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Opportunities for Research Funding in Social and Behavioral Science

The following lists include several federal agencies and foundations that provide national-level funding of research in Social and Behavioral Science. To maximize your likelihood of success in obtaining funding, choose a funding source and mechanism that best matches the topic, scope, and budget of your proposed research, as well as your career level. Private agencies can be good sources of seed money needed to collect preliminary data for larger scale federal funding. Several agencies offer email alerts when new funding opportunities become available; see individual agency websites for details. 

Funder Description
A Blade of Grass
Program: Fellowship

Deadline: TBD

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change. A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art.
 
ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus Von Grunberg 
Program: Research Award

Deadline: TBD

The award will honor the best Ph.D. dissertation within the fields of power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure. It consists of a $300,000 personal research grant for post-doctoral research within the scope of power and automation in the areas in question. Recognition will be given to both the Ph.D. student and the supervising professor.
 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Program: Sloan Research Fellowship, STEM Research, STEM Higher Ed, Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics, Digital Information Technology, Economics, Energy and Environment, Select Issues/Civic Initiatives.

Deadline: Varies by Program

The Foundation is unique in its focus on science, technology, and economic institutions. In each grant program, the Foundation seeks proposals for original projects led by outstanding individuals or teams. They are interested in projects that it expects will result in a strong benefit to society, and for which funding from the private sector, the government, or other foundations is not widely available. 
 
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American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Program: Visiting Scholars Program

Deadline: October (annually)

One-year research fellowships in the areas of science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, for postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty; stipends of up to $65,000
 
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Program : Policy Fellowship in the Humanities, Education, and the Arts

Deadline: January

Provides Policy Fellowship in the Humanities and Education, for an early-career professional with experience or training in higher education who is interested in transitioning to a career in public policy and administration. While in residence, the Fellow will work with senior scholars and policy experts on critical national and international issues related to humanistic and social scientific research, the strength of artistic and cultural institutions, and the role of education in a well-functioning democracy.
 
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American Association of Physical Anthropologists
Program: Grants and Awards

Deadline: Varies by Program

Focus is Physical Anthropology.
 
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American Association of University Women 
Program: Career Development Grants

Deadline: December

Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
 

Program: International Fellowships

Deadline: December

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
 
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Program: International Project Grants

Deadline: December

When AAUW International Fellows pursue education in the United States, their commitment to empowering women and girls in their home countries does not end — and their need for funding does not either. To create lasting support for women and girls across the globe, AAUW gives grants to recent International Fellowship alumnae who have returned to their home countries to build on their academic work and implement community-based projects that will improve the lives of women and girls.
 

Program: Selected Professions Fellowships

Deadline: Varies by Program

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 
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Program: American Fellowships

Deadline: November

American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
 
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American Council of Learned Societies
Program: 
- Collaborative Research Fellowships
- Digital Innovation Fellowships
- Programs in China Studies
- Public Fellows Program
- African Humanities Program
- Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society
- Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
- Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation - Completion Fellowships
- Program in East Europe Studies
- Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies
- Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

Deadline: Varies by Program

ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellowships and grants are offered through multiple programs.
 
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American Historical Association 
Program:
- Albert J. Beveridge Grant
- Michael Kraus Research Grant
- Littleton-Griswold Grant
- Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant
- J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship
- Fellowship in Aerospace History

Deadline: February/April

The American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are offered annually and are intended to further research in progress. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses.
 
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American Lung Association 
Program: American Lung Association-Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC)/Junior Investigator Awards - Mentor required/Training Awards Alliance Awards Program

Deadline: Varies by Program

The American Lung Association offers annual funding opportunities as a part of its Awards and Grants Program. The Awards and Grants Program supports basic, clinical and behavioral/policy research through training and investigator-initiated peer-review proposals.
 
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American Philosophical Society 
Program: Library Resident, Research Fellowship

Deadline: March

The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots,as well as early American history and culture.

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American Political Science Association
Program:
- Congressional Fellowship Program
- Minority Fellows Program
- Ralph Bunche Summer Institute 
- Small Research Grant Program
- APSA Centennial Center Visiting Scholars Program
- Supplemental Research Support APSA Awards

Deadline: Varies by Program

APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors and also maintains lists of non-APSA sources of funding opportunities for study and research in political science and related disciplines.

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American Psychological Foundation 
Program: Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

Deadline: May 2018

The APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness. The amount of the scholarship is $5,000. The Franks Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Drs. Violet and Cyril Franks

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American Sociological Assoication 
Program: The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy ASA Congressional Fellowship
 
Deadline: Varies by Program
 
The Fellowship brings a PhD-level sociologist to Washington, DC, to work as a staff member on a congressional committee, in a congressional member office, or in a congressional agency (e.g., the Government Accountability Office). This intensive six-month experience reveals the intricacies of the policy making process to the sociological fellow, and shows the usefulness of sociological data and concepts to policy issues.
 
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Program: Community Action Research Initiative (CARI Grants)
 
Deadline: February
 
To encourage sociologists to undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns.
 
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Program: Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline
 
Deadline: June/December
 
The American Sociological Association invites submissions by PhD sociologists for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the American Sociological Association through a matching grant from the National Science Foundation, the goal of this project is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences.
 
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Program: Minority Fellowship Program

Deadline: Janurary
 
Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology. Funded by a generous contributions from various aligned associations and member donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research.
 
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Program:  Sorokin Lecture Grants
 
Deadline: February
 
Academic departments and programs, as well as state,regional, and aligned associations, can apply for funds to bring any ASA major award recipient from the previous two calendar years to their campus or annual meeting to deliver a Pitirim A. Sorokin Lecture. The grant will cover the cost of transportation and up to two nights hotel accommodations. Hosting organizations cover the cost of meals and other expenses. Up to four lecture trips a year can be supported.
 
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Program:  Student Forum Travel Awards
 
Deadline: April
 
ASA anticipates granting approximately 25 travel awards in the amount of $225 each. These awards will be made on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students by defraying the expenses associated with attending the ASA Annual Meeting. All applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding to cover expenses associated with attending the Annual Meeting.
 
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Program:  Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants
 
Deadline: Februrary
 
Applications are being accepted for the Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants. This small grants program supports teaching projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. The Carnegie Foundation has defined SoTL as "problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review" (Cambridge, 2001).
 
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Prospective grantees should review program area guidelines before inquiring about a particular project. Must be invited to propose.
 
Funds programs focused on higher education and scholarship in the humanities; museums & art conservation; performing arts; conservation and the environment.
 
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Andy Warhol Foundation  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: March/September
 
Funds programs for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.
 
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Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Program: Fellowships and Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Program
 
A nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society - is the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts.
 
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Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Program: Research Grant/PhD/ABD Dissertation Grant
 
Deadline: December
 
The program at Freie Universität Berlin supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century.
 
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Brain Research Foundation Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Letter of Intent is January 8, 2018.
 
The Brain Research Foundation has invited Stony Brook to nominate one senior faculty member to submit a letter of Intent for the 2018 Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee will review the SIA proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Foundation.
 
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The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Februrary/September
 
Maintains a vital interest in the overall efforts to increase economic literacy, the Board of Trustees will give special attention to proposals and projects with national impact that address increasing public economic literacy and education. Looks most favorably at programs that match grants of support with funds from other organizations, learned institutions, universities, colleges, and government sources.
 
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Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University  Program: Residential Fellowships
 
Deadline: July/November
 
Offers a residential fellowship program for scholars from this country and abroad. These include the five core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology) as well as humanistic disciplines, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences.
 
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Charolette W. Newcombe Fellowship Program: Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: November
 
In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.
 
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Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Program: Research, Scholars & Fellows Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Program
 
The Foundation’s programs encompass four regions: the Domestic Region (Taiwan), the American Region (the United States, Canada and Mexico), the European Region, and the Asia-Pacific Region (including Hong Kong and Macau). Grant programs differ among the four regions. Please follow the appropriate links for your own location. Developing Region covers the European and Asia-Pacific regions. In 2012, NED funded about 1236 projects in 92 countries around the world. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.
 
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Columbia University, Teachers College Minority Fellowship Program: Post Doctoral-Fellowship
 
Deadline: Februrary
 
The program promotes the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty at the College by advancing the careers of individuals from groups in US society that have been historically underrepresented in the academic profession.
 
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Council for International Exchange of Scholars Program: Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Deadline: August
 
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program Grants for U.S. faculty and professionals to lecture and conduct research abroad in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
 
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Council for International Exchange of Scholars  Program: Fulbright Specialist Program
 
Deadline: January
 
The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Grant Duration: Two- to six-weeks.
 
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DAAD (German Studies Research Grant)  Program: Dissertation Fellowship/MA Fellowship
 
Deadline: Continuous
 
The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.
 
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Dan David Prize Scholarships  Program: Dissertation Scholarship

Deadline: March
 
Advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students of excellent achievement and promise studying topics related to the fields chosen for each year, are invited to apply for the Dan David Prize Scholarships that particular year
 
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Davis Putter Social Justice Scholarships  Program: Dissertation Scholarship
 
Deadline: Janurary/March
 
The Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Recent grantees have been active in: the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.
 
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Dirksen Congressional Center Gateway  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.
 
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $998,026 to support over 451 projects.
 
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Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships  Program: Dissertation Fellowship
 
Deadline: Janurary
 
Liebmann Fellowships support graduate study in any field of the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, architecture, and other formal professional training programs).
 
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Ford Foundation  Program: Multiple Programs
 
Deadline: No submission deadline. Online inquiry initially. Asked to propose.
 
Areas of focus are democratic and accountable gov't; economic fairness; educational opportunity and scholarship; freedom of expression; human rights; gender, sexuality and reproductive justice; metropolitan opportunity; sustainable development. Countries of interest: U.S., Asian, Latin American, & Africa.
 
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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History  Program: Residential Fellowships

Deadline: May
 
Awards annual short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history.
 
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Harry Frank Gugenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program: Dissertation Fellowship/Final PhD year
 
Deadline: Februrary
 
The Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects.
 
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Horowitz Foundation Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Janurary
 
The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in all major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference is given to projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance. Applicants are not required to be citizens or residents of the United States. Awards are based solely on merit, not to ensure a representative base of recipients or disciplines.
 
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Humboldt Research Award Program: Research Grant/PhD
 
Deadline: Continuous
 
Academics from abroad, regardless of their discipline or nationality, may be nominated for a Humboldt Research Award. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female academics.
 
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Independent Social Research Foundation  Program: Fellowships and Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
The ISRF seeks to fund innovative research which breaks with existing explanatory frameworks so as to address afresh empirical problems with no currently adequate theory or investigative methodology. Innovation may also come from controversial theoretical approaches motivated by critical challenge of incumbent theories. Interdisciplinarity in the generation of new investigative initiatives may be achieved by combining, cross-fertilising, and so transforming empirical methods and theoretical insights from the social sciences. Projects ranging across the breadth of the social scientific disciplines and interdisciplinary research fields are welcome, and relevant applications from scholars working within the humanities are also encouraged.
 
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Gruber Foundation  Program: Science Fellowships
 
Deadline: December
 
Gruber Science Fellows receive a stipend supplement and a research account in addition to the standard stipend and tuition award given to students in their respective PhD programs. Fellows are also entitled to participate in Fellowship events and activities throughout the academic year among many special privileges, such as meetings with seminar speakers and lecturers, a fall reception for new Fellows, and a spring picnic.
 
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The Infinity Foundation Program: Grants
 
Deadline: None
 
The Infinity Foundation is calling for project proposals to do research and/or develop educational materials, whose objective would be to improve the authenticity of portrayal of Indic traditions in the educational system.
 
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Institute for Advanced Studies School of Social Science Program: Resident Fellowship

Deadline: June/November
 
A completed doctorate or equivalent is required by the application deadline. Memberships are awarded at both the junior and senior levels and for the full academic year only. Members are expected only to pursue their own research and participate in the weekly seminar. The School is not wedded to any particular intellectual or disciplinary approach and there is an organizing theme each year.
 
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Institute for New Economic Thinking  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: Call for applic once a year through an open request for proposals. Invite to longer proposal
 
Research Programs: Human Capital and Economic Opportunity, Financial Stability, Political Economy of Distribution, Imperfect Knowledge Economics. Grants will be awarded to individuals or teams of individuals affiliated with academic institutions, think tanks, and other research centers. They are especially interested in funding early stage research and junior research scholars.
 
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Ithaca College Humanities Dissertation Diversity Fellowship  Program: Dissertation Fellowship
 
Deadline: December
 
The fellowships support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities.
 
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John Dana Archbold Fellowship Program: The John Dana Archbold Fellowship
 
Deadline: February
 
Fellowships are offered to Americans and Norwegians for a year of graduate, post-doctoral, or professional study/research. Americans may apply to come to Norway in even-numbered years (2014, 2016, 2018…) and Norwegians may apply in odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019…). The primary purpose of the program is to increase understanding between scholars from the two countries.
 
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Johns Hopkins-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Humanities  Program: Post-Doctoral Fellowship
 
Deadline: November
 
The Mellon Postdoctoral Program encourages innovative teaching, enriches educational and research opportunities in the humanities, and fosters the career development of a select group of promising young scholars.
 
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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress  Program: Residential Fellowships
 
Deadline: July
 
Invites qualified scholars to conduct research using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of 4 to 11 months. Encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome.
 
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Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowships Program: Travel Grant/PhD within last 6 years
 
Deadline: December

This grant is designed to pay for cost incurred by new PhD's pursuing research in the history of philosophy.
 
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Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program  Program: Grants
 
Deadline: August 15th of each year
 
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or the process of legal education itself in a demonstrable way. Projects will be funded for amounts up to $200,000.
 
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Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund Program: General Scholarship
 
Deadline: No Deadline
 
The Rowe Fund helps citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS Member countries finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States.
 
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Louisville Institute Program:  Fellowships and Grants
 
Deadline: October
 
Supports both research and inquiry that strengthens the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while also advancing American religious and theological scholarship.
 
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MacArthur Foundation Program: Grants and Fellowships
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
MacArthur develops grantmaking strategies designed to meet very specific goals. We encourage you to closely read information about each program to determine whether your project falls within MacArthur’s grantmaking guidelines.

The Foundation awards the majority of its grants to organizations identified by our staff. Each year we also award grants to individuals through the MacArthur Fellows program, which does not accept applications or nominations.
Areas of focus are aging, arts & culture, climate change, community development, conservation, debt/deficit, education, health, housing, human rights, justice, media, migration/immigration, peace & security, policy, population, research, science, technology, youth.
 
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Mahindra Humanities Center Program: Post-Doctoral Fellowship/PhD
 
Deadline: December
 
Welcome applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with slow violence in relation to areas such as: environment, labor practices, human rights, privacy/security/migration, citizenship, cultural transmission, secularism, fundamentalism
 
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March of Dimes Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: April
 
The three grant categories, general March of Dimes Research Grants, Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) and Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC). Basic biological processes of development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and studies in social and behavioral sciences that focus on factors contributing to adverse pregnancy outcomes, and on consequences of birth defects and prematurity.
 
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NAA Research and Education Foundation Program:  Research and Education Grants
 
Deadline: June/October
 
NAA-REF will accept proposals that supports research and education relevant to labor and employment arbitration.
 
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National Academies  Program: 
- Research Fellowships
- Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs
- Jefferson Science Fellowship
- Optical Society of America, Foundation Fellowships
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce.
 
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National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: October
 
Research grants are available for faculty and postdoctoral researchers at institutions of higher education. The grants are competitive. Research in areas helping NASBA and the State Boards of Accountancy protect the public and be better resources to the public accounting profession are given preference when making the research awards. NASBA will work with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Accounting Associations (AAA), and other organizations to present and publish results of the funded research.
 
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National Communication Association Program: 
- Funds to Advance the Discipline
- Public Policy Working Groups
- Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund
 
Deadline: October
 
Supports projects and events that advance the discipline of communication. Supports public policy working groups that bring together teams of scholars to translate existing academic communication research into recommendations that can inform and impact public policy. Supports communication studies that benefit emerging democracies.
 
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National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Program:  Fellowships and Grants
 
Deadline: January/April/June
 
Each year the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) makes direct grants to hundreds of nongovernmental organizations worldwide working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. In 2012, NED funded about 1236 projects in 92 countries around the world. Grant amounts vary depending on the size and scope of the projects, but the average grant lasts 12 months and is around $50,000.
 
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission  Program:  
- Access to Historical Records
- Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections
- Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records
- Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
- State Board Programming Grants
- State Government Electronic Records

Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)- AREA Program:  Multiple Programs
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) AREA awards support biomedical and behavioral research projects proposed by faculty members at institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, but have not been major recipients of NIH support.
 
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Program:  Multiple Programs
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation.
 
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National Science Foundation (NSF) Program:  Multiple Programs
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
The NSF funds research and education in some areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Most grants are funded through program solicitations or program announcements (unsolicited applications with no deadlines).
 
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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Program: Graduate Student Fellowships
 
Deadline: November
 
The NDIAS encourages graduate student applicants to include questions of values in their analyses, to integrate diverse disciplines, and to ask how their findings advance civilization. The Institute offers its fellows the opportunity to engage not only in analysis but also in evaluating what should be done, to analyze the world in substantive and collaborative ways, and to think through the implications of present behavior for the future of the world.
 
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The Packard Fellowships Program:  Fellowships
 
Deadline: January
 
Every year, the Foundation invites the presidents of 50 universities to nominate two early-career professors each from their institutions. The Fellowship Program provides support for highly creative researchers early in their careers; faculty members who are well established and well-funded are less likely to receive the award. Packard Fellows are inquisitive, passionate scientists and engineers who take a creative approach to their research, dare to think big, and follow new ideas wherever they lead.
 
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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Program:  Fellowships
 
Deadline: November
 
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
 
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Pembrooke Center (Brown)  Program: Post-Doctoral Fellowship
 
Deadline: December
 
The Pembroke Center is awarding one-year residential postdoctoral fellowships to scholars from any field whose research relates to the theme of "Anti-War! Theaters of War/Politics of Refusal."
 
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Princeton Research Associate in Values and Public Policy  Program: Job for Untenured Faculty
 
Deadline: November
 
Aim to support highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.
 
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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Program:  Fellowships Program
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Fellowships in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, in residence in Cambridge, MA.
 
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Rice University-Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality Program: Post-Doctoral Fellowship
 
Deadline: January
 
The Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality announces two postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities or social sciences for scholars pursuing research and publication projects that focus on gender and health; gender and urban studies; women in the global economy; sex, race, and nation; or sexuality studies. The Center is particularly interested in applicants who demonstrate a record of innovative teaching and the potential to make a solid contribution to the Center’s program in engaged feminist research.
 
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. RWJF awards most grants through calls for proposals (CFPs) connected with our areas of focus. We accept unsolicited proposals for projects that suggest new and creative approaches to solving health and health care problems.
 
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The Rockefeller Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Submit a funding inquiry; must be invited to propose
 
The Foundation's goal is to create meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities. Core issues: Transform Cities, Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods. Project focus: commit to nurturing innovation, pioneering new fields, expanding access to and distribution of resources, and generating sustainable impact on individuals, institutions, and communities within the context of our active initiatives.
 
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Program:  Residency
 
Deadline: December
 
Offers Arts & Literary Arts Residency and Academic Residency.
 
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Russell Sage Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: June, Sept, Jan
 
Research programs on Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity & Immigration, and Social Inequality; new program on the social, economic and political effects of health care reform.
 
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Schomburg Center Program: Lapidus Center Fellowships
 
Deadline: December
 
The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery is pleased to offer two long-term fellowships to assist scholars whose research on transatlantic slavery can benefit from extended access to the Schomburg Center's resources. These fellowships will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with an office, a computer, and full access to physical and electronic resources at the Schomburg Center and other research units of The New York Public Library.
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Program: Schomburg Center's Scholars-in-Residence Program
 
Deadline: December
 
Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides widespread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.
 
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Smithsonian Institute Program:  Fellowships and Internships
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Smithsonian fellowships are awarded competitively to graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students – or granted non-competitively to visiting professionals, students, scientists, or scholars – are offered to individuals who design and develop proposals for independent study or collaborative research in fields pursued by and of interest to Smithsonian staff.

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Social Science Research Council Program: International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
 
Deadline: November
 
The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers 9 to 12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the US and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. 80 fellowships are awarded annually. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.
 
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Program: Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship
 
Deadline: November
 
The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.
 
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Spencer Foundation Program: Grants and Fellowships
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Focus is to strengthen the connections among education research, policy and practice through its communications and networking activities.
 
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Templeton Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Online inquiry February - April; invite to propose
 
Areas of focus are Natural and Human Sciences, Philosophy, and Theology; Science and the Big Question; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent & Genius; Genetics.
 
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Trust for Mutual Understanding Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Online Inquiry twice per year; invite to full application
 
Provides grants specifically for international travel associated with professional exchanges in the arts and environmental sciences. Activities common to both fields include advanced training programs, workshops, conferences, seminars, joint research projects, and exchanges intended to aid organizations seeking greater institutional stability.
 
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UCLA Center for 17th and 18th-Century Studies Fellowships Program:  Fellowships
 
Deadline: August
 
Supports postdoctoral, predoctoral, and undergraduate research in areas of interest to the Center and the Clark Library.

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United States Institute of Peace Program: Grant and Fellowship Program
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Supports innovative projects, involving academic and applied research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, and the development of practitioner resources, tools, and training programs related to conflict management, international peace and security and peace building.
 
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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Resident Fellows Program Program: Fellowships and Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Provides time, space, and resources to scholars applying the tools of history, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, and literary criticism to matters of public concern.
 
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Wabash Center Grants Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: October/March
 
Funds projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religion or theology and that promote a sustained conversation about pedagogy through the improvement of practical applications of teaching and learning methods, the encouragement of research and study of pedagogical issues, and the creation of a supportive environment for teaching. All proposals should maintain a reference to specific classroom practices and challenges.
 
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Washington Center for Equitable Growth Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
Academic grants program aims to build a portfolio of cutting-edge scholarly research that investigates the various channels through which economic inequality may (or may not) impact economic growth and stability, including both direct and indirect pathways. They consider economic inequality across wages, incomes, wealth, job quality, and benefits, though they are open to proposals that examine the effects of inequality in other ways, such as by gender, race, or ethnicity.
 
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Wenner-Gren Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: Varies by Programs
 
The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence
 
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William T. Grant Foundation Program:  Grants
 
Deadline: January/May/August
 
Improving the lives of children and youth, reducing inequality, understanding the use of research evidence, connecting research, policy & practice.
 
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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Program: The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award
 
Deadline: December
 
The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support for systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.
 
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