Award / Funder: Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grants Program
Description: The Sociological Initiatives Foundation was established in 1999 to support research that furthers social change, including language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. The Foundation supports projects that address institutional rather than individual or behavioral change and/or research and initiatives that provide insight into sociological and linguistic issues that may be useful to specific groups and or communities. (e.g. literacy, language loss and maintenance, language policy, national security, bilingualism, language and gender, language and law, language disabilities, language and health, language and education, different language cultures). We look for projects that have an explicit research design and a concrete connection to public or community impact.
Deadline: Concept Applications are usually due in August, though the exact date changes each year.

Award / Funder: Open Meadows Foundation Grants
Description: Open Meadows Foundation makes grants for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for projects that: are designed and implemented by women and girls; promote building community power; promote gender, racial, social, economic and/or environmental justice; reflect the diversity of the community served; and have limited financial access.  Grants are made to international organizations (based outside the U.S.), as well as organizations/projects within the United States.
Deadline: 8/14/2010

Award / Funder: Cultural Contact Program / The Russell Sage Foundation
Description: To bring social science to bear more effectively on improving the quality of contact among the many racial and ethnic groups that make up American society. An example of past grant project: ‘Understanding and Improving Students’ Experiences in Racially Diverse College Settings’.
Deadline: Unless otherwise specified in the request for proposals in a particular research competition, the deadline for submissions to the November funding round is mid-August, and to the June round is mid-March.

Award / Funder: Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Description: Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Radcliffe Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.
Deadline: The deadline for applicants in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is 1 October. The deadline for applicants in natural sciences and mathematics is 15 November.

Award / Funder: Jacobs Research Funds – Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Description: Grants for anthropological and linguistic research working with Native American (First Nations) peoples. Grants are given for work on problems in language, social organization, political organization, religion, mythology, music, other arts, psychology and folk science. Priority is given to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). However, research on other areas in Canada, the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and South America will be funded if possible.
Deadline: 2/15/2011

Award / Funder: Wayne F. Placek Grants
Description: These grants support scientific research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations. Two $15,000 grants are available in research support. The grants support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, or bisexual issues. Proposals are especially encouraged for empirical studies that address the following topics: *Heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbians and gay men, including prejudice, discrimination, and violence, *Family and workplace issues relevant to lesbians and gay men, * Subgroups of the lesbian and gay population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research
Deadline: 3/1/2011


Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: National Council for Black Studies
Description: NCBS is accepting abstracts for individual paper, poster, panel, session, roundtable discussion, workshop, town hall meeting that explore the Black experience locally, nationally, and/or globally from a variety perspective. Of particular interest are presentations that comparatively explore these experiences, as well as those that examine the discipline of Africana/Black Studies using multi-layered frameworks and methodologies. Papers that incorporate various combinations of race/nationality, class, gender, and sexuality, through the lens of but not limited to Afrocentric, cross and multicultural, diasporic, feminist, postcolonial, postmodernist or transnational interpretative schemes are welcomed. Send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or individual paper and poster presentations. For roundtable discussions submit a 500 word abstract that explores the discussion topic. For town hall meetings submit a 500 word abstract specifying the roles of the facilitator(s) and recorder(s).
Deadline: 10/15/2010

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Joint National Conferences – National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies
Description: February 14-19, 2011 Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Joint National Conferences. Papers that relate to any aspect of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American or Asian experience should be submitted. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects.
Deadline: 11/5/2010

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Western Social Science Association
Description: The Western Social Science Association invites papers and panels on American Studies topics for its 53rd annual conference, April 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The WSSA’s annual meeting presents panels in 30 different academic fields, offering an extensive, interdisciplinary range of subjects for scholars to explore. Individual paper — or panel — proposals on American Studies topics could be submitted. The subjects may range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Send a 150-word abstract and c.v. by 1 December 2010 to: — or to Prof. Daniel J. McInerney, WSSA-American Studies Program Chair, Department of History, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0710. Scholars willing to serve as moderators/discussants should indicate their research specialties.
Deadline: 12/1/2010


Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Annual Student Essay Contest / The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
Description: Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Deadline: 1/1/2011