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Funding Opportunities

for Social Science Faculty & Graduate Students

November 28, 2018 3:52 PM

Please see below for a curated list of upcoming funding opportunities. If you are working on a particular project and would like additional assistance in finding funding opportunities, please email: socialscience@umbc.edu.


Program: Research Grant

Agency: National Science Foundation- Cultural Anthropology Scholars Award


Next Deadline: January 16, 2019

The National Science Foundation announces an opportunity for methodological training by cultural anthropologists who are active researchers. The purpose is to help cultural anthropologists upgrade their methodological skills by learning a specific analytical technique which will improve their research abilities.

See https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5321&org=SBE&sel_org=SBE&from=fund for details

Email: dwinslow@nsf.gov

Contact: Deborah Winslow, Program Director


Program: Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher Program in Ethnic Studies

Agency: UCLA Institute of American Cultures


Next Deadline: January 10, 2019

Offers awards to visiting scholars/researchers to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanos. Projects must focus on intergroup or comparative research on one or more of these communities in a local, national, or global context. Grants include the : Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies (1/10/19); Graduate and Predoctoral Fellowship in Ethnic Studies (1/10/19); Research Grants (3/1/19); and Shirley Hune Inter-Ethnic/ Inter-Racial Studies Award (3/1/18) Fellowships include an academic-year stipend of up to $35,000, up to $4,000 in research support, and health benefits. Seehttp://www.iac.ucla.edu/ for details. Email: iaccoordinator@conet.ucla.edu CFDA


Program: Research Grants and Dissertation Fellowships

Agency: Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation


Next Deadline: February 01, 2019

Supports scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression and dominance. Highest priority is given to increasing the understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Program is highly competitive. Research grants (annual deadline: 8/1) provide grants of $15,000 to $40,000 up to two years for individuals in any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Dissertation Fellowships (annual deadline: 2/1) support at least 10 awards of $20,000 over one year to complete dissertations. Seehttp://hfg.org/ for details. Email: info@hfg.org


Program: Fellowships (Various Short-Term)

Agency: Clark (William Andrews) Memorial Library


Next Deadline: February 01, 2019

Offers residential fellowship programs that support postdoctoral research at UCLA's Clark Library specializing in 17th and 18th century studies: Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships ($49,188 for theme-based research fellowship in residence); Clark Short-Term Fellowships ($3,000 per month up to three months); ASECS/Clark Fellowships ($3,000 for one month of research on Restoration or the 18th century); Kanner Fellowship in British Studies ($9,000 for three months); and Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship ($6,000 for two months).  Annual deadline: 2/1. Seehttp://www.c1718cs.ucla.edu/  Email: ortiz@humnet.ucla.edu

Contact: Myrna Ortiz


Program: Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

Agency: Educational Testing Service


Next Deadline: February 01, 2019

Supports interns in an eight-week program to participate in research under the guidance of an ETS mentor. Each intern is required to give a brief presentation about the project at the conclusion of the internship. The 8-week internship (June 3 - July 26, 2019) is carried out in the ETS offices in Princeton, N.J., in one of seven research areas. Open to students in a relevant doctoral program. Offers $6,000 salary, transportation allowance for relocating to and from the Princeton area and a housing allowance or interns commuting more than 50 miles. Annual deadline: 2/1. Seehttp://www.ets.org/research/fellowships.html for details Email: internfellowships@ets.org

Contact: Linda DeLauro


Program: Asian Studies Grants

Agency: Association for Asian Studies


Next Deadline: February 01, 2019 (Target) The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. AAS offers several grants to support the research of North American scholars to improve the quality of teaching about Asian cultures at the college and pre-college levels. Grant amounts, details and deadlines vary according to program. Annual deadlines: 2/1, and 10/1, with  programs to support bringing speakers to campus due 12/1. Also offers prizes for scholarly books. Seehttp://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/AAS-Grant-Programs for details. Email: jwc8v@virginia.edu

Contact: Jack Chen


Program: Library Resident Research Fellowships

Agency: American Philosophical Society


Next Deadline: February 01, 2019

Supports one to two month (3/1/) or year-long (2/1) residential fellowships for research in the library's collections. Subject areas include the: Early American History & Culture; Atlantic History; Intellectual History; Travel, Exploration & Expeditions; History of Science, Technology & Medicine; History of Biochemistry, Physiology & Biophysics; Natural History; Anthropology; Native American History; Culture & Languages; Caribbean & Slavery Studies. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the equivalent, be Ph.D. students at the dissertation stage, or independent scholars. Award amounts vary. Annual Deadlines vary by program, but mainly fall on 2/1 and 3/1. Seehttps://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/fellowships for details. Email: lmusumeci@amphilsoc.org

Contact: Linda Musumeci



Program: Research, Grants and Fellowships

Agency: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women


Next Deadline: February 04, 2019

Sponsors grants to use the library's holdings. Research Support Grants are open to researchers from any college or university and to independent scholars. Dissertation Grants are open to scholars who are enrolled in a doctoral program in a relevant field, have completed their course work toward the doctoral degree, and have an approved dissertation topic by the time the application is submitted. Oral history grants are open to scholars conducting oral history interviews. Annual deadline for all three: 2/4. Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants are due 11/15/18. The Pforzheimer Fellowship is due 3/4/19. Seehttp://www.radcliffe.edu/schles/grants.aspx for details. Email: slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

Contact: Cara Raskin


Program: Grant Programs

Agency: Herb Block Foundation


Next Deadline: February 05, 2019

Foundation supports the art of editorial cartooning and makes three types of national grants: Defending Basic Freedoms (10/4/18) supports projects that safeguard the freedoms of the Bill of Rights and prevent discrimination. Encouraging Citizen Involvement (6/6/19) seeks to ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement. Awards range from $5,000-$25,000. Deadlines refer to required LOIs. Also offers Pathways Out of Poverty for DC (2/5/19) area applicants only and various scholarships. Seehttp://www.herbblockfoundation.org/programs for details. Email: info@herbblock.org


Program: Research Grants and Fellowships

Agency: American Historical Association


Next Deadline: February 15, 2019

Supports several small research grants (up to $1,500; annual deadline 2/15) in the following areas: history of the Western hemisphere; colonial American history, with particular reference to the intercultural aspects of American and European relations; U.S. legal history and the field of law and society; and history of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Only AHA members are eligible to apply for these grants. Also supports two fellowship programs in the areas of American History and Aerospace History (4/1). Seehttp://www.historians.org/prizes/Grants.htm for details. Email: dschaffer@historians.org Contact: Dana Schaffer


Program: Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

Agency: American Philosophical Society


Next Deadline: February 15, 2019

Offers grants to doctoral students to support the cost of travel and equipment in field research. Areas supported are archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, and paleontology, but grants will not be restricted to these fields. Awards range up to $5,000. Annual deadline: 10/30 for required letters of support; 11/1 for applications. Separate program focusing on astrobiology open to postdoctoral and junior scientists is also available (2/5).  Seehttp://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/lewisandclark for details. Email: lmusumeci@amphilsoc.org Contact: Linda Musumeci


Program: Graduate and Postgraduate Research Grants

Agency: Huyck (Edmund Niles) Preserve and Biological Research Station


Next Deadline: February 22, 2019

Supports graduate and postgraduate research using the resources of the Huyck Preserve in NY. Grants support research in basic and applied ecology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history and other areas of natural science. Native flora and fauna are abundant. Facilities include wet/dry labs, conference center and library. Preference given to residencies of one week or more, and grantees must assist in scientific outreach during their residency. Awards from $2000-$3,500. Annual deadline: second Friday in March. Seehttp://tinyurl.com/k8j3b36 Email: Anne@huyckpreserve.org

Contact: Anne Rhoads


Program: Grant Programs

Agency: Graham Foundation


Next Deadline: February 25, 2019

Program offers grants in architecture and its role in arts, culture and society: Production and Presentation Grants for individuals or organizations; and Research and Development Grants for individuals. Grants fund production-related expenses to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation and provide seed money for research-related expenses.  Annual deadlines: 2/25 for organizations, 9/15 for individuals. Also offers Carter Manny Award, which supports dissertation research and writing by promising doctoral students (11/15). Seehttp://tinyurl.com/qbrt8a for details. Email: ckelly@grahamfoundation.org

Contact: Carolyn Kelly

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