Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fellowship opportunities

Below is information about grant and fellowship opportunities in the humanities (thanks to Mike Cronan and the Office of Proposal Development).

1. Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities - deadline 1 November 1 (

The Getty provides nonresidential grants to support scholars in the history of the visual arts and related fields throughout the world, as well as residential grants and fellowships at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. Grant amounts generally range from $25,000 to $250,000; the majority of grants are under $100,000. Grant periods range from one to three years, depending on the type of grant, and grants are not renewable. These include Grants for Nonresidential Scholars, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Grants for Residential Scholars.

2. Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., offers research fellowships to encourage access to its collections and to encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period. Each year it offers long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (one to three months) fellowships. Deadlines vary - see

3. U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowships ( - deadline 15 October 2007
The purpose of the Jacob K. Javits (JKJ) Fellowship Program is to award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise, to undertake graduate study in specific fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences leading to a doctoral degree or to a master's degree in those fields in which the master's degree is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study at accredited institutions of higher education.

4. McNeil Center for Early American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow- ( - deadline 1 November
The McNeil Center will appoint a recent recipient of the PhD as a Postdoctoral Fellow for a two-year term beginning 1 July 2008. During the two-year term of appointment, the fellow will teach three courses in an appropriate department at the University of Pennsylvania. All McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and to participate in the Center's program of seminars and other activities. Applicants must have earned the PhD no earlier than 2003 in American History, American Literature, American Studies, or a closely allied field and must have the degree in hand when the term of appointment commences.

5. Loeb Classical Library Foundation - Classical Studies grants ( - deadline 1 November

The Loeb Classical Library Foundation will award grants to qualified scholars to support research, publication, and other projects in the area of classical studies during the academic year 2008-2009. Grants will normally range from $1,000 to $35,000. From time to time a much larger grant may be available, as funding permits, to support a major project. Applicants must have faculty or faculty emeritus status at the time of application. Grants may be used for a wide variety of purposes.

6. The Institute for Humane Studies -deadline 15 January
Each year IHS awards over $400,000 in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance. Through these and other programs, the Institute promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving.

7. ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships - deadline 3 October
FYI due Oct. 3(
The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the third annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. ACLS will award up to five ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. Each fellowship carries a stipend of up to $55,000 toward an academic year’s leave and provides for project costs of up to $25,000.

8. Dumbarton Oaks ( Deadline 1 November
Dumbarton Oaks makes a limited number of grants to assist with scholarly projects in Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies. The normal range of awards is $3,000 to $10,000. Support is generally for archaeological research, as well as for the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.

9. AAS Fellowship - ( Deadline 15 January
The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months each year. AAS also offers long-term fellowships (, intended for scholars beyond the doctorate.

10. Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowships ( Deadline 2 November.
The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field.

11. APS The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship Deadline 1 April 2008
Named in honor of a distinguished member of the American Philosophical Society, the fellowship is designed to support an outstanding doctoral student at an American university who is conducting dissertation research. The John Hope Franklin Fellow is expected to spend a significant amount of time in residence at the APS Library, and, therefore, all applicants should be pursuing dissertation topics in which the holdings of the APS Library are especially strong, such as early American history, the study of natural history in the 18th and 19th centuries, American Indian linguistics and culture, the development of cultural anthropology, the history of genetics and eugenics, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, or computer development.

12. Brown University, Howard Foundation Grants ( Deadline 15 November
The Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in fields selected on a rotation of topics. Approximately ten fellowships will be offered for the 2008-2009 fellowship year in Music as well as Playwriting and Theatre Studies.

13. Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars ( Deadline 3 October.
The ACLS invites applications for the ninth annual competition for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant that will take the form of a monograph or other equally substantial form of scholarship. Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year (normally nine months) of residence at any one of the national residential research centers participating in the program. ACLS will award up to nine Burkhardt Fellowships, depending on the availability of funds, in this competition year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000.

14. Institute for Advanced Study - School of Historical Studies ( Deadline 15 November.
The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, without the obligations and distractions associated with the teaching of undergraduates. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Those chosen are offered membership for a set period and a stipend. The Institute provides access to extensive resources including offices, libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services.
Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies's principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and far eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, the history of science, modern international relations, and music studies.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS include the Ph.D. (or equivalent) at the time of application and a substantial record of publication. The School takes into account the stage of the scholar’s academic career when considering the list of publications, but in general applicants should have at least several articles already published in scholarly publications in order to be considered eligible. Qualified candidates of any nationality are invited to apply. Scholars are not required to have a current institutional affiliation.