GRANT AND PROPOSAL RESOURCES
The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations provides access to several grant research and funding resources.
Grants.gov is the federal clearinghouse for grant and contract information, which includes a free searchable database of thousands of grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.
Additional discipline-specific searchable databases are described below and can be accessed by the links on the left.
ComputerScience.org is part of a new initiative to form the next generation of engineers, developers, and network administrators that has collected 20 scholarships available only to women earning computer science degrees.
Monthly calendars of grant deadlines are available at several websites.
FELLOWSHIPS AND SABBATICAL FUNDING
The Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Office has compiled a list of fellowships and grant programs that provide research and sabbatical funding for faculty. Most of these competitions are annual and have established deadlines. There is a variety of fellowship types including residential and non-residential; some fellowships are restricted to specific disciplines, while others provide funding across broad categories, such as the humanities. Funding is available for early, mid-career, and senior faculty. The title and brief program description are provided along with a link to the fellowship sponsor or funding agency in the Fellowship List below.
The American Philosophical Society offers a number of research programs for scholars, including Sabbatical Fellowship for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Grants are for research only. The Society makes no grants for study, travel to conferences, workshops, or to consult with other scholars, for permanent equipment, or assistance with publication or translation.
The Bogliasco Foundation Inc. offers residential fellowships at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy for individuals doing advanced creative or scholarly work in the arts and humanities. Fields of interest: Architecture; Dance; Film/Video; History/Archaeology; Landscaping; Language (Classical); Literature; Music; Philosophy/Ethics; Theatre; Visual Arts.
The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September through May. Applicants must hold doctorate or have equivalent scholarly credentials, and a record of publication is expected. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts. Fellowships are not available for students.
The George and Eliza Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Fellowships will be awarded for 2017-18 in Photography, Anthropology, and Archaeology. The intention of the Foundation primarily is to support people in the middle stages of their careers whose work to date is evidence of their promise and achievement. Nominees should generally have the rank of assistant or associate professor or their non-academic equivalents. Support is intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves.
One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is committed to humanities research in the public interest. The VFH Fellowship program offers time, space, and resources to scholars applying the tools of history, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, and literary criticism to matters of public concern.
About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Priority is given to proposals that concentrate on the Center’s collections and that require substantial on-site use of them. Each year the fellowship program has a special topic. Fellowships range from one month to three months, with a stipend of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200-$1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. Deadline: March 31.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers young highly qualified U.S.-American scientists and scholars grants to carry out a research project of their own choice in Germany. The fellowships enable young American scientists and scholars to conduct research for nine to 18 months within a period of up to three years. Fellowship holders are expected to spend at least three consecutive months per annum in Germany. Researchers of all disciplines may apply to the AvH directly at any time. There are no quotas for individual disciplines.
Besides supporting individual research and teaching projects, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan is a place for sustained communication between the humanities and the social sciences. Its program each semester is organized around a focal theme, which shapes a weekly series of public lectures and smaller seminars. At these events, and in other, more informal settings, Wesleyan faculty, students, and visiting scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds carry on a wide-ranging inquiry into the social dimensions of the imagination and the imaginative dimensions of social life.
Getty Scholar and Visiting Scholar Grants provide a unique research experience. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or the Getty Villa in Malibu where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in weekly meetings, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments 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, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply.
The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., accepts applications from scholars in all disciplines whose lively presence will help to focus their work and stimulate discussions. Successful applicants will have completed the terminal degree in their field and will have a record of scholarly publication. Recipients will meet weekly at a faculty seminar, allowing the visiting fellow ample time to pursue a major research project. The visiting fellow is provided with a spacious office and a stipend of up to $50,000.
Fellowships offered to conduct research in a discipline pursued at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. projects that broaden and diversify the research conducted within these disciplines are encouraged. Fellowships are offered to support research at Smithsonian facilities or field stations, and fellows are expected to spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel. Smithsonian Fellowship stipends are not considered salary or compensation, but are awarded to help support a fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. Portions of stipends may be allotted specifically for health insurance, research, and travel.
Located in Cassis, France, the Camargo Foundation is a residential center for scholars pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures as well as for composers, writers, and visual artists pursuing creative projects. For the Camargo Core Program research should be at a sufficiently advanced stage so as not to require resources unavailable in the Marseille-Cassis-Aix region. The Foundation’s campus includes furnished apartments, a reference library, a music/conference room, an artist’s studio with darkroom, a composer’s studio and a studio for either an artist or a composer. Residencies are divided in two periods, one in Fall and one in Spring. A stipend is available, as is coverage of basic travel expenses for the Fellow to and from Cassis.
Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture to a person whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public or applied component related to cultural concerns. Its purpose is to encourage future leaders in the humanities by recognizing their achievement and their potential and assisting their work through a cash award of $50,000. Candidates should be within the early stages of a career track in which the primary work is in a field centered in or directly related to one or more of the humanities.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. offers between 10 and 16 fellowships each year, ranging in duration from one month to 10 months. They look for projects that extend and enhance the understanding of the visual arts and their role in culture. Stipends are generous and are dependent on salary and sabbatical replacement needs. Housing and an office are also provided. The Clark combines a public art museum with a complex of research and academic programs, including a major art history library. It functions as an international center in both the academic and museum fields for research and discussion on the nature of art and its history. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience. Awards are not normally made to those who have received their Ph.D. within the last four years.
The James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships for psychologists provide funds to supplement the regular sabbatical allowance provided by the recipients’ home institutions. The maximum award is limited to the lesser of (1) half the recipient’s salary for the academic year, (2) an amount less than half salary that will bring the total of the university allowance plus the award up to the individual’s normal academic-year salary, or (3) a ceiling of $40,000. Candidates must be tenured or have formal College confirmation that they will be tenured by the January 15 submission deadline.
ADVICE & PREPARING PROJECT BUDGETS
Preparing the grant budget is one of the most difficult components of the grant-seeking process; it demands accuracy and attention to detail. The budget should be drafted after the project has been planned and the proposal and timeline have been written. The budget should reflect the costs necessary to undertake the project as it is described in the proposal. The budget is the financial snapshot of project activities and has to include line items for all of the project’s expense categories such as personnel, equipment, and travel. The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations has compiled useful information and guidance on budget preparation. Some of these resources, such as the Foundation Center’s Budgeting Basics, are general and all-inclusive, while others offer guidance for specific programs or agencies.
The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations; the Vice President of Academic Affairs; and the Business Office review and approve all grant budgets and any proposals that include a commitment of College resources.
Links to additional guidance from foundation program officers and granting agency staffs regarding program planning and application submission are included as resources.
Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations
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