Fellowships and Grant Agencies in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Looking for funding to support your research in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences? The federal agencies that fund these areas of research and scholarly activity are the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Also, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes updates its home page with one or two current opportunities soliciting applications. It also has a directory of its member institutes and more information about their staff and programs.

In addition to the federal agencies – a great first stop for a variety of funding options – we have curated a list of funding agencies, centers and foundations that provide different types of funding to give you a head start.

Funding Agencies and Opportunities in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
InstitutionDeadlineDescription
Aaron Copland Fund for Music Varies The Aaron Copland Fund supports contemporary American music. It has three grant awards with distinct goals and deadlines.
Academy Grants Program December, January The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences aims to support filmmakers through three funding opportunities.
Alexia Foundation February 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 Globalisation Varies 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 September 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 Varies 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 November 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 Varies 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, J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History April 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 January 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 Varies The Society offers research grants, dissertation fellowships, and library and museum fellowships.
American Psychological Foundation Varies 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 January 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 November 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 January 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 July Offers awards, grants, fellowships, and prizes to support scholarship in theater and performing arts studies.
The American University in Cairo: Presidential Internship Program January 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 January 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 The Warhol Foundation offers grants and awards in support of the visual arts.
Arizona State University, Institute for Humanities Research Varies 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 November 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 February 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 Varies 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.
British Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences January 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 Varies 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 November 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 November 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 Varies Offers several fellowship opportunities for visiting scholars.
Cambridge University, Munby Fellowship in Bibliography November 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.
Chemical Heritage Foundation January CHF, soon to be called the Science History Institute, 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.
Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange October 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 January Offers project and event grants that benefit citizens in our community.
Columbia Society of Fellows October Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities.
Columbia University, Heyman Center for the Humanities February 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 December 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 Varies 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 October 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 Varies Offers awards and fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, dissertation research, and students of library science.
Creative Capital February 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 November 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 January 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 October 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 September Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships.
Dedalus Foundation Varies 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 Varies 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 January 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 February 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 November 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 October A program sponsored by the U.S. State Department that offers fellowships for study, research, and teaching abroad.
Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes February 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 October 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 October 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) Varies Provides multiple opportunities for study and research in Germany for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.
Getty Research Institute Varies 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 May 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 December 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.
Graham Foundation Varies 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.
Harvard Society of Fellows August 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 January 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 December Offers one-year postdoctoral fellowships related to the Center’s annual seminar topic. This opportunity may also be appropriate for early-career faculty members.
Haverford College, Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities January Haverford hosts two Mellon fellows each year. Applicants must possess a PhD.
Hiett Prize in the Humanities April 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.
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy December Offers grants to current PhDs who are working on a dissertation that addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences.
Humanity in Action Fellowship January 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 Varies 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 November Offers one-year fellowships for conducting advanced humanities research using the collections at the Huntingdon Library.
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities October IPRH offers Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships for external scholars.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers History Center February 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) Varies 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 Varies Funds are available for postdoctoral scholars and graduate students for completing research on security, environmental, and economic policy.
Institute of Museum and Library Services Varies 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 March 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 November A program for those with a bachelor’s degree to teach in Japan and experience Japanese culture.
Japan Foundation Fellowship November Offers up to a year of support for conducting research in Japan.
John Templeton Foundation Varies 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 September 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 November 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 June 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 November 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 September The center, located at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, offers postdoctoral fellowships and research groups in the humanities and Jewish studies.
Marshall Scholarship September Marshall Scholarships finance 40 young Americans each year to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.
Michigan Society of Fellows September Offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships in Ann Arbor, MI as well as fellowships in partnership with Tsinghua University in China.
Mitchell Scholarship September 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 November 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 Art Education Association October 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 Varies 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 October 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 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 April 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 March 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.
Newton International Fellowships Varies This fellowship is designed for early career researchers in the social sciences or humanities who want to spend two years working with researchers at a British University. The program is sponsored by the Royal Society and the British Academy.
New York Public Library Varies 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 April 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 January Offers one-year faculty fellowships in various fields within the humanities.
Northwestern University, Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities Varies Offers various grants and fellowships. Current offerings include a fellowship in the digital humanities.
Notre Dame, Institute for Advanced Study October 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 December 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 November Makes grants of $500-$1500 to individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography.
Pennsylvania State, Center for Humanities and Information January Offers up to six fellowships each year for academics holding a PhD. This program allows co-applications from two or more people working on a single project.
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships January 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.
President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships November 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 November 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 September Awards three-year postdoctoral fellowships for scholars with interdisciplinary interests in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study September 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 Varies The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s programs actively support “the intersections of the Arts with social justice, philanthropy, and innovation.”
Rhodes Scholarship September The Rhodes Scholarships fund students ages 18-24 from around the world who wish to study at Oxford University.
Rice Humanities Research Center Varies 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 Varies 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 December 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 June 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 October 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.
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 January Offers two Postdoctoral Associate positions annually for an annual seminar that relates to the applicant’s research in the humanities or social sciences.
Samuel Huntington Public Service Award January Provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world.
Schwarzman Scholars Program September 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.
Smithsonian Institution Varies Fellowships, internships, and other awards are available, both Smithsonian-wide and through each individual museum and research center.
Social Science Research Council Varies 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.
Stanford Humanities Center November 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 Varies CEAS Visiting Scholars can conduct research using Stanford’s resources; Visiting Scholars must have a Stanford faculty sponsor in order 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 Varies 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 July 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 for Thailand May & December The program places American college graduates as teachers in schools in less-developed provinces in Thailand.
Teaching Assistant Program in France January 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) Varies TORCH offers postdoctoral fellowships, Mellon fellowships, travel grants, and opportunities to participate in research projects at Oxford University.
Truman Scholarship December 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 February Offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Global Humanities.
University at Buffalo Humanities Institute January Allows visiting scholars and graduate students working on their research access to the library collections and a stipend.
University of California Humanities Research Institute Varies 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 Varies 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 October Awards four-year postdoctoral teaching fellowships.
University of Connecticut Humanities Institute February 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 Varies 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 October 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 October 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 January Hosts Early Career Residential Fellows as well as Visiting Short-Term Fellows.
University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences February 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 December 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 November Offers postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. Cross-disciplinary projects are welcome.
University of Sussex, England, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies February 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 November 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 Varies Often offers Mellon postdoctoral fellowships.
University of Utah, Tanner Humanities Center December 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 Varies 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 October 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 Varies 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 January 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 Varies Offers Visiting Professorships and Fellowships for scholars studying the Italian Renaissance or connections between Italy and other cultures.
Washington University in St. Louis, Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry December Awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships focused on teaching across the humanities and social sciences.
Wellesley College, Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities December 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 January Wesleyan sponsors one postdoctoral Mellon fellow each academic year.
Wooley Scholarship January 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 December 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 Varies 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 December 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.”