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Social Sciences

Several Disciplines

Compilation of resources prepared by the African Studies Association.

Deadline: Jun 1

Visiting scholars program to support research especially in multidisciplinary topics.

Deadline: Oct 1

Fellowships to scholars for advanced research and study in the social sciences and humanities.

Deadline: varies; usually around Oct 1

Provides three to nine months of support for research in the NIS and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, or Central Europe.

Deadline: Jan 5

Assists scholars with all aspects of Indian history, culture and contemporary life.

Deadline: Jul 1

Grants to individual scholars for research, including sabbatical fellowships for mid-career faculty members in the social sciences who have been granted a year sabbatical but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the year.

Deadlines: Nov 1 and Franklin Research Grants (Oct 1 and Dec 1)

Awards for Study in Scandinavia.

Deadline: Nov 1

Carnegie Scholars Program. A program to support individual scholars on a designated theme, currently intellectual and policy development in Islam and Muslim communities.

Deadline: VC normally receives an invitation to submit nominations in May

Grants for research in Chinese studies.

Deadline: Oct 5

Fellowships for scholars for multi-country research.

Deadline: Jan 3

Fellowship research grants to individuals who have distinguished themselves in such disciplines as economics, history, international affairs, and political science. Not less than 120 days before commencement of projected work period. Contact: 2200 Green Road, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Fellowships to increase the diversity of the nations colleges and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and social diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Deadline: Dec 5

International exchanges to support US faculty to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, collaborate with foreign colleagues on projects, pursue individual research, conduct seminars and guest lecture at non-US universities.

Deadline: Aug 1

Fellowships for the study of transatlantic issues.

Deadline: Nov 5

Research grants in any medical social-behavioral scientific discipline to study the development of children, adolescents, and youth.

Deadline: Jul 1

Grants for doctoral and postdoctoral research in behavioral, social and biological sciences with the aim of providing a better understanding of dominance, aggression, and violence.

Deadline: Aug 1

Fellowships to published authors, exhibited artists, researchers and others in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Deadline: Oct 1

Grants for social scientists in the early stages of their careers.

Deadline: Jan 1

Institut Francais de Washington: Fellowships to individuals who have held their Ph.D. for no longer than six years for research in French studies research (including economics, history, and social sciences) in France. Contact: 234 Dey Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Deadline: none

Short-Term Travel. Supports scholarly projects focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Deadline: Feb 1

Supports collaborative, policy-oriented research on global concerns, including international economic relations and international security.

Deadline: Dec 1

Research, Award, and Study Opportunities.

Fellowships. Note that the NEH definition of humanities includes archeology, history, and ‘those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.’

Deadline: May 1

Summer Stipends.

Deadline: Oct 1

In addition to discipline specific programs, below, many NSF programs apply to many social science disciplines, for example the CAREER program for young faculty.

Deadline: July (precise date varies with discipline)

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Fellowship program to use the NYPL's Humanities and Social Science Library.

Deadline: Sep 30

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Grants for research and writing in black history and culture.

Deadline: Dec 1

Grants to advanced social scientists for research on the Caribbean region and other sociocultural settings. Contact: c/o Lambros Comitas, 162 E. 78th St., New York, NY 10021 (212) 678-4040.

Rockefeller Foundation

Grants for research involved with developing countries, focused on issues of global concern, such as food production or the environment.

Deadline: varies

Grants to support research within the Foundation's announced programs, currently the future of work, immigration, and cultural contact.

Deadline: mid-March and mid-August

Residential fellowships in support of all fields including anthropology, archeology, history of science and technology, American cultural and social history.

Deadline: Jan 5

Research grants for study in the areas of social philosophy and policy. Contact: P.O. Box 938, Bowling Green, OH 43402 (419) 372-2536.

Fellowships and grants to social science scholars for interdisciplinary research.

Deadline: varies

Grants to social scientists for studies on the causes, effects, prevention, and alleviation of unemployment.

Deadline: Feb 1

Fellowships and grants in various disciplines, including Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty (minority junior faculty).

Deadline: varies with program


Grants to foster, support, and promote the professional interests of anthropologists and the field of anthropology.

Grants and fellowships for research in fields related to the Museums purpose.

Deadline: varies

Supports research on disappearing cultures, languages, and ecologies.

Grants to individuals studying the ancient cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador.

Deadline: Sep 5

Research grants for the study of human origins.

Deadlines: 07/15 and 12/15

Programs in Archeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology.

Deadline: various

Research grants in all branches of anthropology.

Deadlines: 05/01 and 10/01

The Jacobs Research Fund. Supports anthropological research on the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mexico, and Mainland U.S. (including Alaska).

Deadline: Feb 5


Fellowships in several fields, including economics.

Deadline: Sep 5

Website listing grant sources for economists.

Supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part.

Deadlines: 01/18 and 08/18


Education. NSF programs cover a variety of areas: elementary, secondary, undergraduate education, and science education.

Deadline: various

Supports research that yields new information about education broadly defined.

Deadline: none


The Association of American Geographers awards small grants and maintains other research funds to support research and fieldwork.

Deadline: Dec 1

The National Geographic Society awards grants for scientific field research and exploration through its Committee for Research and Exploration. All proposed projects must have both a geographical dimension and relevance to other scientific fields and be of broad scientific interest.

Deadline: none

The Geography and Regional Science (GRS) Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface.

Deadlines: 01/15 and 08/15

Political Science/International Relations

Residency fellowships at the Society for research and writing on American history and culture through 1876.

Deadline: various

Small research grants.

Deadline: Feb 5

Support for research in the history and culture of Venice and for projects ‘which address the concerns of historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past.’

Deadline: Dec 5

Available online to members of the AHA.


Grants, Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities.

Political Science. Supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.

Deadlines: 01/15 and 08/15

Two grant programs: Solicited grants on the topics of ‘Providing Private Sector Economic Recovery in Countries Emerging from Violent Conflict’ and ‘Electoral Politics and Islamist Political Parties and Groups in Muslim Majority Countries’ and Unsolicited grants.

Deadlines: 03/01 and 09/30


Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. Small grants to provide seed money for innovative research.

Supports basic research on all forms of human organization.