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Portable Fellowships and Grants for Humanities Faculty

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

American Council of Learned Societies. Eligible for A&S Dean’s salary subvention
ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

American Philosophical Society
Sabbatical Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Since 1998 the American Philosophical Society has conducted a program of fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which is designed to supplement an awarded sabbatical/research leave.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports grantees within six defined program areas:

  • Higher Education and Scholarship, which includes:
    • Research Universities and Humanistic Scholarship
    • Special International Emphasis: South Africa
  • Scholarly Communications
  • Research in Information Technology
  • Museums and Art Conservation
  • Performing Arts
  • Conservation and the Environment

The Contemplative Practice Fellowships
This program is sponsored by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society ( and made possible by funding from the Fetzer Institute. These fellowships seek to restore and renew the critical contribution that contemplative practices can make to the life of teaching, learning, and scholarship. At the heart of the program is the belief that pedagogical and intellectual benefits can be discovered by bringing contemplative practice into the academy, and that contemplative awareness can help to create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.

Ford Foundation

Main focus for grants is in three major areas:

  • Asset Building and Community Development
    • Economic Development
    • Community & Resource Development
  • Peace & Social Justice
    • Human Rights
    • Governance & Civil Society
  • Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom
    • Education, Sexuality, Religion
    • Media, Arts & Culture

Fulbright, Institute of International Education. Eligible for A&S Dean’s salary subvention
For over 50 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization. It is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE). CIES maintains deep ties with the U.S. higher education community, including individual universities and colleges and major scholarly organizations. It also works with a network of binational Fulbright Commissions in 50 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world, as well as international universities and higher education associations.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Eligible for A&S Dean’s salary subvention
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was established in 1925 by United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. Eligibility: Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Fellowships will be awarded by the Trustees upon nominations made by a Committee of Selection.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
An extensive set of grant opportunities in many different areas, many of which are pertinent to faculty in humanities and arts.

Organization of American History
Almost two dozen awards and fellowships are available here.

National Endowment for the Humanities. Eligible for A&S Dean’s salary subvention Fellowships and Faculty Research Awards: