Research & Innovation Office (RIO) Funding

  • Seed Grant Program: Designed to catalyze new areas of research and creative work, the Seed Grant Program awards nearly $1 million annually to Boulder faculty across all disciplines.  Recent winners included faculty from the Departments of French and Italian, Religious Studies, Linguistics, History and the University Libraries.
  • Faculty Conference Awards: These awards provide partial support for planning and hosting conferences at CU Boulder that promote and encourage the scholarship, research and creative work of the Boulder campus faculty.

CU Boulder Campus Funding

  • Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities: The Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities (GCAH) provides support for individual research or creative work, special events, travel to further research or creative work, travel to present such research or creative work at venues that enhance one’s research and creative activity, and short visits by scholars and artists from outside the University. 
  • Center for Humanities & the Arts Funding: The Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) offers several awards, fellowships, competitions, and travel grants for both faculty and graduate students.
  • Eugene M. Kayden Awards (Research Grants, Book Awards and Translation Awards): These awards, which are funded from the Eugene M. Kayden endowment, are intended to promote the completion of research and creative work in the Arts and Humanities, research leading to publication, and the celebration and dissemination of excellent Arts and Humanities research.
  • Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion (LEAP): The LEAP program supports tenure-line faculty at all stages of their careers. For pre-tenured faculty, a two-day workshop presented by tenured faculty, administrators, and professional staff is available. Associate professors are eligible to apply for LEAP-sponsored career-development 'growth' grants, intended to support the development of research portfolios on the progression toward full professor. The call for proposals goes out in January with a submission deadline in early March.

    CU System Funding

    • President’s Fund for the Humanities: The President’s Fund for the Humanities (PFH) was established to promote and enhance the humanities on and across campuses and in the wider community, and to preserve a balance in the university’s programs of education and research by giving special attention to the humanities.

    Federal Funding Opportunities & Limited Campus Competitions

    RIO Recognition

    • PI Academy: This program orients early career, tenure-track faculty to CU Boulder’s research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of “core” research development topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly and creative endeavors.
    • Distinguished Research Lectureship: This lectureship, among the university’s highest honors, recognizes a tenured faculty member for a distinguished body of academic or creative achievement and prominence, as well as contributions to the educational and service missions of CU Boulder. Past recipients include faculty from the departments of Music, History and Fine Arts.

    Online Resources

    • SPINPlus: SPINPlus is a web-based, searchable funding opportunities database available to all CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students.
    • Foundation Directory Online (FDO): FDO includes more than 140,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; and much more.
    • RIO SharePoint Site—Featuring the Research Development and Grant Writing Newsletter: Log in with your CU credentials and access “Documents” for university subscribed research funding newsletters and guides.
    • Philanthropy News Digest (PND): PND publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Sign up for free email alerts for funding opportunities in your academic area. 

    Faculty Consultations

    One-on-One Faculty Funding Consultations

    Contact Eric Carlson
    The Research & Innovation Office has hired a part-time Research Development Associate, Eric Carlson

    Eric is our resident expert on funding opportunity databases, including SPIN and the Foundation Directory Online. He is available for individual faculty consultations to help identify relevant opportunities and can also customize trainings for groups of researchers. Please contact him directly to schedule a meeting specific to your interests.

    If your proposal to a Limited Campus Competition has been selected to move forward for submission to a funder, RIO staff may be able to assist with proposal development, writing/editing and proofreading. 

    Additionally, if you have identified a large-scale, interdisciplinary, high-award funding opportunity, RIO staff may be able to assist in convening faculty across campus and helping with proposal development, writing/editing and proofreading. 

    In either case, please contact Research Development staff to discuss the opportunity:

    Select Arts & Humanities Funding Opportunities




    American Council of Learned Societies

    Offers various grants and fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences including Collaborative research fellowships, digital Extension Grants, and the ACLS Fellowships.

    Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

    Offers multiple fellowships and awards for scholars of all fields to study or conduct research in Germany.

    American Philosophical Society

    Offers research grants in all areas of study and small fellowship awards for specific areas of study, including American Philosophical Society Library.

    Council of American Overseas Research Centers

    Offers multiple fellowships and links to associated Institutes that support overseas research and scholarship.

    Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

    Offers the Guggenheim Fellowship for those who have demonstrated “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    Offers multiple rotating grant programs annually including Collaborative Research Grants, Summer Stipends, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants, Documenting Endangered Languages with the NSF, Fellowships, Translation Grants, and Summer Seminars and Institutes.

    Open Society Foundations

    Offers a limited number of grants to individuals and organizations, primarily through scholarships and fellowships.

    The Bellagio Center

    Offers the Bellagio Center Residency and Conference Programs for academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners from a wide range of fields to accomplish goal-oriented work.

    John W. Kluge Center Fellowships

    Offers various fellowships, including the Kluge Fellowship, to utilize the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

    American Antiquarian Society

    Offers fellowships under three programs: Short-term Visiting Academic Fellowships, Long-term Visiting Academic Fellowships, and Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers.

    American Association of University Women

    Offers multiple fellowships, including the American Fellowships to support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

    American Councils Research Fellowships

    Offers major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in humanities and social sciences as well as language training.

    Bogliasco Foundation

    Provides residential fellowships at its study center in Bogliasco where scholars of all cultures come together to work on humanities based exchange in all disciplines

    Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

    Provides grants to scholars around the world that undertake research projects that shed light on Chinese culture and society.

    Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright

    Offers multiple exchange programs and awards including the Fulbright Scholar Program, postdoctoral awards, and global scholar awards for scholars in all fields.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Core Residency Program

    Offers a nine month residency to artists and writers who are working on establishing their careers.

    German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

    Offers multiple grants and funding programs available for senior researchers in all fields including the Alexander Von Humboldt Professorship.

    National Gallery of Art – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

    Offers CASVA Resident Fellowships to foster the study of the production, use, and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, and urbanism.

    Leading Australia’s Antarctic Program – Art in Antarctica

    Offers an opportunity for members of the creative community to experience Antarctica during a short research expedition so they may communicate their experience to the international community.

    National Geographic Society

    Grants in fields of conservation, education, research, and technology to identify, cultivate, and develop world-changers of today and tomorrow.

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

    Offers a residence program at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University where fellows focus on an individual project in the arts, journalism, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

    GRAMMY Foundation

    Foundation offers two grant opportunities—The Scientific Research Project that supports research on the impact of music on the human condition and Archiving and Preservation Grants to advance archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas.

    United States Institute of Peace USIP

    Supports peacebuilding projects through grants and fellowships including the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship to support research, writing, and in-house advising in the field of peacebuilding.

    Wabash Center

    Provides funds for activities that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools.

    American Academy in Berlin

    Offers the Berlin Prize to support a scholar at the Berlin Acadaemy that seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy.

    American Academy in Rome

    Offers The Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities at the Rome Academy.

    American Academy of Religion

    Multiple grants and awards are given each year for various projects.

    American Philological Association

    Site lists awards, scholarships, and fellowships granted by national and regional classics societies and associations.

    American School of Classical Studies in Athens

    Offers the Kress Publication Fellowships of senior scholars scholars working on a publication assignment from Corinth, Agora, Lerna or from an affiliated project of the school, and the Wiener Laboratory Programmatic Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for scholars with an ASCSA directed or affiliated project to conduct question-driven research at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory.

    Archaeological Institute of America AIA

    Offers a large variety of funding opportunities open to members of AIA.

    A Room of Her Own Foundation

    Offers multiple fellowships for women writers and artists.

    Association for Asian Studies

    Offers multiple grants to individuals in the field of Asian Studies

    Carmago Foundation

    The Carmago Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment for artists and scholars to think, create, and connect.

    Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University

    The CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies support the highest quality research on topics related to ancient Greece in a residential fellowship in Washington D.C.

    Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities CRASSH

    Offers funding to travel to CRASSH to work on research, projects, or activities that support the Centre.

    Dumbarton Oaks

    Fellowships, project grants, summer schools, and workshops to study and conduct research in archeology, photographic surveys of objects, and monuments.

    Gerda Henkel Foundation

    Supports activities in fields of historical humanities with particular interest in history-related scholarship.

    Getty Foundation

    Multiple grants awarded in Getty’s current initiatives in art and art history.

    Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies

    Offers the Mellon School of Historical Studies Fellowship, a one year program memberships to support assistant professors for one academic year in the fields of historical research.

    George and Eliza Howard Foundation

    Provide mid-career artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work through Howard Fellowships.

    Hagley Museum and Library

    Supports one-week visits by scholars who believe their project will benefit from the Hagley research collection with Exploratory Research Grants and serious scholarly work that makes use of Hagley’s research collections and expands on prior scholarship with Henry Belin du Pont Research Grants.

    Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin

    Support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections in a wide range of topics

    Huntington Library

    Supports scholars from around the world to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections.

    Library Company of Philadelphia

    Opportunity to participate in the Philadelphia region’s vibrant intellectual life while conducting research in the print, graphic, and manuscript collections of the Library Company and other local institutions.

    Loeb Classical Library Fellowships

    Awards fellowships to qualified scholars to support research, publication, and projects in the area of classical studies.

    Louisville Institute

    The Sabbatical Grant offers academics and scholarly religious leaders to conduct a major study that can contribute to the vitality of Christianity in North America.

    National Endowment for the Arts

    Various grants for individuals and organizations to support scholarly and creative works.

    SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency Programs

    Offers multiple residencies at Ryder Farm in New Jersey to give artists time to create.

    National Humanities Center

    Offers residential fellowships for study in the humanities at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

    Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

    Offers individual, theme-group, and specific co-sponsored fellowships to study the humanities and social sciences in Amsterdam for a period of time.


    Supports project grants for individuals and organizations and composer-in-residence positions.

    New York Public Library – Dorothy Lewis Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers

    Various in-residence fellowships and institutes for writers and humanities scholars at the New York Public library.

    Cubitt Curatorial Fellowships

    Offers 18 month curatorial fellowship in the curatorial experimentation in the visual arts in London, England.

    Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

    Offers residential fellowships for scholars, artist, and scientists in all disciplines that align with the intellectual orientation of the Institute.

    Oregon State University: The Center for the Humanities

    Residential fellowships for scholars working in the traditional humanities and social and natural science that engage in humanistic inquiry.

    Princeton University – Program in Hellenic Studies

    Offers visiting research, library research, writer-in-residence, and artists-in-residence fellowships for those who are scholars in classical, late antique, Byzantine, or Modern Greek Studies.

    Renaissance Society of America

    Awards various fellowships supporting research or publication that advance scholarly knowledge about the Renaissance each year.

    School for Advanced Research

    The Resident Scholar Fellowships support scholars who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to understanding humankind. The School also offers various other fellowships in the humanities.

    Smithsonian Institution

    Offers more than 30 fellowship opportunities in multiple fields.

    Center for American Music

    Supports the activities of scholars in American music at all stages of their careers.

    Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah

    Offers fellowship opportunities to support an environmental humanities and scholar and artist in residence program.

    Templeton Foundation

    Offers grants for “Science & The Big Questions” which includes topics in human science, philosophy, and theology.

    Winterthur Research Fellowship Program

    Offers residential research fellowships in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines.

    Yale Institute of Sacred Music

    Long and short-term fellowships to bring scholars, religious leaders, and artists to the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale whose work is in sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts.

    Alliance of Artist’s Communities

    Hosts list of grantmaking and funding partnerships that support artists and art residency.

    American Musicological Society

    Offers a variety of travel and research grants to music scholars.

    American Oriental Society

    The Louise Wallace Hackney Fellowship for the study of Chinese Art is a 12 month fellowship for the study of Chinese art with special interest in the relation of painting to Chinese culture and the translation of Chinese painting into English.

    Colorado Creative Industries

    “Colorado Creative Industries offers four grant opportunities: Colorado Creates, Career Advancement, Creative Districts and Arts in Society with a focus to support and expand the impact of creative industries, artists and entrepreneurs, connecting communities to advance a thriving and vibrant Colorado.”

    The Anderson Center

    Offers a residency program for two to four weeks to help artists, writers, and scholars create, advance or complete works.

    Art Deadlines List

    Site hosts listings of art commissions, competitions, jobs, internships, scholarships, grants, fellowships, and more.

    Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

    Artists-in-residence program hosts international artists for a four month period to focus on creating art in a wide variety of fields including art, poetry, graphic design, music, photography, and filmmaking.

    The Bibliographical Society of America

    Supports bibliographic inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and publishing history through The Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades and other special fellowships.

    The Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design

    Craft Research Fund Grants support research about craft in the United States.

    Djerassi Resident Artist Programs

    Artist residences are awarded annually at no cost to the artist, time and space to work on projects in the fields of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, media arts, and science.

    Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

    Residency fellowships are offered to early-career writers and visual artists to spend seven months in Provincetown to work on an independent project.

    Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

    Host writers for residencies of two to six weeks at, no cost to the writer.

    MacDowell Colony

    Provides space and time to artists in many disciplines for up to eight weeks three times per year. There are no fees.

    The Millay Colony for the Arts

    Hosts a residency program in Upstate New York in one-month and two-week periods for visual artists, writers, and composers.

    The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

    Offers various grants, fellowships, and awards to help support individuals and organizations working in the visual arts.

    The Puffin Foundation

    Offers a grant award program in various fields on a cycle basis. The fields for the 2018 cycle are works in music, photography, and theater who might have difficulty being aired due to genre or social philosophy.

    Sacatar Residency Fellowships

    Provides unstructured time and space for creative individuals to develop new work.

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

    Offers various grants and fellowships in the field of art including the Writing Initiative, Arts, Culture, and Society, Creative Capital, and Curatorial Fellowships.

    Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

    Offers various grants and fellowships in support of those who aim to present or study Kurt Weill’s competitions, scholarship in Music Theater, and composition.

    Women’s Studio Workshop

    Support artist’s individual creative process through grants, residencies, and internships that give 24-hour access to the Women’s Studio Workshop’s facilities.

    Massachusetts Historical Society

    Offers four fellowship programs including over 20 short-term and 2 long-term fellowships to support research to use the Massachusetts Historical Society’s library and archival collections.

    Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

    Offers the year-long interdisciplinary William S. Vaughn Visiting Faculty Fellowship to explore a chosen specific topic in the humanities or social sciences.



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