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This database, developed by the CLA grants team, lists over 400 funding opportunities in fields across the College of Liberal Arts. Please note that the Categories listed below are neither mutually exclusive nor comprehensive. Use a variety of subject matter and funding type keywords to search for opportunities in your area.

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Junior Faculty Research Grant Program

  • Fund Type(s):
  • Eligibility: Junior Faculty
  • Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation
  • Award Offered: $60,000
  • Deadline: June
  • Description: The Smith Richardson Foundation’s International Security and Foreign Policy Program is pleased to announce its annual grant competition to support junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each to support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community.
  • Keywords: Political science, public policy, analysis, international economy, history, American foreign policy, international relations, security, military

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

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  • Eligibility: Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled.
  • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education
  • Award Offered: Average Fellowship Award for 2010: $38,196
  • Deadline: November
  • Description: This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
  • Keywords: Area studies, international studies, study abroad, modern languages, social sciences, humanities

Collaboration Grants

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  • Eligibility: Lead applicant: independent artistic or cultural organization based in Europe. Partnering applicant: organizations from the cultural or other sectors.
  • Sponsor: European Cultural Foundation
  • Award Offered: 30,000 - 60,000 Euros
  • Deadline: March
  • Description: These grants are provided to support outstanding artistic projects which show vision in illuminating the issues of diversity in Europe. Artistic uniqueness and European relevance of projects are vital.
  • Keywords: Art, artists, Europe, Eurpoean, diversity

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship

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  • Eligibility: Post-doctoral
  • Sponsor: W. F. Albright Institute of Archaelogical Research
  • Award Offered: $20,000 - $40,000
  • Deadline: October 1
  • Description: Fellowships are open to those in Near Eastern studies from prehistory through the early Islamic period, including the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology and re
  • Keywords: archaeology, anthropology, art history, Bible, epigraphy, historical geography, history, language, literature, philology, religion, Near Eastern Studies

Academic Research Grant Program

  • Fund Type(s):
  • Eligibility: Various
  • Sponsor: Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging
  • Award Offered: $20,000 per year
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Description: The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging underwrites an Academic Research Grant Program to further scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly. Each grant recipient is required to publish an article on the subject of their research in a top flight journal.
  • Keywords: geriatrics, gerontology, public policy, social sciences, senior citizens

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowships

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  • Eligibility: The Society makes available three dissertation-year fellowships each year. Anyone is eligible to apply who is registered in good standing for a doctorate at a North American university and has completed all formal degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of full application. The fellowships are not intended for support of early stages of research: it is expected that a fellowship recipient’s dissertation will be completed within the fellowship year. Any submission for a doctoral degree in which the emphasis is on musical scholarship will be eligible.
  • Sponsor: American Musicological Society
  • Award Offered: Up to $19,000
  • Deadline: December 15
  • Description: The sponsor provides support to help individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organizations, societies, or departments with expenses in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals and wo
  • Keywords: Musicology, arts, music

Dibner Library Resident Scholar Programs

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  • Eligibility: Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply.
  • Sponsor: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
  • Award Offered: $3,000 stipend
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Description: The sponsor provides short term in-residence study grants for terms of up to six months. Awards are designed to encourage study of the history of science and technology and use of the collections of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Techno
  • Keywords: History, science, technology, library research

Mission Awards--Request for Proposals

  • Fund Type(s):
  • Eligibility: Unrestricted/Multiple Eligibility
  • Sponsor: Psychology Without Borders
  • Award Offered: $5,000 - $15,000
  • Deadline: September
  • Description: Psychology Beyond Borders' Mission consists of five key areas: 1. Research to contribute to the body of knowledge about what psychosocial strategies heal (or harm) in prevention, preparedness and response to large scale disaster, armed conflict or terror
  • Keywords: Psychology, disaster, conflict, terrorism, psychosocial service delivery, research, education, public policy, prevention, preparedness

Rome Prize Fellowships

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  • Eligibility: Unrestricted/Multiple Eligibility
  • Sponsor: American Academy in Rome
  • Award Offered: $13,000 - $26,000 plus housing, meals, and office
  • Deadline: November 1 Second Deadline: See website for details
  • Description: Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Architecture; Design; Historic Preservation and Conservation; Landscape Architecture; Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters); Musical Composition; Visual Arts; Ancient Studies; Medieval Studies; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; Modern Italian Studies Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer. Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy's residential community, which also includes Residents and Visiting Artists and Scholars. Fellows are encouraged to work collegially within and across disciplines in pursuit of their individual artistic and scholarly goals. The Academy gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support of the Rome Prize competition.
  • Keywords: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation, Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, early Modern, Modern Italian Studies

Fellowships for Scholars

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  • Eligibility: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent (for example, in some fields the terminal degree may be an M.F.A., or the applicant may possess a foreign degree, or have achieved a level of professional reputation that would merit consideration)
  • Sponsor: Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science
  • Award Offered: Varies
  • Deadline: November 1
  • Description: The School of Social Science each year invites up to twenty visiting scholars who constitute a genuinely interdisciplinary and international group.
  • Keywords: economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, literary criticism, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy