Grants & Professional Development

Fellowships and Grants Social Sciences

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) 
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.

American Political Science Association
The American Political Science Association offers a selection of fellowships and small research grants for political scientists.

American Psychological Association 
This is a list of numerous grants and fellowships available to early, mid and later career psychologists.

American Sociological Association 
ASA has a small number of grants for sociologists.

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.

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.

Council on Foreign Relations
The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research with a placement at either CFR or another institution in New York City or Washington, DC.  Fellows are recruited year-round. The duration of each fellowship is generally twelve months.

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.

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. 

The German Marshall Fund
The German Marshall Fund brings Americans and Europeans together to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities.  GMF works closely with partner organizations to sponsor a range of grants, fellowship and exchange programs designed to provide both broad cultural exposure and more targeted opportunities for learning about specialized policy issues.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Spencer-NEAD Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to promote scholarship in the United States and abroad on matters relevant to the improvement of education in all its forms. Scholars anywhere in the world who have completed their doctorates within the last five years, and who wish to conduct research related to education, may apply.

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. 

Wenner-Gren Fellowship
Grants available to anthropologists with a doctorate include individual research grants, a limited number of writing fellowships, training for scholars from countries where academic training in anthropology is limited and awards to encourage collaborative research between international scholars.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges.