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  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipends (limited); Summer Seminars and Institutes; Collaborative Research Grants; Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.
  • National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America (limited); Our Town (limited); Art Works (limited); Research: Art Works.
  • Institutes for Museum and Library Sciences: National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Museums; Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets (limited).
  • Gerda Henkel Prize (limited)
  • The Whiting Foundation: Public Engagement Fellowship (limited); Public Engagement Seed Grant (limited)
  • What is a Limited Campus Competition?: In some cases, a funder limits the number of applications that can be submitted by CU Boulder to a given funding opportunity. For all limited submission funding opportunities, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) coordinates an internal competition to identify the project(s) with the highest likelihood of receiving funding. 

Please click on the Opportunity Title for links to the program webpages to access the most up-to-date information.

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A Room of Her Own Foundation

Offers multiple fellowships for women writers and artists.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

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

American Academy in Berlin

Offers the Berlin Prize to support a scholar at the Berlin Academy 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 Arts & Sciences

As an independent research center, the Academy is committed to multidisciplinary, nonpartisan research that engages experts in various fields and professions to provide pragmatic solutions for complex challenges.

American Academy of Religion

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

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 (AAUW)

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 Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

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

American Councils Research Abroad

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

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.

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.

American School of Classical Studies in Athens

The ASCSA has over 25 fellowships available to Graduate students, as well as Post-Doctoral and established scholars.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

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

Art Deadlines List

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

Artist Communities Alliance (ACA)

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


The Association of Performing Arts Professionals has opened applications for ArtsForward, more than $2 million in direct grants of $35,000 or $50,000 to US-based performing arts presenters and artists.

Asian Cultural Council (ACC)

The Asian Cultural Council makes fellowships and grants to support cultural exchange in the arts for practicing artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

Association for Asian Studies

Offers multiple grants to individuals in the field of Asian Studies.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Offers small support grants ($500 - $1500) to individual feminist women in the arts who are citizens with primary residence in the US and Canada.

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.

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

Boston University: Arts & Humanities Fellowships and Grants List

A list of fellowships, grants, and awards intended as a resource for faculty searching for opportunities and assistance with research relating to the humanities. A full list and several curated lists are included.

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.

Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS)

By sponsoring public programs and conferences, offering fellowships to individual scholars, and functioning as an indispensable conduit of information, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.

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 – from postdoctoral and early career researchers to more established visiting fellows.

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.

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.

Cornell: Society for the Humanities Fellowships

Offers fellowships under three programs: HSP Postdoctoral Associates, Society Fellowships, and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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

Creative Capital Award

Offers grants to support the creation of groundbreaking art by innovative and adventurous artists across the country through our national, open call process.

Cubitt Curatorial Fellowships

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

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.

Dumbarton Oaks

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

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.

George and Eliza Howard Foundation

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

Gerda Henkel Foundation

Supports activities in fields of historical humanities with particular interest in history-related scholarship. Gerda Henkel Prize (Limited Submission).

German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

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

Getty Foundation

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

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

Harvard Kennedy School: Shorensrein Center: Joan Shorenstein Fellowship

Support to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; and provide an opportunity for reflection.

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

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

Humanities Montana We encourage proposals that will engage Montanans in meaningful discussion about the human condition and enrich civic discourse among the state’s diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

Huntington Library

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

Indiana University: Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships

The Visiting Fellowship program enables collaborations between colleagues from beyond Indiana University and tenured or tenure-track faculty at IUB through short-term visits to the IUB campus. Projects may lead to scholarly publications, grant applications, performances, or exhibits.

The Repository Research Fellowship program to support immersive collections research. This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB.

International Documentary Association (IDA) Fiscal Sponsorship & Grants

Open to independent filmmakers and documentarians, regardless of education, background or previous credits.

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.

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

We empower people across the political spectrum to obtain the skills, knowledge, tools, funding, and other resources needed to develop and implement the best ideas and policies our constitutional democracy needs to thrive. Formerly known as the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Offers grants to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations. National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Museums; Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets (Limited Submission).

John Carter Brown Library Fellowships

Offers fellowships annually to scholars engaged in research on the early Americas.

John W. Kluge Center Fellowships

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

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.

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.

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 (Harvard)

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.

MacDowell Colony

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

Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture Fellowships & Awards

Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of American history, literature, and culture from its earliest beginnings to the current day, especially through the use of original sources.

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.

Murphy Institute at Tulane University: Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Faculty Fellowships

These fellowships are available to support outstanding faculty whose teaching and research focus on ethics; political and social philosophy; moral psychology, agency, and responsibility; philosophy of law; political theory; or questions of moral choice in areas such as, but not restricted to, business, government, law, economics, and medicine.

National Council on Public History NCPH awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the award program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities.

National Endowment for the Arts

Various grants for individuals and organizations to support scholarly and creative works. Challenge America (Limited Submission); Our Town (Limited Submission); Art Works (Limited Submission); Research: Art Works.

National Endowment for the Humanities

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

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.

National Geographic Society

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

National Humanities Center (NHC)

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.

New York Public Library

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


Supports project grants for individuals and organizations undertaking imaginative work.

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.

Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education

The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education was established in 1988 to support college-level lighting programs that enable students to learn, appreciate, and apply the basics of lighting and design.

Open Society Foundations

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

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.

Organization of American Historians

Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history. The mission of the organization is to promote excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and to encourage wide discussion of historical questions and the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.

Princeton University Department of History Davis Center for Historical Studies

Founded in 1968, The Davis Center for Historical Studies is named after Shelby Cullom Davis '30, who provided a generous gift to assure the continuance of excellence in scholarship and the teaching of history at Princeton University

Princeton University – Institute for Advanced Study

Members are selected by the Faculty of each School, and come to the Institute for periods as short as one term or as long as several years. Young scholars and applicants from non-traditional backgrounds who have outstanding promise are considered, as are senior scholars whose reputations are already well established. The major consideration in the appointment process is the expectation that each Member’s period of residence at the Institute will result in work of significance and originality.

Princeton University – Lewis Center for the Arts Fellowships

Provides fellowships for outstanding or early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists–this list is not meant to be exhaustive–who would find it beneficial to spend time teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

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.

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.

Renaissance Society of America

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

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.

Sacatar Residency Fellowships

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

School for Advanced Research (SAR)

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.

Society for American Music

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

Society for Classical Studies

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

SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency Programs

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

Stanford Humanities Center

Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars.

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.

The Anderson Center

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

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.

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.

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.

The Conference on Latin American History

Offers multiple Awards and Prizes on various topics related to Latin American History.

The Library Company of Philadelphia Programs

Offers research support for short-term, dissertation, and postdoctoral research in a range of disciplines relating to the history of the United States and the Atlantic world in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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 Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship.

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 University of Edinburgh: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Hosts a lively scholarly community of visiting fellows. It is a supportive environment for postdoctoral researchers, while also attracting successful mid-career and eminent senior scholars.

The Whiting Foundation

Offers awards, grants, prizes, and fellowships for writers and scholars. Public Engagement Fellowship (Limited Submission); Public Engagement Seed Grant (Limited Submission).

UCONN: Humanities Institute Fellowships

UConn Humanities Fellowships are opportunities for individuals to pursue advanced work in the humanities.

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.

University of Michigan: William L. Clements Library Fellowship

Offers fellowships to help scholars access the Library’s rich primary source collections for research.

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.

William Nelson Cromwell Foundation

The Foundation supports historical monographs on major questions in American law and legal development, as well as biographies of important legal figures. Scholars interested in support for a book project are encouraged to follow the application procedure.

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program

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

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.

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.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

A research institute, an institution of higher learning, an adult education organization, a cultural organization, and a world-renowned library and archive. To preserve, study, share, and perpetuate knowledge of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide.

  • NEW Pilot!: Research & Innovation Arts & Humanities Grant Program: The Research & Innovation Office is piloting an Arts & Humanities Grant Program designed to foster the advancement of arts- and humanities-related scholarship, research and creative pursuits at CU Boulder. This opportunity is inspired by the Research & Innovation Office’s recognition of the essential role of the arts and humanities at a public university, including inspiring deeper connections with others, welcoming multiple and diverse perspectives and contemplating what it means to be human. 
  • 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.
  • RIO Travel Grants: Designed to facilitate faculty-funder relationships, travel grants provide funding up to $1,500 for faculty to visit extramural sponsors.

  • Center for Humanities & the Arts Funding: The Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) offers 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Faculty Fellows: a campus-wide research and creative works leadership program that supports rising CU Boulder faculty interested in furthering their leadership skills to achieve maximum impact within and beyond the campus.
  • 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.
  • RIO Webinars: List of all upcoming webinars that the Research and Innovation Office is offering.

  • SPIN: SPIN 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.
  • Dimensions: Dimensions is an innovative grants and funder database providing insights into research activities from multiple perspectives allowing CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe.
  • 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. 

Contact RIO regarding a Faculty Funding Consultation
The Research & Innovation Office provides individual Faculty Funding consultations that will teach faculty more about using funding opportunity databases, including SPIN and the Foundation Directory Online. Consultations are used to help identify relevant opportunities and can also be customized to support trainings for groups of researchers. Please contact RIO to schedule a meeting specific to your interests.

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