Finding Grant Opportunities

There are several methods available for identifying potential funding opportunities to support your project idea.

  • GrantForward – The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance maintains a subscription to this online grant opportunities database that can accessed by faculty and staff from any Bates College computer.  We encourage faculty and staff to sign up a GrantForward account and search for funding opportunities to support their projects.  Searches are highly customizable and can be linked to automatic notifications that delivery new search results to your inbox.  
  • Set up a time to chat – Let us know about your research interests and project ideas.  We’ll help you think about potential funding opportunities to look into and will notify you of any we find that may be appropriate for your research.  Contact us at sparc@bates.edu to set up a time to meet.
  • Check your inbox for our weekly “Of potential interest” emails – The Director of SPaRC, Shonna Humphrey, sends an email each Friday noting new funding opportunities, often centered around a theme.  See below for copies of past versions of this email.
  • Go directly to the source – If you have a rough idea already of what type of organization might be interested in funding your project, you can search for funding opportunities directly on the funder’s webpage. Review these profiles of major Federal funders of research at Bates to learn more about the types of projects they fund.
  • The Office of College Advancement maintains a limited subscription to Foundation Directory Online, which is useful for finding private foundations with limited public information on their websites. Please note that, very often, private foundations limit the number of applications they will consider from any one organization. If you are interested in exploring private foundation funding, please contact the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations or the Director of Sponsored Programs.

Past Issues “Of Potential Interest”

February 9, 2024 – Maine Historical Society, Maine Arts Commission, Maine SeaGrant, Maine Theater Fund, NSF, NEH, Maine Humanities Council

The P.D. Merrill Research Fellowship

The Maine Historical Society, through the support of the P.D. Merrill Charitable Trust, is excited to announce the P.D. Merrill Research Fellowship’s 2024-2025 cycle. The P.D. Merrill Research Fellowship awards one candidate a $2,500 stipend to undertake sixty (60) hours of research in the collections of the Maine Historical Society over the course of ten months. Upon completion of their research residencies, Fellows are encouraged, but not required, to share the results of their research with the MHS community via digital or print publication and/or presentation, as is appropriate to their research project.

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: 15 April, 2024

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Opportunity Highlight for Students: Paid Summer Internship

Maine Sea Grant – NOAA Fisheries Undergraduate Internships in Sea-run Fish Research

Maine Sea Grant is partnering with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) to provide opportunities for undergraduates to gain experience in the field of fisheries. We are currently recruiting interested students for participation in the Summer 2024 Undergraduate Internships in Diadromous Ecosystem Research Program.

Deadline: 28 February 2024

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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 15 Nov, 2024

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Maine Arts Commission

Grants for Individual Artists (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Grants for individual artists are offered to support Maine artists with their work. Funds assist artists with the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a 501c3 organization in order to be eligible for funding. While these offerings are different from grant funding, they support artists in advancing their creative practice. 

Amount: Varies

Deadline(s): Varies

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Maine Theater Fund – Capacity-building Grants

Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Theater Fund supports nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. To receive a grant, a theater or project must: – Support nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

Amount: from $2,500 to $5,000

Deadline: 15 Sep, 2024

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Research and Development – Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Modifications

National Endowment for the Humanities
The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological…

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: 21 May, 2024

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

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Cellular Dynamics and Function

National Science Foundation

The Cellular Dynamics and Function (CDF) cluster supports fundamental cell biological research. We seek proposals that use multidisciplinary approaches to provide insights into the fundamental biology of cells from animals, plants, or microbes, including cells from understudied species.

Deadline: Continuous

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Maine Humanities Council – Mini Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Mini Grants program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 19 Mar, 2024

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February 2, 2024 – NSF Civics, Institute for Humane Studies, NEA, Maine Community Foundation, NEH, American Political Science, Bogliasco Fnd.

Opportunity Spotlight

See below for the announcement details sent by the National Science Foundation about their new Civic Innovation Challenge initiative. “CIVIC aims to accelerate the transition to practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research, while deepening cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC projects should address community-challenges identified via tight collaboration between civic and academic partners, with the goal of achieving concrete impacts in the communities.”

In addition to the solicitation itself, you can see NSF has also issued a call for reviewers. Sitting on a review panel can be a great way to build NSF contacts and understand how the process works. In my experience, this insight can be a real advatage for grant seekers, so I encourage you to consider the opportunity.

As always, if you ever want to chat about your research interests, brainstorm ideas, or need help setting up a GrantForward account, our team (Theresa, Maggie, and me) would be very happy to connect with you. Or, if you already know what you’d like to pursue, let us know here, and we’ll get the conversation started.

Have a great weekend!           

Shonna

Some highlights, culled from the curated lists on our webpage:

Event Support

Institute for Humane Studies
George Mason University

Graduate students and faculty can request funds for hosting in-person and online events, such as research workshops or academic conferences. Research workshops include exclusive access to our IHS Digital Community and self-organizing digital solutions to support you in running a successful event.

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: Continuous

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: 13 Mar, 2024

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Davis Family Foundation – Arts & Culture Grant

Davis Family Foundations

History The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine. The Foundation was established following Mr. Davis’ retirement as President and Chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. Their overriding goal for the Foundation was…

Deadline: 01 May, 2024

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Maine Theater Fund – Capacity-building Grants

Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Theater Fund supports nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. To receive a grant, a theater or project must: – Support nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

Amount: from $2,500 to $5,000

Deadline: 15 Sep, 2024

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Research and Development – Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Modifications

National Endowment for the Humanities
The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological…

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: 21 May, 2024

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

View Original Source »

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The Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

Bogliasco Foundation

Approximately 60 Fellowships – or residencies – are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts) per year.

Deadline: 14 Mar, 2024

View Original Source »

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Summer Centennial Center Research Grants – Fund for Latino Scholarship

American Political Science Association

Each year, the Centennial Center offers over $100,000 in research grants to APSA members through its Spring and Summer application deadlines. Learn more about eligibility and funding areas for each of these cycles below.

Deadline: 15 Jun, 2024

View Original Source »

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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 15 Nov, 2024

View Original Source »

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Maine Humanities Council – Mini Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Mini Grants program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 19 Mar, 2024

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January 19, 2024 – NSF, Russell Sage, Wenner-Gren, Sloan, Brown Library, State of Maine, Maine Humanities Council

NB: The National Science Foundation recently announced the launch of ReDDDoT, a $16 million fund to catalyze research and projects in AI, biotechnology, and climate technology (Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies). It’s an actionable step forward in ensuring that technology develops in a manner that is ethical, sustainable, and beneficial to all segments of society. NSF will host an informational webinar on February 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST, where program directors will provide a program overview and answer questions about the funding opportunity. Learn more & register here.

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Some opportunity highlights, culled from the curated lists on our webpage:

Arctic Research Opportunities – Arctic Social Sciences

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites investigators at U.S. organizations to submit proposals to the Arctic Sciences Section in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Geosciences Directorate, to conduct research about the Arctic region.

Deadline: 15 July, 2024

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Short-Term Non-Residential Research Fellowships – Indigenous Community Research Fellowship

American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum in Philadelphia invites applications for the Indigenous Community Research Fellowship to support an individual or a group of researchers seeking to examine materials at the APS to further Indigenous community-based priorities.

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: 15 March, 2024

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John Carter Brown Research Fellowship for Indigenous Communities

John Carter Brown Library
Brown University

The John Carter Brown (JCB) Library, located on the campus of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, stewards a research collection focused on the histories and cultures of the Early Americas. The Library is free and open to the public with appointments required for research visits, and operates a robust fellowship program to support researchers across myriad research topics.

Amount: from $4,500 to $9,000

Deadline: Continuous

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Odiorne Fund for Archaeological/Archival Projects

State of Maine
Maine Department of the Secretary of State

Background Based on a bequest from the late Elizabeth D. Odiorne of Brunswick, the Maine State Archives has established a program to support archaeological work within Maine that has a relationship to archival material. After an initial series of grants from the principal, the Archives has established a policy of offering small grants (up to $1,500) annually from interest income.

Amount: up to $1,500

Deadline: 15 Mar, 2024

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Wenner-Gren Foundation – Workshop Grant

Wenner-Gren Foundation

This grant program supports meetings and events that promote the development of inclusive communities of anthropologists and advance significant and innovative research. Conferences that we support are public events directed at large audiences of anthropologists. We prioritize scholarly gatherings that bring together members of large, international anthropological organizations.

Amount: up to $20,000

Deadline: 01 Jun, 2024

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Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wenner-Gren Foundation

Recent PhDs in anthropology and related fields frequently lack the time and resources to publish their work. But their research is often the source of the discipline’s most exciting new ideas. This program supports emerging scholars whose work has the potential to transform our understanding of what it means to be human.

Amount: up to $40,000

Deadline: 01 May, 2024

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields-and the scholars and practitioners who work in them are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity.

Deadline: Continuous

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

View Original Source »

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Summer Centennial Center Research Grants – Fund for Latino Scholarship

American Political Science Association

Each year, the Centennial Center offers over $100,000 in research grants to APSA members through its Spring and Summer application deadlines. Learn more about eligibility and funding areas for each of these cycles below.

Deadline: 15 Jun, 2024

View Original Source »

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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 15 Nov, 2024

View Original Source »

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Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

National Science Foundation

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980.

Amount: up to $15,300,000

Deadline: 07 Mar, 2024

View Original Source »

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Maine Humanities Council – Mini Grants

Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Mini Grants program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 19 Mar, 2024

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January 12, 2024 – NIH INBRE, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

As part of our effort to amplify some of the exciting projects from our faculty members, I want to congratulate Patrick Otim on the National Endowment for the Humanities decision to support his book project, “Caught in Between: The History of Everyday Life in Northern Uganda, 1950–2015” with a $60,000 fellowship. In this highly competitive cycle, NEH recommended just 8% of the proposals received, and we are beyond excited to have Patrick’s work recognized in this very tangible way.

This news is definitely a 10+ on the excitement scale! Well done, Patrick!

If you think your project might be a match for a NEH fellowship, plan to attend their information webinar on February 14, 2024 here at this link. Our team would also be pleased to help you strategize.

With strategy in mind, here are two upcoming workshops:

Funding for Humanities

Wednesday, January 24 from 11AM-1PM in 226 Commons

If you are a Humanities (or any non-STEM) scholar with project ideas and are not sure where to start with funding, our team invites you to have lunch with us. We’ll introduce ourselves, hear your ideas, walk you through the basics, and brainstorm some options with a focus on NEH and NEA specifically. This session is meant for non-STEM scholars, but all are welcome! We just won’t be focusing on typical science funders. Charge lunch to us, and bring your tray upstairs.

Curious about Fulbright?

Wednesday, February 28 from 11AM-1PM in 226 Commons

If you are curious about the many programs available for faculty (and staff!) by Fulbright, our team invites you to have lunch with us. We’ll present the Fulbright basics, review program options, discuss ideas, and answer (or find answers for) any Fulbright-specific questions you have. Charge lunch to us, and bring your tray upstairs.

If you are planning a leave in 2025-26, now really is the best time to get started on any external funding plans. (The vast majority of funders take 6-12 months to consider proposals, so for best results, plan at least a year in advance of any potential project start date.)

Quick Deadline => INBRE proposals are now being accepted!

Open for applications until February 2, 2024Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Research Projects, Pilot Projects, and Collaborative Pilot Projects at undergraduate institutions that are part of the Maine INBRE network. (For more information about the INBRE program at Bates, please contact Ryan Bavis.)

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Other Quick Deadline => New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Open for applications until February 1, 2024: The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium will offer at least two dozen awards in the June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025 cycle. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology.  

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

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The Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

Bogliasco Foundation

Approximately 60 Fellowships – or residencies – are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts) per year.

Deadline: 14 Mar, 2024

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Jacques and Natasha Gelman Fellowship

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Supported by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, this fellowship provides visual artists of African American or Latin American descent with a fully-funded two-week or one-month residency. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with en-suite bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

Amount: up to $1,000

Deadline: 15 May, 2024

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Summer Centennial Center Research Grants – Fund for Latino Scholarship

American Political Science Association

Each year, the Centennial Center offers over $100,000 in research grants to APSA members through its Spring and Summer application deadlines. Learn more about eligibility and funding areas for each of these cycles below.

Deadline: 15 Jun, 2024

View Original Source »

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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 15 Nov, 2024

View Original Source »

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Cellular Dynamics and Function

National Science Foundation

The Cellular Dynamics and Function (CDF) cluster supports fundamental cell biological research. We seek proposals that use multidisciplinary approaches to provide insights into the fundamental biology of cells from animals, plants, or microbes, including cells from understudied species.

Deadline: Continuous

View Original Source »

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Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

National Science Foundation

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980.

Amount: up to $15,300,000

Deadline: 07 Mar, 2024

View Original Source »

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Maine Humanities Council – Mini Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Mini Grants program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 19 Mar, 2024

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December 15, 2023 – NSF, Russell Sage, Bogliasco Fnd, Gelman Fnd, APSA, Maine Humanities Council

In the ongoing effort to amplify some of the exciting projects from our faculty members—both new announcements, as well as impact from ongoing projects—today let’s acknowledge Brian Evans and his $10,000 grant from the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Brian’s project is “Busking for Reparations” and will “create a framework to empower performers and engage audiences across multiple venues to consider and continue the ongoing conversation regarding reparations for American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS). The award will support research, staging, performances in the Lewiston/Auburn and Portland areas, and post-performance sessions with the audience community. All events will be archived to be submitted to the Maine State Archives.”

A big congratulations to Brian for this important work, and if you, too, think the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is a match for your project, we’d be pleased to help you strategize.

This solicitation is a crossover opportunity from STEM to non-STEM fields, so inter- and cross-disciplines take notice:

Science and Technology Studies (STS) – Research Community Development Grants

National Science Foundation

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments and social contexts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including medical science. The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance and policy issues.

Amount: from $75,000 to $100,000

Deadline: 02 Feb, 2024

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

View Original Source »

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The Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

Bogliasco Foundation

Approximately 60 Fellowships – or residencies – are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts) per year.

Deadline: 14 Mar, 2024

View Original Source »

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Jacques and Natasha Gelman Fellowship

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Supported by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, this fellowship provides visual artists of African American or Latin American descent with a fully-funded two-week or one-month residency. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with en-suite bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

Amount: up to $1,000

Deadline: 15 May, 2024

View Original Source »

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Summer Centennial Center Research Grants – Fund for Latino Scholarship

American Political Science Association

Each year, the Centennial Center offers over $100,000 in research grants to APSA members through its Spring and Summer application deadlines. Learn more about eligibility and funding areas for each of these cycles below.

Deadline: 15 Jun, 2024

View Original Source »

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Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

National Science Foundation

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education.

Deadline: 15 Nov, 2024

View Original Source »

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Cellular Dynamics and Function

National Science Foundation

The Cellular Dynamics and Function (CDF) cluster supports fundamental cell biological research. We seek proposals that use multidisciplinary approaches to provide insights into the fundamental biology of cells from animals, plants, or microbes, including cells from understudied species.

Deadline: Continuous

View Original Source »

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Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

National Science Foundation

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980.

Amount: up to $15,300,000

Deadline: 07 Mar, 2024

View Original Source »

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Maine Humanities Council – Mini Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Mini Grants program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for humanities programs and projects that have broad public outreach. Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 19 Mar, 2024

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December 8, 2023 – NSF, NEH, Sloan Fnd, Terra Fnd, Library of Congress, Russel Sage Fdn

In the ongoing effort to amplify some of the exciting projects from our faculty members—both new announcements, as well as the impact from ongoing projects—today let’s celebrate the grant received by Martin Kruse this past summer from the National Institutes for Health. Martin received, through a lengthy and highly competitive application process, $415,443 for “Regulation of intracellular calcium signaling and phosphoinositide metabolism.”

(Yes, I had to look up those phrases.)

From Martin’s project summary, which makes much more sense to this lay reader, “Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease affect more than nine million people in the United States. Despite their severity and decades of research, we still lack an understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing these diseases and other related neuropathological conditions. The data from the proposed experiments will allow us to gain insight into a novel mechanism by which one protein, IRBIT, regulates two signaling pathways that are of critical importance in practically all mammalian cells. This enhanced understanding of these signaling pathways and their regulator mechanisms has the potential to further our knowledge about the molecular nature of debilitating diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s and allow us to develop improved treatment strategies for patients affected by these conditions.”

A belated (but no less heartfelt!) public congratulations to Martin as he, along with two student researchers, make progress on this exciting project.

*Opportunity Spotlight* 

This solicitation is a crossover opportunity from STEM to non-STEM fields, so inter- and cross-disciplines take notice:  Science and Technology Studies (STS) – Research Community Development Grants

National Science Foundation

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments and social contexts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including medical science. The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance and policy issues.

Amount: from $75,000 to $100,000

Deadline: 02 Feb, 2024

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Terra Foundation for American Art – Exhibition Grant

Terra Foundation for American Art

Recognizing current and historical inequities in presentations and understandings of American art history, the Terra Foundation encourages temporary loan exhibitions that address these disparities and exclusions at institutions worldwide. Terra Foundation Exhibition grants provide support for organizations to plan and present temporary exhibitions comprised primarily of loans.

Amount: from $25,000 to $250,000

Deadline: 08 Mar, 2024

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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) – Collaborative Planning Grants to Develop an Inter-institutional Consortium

LIMITED

National Science Foundation

In 1998 Congress enacted the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act which provided funds to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a mechanism whereby the hiring of foreign workers in technology-intensive sectors on H-1B visas would help address the long-term workforce needs of the United States.

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: 20 Feb, 2024

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National Endowment for the Humanities – Humanities Connections – Implementation Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by encouraging partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in other areas of study. Awards support the planning or implementation of curricular projects connecting the humanities to the physical and natural sciences; pre-service or…

Amount: up to $150,000

Deadline: 05 Sep, 2024

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields-and the scholars and practitioners who work in them are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity.

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National Endowment for the Humanities – Humanities Connections – Implementation Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by encouraging partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in other areas of study. Awards support the planning or implementation of curricular projects connecting the humanities to the physical and natural sciences…

Amount: up to $150,000

Deadline: 05 Sep, 2024

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Guggenheim Scholars Program

Library of Congress
Preservation Directorate

The Law Library of Congress invites applications for the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Legal Scholars Program. The purpose of this program is to fund a scholar whose research will draw upon the Law Library’s world class collections, target new acquisitions, and leverage the Law Library’s staff expertise.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 31 Jan, 2024

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (REI) Grant

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration supports innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status -and their interactions with each other and other social categories in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

Amount: up to $200,000

Deadline: 21 Feb, 2024

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December 1, 2023 – MAP Fund, NSF, Simons, and Hambidge Residencies

In the ongoing effort to amplify some of the externally-funded projects from our faculty members—both new award announcements, as well as the impact from ongoing projects—today we are celebrating Jamie Haverkamp’s recent $40,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.  For this award, Jamie will be making progress on a book titled “Climate Coloniality: Resilience, Resistance and Restor(y)ing in Andean Worlds.” Congratulations to Jamie, and good luck with the project! 

We also celebrate returning Fulbright Scholar Anita Charles in anticipation of Monday night’s Philips lecture “Why Should I Care? Sustainability of Education Nonprofits in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Congratulations to Anita, too! I am excited to hear more about her research on Monday night.

(If you think your interests might be a match for Fulbright or the Wenner-Gren Foundation, our team would be pleased to help you strategize.)

I’ve forwarded a note from the MAP Fund below, and if you are a practicing artist, I encourage you to take a peek. Each grantee will receive: a $25,000 grant for the creation and development of a new, live performance project, a $5,000 unrestricted general operating grant, and a $1,000 microgrant to redistribute to another artist in their community. The deadline for the general 2024 Grant Cycle is December 19, and they also expanded the number of coaches in the Scaffolding for Practicing Artists (SPA) program that provides (free!) one-on-one coaching sessions and peer artist gatherings, helping them “thoughtfully address artistic identities, goals, and challenges.”

If you are a practicing artist whose work is disruptive and/or outside the scope of typical funders, the MAP Fund might be an excellent option for you.

More opportunity highlights, culled from the curated lists on our webpage:

Travel Support for Mathematicians

Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences division invites applications for its Travel Support for Mathematicians program, which is intended to stimulate collaboration in the field primarily through the funding of travel and related expenditures.

Amount: up to $8,400

Deadline: 31 Jan, 2024

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Hambidge Residencies Program

Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences

The Hambidge Center is situated on 600 forested acres in the mountains of north Georgia and offers miles of nature trails, meadows, waterfalls, a swimming hole and an abundance of wildflowers. The oldest residency program in the Southeast, Hambidge provides a self-directed program that honors the creative process and trusts individuals to know what they need to cultivate their talent.

Amount: up to $700

Deadline: 15 Jan, 2024

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National Science Foundation

Hydrologic Sciences

The Hydrologic Sciences Program is a disciplinary program within the Division of Earth Sciences. Hydrologic science has a distinct focus on continental water processes at all scales, and the program supports research with a primary focus on these processes.

Amount: from $250,000 to $700,000

Deadline: Continuous

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National Science Foundation

Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major…

Amount: up to $15,300,000

Deadline: 07 Mar, 2024

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National Science Foundation

High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (HRRBAA)

Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result, the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. 

Deadline: Continuous

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National Science Foundation

Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (Capacity)

The Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (Capacity) Program supports the implementation of, scaling of, or major improvements to research tools, products, and services that advance contemporary biology in any research area supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF.

Deadline: Continuous

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National Science Foundation

Plant Biotic Interactions

The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests.

Amount: from $50,000 to $300,000

Deadline: Continuous

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November 17, 2023 – NY Public Library, NEH, ACLS, American Political Society, Harvard, NASA, Library of Congress, American Chemical Society

I had mentioned this before, but it’s worth a reminder that in addition to the more widely known Fulbright Scholar program, Fulbright also has a Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program that brings scholars from other countries to Bates. These scholars come to Bates for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships, and engage with the campus and the local community. The process is fairly lengthy, but highly supported, and the application portal opens from January-June 2024, with the expectation that scholars would arrive at Bates in August 2025. If adding a short-term international faculty member to your team interests your department, the time for planning is now, and we can help.

Some opportunity highlights, culled from the curated lists on our webpage:

Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program Long-term Fellowships

New York Public Library

The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center’s extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture.

Amount: up to $35,000

QUICK DEADLINE=> 01 Dec, 2023

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Research and Development – Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Modifications

National Endowment for the Humanities

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage-from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological…

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: 21 May, 2024

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The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhism Public Scholars Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

American Council of Learned Societies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhism Public Scholars Fellowships in Buddhist Studies places recent recipients of the PhD in professional positions at host institutions (museums, libraries, and publications) that present and interpret knowledge of Buddhist traditions.

Amount: up to $70,000

Deadline: 18 Jan, 2024

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Summer Centennial Center Research Grants – Fund for Latino Scholarship

American Political Science Association

Each year, the Centennial Center offers over $100,000 in research grants to APSA members through its Spring and Summer application deadlines. Learn more about eligibility and funding areas for each of these cycles below. Eligible costs for Centennial Center Research Grants include: – Research costs associated with data collection, including costs of conducting interviews and surveys…

Deadline: 15 Jun, 2024

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Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Fellowship

Harvard University

The Fellowship Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct research for an academic year or for one semester in a range of fields related to African and African American Studies.

Deadline: 22 Jan, 2024

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Maine Humanities Council – Major Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council Major Grant program distributes funding to nonprofit organizations in Maine for larger humanities programs and projects-things like exhibits, films, conferences, initiatives that have broad public outreach.  The main goal of the humanities is to develop awareness and understanding of people’s lived experience, and to put it into words.

Amount: from $1,001 to $7,500

Deadline: 30 Jan, 2024

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Planetary Science Early Career Award

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) program is intended to help promising young scientists play an increased and meaningful role in the planetary science community and pursue professional development in areas relevant to the Planetary Science Division (PSD).

Amount: up to $200,000

QUICK DEADLINE=> Deadline: 07 Dec, 2023

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New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Massachusetts Historical Society

THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in the June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025 application cycle. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions.

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: 01 Feb, 2024

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Guggenheim Scholars Program

Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress invites applications for the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Legal Scholars Program. The purpose of this program is to fund a scholar whose research will draw upon the Law Library’s world class collections, target new acquisitions, and leverage the Law Library’s staff expertise.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 31 Jan, 2024

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American Chemical Society (ACS) PRF Research Grant Programs – New Directions (ND) Grants

American Chemical Society

The goals of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund are: – To support fundamental research in the petroleum field, and – To develop the next generation of engineers and scientists through support of advanced scientific education. The New Directions Grants Program aims to stimulate a new direction of research for established faculty.

Amount: up to $125,000

Deadline: 08 Mar, 2024

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November 1, 2023 – Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and curated funding opps

This week, I offer three items:

  • Reminder: Writing Workshop. On Wednesday, November 8, from 11:30-1 in Commons 226, our team is hosting a writing workshop. (Lunch is on us! Just go through the line and bring your tray upstairs.) The focus will be effective proposal summary/one-pager writing. This is not funder-specific, all are welcome, and our hope is that you leave with a draft summary that can, hopefully, jumpstart your full proposal. I will push approximately 15 minutes of information at you, and then we’ll leave plenty of time for writing—as well as peer feedback from the group. You all are great writers, but grant writing is its own craft, and we can help you build those specific skills.
  • Fulbright SIR. You likely know about the Fulbright Scholar programs that bring you and your research to other countries, but Fulbright also has a Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program that brings scholars from other countries to Bates. These scholars come to Bates for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships, and engage with the campus and the local community. The process is fairly lengthy, but highly supported, and the application portal opens from January-June 2024, with the expectation that scholars would arrive at Bates in August 2025. If adding a short-term international faculty member to your team interests your department, the time for planning is now, and we can help.
  • Updated webpage/curated lists. We (mostly Theresa!) are working hard to identify opportunities that might be of interest—and to automate that process. We are experimenting with ways to provide curated lists automatically through GrantForward, and while we are still tweaking the process, please take a sneak peek at our webpage and see what you think? (This is very much a work-in-progress, and these are in no way exhaustive lists!)

October 20, 2023 – NEH, American Antiquarian Society, NIH

Please note: if you intend to apply for any NSF funding, the new SciENcv requirement takes effect on October 23. If you scroll down the link, you will see an explanation and rationale for moving to this method. Because this is now a requirement, we advise setting up a SciENcv account set up sooner than later.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Collaborative Research

Up to $300,000

The Collaborative Research program aims to advance humanistic knowledge by supporting teams of scholars working on a joint endeavor. NEH encourages projects that incorporate multiple points of view, pursue new avenues of inquiry in the humanities, and lead to manuscripts for print publication or to scholarly digital projects. Proposed projects must aim to result in tangible and sustainable outcomes, such as a co-authored or multi-authored book; a themed issue of a peer-reviewed journal; a series of peer-reviewed articles; a born-digital publication; or an open-access website or other digital resource. All project outcomes must incorporate collaboration and interpretation to address significant humanities research questions. Expected Output: Book; Conference; Digital Resource or Publication; Themed Issue of Peer-Reviewed Journal; Website

Proposal Deadline: November 29

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American Antiquarian Society

Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships

$2,000/month

The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months. The following short-term visiting academic research fellowships are available, but please check each description for eligibility. (Candidates holding a recognized terminal degree appropriate to the area of proposed research, such as the M.L.S. or M.F.A., are often eligible to apply.)

  • The Brown Family Collection Fellowship is intended for researchers whose projects would benefit from working with the Brown Family Collections as well as many other AAS collections related to African Americans and Indigenous Peoples. Scholars who identify as being of Black and/or Indigenous descent are encouraged to apply.
  • AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowships are for research on projects related to the American eighteenth century. Degree candidates are not eligible.
  • The Alstott Morgan Fellowship supports research on the history of education in nineteenth-century America, drawing on AAS’s unmatched collection of early educational materials, including the Alstott Morgan School Catalogue Collection and the The Student, Teacher, and Trustee Database Project, 1800-1900. This fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in scholarly research and writing–including doctoral dissertations–in any field of American history and culture through 1876.
  • The American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowship is for research on American prints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries or for projects using prints as primary documentation.
  • Stephen Botein Fellowships are for research in the history of the book in American culture.
  • The “Drawn to Art” Fellowship supports research on American art, visual culture, or other projects that will make substantial use of graphic materials as primary sources.
  • The David Jaffee Fellowship in Visual and Material Culture  will provide a stipend for the study and use of visual and material culture in the pursuit of research on all aspects of American history before 1900. It is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at work on doctoral dissertations.
  • The Kate Van Winkle Keller Fellowship for Research in Early American Music and Dance supports research at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) for scholars at all levels (graduate student to senior scholar) engaged in scholarly research and writing on American music or dance, which must be appropriate to research collections at the AAS. It is open to individuals affiliated with academic institutions as well as independent scholars. Awardees who are not currently members of the Society for American Music will also be awarded a one-year membership in SAM.
  • The Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera supports research on printed and manuscript material produced in America through 1865 for (or by) children and youth. This fellowship will support projects examining the creative, artistic, cultural, technological, or commercial aspects of American juvenile literature and ephemera produced between the Puritan Era and the Civil War. It is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at work on doctoral dissertations.
  • Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships are for research on American art, visual culture, or other projects that will make substantial use of graphic materials as primary sources.
  • The Legacy Fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in scholarly research and writing, including doctoral dissertations, in any field of American history and culture through 1876.
  • The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing related to the Transcendentalists in general, and most especially to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. Ph.D. candidates, pre-tenure faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply.
  • The Reese Fellowship supports research in American bibliography and projects in the history of the book in America. Funding for this award is provided by the William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • The Justin G. Schiller Fellowship supports research by both doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any disciplinary perspective on the production, distribution, literary content, or historical context of American children’s books to 1876.
  • The Joyce Tracy Fellowship is for research on newspapers and magazines or for projects using these resources as primary documentation. This award derives from an endowment established in memory of the Society’s longtime curator of newspapers and periodicals. Doctoral candidates may apply.

Application Deadline: January 15

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National Institutes for Health

Modern Equipment for Shared-use Biomedical Research Facilities: Advancing Research-Related Operations

Note from Theresa: “This opportunity is particularly exciting as it’s for the purchase of biomedical equipment in the areas of animal, core, or specialized facilities that are not typically funded by NIH. There is also special co-funding from NIGMS to support applicants from INBRE-eligible states or R15 institutions (like Bates) which means we could be really competitive. If you have any interest in applying or if there may be interest in purchasing equipment that could benefit the recruitment of a new hire while supporting existing users, please let us know and we’d be happy to support you in the application process.”

QUICK DEADLINE: November 15

October 13, 2023 – NSF, YIVO institute, Loeb Classical Foundation, NEH, ACLS

National Science Foundation

Sociology

The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. This includes research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race and the sociology of science and technology. The program supports both original data collection and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.

Proposal deadline: Rolling

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Fellowship Programs:

Fellowship in East European Jewish Studies

The Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship and the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship support original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of East European Jewish studies. These fellowships carry a combined stipend of $20,000 and are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives, as well as two public lectures by the holder.

Fellowship in Baltic Jewish Studies

The Abram and Fannie Gottlieb Immerman and Abraham Nathan and Bertha Daskal Weinstein Memorial Fellowship in Eastern European Jewish Studies, the Abraham and Rachela Melezin Memorial Fellowship and the Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowship support original doctoral or postdoctoral research in the field of Lithuanian Jewish history for a period of two to three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives. These fellowships carry a combined stipend of $4,000 and require a public lecture by the holder.

Fellowship in Polish Jewish Studies

The Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowship and the Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship and the Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowship support doctoral or post-doctoral research on Polish-Jewish history in the modern period, particularly Jewish-Polish relations, including the Holocaust period, and Jewish contributions to Polish literature and culture. These fellowships carry a stipend of $4,000 and are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives, as well as a public lecture by the holder.

Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature

The Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship and the Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship are designed to assist an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate researcher in Eastern European Jewish literature. There is no geographical restriction and researchers can apply the fellowship to the literature of Eastern European Jewish diasporas on any continent. This combined fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 to defray expenses connected with research in the YIVO’s archival collections and library. The required period of research is two to three months, and a public lecture by the holder is also required.

Fellowship in East European Arts, Music, and Theater

The Ruth and Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship is dedicated to assist an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate researcher in the fields of Eastern European Jewish arts, music and theater. There is no geographical restriction and researchers can apply the fellowship to work on Eastern European Jewish diasporas on any continent. This fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 to defray expenses connected with research in the YIVO’s arts, music and theater archival collections and library. The required period of research is two to three months, and a public lecture by the holder is also required.

Fellowship in American Jewish Studies

The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship and the Dora and Mayer Tendler Endowed Fellowship in Jewish Studies are dedicated to doctoral or post-doctoral research in American Jewish history, with special consideration given to scholars working on some aspect of the Jewish labor movement. These fellowships are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives and carry a combined stipend of $5,000. The holder is also required to deliver a public lecture.

Proposal Deadline(s): January 15

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National Science Foundation

Developmental Sciences (DS)

DS supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society.

DS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change, including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic and epigenetic influences.

Additional priorities include research that incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models and theories for studying development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., memory, emotion, perception, cognition), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural) and time scales.

Proposal deadlines: January 30 and July 30

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Harvard University

Loeb Classical Foundation Library Fellowship

The Loeb Classical Library Foundation awards fellowships to qualified scholars to support research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies. Fellowships will normally range from $1,000 to $40,000. In the case of sabbatical replacement, applicants must have faculty or faculty emeritus status at a college or university at the time of application and during the entire time covered by the fellowship. Qualified scholars are eligible for support for publication of research. Fellowships may be used for a wide variety of purposes. Examples include publication of research, enhancement of sabbaticals, travel to libraries or collections, reasonable payment of student research assistants, dramatic productions, excavation expenses, or cost of research materials.

QUICK=> Deadline: November 3

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National Science Foundation

Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)

The MCA program offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the mid-career stage to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectory. Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints to reduce workload inequities and enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic ranks. The MCA is the only cross-directorate NSF program specifically aimed at providing protected time and resources to established scientists and engineers targeted at the mid-career stage. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), and Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) will accept MCA proposals.

Proposals accepted: February 1-March 1

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation Assistance Grants to Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Deadline: January 14 (anticipated)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies

Long-term research fellowships will enable recent PhDs (without tenure and within eight years of the PhD) to take leaves from university responsibilities for four to nine months to carry out research and writing towards a scholarly text. During the fellowship tenure, which must consist of consecutive semesters or quarters, Fellows must be on leave from teaching and service. No employment is allowed, so that full time may be devoted to the project. Each long-term fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of nine months. The minimum stipend is $20,000; the maximum is $45,000. Early Career fellowships emphasize the importance of research in China by the applicant, if possible. The application essay should describe the research the applicant intends to do, or has done, in China, if any. Applicants who do not propose work in China should explain how they will gain access to sources.

Deadline: November 16

September 29, 2023 – Fulbright alternatives

ARIT Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey

The ARIT fellowships support research in Turkey for the academic year. Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. applicants who reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada.

Deadline: Annually, generally November

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ACMS Field Research Fellowship Program

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is inviting applications to conduct field research in humanities, sciences, and social sciences, for at least 6 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college. The projects will be conducted between May and October with an up to $4,000 award given with additional funding for travel. The goal of the fellowship is to assist as many researchers as possible to participate in a field research experience in Mongolia.

Deadline: Annually, generally February or March

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American Academy in Berlin Prize

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 24 Berlin Prizes are conferred yearly. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of 6-8 weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the U.S.

Deadline: Annually, generally June-July

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ASF Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. Awards are made in all fields.

Deadline: November 1

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APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London

Since 1933, the American Philosophical Society (APS) has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The APS offers an exchange postdoctoral fellowship for a minimum of 1-2 months’ research in the archives and libraries of London. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and the United Kingdom and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral quality. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000.

Deadline: October 1

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APS/Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship for Research in Edinburgh

=>Creative writers, especially playwrights, take notice

In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, the APS offers a visiting fellowship of between 2-4 months for research in Edinburgh in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and the United Kingdom, a private office, library, and research facilities at the IASH, and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Travel expenses and the monthly subsistence amount will not exceed a maximum of $6,000.

Deadline(s): Vary

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Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship supports the best and brightest minds in their postdoctoral research, connecting them with world-class academics and leading researchers. The fellowship provides generous funding for eligible international applicants to conduct research in any academic discipline at accredited institutions in Israel, a country long recognized for outstanding achievements in research and higher education. The fellowship is open to candidates who have received or will receive, their Ph.D. at a recognized university in the EU or EFTA states, UK and Canada.

Deadline: November 15

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BAEF Study and Research Fellowships in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award up to ten fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of $27,000 for Master’s or Ph.D. students and $32,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must also either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the U.S., plan to register in a graduate program (Master’s or Ph.D.) in Belgium, or currently hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree.

Deadline(s): Vary

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Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowships

The Program supports North American scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian nationals or permanent residents who are either full-time graduate students who have completed all coursework required for a Ph.D. or have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Awards provide between 10 and 12 months of research support and a generous travel allowance for intra-European research.

Deadline: Annually, first week of January

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CFR International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens. The duration of the fellowship is 3-12 months. The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan.

Deadline: October 31

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European University Institute Policy Leader Fellowship

The European University in Florence is offering 3, 6, or 9-month-long fellowships for early- or mid-career professionals in public policy, politics, civil service, media, and non-governmental organizations. In the School of Transnational Governance, fellows will live in Florence, Italy, and work in workshops, training, and skills development sessions and conferences. Fellows are excepted to contribute to peer discussions and have a strong interest in policy issues, especially related to transnational governance. Each fellowship is fully-funded with a grant of 2,500 euros per month for applicants from anywhere in the world.

Deadline: Annually, last week in January

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Fellowship Program for International Postdoctoral Researchers

The Council for Higher Education in Israel and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities are seeking top young recent Ph.D. graduates to take on a postdoctoral position with leading scientists and scholars in Israel on cutting-edge research in all fields of science, social science, and humanities. The fellowship is open to international candidates who have received a Ph.D. from a recognized higher education institution outside of Israel less than 4 years from the time of application. Fellows will be awarded for two years the amount of 160,000 NIS (~$47,000) per year.

Deadline(s): Vary

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French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the six Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, and Paris. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars and scientists primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH). The call is open to all disciplines in the SSH and all research fields. FIAS awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. The minimum requirement is a Ph.D. + 2 years of research experience at the time of the application.

Call for proposals opens: April 14

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Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship

Outstanding scientists from outside TUM, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship. The TUM-IAS awards up to 5 Hans Fischer Senior Fellowships each year. The Fellowships last 3 years, of which Fellows are expected to stay at TUM in Munich, Germany for 9 months. Fellows receive an award of 60,000 EUR plus 50,000 EUR for travel, housing, and research. Additional funding of up to 50,000 EUR is available on an as-needed basis. In addition, Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM for 3 years.

Deadline: TBD

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Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy are for outstanding mid-career American professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy in New Zealand. Two to three fellowships valued at up to NZ $58,500 are granted each year, towards three to seven months of research. Fellows will be based at a relevant government agency in Wellington, New Zealand and carefully paired with a leading policy expert who will serve as their mentor. To be eligible, you must be a US citizen with at least five years of experience in your profession in the public, business or non-profit sector.

Deadline: April 15

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Jean Monnet Fellowship

The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy offers fellowships to scholars who have obtained their doctorate at least 5 years before the start of the fellowship. During their stay at the RSCAS, fellows work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS (Integration, Governance and Democracy; Regulating Markets and Governing Money; and 21st Century World Politics and Europe) and participate in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Jean Monnet Fellowships have a duration of 1 year, renewable once.

Deadline: October 25

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MIF Research Fellowship Program

The Matsumae International Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program was created to deal with national egoism and help nations move toward world peace. The fellowship is particularly geared toward enhancing Japan’s foreign relations with other nations and ensuring the preservation of mankind. Fellowships are for 3-6 months of research in Japan with an institution of the fellow’s choosing. Fellows must hold a Ph.D., be over 49 years old, and have an interest in solving major problems facing humanity. Fellows in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine will be given first priority.

Deadline: June 30

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Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program

The Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program offers nine-month fellowships in Nantes, France. IAS Nantes awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. IAS Nantes offers 15 fellowship positions. Applications are expected from the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH) and all research fields. The Fellows will benefit from the IAS’s support and conducive scientific environment, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and close relation to the local research potential. IAS Nantes offers a living allowance, social security coverage, accommodation, a complete workspace, plus coverage of travel expenses.

Deadline: July 10

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Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is a two-year fellowship for high-caliber postgraduate economists and statisticians to gain practical work experience in a developing country. The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities who have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics, or a related field. Fellows are selected and appointed by ODI, but they then become employees of the governments or public bodies for which they work. Fellows received a salary, travel expenses, a monthly supplement, emergency medical insurance, and an end-of-fellowship bonus.

Deadline: TBD

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PhD Bridging Program in Indonesia

The Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration (CHRM2) is offering facilities for current Ph.D. candidates and early career researchers with a Ph.D. degree who want to complete field research in Indonesia. Fellowships are between 2 weeks and 4 weeks long. Eligible candidates must be researchers in human rights, law, politics, education, gender, sociology, and anthropology. Each fellow will receive 4,000,000 IDR, free housing, and a private office.

Deadline: Varies

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RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships

RMIT University in Australia is recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs): Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication; Advanced Materials; Biomedical and Health Innovation; Design and Creative Practice; Global Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Social Change; and Urban Futures. Fellows will engage in high-quality, high-impact research projects, which address local, national, regional, and global challenges. To be eligible, you must hold a Ph.D./Doctorate qualification.

Deadline: August 31

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Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

This is a one-year fellowship in Africa for postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, and soil science at the Smithsonian Mpala Research Center.  The Mpala Center is a site of multidisciplinary research and training in Kenya and welcomes scholars from around the world to apply. Postdoctoral and senior investigators work in association with the professional Smithsonian research staff and utilize the resources of the institution in their projects. A stipend of $50,400 is provided for the year plus an additional research allowance of up to $4,000.

Deadline: TBD

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The Academic Research Institute in Iraq Fellowship – U.S. Citizens

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) is inviting post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers to conduct research focused on subjects in historical academic fields from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq. Potential projects include research in archives in Europe, Turkey, or India, interviews with Iraqis living abroad, remote sensing of ancient Iraqi landscapes, and collaboration between a U.S. scholar and an Iraqi living in Iraq. Financial awards are up to  $7,000 and are based on merit by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

Deadline: Typically, June

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The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme is a funded opportunity for academics to reside in Cambridge, UK as they do research into building a sustainable economy. The Programme aims to foster new transdisciplinary thinking on sustainability in a large variety of fields, leading to practical insights, tools, and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organizations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge. There are specific opportunities open in specialized fields listed on their website.

Deadline: Varies

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Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the CRLT Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition, support research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. Applicants must conduct research and language studies for 3-9 months in the field. Participants must have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency. Fellowships range from $5K-$25K.

Deadline: October 1

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Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe, and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family, and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

Deadline: October 1

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USA to Australia Fellowship Program

The Association awards Fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD, or Postdoctoral) level of up to $40,000 USD for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or studying in the fields of biophotonics, engineering, environmental and marine sciences, mathematics, medicine, sciences, sustainability and technology. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or studying at the graduate level. Applicants may already be in Australia.

Deadline: Varies, but typically March 31

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Visiting Erskine Fellows, University of Canterbury

Each year, some 70 distinguished, international academic visitors who are already advanced in the learning of any subject taught in the Faculties of Commerce, Engineering or Science are invited to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for durations of 1-3 months for the purpose of giving lectures in such subjects to students of the University. Each Visiting Erskine Fellow receives a grant-in-aid which takes account of up to two return airfare and a daily allowance towards living expenses. A visitor must be nominated by the Department concerned.

Deadline: TBD

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Zuckerman Postdoctoral STEM Scholars Program

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Stem Leadership Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation. Postdoctoral scholarships are for up to two years for $52,000 per academic year and applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree from a premier university.

September 22, 2023 – APS, Simons, NSF, AAUW, Yivo Institute for Jewish Research

If you missed the NSF workshop this week, I have attached the presentation slides, but the big takeaways are:

  • NSF proposals include approximately 15 steps/aspects, not just the proposal description.
  • There are 9 directorates, each with their own divisions and programs.
  • Plan for notification/funding to arrive a full year after your submission.
  • We are friendly and here to help.
  • Talk to us early because the more notice you can give us, the better service we can give you.

Please note: if you do intend to apply for any NSF funding, the new SciENcv requirement takes effect on October 23. If you scroll down the link, you will see an explanation and rationale for moving to this method. Because this is now a requirement, we advise setting up a SciENcv account set up sooner than later.

Some funding opportunities that might be of interest to you:


American Philosophical Society: Franklin Research Grants

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. These are small grants of up to $6,000, and they support a variety of disciplines.

Deadline: October 2 or December 1 

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Simons Foundation

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

The project should involve outstanding researchers in a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.

Deadline: Letter of intent due November 1

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National Science Foundation

Science and Technology Studies

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments and social contexts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including medical science. The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance and policy issues. 

Deadline: February 2

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American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine, and Science

Grants are open to scholars who identify as women and who are conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences at an accredited institution of higher education or research. The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities. The grantee must plan to have this research accepted to a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or author of equivalent significance. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.

Deadline: November 15

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Yivo Institute for Jewish Research Fellowship Programs:

Fellowship in East European Jewish Studies

The Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship and the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship support original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of East European Jewish studies. These fellowships carry a combined stipend of $20,000 and are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives, as well as two public lectures by the holder.

Fellowship in Baltic Jewish Studies

The Abram and Fannie Gottlieb Immerman and Abraham Nathan and Bertha Daskal Weinstein Memorial Fellowship in Eastern European Jewish Studies, the Abraham and Rachela Melezin Memorial Fellowship and the Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowship support original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of Lithuanian Jewish history for a period of two to three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives. These fellowships carry a combined stipend of $4,000 and require a public lecture by the holder.

Fellowship in Polish Jewish Studies

The Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowship and the Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship and the Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowship support doctoral or post-doctoral research on Polish-Jewish history in the modern period, particularly Jewish-Polish relations, including the Holocaust period, and Jewish contributions to Polish literature and culture. These fellowships carry a stipend of $4,000 and are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives, as well as a public lecture by the holder.

Fellowship in East European Jewish Literature

The Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship and the Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship are designed to assist an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate researcher in Eastern European Jewish literature. There is no geographical restriction and researchers can apply the fellowship to the literature of Eastern European Jewish diasporas on any continent. This combined fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 to defray expenses connected with research in the YIVO’s archival collections and library. The required period of research is two to three months, and a public lecture by the holder is also required.

Fellowship in East European Arts, Music, and Theater

The Ruth and Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship is dedicated to assist an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate researcher in the fields of Eastern European Jewish arts, music and theater. There is no geographical restriction and researchers can apply the fellowship to work on Eastern European Jewish diasporas on any continent. This fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 to defray expenses connected with research in the YIVO’s arts, music and theater archival collections and library. The required period of research is two to three months, and a public lecture by the holder is also required.

Fellowship in American Jewish Studies

The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship and the Dora and Mayer Tendler Endowed Fellowship in Jewish Studies are dedicated to doctoral or post-doctoral research in American Jewish history, with special consideration given to scholars working on some aspect of the Jewish labor movement. These fellowships are for a period of three months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives and carry a combined stipend of $5,000. The holder is also required to deliver a public lecture.

Proposal Deadline: TBD, but typically January 15

September 15, 2023 – American Philosophical Society, ACLS, Simons, NSF, AAUW

If you missed this week’s workshop for the grants-curious, I have attached the presentation slides as a reference, but some key takeaways are:

1) We are friendly and here to help. 🙂

2) Talk to us early because the more notice you give us, the better service we can give you.

3) If your award will route through Bates in any way, our team must be involved.

4) GrantForward is a useful tool to search for opportunities.

5) Funders tend to support discrete projects, not abstract ideas.

Please note: if you intend to apply for any NSF funding, the new SciENcv requirement takes effect on October 23. Because this is now a requirement, we advise setting up a SciENcv account set up sooner than later.


American Philosophical Society: Franklin Research Grants

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. These are small grants of up to $6,000, and they support a variety of disciplines.

Deadline: October 2 or December 1 

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American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships

ACLS invites research proposals from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. Given the disproportionate effect the pandemic’s social and economic disruptions have had on emerging, independent, and untenured scholars, ACLS will continue in the 2022-23 competition year to offer these fellowships solely to untenured scholars who have earned the PhD within eight years of the application deadline. ACLS welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and scholars off the tenure track.

ACLS invites applications from scholars pursuing research on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology. ACLS aims to select fellows who are broadly representative of the variety of humanistic scholarship across all fields of study. We also believe that diversity enhances scholarship and seek to recognize academic excellence from all sectors of higher education and beyond. In ACLS’s peer review, funding packages, and engagement with fellows, we aspire to enact our values of equity and inclusion.

The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital research project, critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The fellowships support projects at any stage of development. This program does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

=>Deadline: September 28

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Simons Foundation

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

The project should involve outstanding researchers in a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration.

Deadline: Letter of intent due November 1

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National Science Foundation

Science and Technology Studies

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the conceptual foundations, historical developments and social contexts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including medical science. The STS program supports proposals across a broad spectrum of research that uses historical, philosophical and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice. STS research may be empirical or conceptual; specifically, it may focus on the intellectual, material or social facets of STEM including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance and policy issues. 

Deadline: February 2

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American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine, and Science

Grants are open to scholars who identify as women and who are conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences at an accredited institution of higher education or research. The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities. The grantee must plan to have this research accepted to a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or author of equivalent significance. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.

Deadline: November 15

September 1, 2023 – NSF SciENcv, Maine Research Symposium, NEH

1)      If you intend to apply for any National Science Foundation fundingplease note the new SciENcv requirement taking effect on October 23. If you scroll down that page, you will see an explanation and rationale for moving to this method. Because this is now a requirement, we advise getting a SciENcv account set up sooner than later. (As always, if you have questions or need help with the process, we are here!)

2)      Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering. The Institute of Medicine, along with partner organizations JAX, MDI Biological Laboratory, MaineHealth, Northern Light Health, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, and the Roux Institute, are planning the second Maine Research Symposium on Biomedical Science and Engineering for Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 25, 26 & 27, 2023Here is the link to more information, and note the call for poster abstracts is open.

3)      National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research. This program includes four project categories: Planning International Collaboration, Convening, Manuscript Preparation, and Scholarly Digital Projects. The categories support different project types or stages and have different performance periods and award ceilings. Proposed projects must aim to result in tangible and sustainable outcomes, such as a co-authored or multi-authored book; a themed issue of a peer-reviewed journal; a series of peer-reviewed articles; a born-digital publication; or an open-access website or other digital resource. All project outcomes must incorporate collaboration and interpretation to address significant humanities research questions. Deadline: November 29. (Optional NEH draft review deadline: September 18.)

August 25, 2023 – School for Advanced Research, NSF EMBRACE and BRC-BIO, ARTNOIR, and American Historical Association

  • School for Advanced Research’s Resident Scholar Fellowships. The deadline for these five fellowships is coming right up (September 1), but if you love the thrill of the last-minute rush, consider that: “Resident scholar fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.” Deadline: September 1
  • National Science Foundation/EMBRACE. NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) EMpowering BRoader Academic Capacity and Education (EMBRACE) program seeks to support research and educational efforts at “non-R1” institutions, including non-R1 minority serving institutions (MSIs), two-year colleges (2YCs), primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and emerging research and masters level institutions. With this solicitation, the EMBRACE program aims to mitigate multiple barriers faced by faculty members in geosciences and related fields at non-R1 institutions in submitting and obtaining federal funding (e.g., high teaching loads, increased expectations for teaching and mentoring, low or no start-up packages, and limited institutional infrastructure and research support personnel). The EMBRACE program supports two categories of proposals:  Seed and Growth. Deadlines: November 20 and May 15
  • ARTNOIR’s Jar of Love Fund is a microgrant initiative that supports artists, curators, and cultural producers of color. The unrestricted grant is designed to help remove some of the burden of thought and free up mental and spiritual capacity to continue creating and collaborating in strength. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funds become available.
  • The National Science Foundation’s Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutionsand R2 institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity. By providing this funding opportunity, BIO recognizes the national urgency to broaden, strengthen, and diversify the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. In particular, these awards will build capacity for research at institutions that have a primary focus on teaching and undergraduate education, or that have limited capacity for research.  Awards are up to $450,000, plus $50,000 for equipment, and the application window will be: May 1, 2024-July 1, 2024
  • Finally, for historians wanting to plan ahead, pin this list of opportunities from the American Historical Association. (Including a fellowships for Aerospace History, supported by NASA.) Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are awarded in June and may be used anytime in the subsequent 15 months for expenses related to furthering research in progress. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). The deadline for research grant applications is February 15.

August 18, 2023 – AAUW, NSF BRC-BIO, Institute for Advanced Study/Social Sciences, Sloan, NEH, and the American Historical Association

Today in 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified after Tennessee approved it by just one vote. For perspective, I am only the third generation of women in my family born with the right to cast a ballot. 

I do not take it for granted.

With that in mind, I encourage you to take a peek at the many funding opportunities offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). As an AAUW fellowship recipient myself, I can attest to the flexibility and transformative power of these awards. While AAUW tends to direct support to those who are still pursuing their education in some form (feel free to share links with your students or post-doc colleagues), there is also support for research publication and community action. If you see yourself and your research in any of the categories noted, I encourage you to apply. AAUW is, historically, flexible with both their criteria interpretation and awards. The application portal opened on August 1, and it will close on November 15.

Also for your consideration this week:

  • The National Science Foundation’s Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutionsand R2 institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity. By providing this funding opportunity, BIO recognizes the national urgency to broaden, strengthen, and diversify the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. In particular, these awards will build capacity for research at institutions that have a primary focus on teaching and undergraduate education, or that have limited capacity for research.  Awards are up to $450,000, plus $50,000 for equipment, and the application window will be: May 1, 2024-July 1, 2024
  • The Institute for Advanced Study/Social Sciences has issued its call for residential fellowships for the September 2024-May 2025 term. This year’s theme is THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT AS A FORM OF LIFE, but applicants are not required to relate to the theme. (Note: US Citizenship is NOT required, and humanities scholars are encouraged to apply.) Application deadline: October 15.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Sloan Research Fellowships. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Nominations are accepted between July 15-September 15.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Scholars. The Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. These grants award $5,000/month for up to 12 months. Applications open August 8, with a deadline of November 29.
  • Finally, for historians wanting to plan ahead, pin this list of opportunities from the American Historical Association. (Including fellowships for Aerospace History, supported by NASA.) Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are awarded in June and may be used anytime in the subsequent 15 months for expenses related to furthering research in progress. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). The deadline for research grant applications is February 15.

July 21, 2023 – IMLS, Sloan Foundation, NSF Discovery Research Pre-K, NEH

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) sponsors the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) to support projects that address critical needs of the library and archives fields and have the potential to advance practice and strengthen library and archival services. Successful proposals will generate results such as new models, tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment. This includes Planning, Forum, Implementation, and Applied Research projects, and the deadline is September 20.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Sloan Research Fellowships. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to early career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Nominations are accepted between July 15-September 15.
  • National Science Foundation: Discovery Research Pre-K (DRK-12). The goal of the Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) is to catalyze research and development that enhances all preK-12 teachers’ and students’ opportunities to engage in high-quality learning experiences related to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Outcomes of DRK-12 projects can include but are not limited to promising, evidence-based products that can be used by others to support the success of all teachers and all students (e.g., curriculum, teaching and research tools, and models of collaboration). The program solicits proposals along two strands: (1) Learning and (2) Teaching. Deadline is November 8.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Scholars. The Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. These grants award $5,000/month for up to 12 months. Applications open August 8, with a deadline of November 29.

July 7, 2023 – Org. of American Historians, NSF Foundation, and Fulbright

Today I offer three items of potential interest if you have a project in mind or are planning for a leave:

1) The Organization of American Historians sponsors or co-sponsors awards, prizes, fellowships and grants given in recognition of scholarly and professional achievements in the field of American history. If you are seeking a residency, travel grant, or recognition for an essay or book, I encourage you to bookmark this link. (The 2023 cycle deadlines have not yet been released, but these are typically in late Fall/early Winter.)  

2) Another reminder about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. Specifically, the September 15 deadline and a reminder that now—this weekend—is not too early to get started if you are planning a leave in AY2024-25.

3) Is math your area of expertise? The National Science Foundation’s Foundations program (Foundation’s Foundations is not a typo) supports research in mathematical logic and the foundations of mathematics, including proof theory, recursion theory, model theory, set theory, and infinitary combinatorics. The deadline is September 26, and if you would like help with a one-page pitch to the program officers to see if your idea is a match, we can help!

June 30, 2023 – Fulbright, Maine COBRE, Maine Arts Commission

1) I want to amplify an opportunity that Ryan Bavis shared. The call for proposals is attached, and here is the summary:

“The COBRE at the University of Maine has released a call for proposals for pilot project funding to provide seed money for additional innovative research projects related to the theme of cellular signaling in response to extracellular cues.  Please see the attached FOA for details and application requirements and send widely to your networks of potentially interested faculty members in Maine. The deadline for proposals is August 1.”

2) If your project would benefit from a fairly small investment and/or you want to leverage other funding sources, the Maine Humanities Council offers relatively low-barrier mini-grants and is accepting applications through July 25.

3) Can you handle another reminder about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program? Specifically, the September 15 deadline and a suggestion that now—this weekend—is not too early to get started? I hope so! I included a message from the Fulbright Canada program below (specific to their Research Chairs program), so you can see how seriously Fulbright takes their outreach and how committed they are to attracting good candidates.

“Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required. Organizations serving and/or led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply. We evaluate proposals on their strength and clarity in the following areas: humanities content, project goals and impact, project design, outreach and engagement, and budget.”

Fulbright Canada is pleased to announce that the competition for Fulbright Canada Research Chairs is open for awards to be taken up in the 2024-25 academic year. American scholars looking for a research opportunity in Canada can now apply. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2023.


Awards range from US$25,000 to US$50,000 and from four to nine months.

These opportunities are open for a start date of September 2024 or January 2025.

What we offer

American scholars are invited to collaborate with Canadian researchers tackling the world’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, food security, health, and artificial intelligence. Canadian institutions are eager to welcome talented and driven American scholars and researchers to their campuses and work on collaborative research and innovation needs.

More than 50 Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are available at world-class universities and research facilities across Canada. Research in Canada benefits from a diverse talent pool, advanced infrastructure, a wide variety of disciplines, well-equipped research facilities, and skilled staff. 

Read what Dr. Jordan Gross (Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Public Policy and Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph / University of Montana) said about her 2021-22 Fulbright Canada experience:

Participating in the Fulbright Canada Program has been a professional highlight for me that will pay dividends for the rest of my career. I made valuable connections in my field that I would not have otherwise had, and the comparative perspective I gained has already enhanced my scholarship and teaching.

What to do next?

Consider applying as well as share this message widely with your academic colleagues at your institution who may be interested in a life-changing and career-enhancing opportunity. You will find detailed eligibility requirements and application information in the attached flyer.

The Canada and U.S. relationship is forged by shared geography, similar values, common interests, deep personal connections, and multi-layered economic ties. Enhancing these bonds through academic exchanges promotes thoughtful debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the U.S., and the relationship between the two countries.

Applying for a Fulbright Canada award is key to supporting these important objectives.

June 9, 2023 – National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program makes awards to institutions and organizations conducting empirical field research to answer significant questions in the humanities. Archaeology and ethnography are important methodologies utilized by many disciplines across the humanities and social sciences that provide observational and experiential data on human history and culture.

Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and/or excavations in support of answering research questions in all aspects of the human past, including but not limited to ancient studies, anthropology, art history, classical studies, regional studies, epigraphy, and other related disciplines. Ethnographic methods may include participant observation, surveys and interviews, and documentation or recording in pursuit of research questions in anthropology, sociology, ethnolinguistics, oral history, ethnomusicology, performance studies, folklore studies, and related disciplines.

Maximum award: $150,000

Application available: June 9, 2023

Application due:  September 28, 2023

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Dialogues on the Experience of War

The Dialogues on the Experience of War program supports the study and discussion of humanities sources that address the experiences of military service and war from a wide variety of perspectives. In recognition of the importance of the humanities in helping Americans to understand the meaning and experiences of military service and war, Dialogues projects encourage veterans and civilians to reflect collectively on such topics as civic engagement, veteran identity, the legacies of war, service, and homecoming. Project teams should include humanities scholars, military veterans, and individuals with relevant experience.

Dialogues projects may take a wide variety of forms, including:

·       ·Bridge programs for veterans seeking to further or resume their education

·       Community discussion series hosted by veterans’ organizations and cultural institutions such as museums or theaters 

·       Undergraduate or graduate courses that train students to lead discussions on campus or in the local community

·       Seminars for members of the public

·       Reading and discussion programs for veterans in the justice system or in group housing

·       Discussion series centered on local historical collections, memorial sites, film series, or exhibits

Maximum award: $100,000

Application available:  June 7, 2023

Optional Draft due:  July 21, 2023

Application due:  September 7, 2023

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Connections

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards support innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

Humanities Connections projects must include:

·       substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)

·       collaboration between faculty from two or more departments or schools at one or more institutions

·       experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the proposed curriculum

·       long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

 Application available:  May 27, 2023

Optional Draft due:  July 21, 2023

Application due:  September 7, 2023

May 26, 2023 – NSF conference, NIH R15 webinar, NEH Summer Stipend

1) Next week is the National Science Foundation’s Virtual Conference. This is a free event, and once you register, you can sign up cafeteria-style for any sessions that interest you. (Read: You don’t have to attend the entire conference.) This event is an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself with people in your field, ask questions, and understand any trends or new NSF priorities. If you are considering a NSF proposal, I encourage you to attend.

2) On June 15, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is hosting an informational webinar on the NIH R15 programs:

·       AREA: Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions

·       REAP: Research Enhancement Award Program for Health Professional and Graduate Schools

The NIH R15 programs support small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation’s research scientists but have not been major recipients of NIH support. This webinar will provide prospective grant applicants and grant administrators with an overview of the R15 program and insight into key components of the R15 grant application, including a Q&A with NIH officials.

Webinar Information:

Title: The NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15)? What You Need to Know!

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

Registration is required at this link.

3) The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend application portal is open, and while the deadline is September 30, if this program interests you, please tell us by August 1. While the dollar amount ($6,000) is relatively small, these are highly competitive awards–largely, because the process is comparatively easy with a 3-page narrative and no detailed budget.

Bates can nominate two proposals, so if more than two faculty members are interested, we need time to sort out who will receive the institutional nomination. (The good part is that NEH allows proposals from unaffiliated scholars, so you also have the option to apply without an institutional nomination.)

Yaddo Fellowship

Yaddo is a working community of professional artists from the United States and abroad. Its fundamental mission–to provide artists peace and guaranteed privacy necessary for creative work–has remained constant for a century. The 400-acre grounds of Yaddo, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, include wooded and open areas, lakes, and gardens. A 55-room mansion and 16 outbuildings serve as working and living facilities. Residencies vary in length, from two weeks to two months. The artists’ community established in 1900 by Spencer and Katrina Trask, has a simple mission: to offer creative artists uninterrupted time to work, good working conditions, and a supportive environment.

Application deadline: August 1

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National Science Foundation

Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

Supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions and R2 institutions.

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity.

Proposal Submissions Accepted: June 1-30, 2023

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National Science Foundation

Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate. The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

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Vermont Studio Center

Fellowships

Our residency program welcomes artists and writers working across all mediums and genres for two, three, and four week sessions. Residents enjoy well-lit, private studios within a short walk to residency housing, dining hall, and local amenities. The campus features include a print shop, digital lab, and metal, wood, ceramic facility. Studios are open 24 hours a day.

AWARDS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS

VSC Fellowship
Eighteen fellowships for exceptional visual artists based on the merit of their work. Available for a 2-, 3-, or 4-week residency as best meets the needs of the artist.

Zeta Orionis Fellowship
One three-week fellowship for a women visual artist working in painting and/or with paint, who lives and works in the U.S. This award is based on merit.

Brian P. Kennedy Fellowship
One two-week fellowship for a visual artist who is a painter and printmaker. This award is based on merit and is given in honor of VSC’s recent Interim Executive Director, Brian Kennedy, with gratitude for his dedication to VSC and its mission, and his commitment to supporting creative practice.

AWARDS FOR WRITERS

VSC Fellowship
Nine fellowships for exceptional writers based on the merit of their work. Available for a 2-, 3-, or 4-week residency as best meets the needs of the writer.

Voices Rising Fellowship
One fellowship for a Black American woman fiction writer with demonstrable financial need. Given in honor of women writers of color such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston, whose voices have inspired so many. Available for a 4-week residency in 2023 and includes a $2,000 stipend.

Brian P. Kennedy Fellowship
One two-week fellowship for a poet. This award is based on merit and is given in honor of VSC’s recent Interim Executive Director, Brian Kennedy, with gratitude for his dedication to VSC and its mission, and his commitment to supporting creative practice.

Application Deadline: 6/15/2022

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Simons Foundation

Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its Targeted Grants in MPS program. The foundation strongly encourages applications from scientists from underrepresented groups. The program is intended to support high-risk theoretical mathematics, physics and computer science projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis.

The Targeted Grant in MPS program provides funding for up to five years. The funding level and duration is flexible and should be appropriate based on the type of support requested in the proposal. There is no recommended or assumed funding level for this program.

Allowable expenses include:

·        Up to one month of summer salary and related benefits per year for the PI and any co-Investigator(s). These salary funds are not substitutional (cannot be used to relieve a university of salary costs) and cannot be used to reduce teaching loads below the departmental norm. They can only be used to supplement the salary similarly to a summer salary in the U.S. system.

·        Domestic or international travel for the PI(s), co-Investigator(s) and students, as appropriate. Parking, hotel, taxi, registration and other related travel and conference costs are allowable.

·        Research equipment, experiments, computations and other expenses directly benefiting the research.

·        Salary support and related benefits, including tuition support, for staff/research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and research associates, graduate students or undergraduate research assistants.

·        Support for visitors and collaborators, including domestic and international travel, meals and lodging expenses — Related per diem expenses at standard government rates are allowable.

·        Conferences and working meetings appropriate to the needs of the project, including meals, travel, lodging, vehicle rentals for participants and facility fees.

·        Research equipment, supplies and other expenses directly related to the research, including computers, computer support, professional literature, publication expenses and professional membership dues.

Letter of Interest Due: Rolling submission

Full Proposal: By invitation

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Kluge Fellowships

The Kluge Center encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library’s large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Fellowship program. The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to contemporary challenges.

Among the collections available to researchers are the world’s largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available. In-residence scholars have access to the Library’s specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. 

Proposal Deadline: 7/15/2023

May 5, 2023 – Howard Fnd, American Psych. Assoc., Rogovny Fnd, NSF

Workshop Report

We hosted our first NSF-focused grant writing workshop this week, where we threw a lot of information into the audience! Presentation slides are attached to this email, and if you weren’t able to attend, we’re hosting Part 2 of the workshop on Wednesday, May 17 in 226 Commons (please go through the line and charge your lunch to the event) from 11am-1pm.

Part 2 will be generative, and our goal is for you to leave with a draft Project Summary. (This is a formal piece of the proposal and very different from an abstract.) We will have samples to share, exercises to get you started/keep you focused, and feedback to offer. While this session is meant to be NSF-specific, the process itself will be useful for other grants, too, and I encourage any/all to attend.

NIH Discussion

In other news, Maggie found a terrific NIH opportunity for those who might have interest in the impact of mentoring on career paths and diversity in the biomedical and behavioral research workforce. It is a free NIH panel discussion/webinar on Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 am, hosted at this link.

As always, take a peek at the highlighted opportunities below and please know that if you ever want to chat about your research interests, brainstorm ideas, or need help setting up a GrantForward account (the free search tool for Bates faculty and staff), our team would be very happy to connect with you. Or, if you already know what you’d like to pursue, let us know here, and we’ll get the conversation started. 

Have a good weekend, 

Shonna

 Of potential interest

The George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowships

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, who have completed at least one major project and demonstrate potential to be future leaders in their fields.  Artists and scholars supported by the Howard Foundation are expected to devote a substantial portion of time during the fellowship year to advancing new work.  It is an unrestricted, non-residency fellowship for the sole purpose of aiding the intellectual and artistic development of the recipients. Fellowship funds may be used in combination with sabbatical leaves or other sources of support, but this is not a requirement. The Howard Foundation offers fellowships in a cyclical rotation of fields.

Proposals accepted: July 1-November 1

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American Psychological Foundation

APF Division 1 Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins Grant

The APF/Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins grant encourages research that fits into the broad category of general psychology with a particular interest in research that combines multiple subfields within the discipline or addresses overarching themes.

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: June 1

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ASF Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. Awards are made in all fields.

Deadline: November 1

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APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London

Since 1933, the American Philosophical Society (APS) has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The APS offers an exchange postdoctoral fellowship for a minimum of 1-2 months’ research in the archives and libraries of London. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and the United Kingdom and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral quality. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000.

Deadline: October 1

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The Rogovny Foundation

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the fund’s subject categories are Education, the Environment, and Civics. Please review our Ideals and Values for a sense of what types of topics we might support. Grants will be awarded to filmmakers who most closely match our defined areas of interest. We back a variety of styles that drive a film’s narrative. This might include character-driven storytelling, a fact-based exposé or an informational point-of-view upon a controversial subject. We look for quality filmmaking comprised of inspiring characters, a fascinating story, a strong visual style, tight editing and generally high production values.

Each year, grants totaling $200,000 are awarded to between eight and twelve filmmakers. The fund operates an open call submission process, and awards are announced bi-annually. Each grant is one-time only and offered in amounts up to $25,000.

Proposal deadline: May 15, 2023.  

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National Science Foundation

Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate.

The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

EAR/IF will consider proposals for: Equipment Acquisition or Upgrade, Instrumentation and/or Technique Development, Technician Support, Community Facility Support, and Continental Drilling Planning.

Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate. The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

Supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions and R2 institutions.

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity.

Proposal Submissions Accepted: June 1-30, 2023

April 21, 2023 – NASA, PEN America, NEA

A few grant writing tips:

1) Mimic the solicitation language. If the language indicates your proposal will be evaluated on specific criteria, list those criteria as headings and address them systemically, using as much language as possible from the solicitation itself. Make it easy for reviewers to map their priorities to your project.

2) Active verb construction. Passive construction generally puts distance between the writer and reader, while active construction tends to bring the reader closer. Both have their merits, but try to stay active in grant proposals. (One trick that often works is to rephrase any “to be” verbs: am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been.)

3) Define what questions you want to answer and/or what problems you hope to solve. If you establish what questions you hope to answer at the very beginning, it generally keeps your proposal ordered and on track.

4) Create a shopping list. Meaning, most funders will want to see a budget, and your budget is your shopping list. If you know what you’d like to purchase (e.g. student labor, supplies, your time/expertise, travel, subvention), you’ll likely have an easier time explaining how these items will advance the project.

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NASA

Research Opportunity in Space and Earth Sciences

From the solicitation, the eligibility criteria includes: “The PI may not hold any appointment at an R1 university. In addition, the PI of the proposal may not have received federal funding in the last five years as the PI of a project that is related to the proposed research activities.”

“Funding for undergraduate students is a required element of the proposed project.”

“SMD further acknowledges that the lack of adequate research support often may be a barrier to the participation of undergraduate students in research activities. Accordingly, SMD requires proposers to include fair funding for undergraduates. Student stipends for summer students must be at a minimum base level of $600 per student per week and must include locality adjustments. Amounts for academic-year students must be comparable on a pro rata basis.”

Award amount: $300,000

Notice of Intent due: May 18

Full proposal due: July 18

Informational webinar: May 24

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REMINDER => Two-day, National Science Foundation-specific, grant writing sessions during Short Term at Bates on Wednesdays, May 3 and May 17 in Commons 226 from 11am-1pm. (Please go through the Commons line and charge your lunch to the event.)

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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Webinars

I’ve left past webinars active, as the links should take you to the recordings and/or presentation materials.) These webinars will share details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process. Register to join and learn more:

March 29:  Middle East and North Africa

April 5:  Global Hidden Gems of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition for 2024-25

April 11: Opportunities in American Studies for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

April 12: Ask Us Anything: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Open Forum

April 13: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities for Artists and Professionals

April 18: Opportunities for CCID, FACCC, and Community College Faculty

April 20: Opportunities in Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

April 27: Opportunities in STEM for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 3: Opportunities in Social Sciences and the Humanities for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 4: Scholar-in-Residence 2024-2025 Application Q&A – Last Call

May 4: Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Awards


Visit the Webinar Schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) in webinars throughout the year.

Note that any times listed for webinars or other live resource events are in U.S. Eastern time. Can’t join live? Date passed? All webinars are archived on our site here.

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PEN America

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund was established in response to the dismayingly low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated international literature in English. The Fund has been uniquely successful in finding publishers for major international works, encouraging younger translators to enter the field, and introducing English-speaking readers to new and exciting voices. All other criteria being equal, preference is given to translators at the beginning of their career, and to works by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages.

Over the 16 years of its existence, the Fund has given grants of $2,000–$4,000 to nearly 200 translations from over 35 languages, including Armenian, Basque, Estonian, Farsi, Finland-Swedish, Lithuanian and Mongolian, as well as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Among the 108 projects awarded grants in the Fund’s first 13 years of operation (2004–2016), 91 (nearly 70 percent) have thus far been published or are forthcoming from a publisher.

Proposals Accepted: April 1-June 1

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National Endowment for the Arts

Challenge America

Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater. This category may be a good entry point for organizations that are new to applying for federal funding. 

Part 1 submission (essentially a LOI with basic data) due: April 27

Part 2 submission due: May 2-May 16

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=>Last Call: Harpo Foundation

Grants for Visual Artists

The Harpo Foundation was established to support emerging and under-represented visual artists. The Foundation seeks to affirm the centrality of the artist in the world of art, encourage new modes of making and thinking about art, and expand inclusivity and equitable representation in the visual arts.

Amount: $10,000

=>Proposal Deadline: April 28

April 14, 2023 – NEA, American Psychological Association, PEN America

The National Endowment for the Humanities, like NSF or NIH, is an umbrella for different divisions, and each NEH division focuses grantmaking in their respective areas. These include:

·       Division of Education Programs

·       Division of Preservation and Access

·       Division of Public Programs

·       Division of Research Programs

·       Challenge Programs

I encourage you to explore these links. For the most part, the NEH site is set up intuitively with clear deadlines, guidelines, sample applications, expected output/deliverables, and usually a webinar recording to address the application process. I’ve included a few interesting opportunities below, but that list is in no way exclusive. The nice thing is that NEH will very often review proposal drafts, too.

Also, the Maine Humanities Council has a mini grant program if a smaller amount with a quicker turnaround and fewer administrative hurdles will jump start your project idea. MHC will review these low-barrier proposals between June 27 and July 25.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Webinars, past and upcoming 

These webinars will share details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process. 

March 29:  Middle East and North Africa

April 5:  Global Hidden Gems of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition for 2024-25

April 11: Opportunities in American Studies for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

April 12: Ask Us Anything: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Open Forum

April 13: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities for Artists and Professionals

April 18: Opportunities for CCID, FACCC, and Community College Faculty

April 20: Opportunities in Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

April 27: Opportunities in STEM for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 3: Opportunities in Social Sciences and the Humanities for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 4: Scholar-in-Residence 2024-2025 Application Q&A – Last Call

May 4: Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Awards


Visit the Webinar Schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) in webinars throughout the year.

Note that any times listed for webinars or other live resource events are in U.S. Eastern time. Can’t join live? Date passed? All webinars are archived on our site here.

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 American Philosophical Association

Donor Funds

  • Fund for Diversity and Inclusiveness – The fund for diversity and inclusiveness, established in 2013, supports efforts to make philosophy as a field more diverse and inclusive from the major to the professoriate. Funds go to projects that will have a demonstrable impact on the representation of and climate for women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy, with special focus on seeding new and innovative projects. APA members may request a grant from this fund. At this time, the maximum grant amount from the fund for diversity and inclusiveness is $1,000, and funding decisions are normally made within two weeks of application, with funds being available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
  • Berry Fund for Public Philosophy – The Berry fund supports the work of the APA committee on public philosophy, whose goal is to find and create opportunities to demonstrate the personal value and social usefulness of philosophy. APA members may request a grant from this fund. Grants from the Berry fund are determined by the committee on public philosophy. The committee reviews grant requests for the Berry fund semiannually. The grant request deadlines are October 30 and April 30. Funding decisions are normally made within three weeks after each deadline, with funds being available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
  • Teaching Fund – The teaching fund provides support for philosophy teaching initiatives and programs. APA members may request a grant from this fund. At this time, the maximum grant amount for the teaching fund is $1,000, and funding decisions are normally made within two weeks of application, with funds being available for disbursement immediately thereafter.
  • Fund for Assistance to Overseas Philosophers – The fund for assistance to overseas philosophers, established in 1987, provides support to philosophers residing in countries in which currency restrictions or other economic conditions present severe difficulties to membership in overseas professional organizations or participation in overseas scholarly meetings. Eligibility for this fund is limited to those residing in countries participating in Oxford University Press’s Developing Countries Initiative. Two kinds of support will be considered: complimentary or discounted membership, and limited travel assistance for philosophers participating in the program of an APA divisional meeting. Travel support is normally limited to a maximum of $500 per person. Philosophers residing in the US and Canada are ineligible for support from this fund. Funding decisions are made by the executive director together with the committee on international cooperation.

 Proposal Deadline(s): Vary

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PEN America

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund was established in response to the dismayingly low number of literary translations currently appearing in English. Its purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated international literature in English. The Fund has been uniquely successful in finding publishers for major international works, encouraging younger translators to enter the field, and introducing English-speaking readers to new and exciting voices. All other criteria being equal, preference is given to translators at the beginning of their career, and to works by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages.

Over the 16 years of its existence, the Fund has given grants of $2,000–$4,000 to nearly 200 translations from over 35 languages, including Armenian, Basque, Estonian, Farsi, Finland-Swedish, Lithuanian and Mongolian, as well as French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Among the 108 projects awarded grants in the Fund’s first 13 years of operation (2004–2016), 91 (nearly 70 percent) have thus far been published or are forthcoming from a publisher.

Proposals Accepted: April 1-June 1

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=>Last Call: American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Program

Call for Conference Proposals

The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Teaching and Learning program is pleased to announce a call for proposals for 15 political scientists to participate in a three-day teaching and learning symposium July 27-29, 2023 at APSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. APSA’s teaching symposia provide a workshop environment where people with similar goals can come together to share their own practices and research related to teaching AND to create new pedagogical materials. The purpose of this symposium is to support the development and dissemination of high-quality scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for the field of political science. The symposium will be led by Mitchell Brown (Auburn University) and Shane Nordyke (University of South Dakota), who previously served as co-editors of the SoTL section of APSA’s Journal of Political Science Education.

Proposal Deadline: April 24

April 7, 2023 – National Endowment for the Humanities

The Arts/Humanities represented just 1.4% of external funding to individuals at Bates last year. The reasons for this disparity are many, and my intention is never to pressure faculty (you work hard enough on those classroom front lines!), and what’s also true is that many opportunities do exist for non-STEM interests.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, like NSF or NIH, is an umbrella for different divisions, and each NEH division focuses grantmaking in their respective areas. These include:

·       Division of Education Programs

·       Division of Preservation and Access

·       Division of Public Programs

·       Division of Research Programs

·       Challenge Programs

I encourage you to explore these links. For the most part, the NEH site is set up intuitively with clear deadlines, guidelines, sample applications, expected output/deliverables, and usually a webinar recording to address the application process. I’ve included a few interesting opportunities below, but that list is in no way exclusive. The nice thing is that NEH will very often review proposal drafts, too.

Also, the Maine Humanities Council has a mini grant program if a smaller amount with a quicker turnaround and fewer administrative hurdles will jump start your project idea. MHC will review these low-barrier proposals between June 27 and July 25.

=>LAST CALL Waterville Creates

Call for Proposals: Community-Centered Arts Programming

Waterville Creates invites proposals from individuals, groups, and/or organizations for community-centered arts programming to be held at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center in Downtown Waterville between June 1, 2023 and May 30, 2024. Proposals may be submitted by individual artists, artist collaboratives, and/or arts organizations. This call is open to local, regional, and national applicants; however, priority will be given to Maine-based artists.

Proposals may include programming in a variety of media and formats, including film screenings + discussions, visual arts workshops, music, dance, and theatre performances, art installations, outdoor film projection, discussion groups, lectures, and more. Eligible programs include one-time events, performances, or presentations as well as ongoing programming series. Proposals must respond to one or more of the themes outlined above and include a clear explanation of how the community will be invited to participate in and even contribute to the proposed programming. We also welcome programming that supports and/or responds to existing arts events and programs, such as First Fridays, the Colby College Museum of Art’s Community Day, the Maine International Film Festival, and Waterville Opera House productions.

=>LAST CALL Proposal Deadline: April 13, 2023

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Research and Development

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.  These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.  This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies to advanced implementation.  Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms.  Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, archival records, material culture, and art.  Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming. Research and Development projects are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest: Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage, Conserving our material past, Protecting our cultural heritage, Serving under-represented communities, and Responding to climate change.

Award Amount: $75,000-$350,000

Proposal Deadline: May 16

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Cultural and Community Resistance

The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions, and NEH encourages applications that employ inclusive methodologies.

Award Amount: $150,000

Proposal Deadline: May 16

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Projects for the Public

The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. 

All Digital Projects for the Public projects should 

·       present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas; 

·       incorporate sound humanities scholarship; 

·       involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production; 

·       include appropriate digital media professionals; 

·       reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution; 

·       create appealing digital formats for the general public; and 

·       demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves. 

All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal. 

Award Amount: $30,000-$400,000

Proposal Deadline: June 14

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. In support of its efforts to advance national information infrastructures in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and agency discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s libraries, archives, museums, and related organizations. IMLS funding supports innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, information scientists, and relevant public communities that advance the preservation of, access to, and public engagement with, digital collections and services. IMLS encourages DHAG applicants to work in collaboration, and employ the expertise of, library and archives staff at your institution or across the country to strengthen knowledge networks, empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, advance research, and support the traditionally underserved.

Award Amount: $75,000-$350,000

Proposal Due: June 15

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Fellowships Open Book Program

The Fellowships Open Book Program is a limited competition designed to make outstanding humanities books digitally available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost e-book technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that can be downloaded or redistributed for no charge.

This program is open to publishers who have published within the last seven years (or will publish during the period of performance) a book supported by one of the following NEH programs:

Fellowships

·       Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

·       Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

·       Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

·       Fellowships

·       Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

·       Fellowships for College Teachers

·       Fellowships for University Teachers

·       NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

·       Public Scholars

·       Summer Stipends

Grants

·       Dangers and Opportunities of Technology

·       Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

·       Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

·       Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Each e-book will be released under a Creative Commons license, making those books free for anyone to download. The book could be a forthcoming title (to be open access upon first release) or it could be a book that was first released at any time during or after calendar year 2016.

Award Amount: $5,500

Proposal Deadline: July 14 (and November 15)

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

HCRR advances scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities by helping libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country steward important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. The program strengthens efforts to extend the reach of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Awards also support the creation of reference resources that facilitate the use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve partnerships between organizations. Collaboration between humanities experts and information professionals is essential to broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources. You should design a project that facilitates sharing, exchange, and the interoperability of humanities information and products, as well as ensures their long-term availability. Projects should expand participation in cultural heritage and promote engagement with primary sources.

Award Amount: $350,000

Proposal Deadline: July 18

March 31, 2023 – Beethoven’s Hair, Fulbright Webinars, and Maine

Did you read about Ludwig van Beethoven’s recent hair analysis drama? Here is the scholarly research paper, and here is the New York Times lay version. It is a mix of biology, music, history, chemistry, forensics, economics, social science, and folklore. It is also a terrific reminder that interdisciplinary collaborations can yield some pretty cool results.

If you are curious about Beethoven’s artistic career (or classical music in general) but don’t know where to begin, here is a link to a Guardian article from a couple years ago that summarizes his work nicely.

For lots of people the National Science Foundation conjures images of test tubes and data sets, and while those certainly can be outcomes, I want to broaden the perception of what NSF can offer. Specifically, I would like you to save the Short Term dates of Wednesday, May 3 and Wednesday May 17 from 11am-1pm when our team will host a 2-day proposal writing workshop focused on NSF funding opportunities. (You will receive a direct calendar invitation soon.)

Day One includes a broad overview of NSF: what is it, how does it work, what kind of projects (and dollar amounts) does it support, is it right for your idea, and what role does our team play?

Day Two will be a hands-on writing session with a goal of you each producing a draft Project Summary. We’ll help you shape your ideas into questions, and then shape those questions into a working draft. 

For both sessions, we will provide lunch and leave lots of time for your questions. 

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More Fulbright?
See below for region-specific webinars with details about the U.S. Scholar Program, awards and the application process.  Register to join and learn more:

March 29:  Middle East and North Africa

April 5:  Global Hidden Gems of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition for 2024-25

April 11: Opportunities in American Studies for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

April 12: Ask Us Anything: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Open Forum

April 13: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities for Artists and Professionals

April 18: Opportunities for CCID, FACCC, and Community College Faculty

April 20: Opportunities in Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

April 27: Opportunities in STEM for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 3: Opportunities in Social Sciences and the Humanities for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Applicants

May 4: Scholar-in-Residence 2024-2025 Application Q&A – Last Call

May 4: Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Awards


Visit the Webinar Schedule for details about events throughout the competition, featuring specific countries, regions and disciplines. Note that any times listed for webinars or other live resource events are in U.S. Eastern time. Can’t join live? All webinars are archived on our site here.

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Maine INBRE, from Ryan Bavis, with the funding announcement attached:

There are a couple open slots on the Maine INBRE grant for next year. Please find attached an FOA for 1-year Research (Investigator) and Pilot Project (Research Training Faculty) positions funded by the Maine INBRE program for the period June 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024 (pending successful non-competitive renewal by the NIH.)

Please forward these announcements to faculty at your institution who would be candidates for these positions, and/or to those at your institution who can decide which faculty are suitable candidates for these positions.

As a reminder:

·       Research Projects (Investigators) are ideally early career faculty and must be able to devote 50% annual effort to their INBRE research. 

·       Pilot Projects (Research Training Faculty) are faculty at any career level carrying out cutting edge research that engages undergraduates, and require 15-25% annual effort. 

·       The submission date for all proposals is April 30, 2023.

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=>LAST MINUTE DEADLINE: Tomorrow, April 1

(For those who love the exhilaration of the last-minute rush!)

Maine Women Writers Center

Creative Fellowship Program

We host one artist or writer annually to engage in research in our collections and to produce work inspired by time spent in the archives. MWWC Creative Fellowships range between $1,500 and $2,000, and may be used to compensate applicants for time spent away from other work, transportation, housing, supplies, and other research-related expenses.

Applications should include the following:

·       Cover sheet with applicant’s name, address, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, and telephone number.

·       One-page application narrative that describes the intended project and addresses the following questions:

  1. What materials in our collections would you like to explore?
  2. Why is being immersed in the archives essential to the work you propose?
  3. What do you hope to do during your time at the Maine Women Writers Collection?

·       Length of proposed research visit to the MWWC (one week to one month).

·       Proposed budget.

·       Work sample: PDF of 10 recent images (for artists) or 10 pages of writing in PDF format (for writers); if applicable, include professional website.

·       Curriculum vitae or resume of no more than three pages.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of representatives from the MWWC and creative professionals. A successful application will demonstrate both creative possibility as well as a familiarity with the collection. 

March 24, 2023 – Alternatives to Fulbright

Can you handle another reminder about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program? Specifically, the September 15 deadline and a suggestion that now—this maple weekend—is not too early to get started? I hope so!

But, you might wonder, what happens if you want international experience and/or collaboration when Fulbright is not a good match? If citizenship is a barrier, your country is not represented, you want a different time commitment—or for any number of reasons, there are alternatives to Fulbright, and I included a very long list below. (With apologies for blowing up your email box!)

If you are planning a leave in 2024-25 or 2025-26 (or have shorter/nearer term ambitions not connected to a planned leave), I encourage you to take a peek. Again, it is not too early to strategize for any of these opportunities.

ARIT Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey

The ARIT fellowships support research in Turkey for the academic year. Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. applicants who reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada.

Deadline: Annually, generally November

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ACMS Field Research Fellowship Program

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is inviting applications to conduct field research in humanities, sciences, and social sciences, for at least 6 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college. The projects will be conducted between May and October with an up to $4,000 award given with additional funding for travel. The goal of the fellowship is to assist as many researchers as possible to participate in a field research experience in Mongolia.

Deadline: Annually, generally February or March

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American Academy in Berlin Prize

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 24 Berlin Prizes are conferred yearly. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of 6-8 weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district. Fellowships are restricted to individuals based permanently in the U.S.

Deadline: Annually, generally June-July

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ASF Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. Awards are made in all fields.

Deadline: November 1

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APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London

Since 1933, the American Philosophical Society (APS) has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The APS offers an exchange postdoctoral fellowship for a minimum of 1-2 months’ research in the archives and libraries of London. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and the United Kingdom and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral quality. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000.

Deadline: October 1

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APS/Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Fellowship for Research in Edinburgh

=>Creative writers, especially playwrights, take notice

In collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, the APS offers a visiting fellowship of between 2-4 months for research in Edinburgh in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences. This award includes travel expenses between the United States and the United Kingdom, a private office, library, and research facilities at the IASH, and a monthly subsistence paid by the APS. Travel expenses and the monthly subsistence amount will not exceed a maximum of $6,000.

Deadline(s): Vary

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Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship supports the best and brightest minds in their postdoctoral research, connecting them with world-class academics and leading researchers. The fellowship provides generous funding for eligible international applicants to conduct research in any academic discipline at accredited institutions in Israel, a country long recognized for outstanding achievements in research and higher education. The fellowship is open to candidates who have received or will receive, their Ph.D. at a recognized university in the EU or EFTA states, UK and Canada.

Deadline: November 15

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BAEF Study and Research Fellowships in Belgium

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award up to ten fellowships as outright non-renewable grants carrying a stipend of $27,000 for Master’s or Ph.D. students and $32,000 for Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must also either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the U.S., plan to register in a graduate program (Master’s or Ph.D.) in Belgium, or currently hold a Master’s, Ph.D., or equivalent degree.

Deadline(s): Vary

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Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowships

The Program supports North American scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history. Applicants must be U.S. or Canadian nationals or permanent residents who are either full-time graduate students who have completed all coursework required for a Ph.D. or have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Awards provide between 10 and 12 months of research support and a generous travel allowance for intra-European research.

Deadline: Annually, first week of January

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CFR International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens. The duration of the fellowship is 3-12 months. The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan.

Deadline: October 31

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European University Institute Policy Leader Fellowship

The European University in Florence is offering 3, 6, or 9-month-long fellowships for early- or mid-career professionals in public policy, politics, civil service, media, and non-governmental organizations. In the School of Transnational Governance, fellows will live in Florence, Italy, and work in workshops, training, and skills development sessions and conferences. Fellows are expected to contribute to peer discussions and have a strong interest in policy issues, especially related to transnational governance. Each fellowship is fully-funded with a grant of 2,500 euros per month for applicants from anywhere in the world.

Deadline: Annually, last week in January

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Fellowship Program for International Postdoctoral Researchers

The Council for Higher Education in Israel and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities are seeking top young recent Ph.D. graduates to take on a postdoctoral position with leading scientists and scholars in Israel on cutting-edge research in all fields of science, social science, and humanities. The fellowship is open to international candidates who have received a Ph.D. from a recognized higher education institution outside of Israel less than 4 years from the time of application. Fellows will be awarded for two years the amount of 160,000 NIS (~$47,000) per year.

Deadline(s): Vary

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French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme

The French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme offers 10-month fellowships in the six Institutes of Aix-Marseille, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, and Paris. It welcomes applications from high-level international scholars and scientists primarily in the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH). The call is open to all disciplines in the SSH and all research fields. FIAS awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. The minimum requirement is a Ph.D. + 2 years of research experience at the time of the application.

Call for proposals opens: April 14

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Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship

Outstanding scientists from outside TUM, who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their scientific research areas together with a TUM Research Group are eligible for a TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship. The TUM-IAS awards up to 5 Hans Fischer Senior Fellowships each year. The Fellowships last 3 years, of which Fellows are expected to stay at TUM in Munich, Germany for 9 months. Fellows receive an award of 60,000 EUR plus 50,000 EUR for travel, housing, and research. Additional funding of up to 50,000 EUR is available on an as-needed basis. In addition, Fellows receive support for one doctoral candidate at TUM for 3 years.

Deadline: TBD

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Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy are for outstanding mid-career American professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy in New Zealand. Two to three fellowships valued at up to NZ $58,500 are granted each year, towards three to seven months of research. Fellows will be based at a relevant government agency in Wellington, New Zealand and carefully paired with a leading policy expert who will serve as their mentor. To be eligible, you must be a US citizen with at least five years of experience in your profession in the public, business or non-profit sector.

Deadline: April 15

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Jean Monnet Fellowship

The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy offers fellowships to scholars who have obtained their doctorate at least 5 years before the start of the fellowship. During their stay at the RSCAS, fellows work on a research topic that fits well in the overall research profile of the RSCAS (Integration, Governance and Democracy; Regulating Markets and Governing Money; and 21st Century World Politics and Europe) and participate in the academic life of the Centre and of the EUI. Jean Monnet Fellowships have a duration of 1 year, renewable once.

Deadline: October 25

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MIF Research Fellowship Program

The Matsumae International Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program was created to deal with national egoism and help nations move toward world peace. The fellowship is particularly geared toward enhancing Japan’s foreign relations with other nations and ensuring the preservation of mankind. Fellowships are for 3-6 months of research in Japan with an institution of the fellow’s choosing. Fellows must hold a Ph.D., be over 49 years old, and have an interest in solving major problems facing humanity. Fellows in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine will be given first priority.

Deadline: June 30

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Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program

The Nantes Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Program offers nine-month fellowships in Nantes, France. IAS Nantes awards fellowships to outstanding researchers of all career levels, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists. IAS Nantes offers 15 fellowship positions. Applications are expected from the fields of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH) and all research fields. The Fellows will benefit from the IAS’s support and conducive scientific environment, in an interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and close relation to the local research potential. IAS Nantes offers a living allowance, social security coverage, accommodation, a complete workspace, plus coverage of travel expenses.

Deadline: July 10

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Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Fellowship

The ODI Fellowship Scheme is a two-year fellowship for high-caliber postgraduate economists and statisticians to gain practical work experience in a developing country. The ODI Fellowship Scheme is open to candidates of all nationalities who have a master’s degree or PhD in economics, statistics, or a related field. Fellows are selected and appointed by ODI, but they then become employees of the governments or public bodies for which they work. Fellows received a salary, travel expenses, a monthly supplement, emergency medical insurance, and an end-of-fellowship bonus.

Deadline: TBD

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PhD Bridging Program in Indonesia

The Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration (CHRM2) is offering facilities for current Ph.D. candidates and early career researchers with a Ph.D. degree who want to complete field research in Indonesia. Fellowships are between 2 weeks and 4 weeks long. Eligible candidates must be researchers in human rights, law, politics, education, gender, sociology, and anthropology. Each fellow will receive 4,000,000 IDR, free housing, and a private office.

Deadline: Varies

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RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships

RMIT University in Australia is recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs): Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication; Advanced Materials; Biomedical and Health Innovation; Design and Creative Practice; Global Business Innovation; Information and System Engineering; Social Change; and Urban Futures. Fellows will engage in high-quality, high-impact research projects, which address local, national, regional, and global challenges. To be eligible, you must hold a Ph.D./Doctorate qualification.

Deadline: August 31

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Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

This is a one-year fellowship in Africa for postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, and soil science at the Smithsonian Mpala Research Center.  The Mpala Center is a site of multidisciplinary research and training in Kenya and welcomes scholars from around the world to apply. Postdoctoral and senior investigators work in association with the professional Smithsonian research staff and utilize the resources of the institution in their projects. A stipend of $50,400 is provided for the year plus an additional research allowance of up to $4,000.

Deadline: TBD

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The Academic Research Institute in Iraq Fellowship – U.S. Citizens

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) is inviting post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral researchers to conduct research focused on subjects in historical academic fields from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Iraq. Potential projects include research in archives in Europe, Turkey, or India, interviews with Iraqis living abroad, remote sensing of ancient Iraqi landscapes, and collaboration between a U.S. scholar and an Iraqi living in Iraq. Financial awards are up to  $7,000 and are based on merit by a review panel consisting of scholars from member universities.

Deadline: Typically, June

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The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme is a funded opportunity for academics to reside in Cambridge, UK as they do research into building a sustainable economy. The Programme aims to foster new transdisciplinary thinking on sustainability in a large variety of fields, leading to practical insights, tools, and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organizations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge. There are specific opportunities open in specialized fields listed on their website.

Deadline: Varies

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Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training (CRLT) Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the CRLT Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition, support research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. Applicants must conduct research and language studies for 3-9 months in the field. Participants must have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency. Fellowships range from $5K-$25K.

Deadline: October 1

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Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe, and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family, and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

Deadline: October 1

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USA to Australia Fellowship Program

The Association awards Fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD, or Postdoctoral) level of up to $40,000 USD for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or studying in the fields of biophotonics, engineering, environmental and marine sciences, mathematics, medicine, sciences, sustainability and technology. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or studying at the graduate level. Applicants may already be in Australia.

Deadline: Varies, but typically March 31

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Visiting Erskine Fellows, University of Canterbury

Each year, some 70 distinguished, international academic visitors who are already advanced in the learning of any subject taught in the Faculties of Commerce, Engineering or Science are invited to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for durations of 1-3 months for the purpose of giving lectures in such subjects to students of the University. Each Visiting Erskine Fellow receives a grant-in-aid which takes account of up to two return airfare and a daily allowance towards living expenses. A visitor must be nominated by the Department concerned.

Deadline: TBD

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Zuckerman Postdoctoral STEM Scholars Program

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Stem Leadership Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation. Postdoctoral scholarships are for up to two years for $52,000 per academic year and applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree from a premier university.

Deadline: March 31

March 17, 2023 – Fulbright, Simons Foundation, Whitehall Foundation, and NEH

I mentioned the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program when the portal opened last month, but if you are considering a leave in 2024-25, the U.S. Scholar program might be a match. There are some caveats (mostly, U.S. citizenship), but take a look. The application deadline is September 15, and while these applications are submitted independently by you, our team can walk you through the technical pieces, connect you with program alumni and sample applications, review your materials, and help prepare for your interview.

Whether you want our involvement (zero pressure!) or prefer to proceed independently, it’s important to start the process as early as you can. Here is a link to the details from a recent webinar. One thing Fulbright does REALLY well is presentation slides, and I encourage you to click through and look at all the options, including those you might not immediately consider. They lay out the priorities (and competition odds) in a way that is clear and easy-to-understand.

As always, if you ever want to chat about your research interests or brainstorm ideas, our team would be very happy to connect with you. Or, if you already know what you’d like to pursue, let us know here, and we’ll get the conversation started. 

Slainte, 

Shonna

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Simons Foundation

Pivot Fellowship Program

The Simons Foundation invites applications for the Pivot Fellowship program, which will support researchers who have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, and a deep interest, curiosity and drive to make contributions to a new discipline. The fellowship will enable today’s brightest minds to apply their talent and expertise to a new field, and will consist of one training year where the fellow will be embedded in a lab of a mentor to learn the new discipline and its culture. Mentorship and support are essential for learning a new discipline and culture. In addition to the qualifications and potential of the applicant, the suitability of the mentor and the environment for mentorship will be strongly considered in the application process.

Fellows and Mentors must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree in the natural sciences (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Neuroscience and Physics), Engineering, Mathematics, Data Science, or Computer Science — and all subdisciplines therein, and be faculty at an academic institution or hold an equivalent position. Fellows must demonstrate that the fellowship will take place in a new discipline, distinct from their current field of study, within Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Neuroscience, Physics or Mathematics — and all subdisciplines therein.

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023

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Whitehall Foundation

Research grants are available to established scientists of all ages working at accredited institutions in the United States. Applications will be judged on the scientific merit and the innovative aspects of the proposal as well as on the competence of the applicant. Research grants of up to three years will be provided. A renewal grant with a maximum of two years is possible, but it will be awarded on a competitive basis. Research grants will not be awarded to investigators who have already received, or expect to receive, substantial support from other sources, even if it is for an unrelated purpose. Research grants are normally $75,000 per year.

Letter of Intent Due: April 15, 2023

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Cultural and Community Resilience

The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions, and NEH encourages applications that employ inclusive methodologies. Expected output: Digital Surrogate Collections; Oral History Collections; Physical Archival Collections; Plans for Community Documentation.

=>Optional Draft Deadline: April 11, 2023<=

Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2023

March 10, 2023 – Wenner-Gren, Miller/Packan Film, Delmas Fnd, and more

Wenner-Gren Foundation

Note from Shonna: Take a look at the full list of opportunities, and you’ll see that many are for “related fields,” which signals that they have a degree of flexibility with interpretation. Here are a few highlights:

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships (writing) provide up to $40,000 towards the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to early career scholars, who frequently lack the time and resources they need to publish their work. Applicants should be no more than ten years beyond their PhD, with allowances made for periods of caregiving, and have a doctorate in anthropology or an equivalent field. 

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants are $20,000 grants awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowships (ethnographic film) provide up to $40,000 towards the completion of an ethnographic film that is based on anthropological research already accomplished by the applicant. The fellowship is awarded to early career scholars, who frequently lack the time and resources they need for film production. Applicants should be no more than ten years beyond their PhD, with allowances made for periods of caregiving, and have a doctorate in anthropology or an equivalent field.

Deadlines vary by program

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The Rogovny Foundation

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that educate, inspire and enrich. At the highest level, the fund’s subject categories are Education, the Environment, and Civics. Please review our Ideals and Values for a sense of what types of topics we might support. Grants will be awarded to filmmakers who most closely match our defined areas of interest. We back a variety of styles that drive a film’s narrative. This might include character-driven storytelling, a fact-based exposé or an informational point-of-view upon a controversial subject. We look for quality filmmaking comprised of inspiring characters, a fascinating story, a strong visual style, tight editing and generally high production values.

Each year, grants totaling $200,000 are awarded to between eight and twelve filmmakers. The fund operates an open call submission process, and awards are announced bi-annually. Each grant is one-time only and offered in amounts up to $25,000.

Proposal deadline: May 15, 2023. 

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Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation

The Foundation intends to further the humanities along a broad front, supporting projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.

Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. The Foundation welcomes projects that cross the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and explore the connection between the humanities and other areas of scholarship. Programs of institutions in Venice relating to the humanities are eligible in this category. The geographical concentration is primarily but not exclusively directed toward European and American history and letters, broadly defined.

Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate.

The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

EAR/IF will consider proposals for: Equipment Acquisition or Upgrade, Instrumentation and/or Technique Development, Technician Support, Community Facility Support, and Continental Drilling Planning.

Deadline: Rolling

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Research and Development

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.  These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.  This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies to advanced implementation.  Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms.  Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, archival records, material culture, and art.  Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming. Research and Development projects are encouraged to address one or more of the following areas of special interest: Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage, Conserving our material past, Protecting our cultural heritage, Serving under-represented communities, and Responding to climate change.

Award Amount: $75,000-$350,000

Draft Review (optional, but highly encouraged): 4/12/2022

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Waterville Creates

Call for Proposals: Community-Centered Arts Programming

Waterville Creates invites proposals from individuals, groups, and/or organizations for community-centered arts programming to be held at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center in Downtown Waterville between June 1, 2023 and May 30, 2024. Proposals may be submitted by individual artists, artist collaboratives, and/or arts organizations. This call is open to local, regional, and national applicants; however, priority will be given to Maine-based artists.

Proposals may include programming in a variety of media and formats, including film screenings + discussions, visual arts workshops, music, dance, and theatre performances, art installations, outdoor film projection, discussion groups, lectures, and more. Eligible programs include one-time events, performances, or presentations as well as ongoing programming series. Proposals must respond to one or more of the themes outlined above and include a clear explanation of how the community will be invited to participate in and even contribute to the proposed programming. We also welcome programming that supports and/or responds to existing arts events and programs, such as First Fridays, the Colby College Museum of Art’s Community Day, the Maine International Film Festival, and Waterville Opera House productions.

Proposal Deadline: April 13, 2023

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Maine Humanities Council

Mini-Grant Program

Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required. Organizations serving and/or led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply. We evaluate proposals on their strength and clarity in the following areas: humanities content, project goals and impact, project design, outreach and engagement, and budget.

Closing soon => Proposals accepted: February 21-March 21, 2023

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National Science Foundation

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows

Supports early-career investigators to go on extended collaborative visits to private, government or academic research centers. Investigators may be affiliated with institutions of higher education or nonprofits.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows offers the following two sub-tracks: 

1) RII Track-4:NSF and 

2) RII Track-4:@NASA  

While the two tracks are similar in achieving the same goals, RII Track-4:NSF is open to a broad community and RII Track-4:@NASA focuses on faculty from institutions with high enrollments of students from underrepresented populations in STEM (See Section “IV. Eligibility Information” for more details) to collaborate with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research centers.  PIs who are eligible for both tracks may apply for only one track per competition cycle.  

In both sub-tracks, the RII Track-4 provides opportunities for the participation of one trainee, who must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program, or a postdoctoral researcher from an EPSCoR jurisdiction. Staff members, such as technicians or lab assistants could be considered as trainees when properly justified.

Proposal Deadline: April 11, 2023

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National Science Foundation

Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate. The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

Supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions and R2 institutions.

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity.

Proposal Submissions Accepted: June 1-30, 2023

February 17, 2023 – Fulbright info, NSF, Waterville Creates, MHC, and more

I am leaning hard into Fulbright information. Specifically, the U.S. Scholar program. Even more specifically, for those planning leaves in 2024-25. If this is you, and you would like to pursue a Fulbright, our team can help. I attended an informational webinar this week, and here is a link to the details. One thing Fulbright does REALLY well is presentation slides, and I encourage you to click through and look at all the options, including those you might not immediately consider. They lay out the priorities (and competition odds) in a way that is clear and easy-to-understand.

Fun facts:

  • Approximately 60% of awards provide dependent support.
  • A Flex option is available in 63 countries (and all world areas) that allows multiple visits over two years.
  • There is a fully-funded two-week seminar option for administrators (staff and faculty/leadership with responsibilities related to international education on U.S. campuses), allowing you to:
    • Expand your institution’s capacity for international education
    • Broaden your network
    • Grow as a professional in your field
    • Seminars available in France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in the 2024-25 cycle

(If you are interested in any of the South and Central Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa options, they are very eager to see those applications. They also specifically called out the under-representation of artists and creative projects, with a note that MFAs are encouraged.)

The deadline for the applications is September 15, and while these are individual proposals submitted directly by you, our team can help. We can walk you through the technical pieces, connect you with program alumni and sample applications, review your materials, and help you prepare for your interview. Whether or not you want our involvement (zero pressure!) or prefer to proceed independently, it’s important to start the process as early as you can. Now—this weekend—is not too early.

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Waterville Creates

Call for Proposals: Community-Centered Arts Programming

Waterville Creates invites proposals from individuals, groups, and/or organizations for community-centered arts programming to be held at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center in Downtown Waterville between June 1, 2023 and May 30, 2024. Proposals may be submitted by individual artists, artist collaboratives, and/or arts organizations. This call is open to local, regional, and national applicants; however, priority will be given to Maine-based artists.

Proposals may include programming in a variety of media and formats, including film screenings + discussions, visual arts workshops, music, dance, and theatre performances, art installations, outdoor film projection, discussion groups, lectures, and more. Eligible programs include one-time events, performances, or presentations as well as ongoing programming series. Proposals must respond to one or more of the themes outlined above and include a clear explanation of how the community will be invited to participate in and even contribute to the proposed programming. We also welcome programming that supports and/or responds to existing arts events and programs, such as First Fridays, the Colby College Museum of Art’s Community Day, the Maine International Film Festival, and Waterville Opera House productions.

Proposal Deadline: April 13, 2023

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Maine Humanities Council

Mini-Grant Program

Up to $2,000 for humanities programs and projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations across Maine. Funding match or cost-share is required. Organizations serving and/or led by members of communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply. We evaluate proposals on their strength and clarity in the following areas: humanities content, project goals and impact, project design, outreach and engagement, and budget.

Proposals Accepted: February 21-March 21, 2023

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National Science Foundation

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows

Supports early-career investigators to go on extended collaborative visits to private, government or academic research centers. Investigators may be affiliated with institutions of higher education or nonprofits.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows offers the following two sub-tracks: 

1) RII Track-4:NSF and 

2) RII Track-4:@NASA  

While the two tracks are similar in achieving the same goals, RII Track-4:NSF is open to a broad community and RII Track-4:@NASA focuses on faculty from institutions with high enrollments of students from underrepresented populations in STEM (See Section “IV. Eligibility Information” for more details) to collaborate with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research centers.  PIs who are eligible for both tracks may apply for only one track per competition cycle.  

In both sub-tracks, the RII Track-4 provides opportunities for the participation of one trainee, who must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program, or a postdoctoral researcher from an EPSCoR jurisdiction. Staff members, such as technicians or lab assistants could be considered as trainees when properly justified.

Proposal Deadline: April 11, 2023

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The Rogovny Foundation

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation. We believe in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.

At the highest level, the Fund’s subject categories are Education, the Environment, and Civics. Please review our Ideals and Values for a sense of what types of topics we might support. Grants will be awarded to filmmakers who most closely match our defined areas of interest. We back a variety of styles that drive a film’s narrative. This might include character-driven storytelling, a fact-based exposé or an informational point-of-view upon a controversial subject. We look for quality filmmaking comprised of inspiring characters, a fascinating story, a strong visual style, tight editing and generally high production values.

We seek projects that open our eyes through a strong premise, critical thinking, detailed analysis and competing views. We like investigations into the cost structures of our social institutions, such as healthcare and education. We appreciate the celebration of public heroes and find inspiration through their stories. We favor topics that bring our global community together.

Each year, grants totaling $200,000 are awarded to between eight and twelve filmmakers. The fund operates an open call submission process, and awards are announced bi-annually. Each grant is one-time only and offered in amounts up to $25,000.

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023. 

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National Science Foundation

EDU Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.

Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2023

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National Science Foundation

Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate. The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

Supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions and R2 institutions.

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity.

Proposal Submissions Accepted: June 1-30, 2023

February 10, 2023 – NSF, Kress Foundation, Vermont Studio Center

Now is the time to think about any Fulbright U.S. Scholar plans. The 2024-25 program rollout is happening on Wednesday, February 15, and they are offering a free webinar to acquaint potential applicants. If you’d like to join me for that informational event, the registration link is here. If you can’t make it, this is a list of currently funded projects to inspire you.

National Science Foundation

EDU Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.

Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2023

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National Science Foundation

Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate. The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

Proposal Deadline: Rolling

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National Science Foundation

Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO)

Supports pre-tenure faculty in the biological sciences at institutions that traditionally do not receive significant NSF funding in this field, including minority-serving institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions and R2 institutions. 

With a focus on enhancing research capacity and broadening participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive institutions, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) offers the Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) program. 

The BRC-BIO program aims to a) broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to BIO, and b) expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those serving at under-resourced institutions. Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity.

Proposal Submission Window: June 1-30, 2023

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Kress Foundation

·       Digital Art History Grants

The Digital Art History Grants program is intended to foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning. Support may also be offered for the digitization of important visual resources (especially essential art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history); for promising initiatives in online publishing; and for innovative experiments in the field of digital art history. 

LOI Due: March 1, 2023

·       History of Art Grants

The History of Art Grants program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

LOI Due: March 1, 2023

·       Conservation Grants

The Conservation Grants program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European works of art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.  Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

LOI Due: March 1, 2023 

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Vermont Studio Center

Multiple Fellowships
The Vermont Studio Center residency program welcomes artists and writers working across all mediums and genres for two, three, and four week sessions. A VSC residency provides artists and writers the time and space to focus on their creative practice in an inclusive, international community within a small Vermont village. Residents can explore swimming holes, hiking and biking trails, as well as the rural charm of neighboring towns, while expanding their creative potential and building a solid network of friends and mentors.

  • Civil Society Institute Fellowship – One fellowship for a U.S. visual artist of color with demonstrable financial need. The application fee is waived for all eligible applicants. Available for a 2-week residency.
  • The Emily Mason – Wolf Kahn Fellowship – Two awards for exceptional visual artists based on the merit of the work. Available for a 2-, 3-, or 4-week residency as best meets the needs of the fellowship recipients.
  • VSC/Harpo Fellowship – Two fellowships, one for a Native American visual artist and one for a Native American writer, living and working in the US, with strong ability and a practice that engages a dialogue between the artist’s or writer’s world and the surrounding culture. Available for a 3-week residency for a visual artist and a 2-week residency for a writer and includes a $500 stipend. The application fee is waived for all eligible applicants.
  • Helen Zell Residency Fellowship – One fellowship for a Helen Zell Writers’ Program candidate in poetry between their first and second year in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Available for a 2-week residency.
  • Voices Rising Fellowship – One fellowship for a Black American woman fiction writer with demonstrable financial need. Given in honor of women writers of color such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston, whose voices have inspired so many. Available for a 4-week residency in 2023 and includes a $2,000 stipend.
  • VSC/Windgate Artist Fellowship – One fellowship for a traditional craft artist with demonstrable financial need. Traditional craft media includes clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood. Available for a 3-week residency, which must be completed by November 2023.
  • Zeta Orionis Fellowship – Two fellowships for women visual artists working in painting and/or with paint, who live and work in the U.S. This award is based on merit. Available for a 3- or 4-week residency as best meets the needs of the fellowship recipients.

=>QUICK DEADLINE: February 15, 2023

February 3, 2023 – NSF mid-career advancement, Spencer, NEH, AMS…

Bates has a rich history of funding from NSF (to include some very impressive ongoing projects from current faculty), and our team is particularly excited about the new Mid-Career Advancement opportunity.

From the solicitation: “Mid-career scientists are at a critical career transition stage where they need to advance their research programs to ensure long-term productivity and creativity but are often constrained by service, teaching, or other activities that limit the amount of time devoted to research. MCA support is expected to help lift these constraints to reduce workload inequities and enable a more diverse scientific workforce (more women, persons with disabilities, and individuals from groups that have been underrepresented) at high academic ranks.”

And:

“The MCA is the only cross-directorate NSF program specifically aimed at providing protected time and resources to established scientists and engineers targeted at the mid-career stage. Participating programs in the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), and Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) will accept MCA proposals.” 

Having just attended the information webinar, I can share that NSF is very interested in supporting projects that mitigate research barriers and amplify lesser-heard voices. These grants require 6.5 months of effort (spread however you’d like) with one month allotted for a more established partner/mentor, and they will cover $100K in direct costs with IDC calculated on top of that amount.

In addition to NSF, our team also loves the Spencer Foundation, and if your research interests are more education-based—very broadly speaking—the Spencer Foundation just opened its portal for the Small Research Grants Program. (Please don’t let the name mislead you because these are $50,000 awards with considerable flexibility in scope.)

From the Spencer Foundation website: “This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.”

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Grants to Organizations

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham Foundation realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

For organizations, priorities are to:

·Assist with the production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop new and wider audiences.

·Support them in their effort to take risks in programming and create opportunities for experimentation.

·Recognize the vital role they play in providing individuals with a public forum in which to present their work.

·Help them to realize projects that would otherwise not be possible without our support.

“Overall, we are most interested in opportunities which enable us to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.”

Proposal Deadline: February 25, 2023

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Spencer Foundation

Small Research Grants Program

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. We accept applications three times per year.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education.

Application Open: February 5, 2023

Proposal Deadline: April 9, 2023

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH Fellowships

$60,000 ($5,000/month)

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

Note: Starting February 21, you will be required to sign in to Grants.gov with Login.gov credentials. While this is a fairly simple process to set up, it is an extra step that can complicate your timing. If you are interested in this opportunity, please plan enough time to address the new details.

Proposal Deadline: April 12, 2023

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American Mathematical Society

AMS-Simons Research Enhancement Grants for Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) Faculty

The American Mathematical Society is pleased to announce a new program to foster and support research collaboration by mathematicians employed full-time at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), i.e., those that do not award doctoral degrees in mathematics. With generous funding from the Simons Foundation, supplemented by the AMS and individual donors, at least 40 awards will be made per year. In support of AMS’s continuing efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the mathematical research enterprise, we strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The AMS is committed to selecting a diverse group of researchers from PUIs across the country, from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities with master’s (but not doctoral) mathematics degree programs.

Deadline: March 20, 2023

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National Science Foundation

EDU Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.

Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2023

January 27, 2023 – NSF STEM Education, American Historical Society, NEA…

I wanted to take a moment to highlight the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a potential funding source for many of our faculty, including those of you who may not typically think of yourselves as scientists. NSF funds research in the social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary programs, including STEM education.  In addition, all NSF proposals require a “broader impacts” component in which the investigators discuss how their project will benefit society more broadly. This component of the project can be a great opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively with faculty outside traditional STEM disciplines.  

NSF is also a great source for those looking for low barrier funding (26% average success rate) with options to fund projects of all sizes. There are many programs available that have deep emphasis on broadening participation and enhancing diversity, that study STEM education, and that specifically support faculty at liberal arts colleges

There has been particular interest from NSF in the last few years in encouraging more faculty from undergraduate institutions to apply and they support investigators at all career stages. Next Friday, NSF and Grinnell College are co-hosting a webinar for faculty and grant officers at liberal arts colleges to learn more about NSF’s Mid-Career Advancement program. The MCA program provides protected time, resources, and the means to gain new skills through partnerships, typically at an institution other than the candidate’s home institution. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

If you have any curiosity about this potential sponsor, I encourage you to explore the directorates I’ve linked below or feel free to reach out to our team. 

NSF Directorates: 

American Sociological Association Teaching Enhancement Grants

The Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund provides small grants to support projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology.

Deadline: February 1

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

The Vermont Studio Center offers several fellowships to artists and writers from many different backgrounds, artistic craft, and literary genres. 

Deadline: February 15

American Historical Association Research Grants

The AHA offers research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. 

Deadline: February 15

NSF Mid-Career Advancement

Supports opportunities for scientists and engineers at the associate professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic partnerships.

Deadline: March 1

Gilder Lehrman Center Fellowship  

Yale University invites applications for its 2023-2024 Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. They especially welcome proposals that will utilize the special collections of the Yale University Libraries or other research collections of the New England area, and explicitly engage issues of slavery, resistance, abolition, and their legacies. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for a one-month or four-month fellowship.

Deadline: March 3

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Deadline: March 8

Simons Foundation: Call for Neuroscience Collaborations Vision Statements 

The foundation is committing $250 million over the next 10 years to fund new neuroscience collaborations. The collaborations will focus on cutting-edge idea-generating research that focuses on basic principles of brain function. The foundation is particularly interested in research overlooked or deemed too risky by other funding organizations.

Deadline: March 8

NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet

Supports design and implementation projects studying functional biodiversity in the context of unprecedented environmental change. Projects must integrate cellular, organismal, ecological, evolutionary, geological or paleontological approaches.

Deadline: March 29

Human Frontier Science Program Organization Research Grants

HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.

Deadline: Letter of Intent due March 21

January 6, 2023 – Antiquarian Society, Harpo Fnd, ME Sea Grant , and more

Welcome to 2023!

American Antiquarian Society Short-Term Research Fellowships

The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months. See website for description of several fellowship programs that they offer. 
Deadline: January 15

American Research Center in Egypt

The American Research Center in Egypt (ACRE) administers research fellowships for professionals affiliated with North American universities and research institutions. ACRE is a private, nonprofit organization supporting research and conservation programs that encompass all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, from the prehistoric to modern day. American pre-doctoral candidates (ABD), postdoctoral scholars, faculty and senior scholars at universities worldwide for a minimum stay of three months and maximum stay of 12 months. U.S. citizenship is required.

Deadline: January 15
Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

The Bogliasco Foundation awards approximately 50 Fellowships – or residencies – to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts). Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy.

Deadline: March 1

Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists

The Harpo Foundation Grants for Visual Artists provides direct support to under-recognized artists. Awards are made up to $10,000, and the application portal for the next cycle opens on 2/24/2023.

Deadline: April 28

Maine Sea Grant Biennial Request for 2024-2026 Proposals

Our request for proposals is designed to sponsor a diverse research portfolio that links the scientific capacity of Maine with the needs of coastal community partners and interests. We anticipate approximately $600,000 will be available to support research projects over the two-year funding period. Total two-year requests are limited to $200,000 in Sea Grant funds (including all direct and indirect costs). Maine Sea Grant is administered by the University of Maine, but the research competition is open to faculty and staff at any public or private research or higher education institution in the state.

Deadline: Pre Proposal due February 3

DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grants

The DOE Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) announces its interest in receiving new and renewal applications from applicants within eligible jurisdictions for Implementation Grants. Grants awarded under this program are intended to improve research capability through the support of a group of scientists and engineers, including undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, working on a common scientific theme in one or more EPSCoR jurisdictions.

Deadline: Letter of Intent due January 25

December 27, 2022 – Bogliasco Fnd, Kress Fnd, National Archives, NSF

Bogliasco Foundation

An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month Fellowships to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities. Fellows live and work in bucolic surroundings on the coast near Genoa, where natural beauty combines with an intimate group setting to encourage inquiry and transformative exchange across all disciplines. The Foundation welcomes applications from individuals doing creative or scholarly work in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Foundation awards approximately 60 Fellowships each year in seven residency periods that run from September through May.

Application Deadline: March 1

The Kress Foundation

History of Art Grants

The History of Art Grants program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European works of art and architecture from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, scholarly catalogues and publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit art historians to share their expertise through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, and other professional events.

Letter of Intent Due: March 1, 2023 (Portal opens February 15)

National Archives

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives 

For collaborative projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections.

Draft Deadline: February 15, 2023

Final Deadline: May 3, 2023

Archives Collaboratives

For projects to plan and develop a working collaborative designed to enhance the capacity of small and diverse organizations with historical records collections. 

Draft Deadline: February 15, 2023

Final Deadline: May 3, 2022

State Board Programming Grants

For projects that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by state historical records advisory boards.

Draft Deadline: February 15, 2023

Final Deadline: May 3, 2023

Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions

For projects to publish documentary editions of historical records. This program has two application cycles.

First cycle:

Draft Deadline: February 15, 2023

Final Deadline: May 3, 2023

NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies

For projects to publish collaborative digital editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies.

Draft Deadline: April 1, 2023

Final Deadline: June 7, 2023

National Science Foundation

Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)

The Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) program is a broad-based research program with the goal of understanding the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales. These processes are related to the sources of perturbations that propagate upward from the lower atmosphere as well as to solar radiation and particle inputs from above. The activities within this program include observations from ground-based and space-based platforms, theory, and modeling.

Proposal Deadline: May 5, 2023

National Science Foundation

Petrology and Geochemistry

The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry and geochronology communities are also invited. The program supports a wide range of Broader Impacts activities, including (but not limited to) infrastructure enhancement, partnerships with industry, and evidence-based practices that recruit and specifically retain individuals who historically have not been included in the geosciences.

Proposal Deadline: Open

Human Frontier Science Program

HFSP Research Grants

HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries (see guidelines).

Participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics is recommended because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions.

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Preliminary results are not required and applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through the research collaboration. It is understood that such research inherently contains risks and HFSP expects that teams of applicants address the risks and outline mitigation strategies for their research in case of failure and how they intend to achieve their goals.

Letter of Intent Due: March 21, 2023

Next Step: Preparing Your Proposal