Resident Scholars Program, Short-term Residency Program, and Summer Programs through the Ecclesial Literature Project workshops.

  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
    Institute of International Education is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. It is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors. IIE leads the way in applied research and policy analysis in the field of international student mobility.

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

  • International Research & Exchanges Board Scholar Grant Opportunities (IREX)
    IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. It offers access to scholars, policymakers, and research resources of the Newly Independent States of Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Mongolia.


  • John Carter Brown Library
    The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities. The Library offers fellowships that give scholars an opportunity to pursue their work in proximity to a distinguished collection of primary sources.


  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies
    The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies aims to advance investigation in comparative international studies. The Institute promotes international research by attracting faculty, students, and visitors to Notre Dame and by providing them with a supportive community of scholarship, through various activities. It offers Visiting Fellowships designed to promote interdisciplinary international research on the Kellogg Institute’s themes.


  • The Library Company of Philadelphia
    The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. It awards fellowships for research in residence in its collections, which are capable of supporting research in all aspects of American history and culture up to about 1880.

  • Library Services, Institute of Museum and
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

  • Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities
    The Liguria Study Center is located on the Italian Riviera and provides Bogliasco residential fellowships for qualified persons working on advanced creative or scholarly projects in the arts and humanities including Archaeology, Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and the Visual Arts.

  • Lindbergh Foundation
    The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Proposal topics include agriculture, aviation/aerospace, conservation, education, art, exploration, and health/biomedical research.


  • MacDowell Colony
    The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. It supports a resident fellowship program.

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Stanford (now Stanford University Humanities Fellows Program)
    The Humanities Fellows Program provides postdoctoral fellowships in Stanford's fifteen humanities departments over the course of two years. The positions will carry department affiliation and limited teaching duties, and the opportunity for scholarly work and intellectual growth.

  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
    Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supports the richness and diversity of the region’s arts resources and promotes wider access to the art and artists of the region, nation and world. It offers various programs to support artists and arts organizations.

  • Museum and Library Services, Institute of
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.


  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
    The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

  • National Gallery of Art - Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
    The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts is a research institute that fosters study of the production, use, and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, and urbanism, from prehistoric times to the present. The Center encourages a variety of approaches by historians, critics, and theorists of art, as well as by fellows in related disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) promotes the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.

  • National Humanities Center
    The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. It provides fellowships in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation.

  • National Institute of Justice
    NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice. NIJ funds research, development, and evaluation about criminal justice through competitive solicitations.

  • National Trust for Historical Preservation
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. The National Trust Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers several types of financial assistance to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, for-profit companies, and individuals involved in preservation-related projects.

  • Newberry Library
    The Newberry Library provides a home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, and also to a growing community of readers. The Newberry offers fellowships for scholars and seminars for undergraduates.

  • Notre Dame Institute for Advance Study (NDIAS)
    The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study awards 10-15 faculty fellowships each year to scholars from across the disciplines whose work addresses its annual research theme. Fellows live and work at Notre Dame and typically receive half their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing, a research allowance, and a private office. The NDIAS research theme for 2021-2022 is Resilience. The deadline for applications for fellowships on this topic is October 5, 2020.


  • U.S. Institute of Peace
    The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. It helps to prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. It funds grant and fellowship programs to expand the work of the Institute.


  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
    Radcliffe Institute creates an academic community where individuals can pursue advanced work in any of the academic disciplines, professions, or creative arts. Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.

  • Retirement Research Foundation
    The Retirement Research Foundation is devoted exclusively to improving quality of life for America’s older population. The Foundation supports a range of programs and special initiatives designed to improve conditions for those who are vulnerable due to frailty associated with advanced age, those who are economically disadvantaged and at greatest risk of falling through the safety net, and those who experience disparities related to race and ethnicity.

  • Rockefeller Foundation
    The Center brings together people of diverse expertise and cultures in a neutral, inspiring and thought-provoking environment to promote international understanding that allows innovation and creativity to flourish. The Center offers scholarly residencies in humanities, social sciences, and academic disciplines.

  • Russell Sage Foundation
    The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American Foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. It provides support for scholars at other institutions to pursue research projects that advance the Foundation's research programs. Programs include immigration, cultural contact, and social inequality.


  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
    The Social Science Research Council is an independent nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship. It is an international resource for interdisciplinary, innovative public social science. It offers a multitude of programs concerning Eastern Europe, International Migration, International Peace and Security, Japan, Near and Middle East, South Asia, the Soviet Union and successor states, and others.

  • Spencer Foundation
    The Spencer Foundation invests in education research for the purpose of making education better. The Foundation's fellowship programs support scholars engaged in educational research at different stages of their professional lives.

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

  • Stanford University Humanities Fellows Program-Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
    The Humanities Fellows Program provides postdoctoral fellowships in Stanford's fifteen humanities departments over the course of two years. The positions will carry department affiliation and limited teaching duties, and the opportunity for scholarly work and intellectual growth.

  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
    The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid. SCHEV administers a variety of educational programs that benefit students, faculty, parents, and taxpayers.

  • State Justice Institute
    The State Justice Institute awards grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitates better coordination between State and Federal courts, and fosters innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.


  • UCLA Clark Memorial Library
    It organizes academic programs, bringing together scholars from the area, the nation, and the world, with the goal of encouraging research in the period from 1600 to 1800. It seeks to enlarge the Clark Library's holdings in this period in order to enhance research opportunities. It provides resident fellowships and scholarships to support research in early modern studies and other areas central to the Clark's collections.

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)
    VCA supports and stimulates excellence in all of the arts, in their full cultural and ethnic diversity, in order to enhance the quality of life, to stimulate economic development, to support educational advancement, and to make the arts accessible to all Virginians. The commission sponsors project grants, Technical Assistance Grants, Technology Enhancement Grants, and local Government Challenge Grants.

  • Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE)
    The Virginia Environmental Endowment improves the quality of the environment by using its capital to encourage all sectors to work together to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and promote environmental literacy. Grant-making priorities in the Virginia Program are focused on water quality research and monitoring of water quality conditions, land and open space conservation, Chesapeake Bay fisheries conservation, research, and education, and environmental education.

  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH)
    The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities brings the humanities fully into Virginia's public life, assisting individuals and communities in their efforts to understand the past, confront important issues in the present, and shape a promissing future. If offers grant and fellowship programs to promote a greater understanding of the humanities.

  • Virginia Water Resources Research Center The Water Center offers research and educational opportunities to water scientists and students, and provide citizens and government leaders with water science information. It funds competitive grants, challenge grants, and facilitated projects.


  • Wallace Foundation, The
    The Wallace Foundation is currently active in three focus areas: building appreciation and demand for the arts, educational leadership, and out-of-school time learning. It enables institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people by supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices.

  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
    The Wenner-Gren Foundation supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation, and fosters the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology.

  • Williamsburg Community Health Foundation (WCHF)
    WCHF is a non-profit, private, grant-making foundation whose mission is to improve the health of the people living in the Williamsburg and surrounding counties by strengthening access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. It provides funding through multiple strategies including request for proposals, Foundation-Directed Initiatives, and capacity building grants.

  • Winterthur Library
    Winterthur offers short and long-term residential research fellowships to academic, independent, and museum scholars, and advanced graduate students. Research areas include material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, childhood, sentimental literary culture, and many other areas of social and cultural history.

  • Women's Research and Education Institute
    WREI is the source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women. WREI offers scholars the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in manipulating the levers of power. They work as professional staff in House and Senate offices as prestigious Congressional Fellows on Women & Public Policy.

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    The Wilson Center is the nation's official living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars supports research in the social sciences and humanities. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff.

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
    The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation is an initiative to meet the nation’s need for college teachers. The Foundation has a suite of Fellowships that support the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields including teaching, foreign affairs, conservation, women and gender, and religion and ethics.

  • Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies
    The Woodson Institute administers the undergraduate major/minor degree in African-American and African Studies. The program offers students the opportunity to explore studies in an interdisciplinary curriculum, raising awareness of its significance as an integrated area of study. It also offers a Distinguished Majors Program for fourth-year students who wish to conduct intensive research culminating in a thesis, and sponsor limited opportunities for study abroad in Africa.

Aaron Copland Fund for Music


The Aaron Copland Fund supports contemporary American music. It has three grant awards with distinct goals and deadlines.

Aaron Siskind Foundation


The foundation offers the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant, an award of up to $10,000, annually.

Academy Grants Program

November, January

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences aims to support filmmakers through three funding opportunities.

Alexia Foundation


The Alexia Foundation “supports photographers as agents for change” by “promoting the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice.” It offers grants and scholarships.

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization


Hosts Visiting Scholars at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Applying scholars should have interests aligned with ADI’s focus on addressing social, political, economic, and cultural inequalities and human rights.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funds initiatives “to further understanding of the forces of nature and society with the goal of affecting a better world.” It does so by supporting work in basic research, education initiatives, digital technologies, economic and quality of life research, and other cross-disciplinary fields.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation


This foundation awards need-based scholarships to currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students studying humanities, social sciences, journalism, health, and education.

American Academy in Rome


Offers a Visiting Scholar and Artist Program, the Rome Prize for an emerging scholar, and a host of fellowships for study “at the source of our Western humanistic heritage.”

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October for Visiting Scholars Program, January for Policy Fellowships

Opportunities include a one-year postdoctoral Visiting Scholars Fellowship program in the humanities and social sciences at the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as Policy Fellowships for early career higher education professionals interested in pursuing a career in public policy.

The American Academy in Berlin


The Berlin Prize allows PhD or equivalent level scholars to study at the American Academy in Berlin for an academic semester. Applicants should explain how residency in Berlin will benefit their independent project.

American Antiquarian Society


Offers short-term fellowships (1-3 months) and long-term fellowships (4-12 months) to support residential research on “the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.” All fellowships enable academic scholars and advanced graduate students to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library.

American Association of University Women


Offers fellowships to support women scholars who are writing dissertations or completing research at accredited institutions. Both American Fellowships for US citizens and residents and International Fellowships for non-US citizens are available.

American Council of Learned Societies

September & varying dates

ACLS accepts applications from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Fellowships support scholars so that they can dedicate 6-12 months to a major piece of scholarly work. ACLS funds many fellowships in specific fields as well, such as Buddhist Studies and the History of Art.

American Councils for International Education


American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. Recently, American Councils scholars have conducted research in countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine.

American Historical Association

February 15

The American Historical Association awards a number of grants, fellowships, and prizes annually in support of the study of history. Some applications require membership in AHA, but many do not.

American Historical Association, J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History


Jameson Fellows spend 2-3 months at the Library of Congress for American history research. Applicants must be no more than seven years beyond receipt of the Ph.D.

American India Foundation, William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India


This fellowship is for a ten-month service and fieldwork experience for undergraduate seniors and graduate students interested in learning about international development through participation in AIF’s projects. The fellowship provides travel expenses and a living stipend.

American Philosophical Society


The Society offers research grants, dissertation fellowships, and library and museum fellowships.

American Psychological Foundation


APF supports research that “uses psychology to solve social problems.” Postdoctoral fellowships, internships, grants, and graduate student scholarships are offered.

American Research Center in Egypt


Several fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and senior scholars are available for travel and study in Egypt. Eligible fields of study are: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art and Art History, Coptic Studies, Economics, Egyptology, History, Humanistic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Literature, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

American Scandinavian Foundation


ASF offers fellowships and grants to students, professionals, and artists who have already completed a bachelor’s degree to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. ASF also hosts an annual Translation Competition.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens


Offers Kress Publication Fellowships for senior scholars working on a publication assignment from Corinth, Agora, Lerna, or from an affiliated project of the School.

American Society for Theatre Research

April and July

Offers awards, grants, fellowships, and prizes to support scholarship in theater and performing arts studies.

The American University in Cairo: Presidential Internship Program


Provides recent university graduates an opportunity to live in Cairo and learn Arabic for one year while working within an international university.

Amherst Center for Humanistic Inquiry


Amherst’s CHI invites several faculty fellows into residence each year to engage with an annual theme.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

March 1

The Warhol Foundation offers grants and awards in support of the visual arts.

Arizona State University, Institute for Humanities Research


The IHR has a Visiting Humanities Investigator (VHI) Grants program to encourage collaboration between ASU humanities faculty and other faculty and artists. ASU tenure-line faculty can apply to invite a collaborator for a micro-residency at ASU. The Institute also offers an annual Transdisciplinary Book Award for a nonfiction work that represents the best of humanities scholarship; the award is offered to a member of an external faculty every other year (applications due in January).

Asian Cultural Council


ACC provides grants and fellowships to support research, travel, and cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries of Asia.

Auburn University, Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities

Contact the Draughon Center

Auburn’s Draughon Center supports an endowed Breeden Eminent Scholar to visit the university annually. Persons named to the Breeden Eminent Chair must be nationally recognized in the arts or humanities.

Bard College, Bard Graduate Center


Fellowships must address an annual question and are intended for those who have secured funding to join Bard’s scholarly community in New York City for up to a year. Disciplines include but are not limited to art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

Bard College, Hannah Arendt Center


The Hannah Arendt Center hosts Visiting Scholars for up to a year, giving them access to the Hannah Arendt archives and the Stevenson Library. The Center also offers annual Postdoctoral Fellowships (applications due in March).

Bogliasco Foundation

January & April

An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month Fellowships to individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities. Fellows live and work on the property on the coast near Genoa. The Foundation welcomes applications twice a year from individuals doing creative or scholarly work in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts.

Boren Awards

January (Fellowship), February (Scholarship)

Boren Scholarships allow undergraduates to spend up to six months studying in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships allow U.S. graduate students to learn a language relevant to their scholarship. These awards have a government service requirement after completion.

Boston University Center for the Humanities

November & February

Offers support for short-term visiting faculty, especially seeking those whose work is of interest to more than one department at Boston University.

Brigham Young University, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies


The Charles Redd Center for the American West at BYU hosts Visiting Fellows and awards research, interdisciplinary research, and publication awards for scholars pursuing projects that deal with the Intermountain West.

British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences


The British Academy supports international scholars at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences who wish to work within a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with British colleagues to develop and deepen research partnerships.

Brown University, Cogut Institute for the Humanities


The Cogut Institute at Brown offers Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the humanities and Postdoctoral Fellowships in International Humanities.

Brown University, George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation


This foundation offers one-year fellowships designed for mid-career artists, scholars, and writers to complete their work. Fellowships are offered in a five-year sequence of fields.

Cambridge University


Cambridge offers three-year fellowships open to graduates of any University who have recently completed their doctorate or are close to completion. The fellowships are offered through Churchill College, Fitzwilliam College, Murray Edwards College, Selwyn College, and Trinity Hall.

Cambridge University, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities


Offers several fellowship opportunities for visiting scholars.

Cambridge University, Munby Fellowship in Bibliography


A ten-month fellowship that is based on research using the collection at Cambridge library or that serves scholars using the collection in the future.

Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange


This foundation supports scholars in the humanities and social sciences at academic institutions throughout the world who undertake research projects that can “shed new light on Chinese culture and society.”

City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission


The City of Reno awards one-time program grants to organizations (not individuals) for events that are held within Reno’s city limits and are free and open to the public. Applicants must attend a mandatory grant workshop held in November to be eligible.

Columbia Society of Fellows


Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities.

Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities


The Edward W. Said Fellowship supports early career scholars for a period of residency at Columbia University for work on a project that “engages with the legacy of Edward Said.” Applicants should apply their academic scholarship to “pressing issues in the public sphere.”

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals


CBYX is a yearlong fellowship for 75 Americans ages 18-24 to live, study, and work in Germany, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program consists of two months of German language school, four months of classes, and a five-month internship in the applicant’s career field.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers


The program supports “advanced trans-regional research” in the humanities, social sciences, or related natural sciences. Open to U.S. citizens, and applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Cornell Society of Humanities


Offers one-year Society and Sustainability Fellowships based on an annual theme as well as two-year postdoctoral Mellon Fellowships in English and History of Art.

Council on Library and Information Resources


Offers awards and fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, dissertation research, and students of library science.

Creative Capital


Creative Capital provides advising and financing to artists pursuing “adventurous projects” in Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Letters of Inquiry are due by the end of February.

Critical Language Scholarships


A State Department program that funds group-based intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment for 7-10 weeks in selected countries. U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD students are eligible.

Cultural Vistas Fellowship


The Cultural Vistas Fellowship grants underrepresented U.S. undergraduate students eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Dartmouth College Leslie Center for the Humanities


The center offers two Mellon Fellowships in the humanities. It also offers external postdoctoral scholars an opportunity to collaborate as junior fellows on Humanities Research Grant projects proposed by Dartmouth faculty.

Dartmouth Society of Fellows


Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships.

Dedalus Foundation


The Dedalus Foundation seeks a greater public understanding of modern art. Its grants, fellowships, and award programs prioritize “arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions and other curatorial projects.”

Digging Into Data

Waiting for 5th round funding

A grant program sponsored by several leading research funders from around the world. It has offered four rounds of funding since 2011 aimed at addressing how “big data” changes the research landscape for humanities and the social sciences.

Duke Lecturing Fellows

October & February

Duke often offers two Thompson Writing Program fellowships for academics with a PhD to access their interests and disciplinary training to create a unique Academic Writing course.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection


Awards Senior and Junior Fellowships to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars for study in residence at this research library in the Washington, D.C. area.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program


This fellowship is a social justice program that places fellows with community organizations that fight hunger and poverty and with policy-makers in Washington, D.C. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Emory University, James Weldon Johnson Institute


Offers a Visiting Fellows Program for new PhDs, faculty members, and independent scholars with an impressive background in research and undergraduate or graduate teaching in the humanities; supports interdisciplinary research that addresses race and civil and human rights.

English Program in Korea

January & July

A one-year program for those with a bachelor’s degree to share knowledge and the English language with teachers and students in a Korean public school.

Folger Shakespeare Library

March & November

Research fellowships provide access to the Library's collections. Short-term (1-3 months) and long-term (6-9 months) fellowships are available. Some short-term fellowships do not require a PhD.

Ford Foundation


The Ford Foundation “promotes equality in the United States, Mexico and Central America, and the Middle East and North Africa.” Its grants database is organized by its major focus areas: civic engagement, creativity and free expression, equitable development, gender/racial/ethnic justice, inclusive economies, internet freedom, and youth opportunity.

Freeman-ASIA Award


The program is designed to support undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Students must work with their home university’s study abroad office to pursue this opportunity.

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington


Awards short-term and long-term funded residential research fellowships to applicants whose research focuses on “the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and early American history.” The Library is located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. at Mount Vernon.

Fulbright Foundation


A program sponsored by the U.S. State Department that offers fellowships for study, research, and teaching abroad.

Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes


A month-long program for undergraduates with several years left of undergraduate study. Award recipients experience the UK’s culture while studying and living at a British university.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree but not a PhD when they apply. Awards available include Open Study/Research Awards, English Teaching Assistant Grants in classrooms abroad, and opportunities for those studying music culture and storytelling across cultures.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship


Students applying for a full-time, residential postgraduate degree (PhD or Master’s) at Cambridge may apply for this scholarship.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


Provides multiple opportunities for study and research in Germany for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.

Getty Research Institute


Offers Getty Scholar Grants for established scholars and writers as well as Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships for emerging scholars who are working on projects related to the Getty’s annual theme. The Institute’s grant initiatives aim to “strengthen art history as a global discipline, advance conservation practice, and support current and future leaders in the visual arts.”

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History


Offers short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and college and university faculty at every rank working in American history. Fellows conduct research within the archives of any institution in the five boroughs of New York City.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation


The foundation offers grants for institutions for library projects and the performing arts, and for individuals it offers the Venetian research grants for one-year projects.

Gottlieb Foundation


The foundation is part of the legacy of visual artist Adolph Gottlieb and is designed to benefit “mature, creative painters and sculptors.” Applications for Individual Support grants are due annually in December, with applications for emergency funding accepted year-round.

Graham Foundation


The Graham Foundation provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations who are developing new ideas about architecture’s role in the arts, culture, and society.

Harpo Foundation

April for grants, November for residencies

The Harpo Foundation’s mission is to support emerging visual artists – see their website for their definition of an “emerging artist.” They offer both grants and month-long residencies at art institutes in Vermont and Santa Fe.

Harvard Society of Fellows


Offers about 12 three-year postdoctoral fellowships per year. Fellows are free to pursue independent scholarship during the whole period.

Harvard University, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs


The Belfer Center offers fellowships for political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The prestige of the Belfer Center makes this opportunity appropriate for faculty as well as postdoctoral scholars. Fellows are expected to complete a significant publication during residence.

Harvard University, Mahindra Humanities Center


Offers one-year postdoctoral fellowships related to the Center’s annual seminar topic – current topic is “migration and the humanities.” This opportunity may also be appropriate for early-career faculty members.

Haverford College, Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


Haverford hosts two Mellon fellows each year. Applicants must possess a PhD.

Hiett Prize in the Humanities


Each year, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture identifies one notable early-to-mid career scholar, recognizing his or her achievements to date and his or her promise for the future. The recognition comes with a cash award of $50,000 to assist the scholar’s ongoing work.

History of Science Society


The Society’s webpage provides links to a number of prizes, grants, and fellowships for scholars interested in the history of science and its cultural impact.

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy


Offers grants to current PhDs who are working on a dissertation that addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences.

Humanity in Action Fellowship


The fellowship assembles a group of university students and recent graduates for 4-5 weeks each summer to “explore national histories of discrimination and resistance.”

Humboldt Foundation


The Humboldt Foundation has research fellowships and research awards for world experts, established scholars, and postdoctoral researchers in any field of the humanities or sciences. These fellowships fund research stays in Germany.

The Huntington Library


Offers one-year fellowships for conducting advanced humanities research using the collections at the Huntingdon Library.

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities


IPRH offers Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships for external scholars.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers History Center


The IEEE Life Members’ Fellowship in Electrical History supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology, or up to one year of postdoctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received their Ph.D. within the past three years.

Institute of International Education (IIE)


Administers hundreds of scholarship and fellowship programs for scholars, students, and teachers to travel, study, and teach internationally. The Fulbright is its flagship program, but it offers many other opportunities.

Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California San Diego


Funds are available for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students for completing research on security, environmental, and economic policy.

Institute of Museum and Library Services


IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and collections. Many grants are offered for institutions and some grants to individuals are available.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships


Offers fellowships to individuals working to become outstanding secondary school teachers of the American Constitution. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program


A program for those with a bachelor’s degree to teach in Japan and experience Japanese culture.

Japan Foundation Fellowship


Offers up to a year of support for conducting research in Japan.

John Templeton Foundation


The John Templeton Foundation funds several core areas in the humanities and social sciences – all focused on “creative approaches to knowledge making.” These areas include individual freedom and free markets, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, and science and the “big questions.”

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Offers a year of funding for advanced professionals with a significant record of publication and scholarship to pursue independent projects.

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress


The Center welcomes senior scholars for residency as chair holders or distinguished visiting scholars. It also accommodates postdoctoral Fellows pursuing research in the Library’s collections, usually for periods from 6-12 months. The Kluge Center seeks scholars who will engage in dialogue with the public and with leaders in Washington.

King’s College London


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities welcomes Visiting Scholars in nearly every department. Interested applicants should contact the department of interest.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program


The program gives full funding for graduate studies at Stanford to 100 excellent students from around the world who have proven their aptitude for leadership and commitment to public service.

Leakey Foundation

January & July

Advanced doctoral students and established scientists working on research in human origins are eligible for Leakey Foundation Research Grants.

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award


A scholarship award available to undergraduates and graduate students studying journalism. Applicants must also demonstrate “an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and a commitment to fair coverage.”

Loeb Classical Library Foundation, Harvard University


The Loeb Classical Library Foundation awards fellowships to qualified scholars to support research and publication in classical studies. 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.

Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center


The center, located at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, offers postdoctoral fellowships and research groups in the humanities and Jewish studies.

Marshall Scholarship


Marshall Scholarships finance 40 young Americans each year to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

Michigan Society of Fellows


Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships in Ann Arbor, MI as well as fellowships in partnership with Tsinghua University in China.

Mitchell Scholarship


Seeks to familiarize future American leaders with the culture of Ireland. Mitchell Scholars are selected for their intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree.

National Academies, Ford Foundation Fellowships


Awards will be made to individuals who “show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.” Only U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible to apply.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Fellowships in Aerospace History

April 1

NASA provides funding to the History of Science Society, American Historical Association, and the Society for the History of Technology and allows each organization to review pooled applications and award one fellowship each. The fellowship is aimed at helping early career faculty and recent PhDs complete research in any aspect of aerospace history, including “cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management.”

National Art Education Association


Offers NAEA grants for research in arts education and opportunities to participate in arts delegations abroad.

National Endowment for the Arts

January & March

Funds translation projects and creative writing fellowships with awards of up to $25,000.

National Endowment for the Humanities


Offers Summer Stipends (due in September), Collaborative Grants (due in December), Fellowships (due in April), and funding for Translation and Digital Humanities initiatives to support scholars in humanities research that is of value to fellow scholars or general audiences. Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.

National Humanities Center


A private non-profit located in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Typically offers 40 residential fellowships a year to support advanced study in all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Also offers Burkhardt Fellowships for recently tenured faculty.

National Institute of Justice


NIJ funds physical and social science research related to criminal justice. The focus of the solicitations varies from year to year based on funding and research priorities.

National Science Foundation, Science Technology and Society (STS)

February & August

STS makes grants for research into the connections between science (including engineering) or technology, and society using many methods including social science, history, and philosophy.

Nevada Arts Council


Offers 12-month Artist Fellowship grants to visual artists (in odd calendar years) and literary and performing artists (in even calendar years). Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program.

Nevada Humanities


Nevada Humanities makes grants to institutions (not individuals) to support humanities projects and programs that “promote community.”

Newberry Library

November & December

Awards allow researchers to use the collections in Chicago for short-term fellowships (1-2 months) and long-term fellowships (4-12 months). Faculty and postdoctoral scholars are eligible for these awards.

New York Public Library


NYPL offers many fellowships for scholars, writers, and historians that give researchers access to the library’s extensive collections and archives.

North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain


The program allows US and Canadian students and graduates majoring in any subject who are native speakers of English or French the opportunity to work with foreign language teachers in schools in Spain, live in Spain, and learn about Spanish culture.

Northeastern University Humanities Center


Offers one-year faculty fellowships in various fields within the humanities.

Northwestern University, Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities


Offers various grants and fellowships. Current offerings include a fellowship in the digital humanities.

Notre Dame, Institute for Advanced Study


Offers Graduate Student Fellowships and Resident Fellowships for scholars established within their fields, both of up to a year in duration. Research interests should pertain to “ultimate questions and questions of value.”

Omohundro Institute for Early American Studies at William & Mary


The Omohundro Institute is a well-known leader in Early American scholarship. It supports research through varied fellowships at all levels of scholarship. Applicants’ work should relate to the history and cultures of North America from 1450 to 1820 or related developments in Africa, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.

Open Society Foundations


Offers funding for graduate studies at Central European University in Budapest. Also offers Soros Equality Fellowships for work related to racial justice and Soros Justice Fellowships for work related to issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.

Overseas Press Club Foundation


Graduate and undergraduate students at American universities who are studying to become foreign correspondents are invited to apply for the 16 scholarships and fellowships awarded each year.

Palmquist Photo Research Fund


Makes grants of $500-$1500 to individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography.

Pennsylvania State, Center for Humanities and Information


Offers up to six fellowships each year for academics holding a Ph.D. This program allows co-applications from two or more people working on a single project.

Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships


Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school for study in a field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service and be prepared to enter the Foreign Service following completion of their studies. In exchange, fellows receive funding and mentorship.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation


This foundation funds actively working, mid-career professional artists who can demonstrate financial need. The foundation is interested in funding painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper .

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships


Encourages outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at selected universities – currently the University of California, University of Michigan, University of Colorado, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, and Carnegie Mellon. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and hiring incentives.

Princeton in Africa, Asia, and Latin America


This program, affiliated with Princeton but open to recent college graduates and young alumni of any U.S. college, provides participants with year-long service placements abroad.

Princeton Society of Fellows


Awards three-year postdoctoral fellowships for scholars with interdisciplinary interests in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University offers 50 fellowships annually in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Areas of special interest are: the theme of citizenship and the theme of women, gender, and society. Graduate student fellowships for dissertation completion are also available.

Rangel International Affairs Program

February (Summer Enrichment) & September (Fellowship)

Offers a Graduate Fellowship Program and a Summer Enrichment Program for undergraduates to study international affairs in residence at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Rauschenberg Foundation


The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s programs actively support “the intersections of the Arts with social justice, philanthropy, and innovation.”

Rhodes Scholarship


The Rhodes Scholarships fund students ages 18-24 from around the world who wish to study at Oxford University.

Rice Humanities Research Center


Rice hosts several Lynnette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars each year. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are also available for participation in the Rice Seminar on a selected topic.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Funds research and initiatives related to creating a healthier culture in America. Recent funding opportunities have addressed topics like developing solutions for social isolation in the U.S., empowering boys and men of color, and improving trust in our health care system.

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residencies


Located on Lake Como in Italy, the Bellagio Center offers three types of residencies for reflection, collaboration, and work that “promotes the well-being of humanity,” including issues like health, food and agriculture, and economic opportunity. The Arts & Literary Arts Residency is for artists whose work relates to global or social issues.

Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies


Located at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts, the Rockwell Center is dedicated to studying the vast impacts of American illustration. Four fellowships are offered annually, and they may be carried out in residence or remotely.

Royal Museums Greenwich


The Museum funds fellowships and internships for maritime historians or scholars from other disciplines who are interested in exploring maritime history and its cultural, social and political impacts.

The Royal Society


The Royal Society is the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth’s independent scientific organization dedicated to advancing the sciences. The society offers numerous grants and awards, including the Newton International Fellowship, designed for early career researchers in the social sciences or humanities who want to spend two years working with researchers at a British University.

Russell Sage Foundation

June for Visiting Scholars Program, Varies for other opportunities

The Russell Sage Foundation is dedicated to research in the social sciences. Located in New York City, it offers a residential Visiting Scholars Program. The foundation website also lists numerous funding opportunities for research projects on topics ranging from social inequality to immigration to non-standard employment.

Rutgers University, Center for Cultural Analysis


Offers two Postdoctoral Associate positions annually for an annual seminar that relates to the applicant’s research in the humanities or social sciences. The 2019-2020 seminar topic is “The University and Its Public Worlds: Arts, Languages, Environments.”

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award


Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.

Schwarzman Scholars Program


Offers a Master’s of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University in China. Aimed at creating “a global network of talented young leaders.” Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and be between 18-29 years old.

Science History Institute


The Science History Institute, formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation, is a nonprofit based in Philadelphia with a satellite center in Berkeley. It is “the largest U.S. private fellowship program in the history and social study of science.” It offers two-year, dissertation, and short-term fellowships.

Smithsonian Institution


Fellowships, internships, and other awards are available, both Smithsonian-wide and through each individual museum and research center.

Social Science Research Council


An international non-profit that aims to “support innovative research and nurture the next generation of social scientists.”-Various prizes, grants, and fellowships are available in disciplines like journalism and sociology.

Society for the History of Technology


The Society supports several fellowships as well as prizes for excellent scholarly work, articles, paper presentations, and teaching about the history of technology.

Stanford Humanities Center


The Humanities Center offers approximately twenty-five residential fellowships for the academic year to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages. Fellows work on individual projects and the center aims to provide a supportive community.

Stanford University, Center for East Asian Studies


CEAS Visiting Scholars can conduct research using Stanford’s resources; Visiting Scholars must have a Stanford faculty sponsor to apply. The Center also offers up to two postdoctoral fellowships in Chinese Studies each year. These awards are open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences studying any historical period.

Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation


CISAC is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to scholarly research on international security challenges. Opportunities are available for early career faculty and postdoctoral scholars. Mid-career and senior scholars may contact CISAC directly – sometimes fellowships are available at this level.

Teach and Learn with Georgia


The program allows native English speakers to teach alongside local teachers in public schools throughout the country of Georgia. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and some teaching experience. TLG aims to improve Georgia’s nationwide English language proficiency in an effort towards fuller engagement in the global community.

Teach Thailand Corps

May & December

The program places American college graduates as teachers in schools in less-developed provinces in Thailand.

Teaching Assistant Program in France


The program's goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools, while also providing Americans with experience teaching and living in France. Applicants should be between 20-35 years old and should have completed at least three years of post-secondary education.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)


TORCH offers postdoctoral fellowships, Mellon fellowships, travel grants, and opportunities to participate in research projects at Oxford University.

Truman Scholarship


Scholarships fund graduate study for aspiring future leaders in the government or nonprofit sectors. Awardees must commit to spending three years working in public service after graduate school.

Tufts University Center for the Humanities


Offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Global Humanities.

University at Buffalo Humanities Institute


Allows visiting scholars and graduate students working on their research access to the library collections and a stipend.

University of California Humanities Research Institute


The program allows scholars to participate in Residential Research Groups at UCHRI.

University of California at Los Angeles, Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies


The Center awards fellowships and working groups for senior, postdoctoral, and predoctoral scholars who work across the humanities in early modern studies.

University of Chicago Society of Fellows


Awards four-year postdoctoral teaching fellowships.

University of Connecticut Humanities Institute


Offers a one-year Visiting Humanities Fellows program. Applicants must have held the PhD for four years.

University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


IASH has robust offerings – Visiting Fellowships open to all fields in the humanities, several in Literature, and a Creative Fellowship for playwrights partnering with the Traverse Theatre. It also offers International and Interdisciplinary Research Groups and Environmental, Medical, and Public Humanities Research Networks.

University of Georgia, Willson Center for Humanities


The Willson Center funds a Distinguished Artist or Lecturer Program, a Department-Invited Artist or Lecturer Program for more junior faculty, and offers Short-Term Visiting Fellowships.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities


The Center often offers fellowships for access to and work on its numerous archives projects – from Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, and Buffalo Bill Cody archives to archives about early and Civil War Washington, D.C.

University of Newcastle, Australia, Centre for 21st Century Humanities

Contact director

The Centre seeks International Collaborators, faculty members whose interests overlap with members of its own community. Areas of humanities strength include digital humanities, the history of violence, religion and philosophy (especially as they shape rising powers), feminist and social theory, the history of the book and women’s writing, and language theory.

University of Pennsylvania, Price Lab for Digital Humanities


Invites early career scholars holding a PhD to apply for a one-to-two-year Mellon Fellowship in the Digital Humanities.

University of Pennsylvania, Wolf Humanities Center


Awards five one-year Mellon Postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities annually. Applicants must be within eight years of receiving the PhD and must not yet be tenured. The Fellowship has an annual theme but is open to all fields in the humanities.

University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center


Hosts Early Career Residential Fellows as well as Visiting Short-Term Fellows.

University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences


Offers postdoctoral fellowships aimed at increasing diversity in research and instruction; typically selects three fellows in the humanities and two in the social sciences.

University of Rochester Humanities Center


Offers two fellowships to faculty holding tenure-track positions. Proposals for this one-year opportunity must address an annual theme.

University of Southern California Society of Fellows


Offers postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. Cross-disciplinary projects are welcome.

University of Sussex, England, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies


The University offers several Asa Briggs Fellowships to academics based outside of England for collaboration on a project with a member of the University of Sussex faculty. Applicants should be well-regarded and well-published leaders in their field.

University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


The Ransom Center supports around 50 fellowships, travel stipends, and an additional 10 dissertation fellowships for research that involves the use of its collections.

University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Institute


Often offers Mellon postdoctoral fellowships.

University of Utah, Tanner Humanities Center


Offers one-year postdoctoral fellowships; the Association of American Universities (AAU) has deemed this program “highly prestigious” and participants earn AAU points for UNR.

University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture


Offers various semester to multi-year fellowships for research and study with this institute for interdisciplinary research at the University of Virginia. Interests of applicants should be aligned with IASC’s research priorities.

University of the Western Cape, South Africa Center for Humanities Research


The University hosts Visiting Scholars working within one of the following broad themes: aesthetic education; the human and technology; citizenship, migration and political violence; political theory and philosophy; visual history and theory; performance and kinetic objects; and transformative constitutionalism.

University of Wisconsin Institute for Research in the Humanities


The Institute awards 40-50 fellowships per year. Most are not limited by discipline except the Solmsen Fellowships for projects on pre-1700 Europe and the Kingdon Fellowship for projects on Judeo-Christian religious traditions.

Vanderbilt University, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities


The center hosts a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar and accepts applications from scholars with a terminal degree and a record of scholarly publications, research, or creative expression to participate as Visiting Fellows.

Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies


Offers Visiting Professorships and Fellowships for scholars studying the Italian Renaissance or connections between Italy and other cultures.

Villanova University, Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) Research Grants


The Waterhouse Family Institute supports projects annually that focus on communication, its effect on the world, and its ability to bring about social justice.

Washington University in St. Louis, Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry


Awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships focused on teaching across the humanities and social sciences.

Wellesley College, Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities


Offers fellowships in support of innovative research in the humanities.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

May & November

The Foundation offers grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship, including a Post-PhD Research Grant.

Wesleyan Center for the Humanities


Wesleyan sponsors one postdoctoral Mellon fellow each academic year.

Woolley Scholarship


The scholarship is awarded to a maximum of four American post-graduate students in visual fine arts (painting, graphic design, print-making, sculpture, photography) and music (composition, instrumental or vocal performance). Applicants need to have graduated from an American university or professional school with an excellent transcript. Preference is given to mature students who have already done some graduate study.

Yale University, Beinecke Library


Beinecke Library offers Visiting Scholar Fellowships of up to six months to scholars wishing to use the collection for research.

Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center


Whitney Humanities Center typically hosts external faculty as Franke Visiting Fellows and Mellon Mid-Career Fellows. It also offers postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities.

Yenching Scholarship


The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition, travel to Beijing, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy’s goal is to offer a residential program that “creates a community of globally-oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university.