Searchable Databases & Online Services
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.
New York Foundation for the Arts is a database of grants in all arts disciplines.
Social Science Research Council offers fellowship opportunities for social science research.
GrantsNet is a database of funding opportunities and grant-writing resources in the sciences.
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, including the Social Science Research Council. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Deadlines for Grants and Awards list also is searchable by subject.
Social Science Research Council Current Funding Opportunities
Chronicle of Philanthropy – GrantStation
Duke University Office of Research Support Notice of Grants, Awards, and Scholarships
Federal and State Agencies
Non-Profit Grantmaking Agencies
New York State Foundation for the Arts
New York State Council for the Humanities
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.
American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS offers fellowships and grants in over one dozen programs for research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
American Philosophical Society
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.
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.
National Humanities Center
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.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
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.
George and Eliza Howard Foundation
The 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.
American Association of University Women
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.
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
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.
Library Company of Philadelphia
The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections.
The Huntington Library
List of over 100 fellowships in the humanities.
Ransom Center Research Fellowships
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.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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.
The Newberry Library
Fellowships at the Newberry Library provide assistance to researchers who wish to use the library’s collections, but who cannot finance a visit on their own.
Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan
Besides supporting individual research and teaching projects, the Center 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.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
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 William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellowship
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.
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
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.
The Camargo Foundation
Located in Cassis, France, the 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
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 Clark Fellowship Program
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
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.
Proposal Writing Resources
The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations has compiled a list of proposal writing resources. The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course provides an excellent overview of the basic elements of a proposal. The site also includes examples of letters of inquiry, budgets, and budget narratives. Other good general sources of proposal writing advice include A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy Miner and Lyn Miner and Basic Elements of Grant Writing developed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Social Science Research Council’s The Art of Writing Proposals offers candid suggestions for applying for research grants in the social sciences. The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency also have posted useful information about the grants process, including advice on organizing the research plan, writing a persuasive proposal, packaging the application, requesting a study section or reviewers, seeking feedback, and resubmission.
The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course
A Guide to Proposal Writing by Jeremy Miner and Lyn Miner
Basic Elements of Grant Writing
The Art of Writing Proposals, Social Science Research Council
The National Science Foundation’s A Guide for Proposal Writing
The National Institutes of Health’s Grant Writing Tips
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Grant Writing Tutorial
Advice for 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.
The Foundation Center’s Budget Basics
How to Prepare a NIH Grant Proposal Budget
The Grantsmanship Center Budget Info for Federal Programs
Environmental Protection Agency’s Tips on Writing a Proposal
The Research Assistant – Resources for Social Science Research
Department of Education Sample Budget Narrative
University of Michigan Budget Planning and Preparation
Advice from Grantmakers
The Office of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations has compiled guidance from foundation program officers and granting agency staffs regarding program planning and application submission.
Ten Commandments of Private Foundation Grant Proposals
One Program Officer’s Candid Advice for Grant Seekers
Where Proposals Fail
NEH Advice on Preparing Your Grant
U.S. Department of Education – Funding Your Best Ideas