Grants & Professional Development

Fellowships and Grants Humanities

This page features a wide range of funding opportunities focusing on short and long term residential and non-residential fellowships and grants.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Visiting Scholars Program
The Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy provides an opportunity for an early-career professional with training in science or engineering to learn about a career in public policy and administration.

American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin offers residential fellowships to scholars from many fields including the humanities, social sciences, public policy, visual arts, poetry, music, law and journalism.

American Academy in Rome
A wide range of fellowships in the humanities, related social sciences and allied natural sciences, most of which involve residency at the American Academy in Rome.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Six fellowships and awards for women pursuing graduate or further education.  One fellowship for postdoctoral research leaves.  One opportunity for summer/short term research and publication grants.

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS funding opportunities include grants and fellowships in the humanities and related social science, China studies and Buddhist studies.

American Institute of Indian Studies
The American Institute of Indian Studies provides about 35 fellowships per year to scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

American Philosophical Society 
Funding opportunities include grants and fellowships in the humanities, medical clinical investigation, all areas of knowledge, field studies, astrobiology, research in the Society library and Native American studies.

Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry 
The Beckman Center offers short term and long term fellowships and travel grants.  They encourage applications from all researchers working on topics related to history of science and technology with an emphasis on chemical matters, broadly construed.

John Carter Brown Fellowship Program 
The John Carter Brown Library Fellowship Program offers graduate students and scholars of the early Americas from the U.S. and abroad an opportunity to pursue their work in proximity to a distinguished collection of primary sources in the Brown University Library. Approximately forty fellowships are awarded annually for periods of two to ten months. 

Camargo Foundation
Residential fellowships for scholars working in French and Francophone cultures, including cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region.  Visual artists, creative writers, film/video/new media directors, playwrights, composers, choreographers, and multidisciplinary artists may apply.

The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies - U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The Mandel Center awards fellowships-in-residence to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. A principle focus of the program is to ensure the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars.

The Center for Hellenic Studies – Harvard University
The CHS supports scholars working on the ancient Greek world through residential fellowships and short-term visiting scholar grants.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Promotes the study of China and scholarly exchange.  Funds travel for research to the Republic of China.

CIES Fulbright Scholars Program The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Cornell University Society for the Humanities
Funding opportunities include numerous fellowships and grants in the humanities.

DAAD(German Academic Exchange Service)
Funding opportunities include grants for research visits, visiting lectureships and professorships, seminars, conference funding and the Artists-in-Berlin program.

Dumbarton Oaks
Funding opportunities include fellowships, project grants and one-month research stipends, all in Byzantine, pre-Columbian and Garden and Landscape studies.

Fine Arts Work Center
The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. 

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships  
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.  About 18 fellowships are awarded annually.

Furthermore Grants in Publishing
Furthermore grants assist nonfiction books having to do with art, architecture, and design; cultural history, the city, and related public issues; and conservation and preservation. Furthermore looks for work that appeals to an informed general audience; gives evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; and promises a reasonable shelf life.  The grants, ranging roughly from $1,500 to a maximum of $15,000, are awarded twice annually. 

Hagley Museum and Library 
Grants and fellowships are for short and long term visits to use the collection at the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society.

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation
The 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, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. 

The Humboldt Foundation
The Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany through a wide range of programs, grants and fellowships.

Huntington Library
Funding opportunities include numerous residential fellowships at the Library and a limited number of specialized fellowships not requiring residency.

Harry Ransom Center for Study in the Humanities
The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections.

Jentel Artist Residency Program
The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 
The Foundation funds the Guggenheim Fellowship Program.

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
The Kroc Institute encourages and supports research through highly competitive grants to scholars and students working on a wide range of international issues related to peace and justice.

Institute for Advanced Study(Princeton, NJ)
The Institute funds residential fellowships in historical studies, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences and programs in Women and Mathematics and Prospects in Theoretical Physics.

IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)
The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports postdoctoral scholars and professionals to conduct independent research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

International Center for Jefferson Studies
The International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello supports a nine-month Gilder Lehrman Junior Research Fellowship open to scholars working on Jefferson projects.

JFK Library Foundation
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania jointly annually award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year.

The Louisville Institute
The Louisville Institute offers grants to support both research and inquiry by scholar/pastors and scholar/educators that strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. 

The MacDowell Colony
The MacDowall Colony offers residencies for writers, artists and composers. The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.  The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics.  We welcome artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns.

National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers a wide range of humanities related grants.

National Humanities Center
The Center annually welcomes up to forty scholars from all fields of the humanities.

Newberry Library
The Newberry offers both long and short term fellowships at the Chicago library.

The New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers 
The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building – including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

Organization of American Historians
The Organization of American Historians presents a list of grants available to historians.

Radcliffe Institute
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars in all fields who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments.

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residencies 
The Rockefeller Foundation funds residencies in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, music and fine arts at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como in northern Italy.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars-In-Residence Program 
The New York Public Library funds six-month residencies for scholars whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center’s resources.

Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies
Semester-long residential fellowships to participate in historical seminars at Princeton University.

Smithsonian Institution 
The Smithsonian offers a wide variety of fellowships in all fields.

Stanford Humanities Center
The Humanities Center offers approximately twenty-five residential fellowships for the academic year to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages, giving them the opportunity to pursue their work in a supportive intellectual community.

Vermont Studio Center 
Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.  The Studio Center provides 2-12 week studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. 

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities 
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers semester-long fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities.