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External Funding Opportunities

The following is a list of some external funding opportunities. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of opportunities. We welcome information on other external funding opportunities. Please contact us at if you would like to add an opportunity to our online listing.


Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Grants Calendar
Hanover Research has compiled this guide of key application dates for various grant opportunities hosted by organizations such as: NEH, NARA, NEA, FDN, NSF, and DOD.

ACLS Fellowships
The American Council of Learned Societies offers many fellowships and awards, including those aimed at junior and recently tenured faculty (Ryskamp and Burkhardt Fellowships), collaborative projects, digital innovation, and for research in African Humanities, Humanities in China, and East European Studies.

American Academy in Rome Prize Fellowships
The Academy awards this annual prize to individuals working in Architecture, Design, Historical Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies.

American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society offers four broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to twelve months.

American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society offers a variety of awards, grants, and programs for humanities scholars.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
The American School of Classical Studies in Athens has various school-sponsored, senior, and other Fellowships available.

Columbia University, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
These fellowships focus on issues relating to cultural identity, cultural transmission, and cultural memory. Applications are invited for Fellowships in the arts, sciences, and social sciences, particularly – but not exclusively – with regard to Italy.

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
The CHCI’s directory lists member institutions that offer external fellowships in the humanities.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers - Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research
The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.

Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture
The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is awarded annually to a scholar whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture.

Guggenheim Foundation

Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation are awarded for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made with no special conditions attached to them.

Hayek Fund for Scholars at the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
The Hayek Fund for Scholars supports students and faculty who are researching and teaching ideas within the classical liberal tradition inside the bounds of the social sciences and humanities by funding a wide range of research and career-advancing activities. From paying for PhD application fees to conference presentation travel to the purchase of crucial data sets, this unique fund helps cover an extensive array of expenses.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library offers a variety of short-term and long-term residential fellowships, including those in the history of science.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundation sponsors a limited number of programs supporting both graduate students and advanced scholars that are overseen by institutions that receive individual applications.

Modern Language Association
The MLA offers several awards and grants to full-time and part-time faculty members for continuing work and education in the humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grants include – among others - those for Collaborative Research, Digital Humanities, Fellowships, Scholarly Editions and Translations, and Summer Stipends. Click here to view their virtual grant-writing workshops.
For Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) such as Texas A&M, the NEH offers dedicated Awards for Faculty and Humanities Initiatives grants.

National Humanities Center Fellowships
The NHC offers fellowships for post-doctoral scholars studying in the humanities, as well as those in natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.

The Newberry Library
Long-term fellowships are available to post-doctoral scholars for periods of six to eleven months. Short-term fellowships, usually from one to two months, are generally restricted to post-doctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, or holders of other terminal degrees from outside of the Chicago area who have a specific need for Newberry collections.

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
The NDIAS awards 10-15 faculty fellowships each year to scholars from across the disciplines whose work addresses its annual research theme. Fellows live and work at Notre Dame and typically receive half their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing, a research allowance, and a private office. The NDIAS research theme for 2021-2022 is Resilience, and the deadline for applications for fellowships on this topic is October 5, 2020.

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any area of early American studies.

Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowships
The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance.

Winterthur Fellowships
Multiple Fellowships are available at Winterthur Museum in various areas of the arts and humanities.