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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 Acadaemy that seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy.

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 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.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

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

Association for Asian Studies

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

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.

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.

Dumbarton Oaks

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

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: Archaeology, History, Historical Islamic Studies, Art History, History of Law, Prehistory and Early History, History of Science. 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.

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.

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

Hosts fully-funded residencies for selected women-identified writers at the retreat each year including Documentary Filmmakers

International Documentary Association (IDA) Fiscal Sponsorship & Grants

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

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.

John W. Kluge Center Fellowships

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Open Society Foundations

Offers a limited number of grants to individuals and organizations, primarily through scholarships and fellowships. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

Roddenberry Fellowship

Offers a U.S.-based fellowship awarded to extraordinary leaders and advocates who use new and innovative strategies to safeguard human rights and ensure an equal and just society for all.

Sacatar Residency Fellowships

Provides unstructured time and space for creative individuals to develop new work including Education & Community Engagement Programs.

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. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology.

Smithsonian Institution

Offers more than 30 fellowship opportunities in multiple fields.

Templeton Foundation

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

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 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 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 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. We invite and welcome fellowship applications from scholars in all disciplines and encourage applications to articulate clearly the project's value to 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.

USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life (STPL)

Generates a unique conversation among humanists, social scientists, and natural scientists about the social and political implications of new developments in science and technology. Through public programming, research, and training, STPL fosters sustained reflection on the possibilities and limits of technological innovation.

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.

William T. Grant Foundation

“We believe that our Foundation should nurture creative scientists who address broad issues and work in interdisciplinary ways to assist young people to reach their full potential.”

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program

Offers residential research fellowships in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines. Explore and immerse yourself in holistic and intimate inquiry in a wide range of disciplines. As an interdisciplinary center for collections-based scholarship and conservation, Winterthur offers researchers unparalleled access to a wealth of museum, garden, and library collections supporting material culture research.  

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.

  • 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 Geological Sciences, Linguistics, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Sociology.
  • 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.

  • Chase Faculty Community Service Award: The award provides $10,000 to a full-time University of Colorado faculty member who, in addition to his or her university responsibilities, has, pro bono, provided exceptional educational, humanitarian, civic or other service in the community.
  • Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grant: Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Grants fund innovative projects that promote diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University of Colorado. Proposals are funded based on the recommendations of the system-wide committee. Projects selected for funding are restricted to a maximum award of $3,000.
  • President’s Diversity Award: This annual award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, students, and academic or administrative units in developing a culturally and intellectually diverse university community reflective of inclusive excellence. As many as four awards of $2,000 each are given.
  • Thomas Jefferson Award: The University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award honors students, staff, and faculty members who advance the ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Eligible nominees’ achievements reflect superior performance in their normal work or scholarship and notable participation in humanitarian activities. The award includes an engraved plaque and a $2,000 honorarium for each recipient.

  • 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.
  • 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. 

The Research & Innovation Office has a part-time Proposal Editor and Writing Coach, Donna Axel. In addition to proposal development support, Donna is our resident expert on funding opportunity databases, including SPIN, Dimensions, and the Foundation Directory Online. She is available for individual faculty consultations to help identify relevant opportunities and can also customize trainings for groups of researchers. Please contact her directly to schedule a meeting specific to your interests.

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