Find Funding

The Advancement Office has a subscription to a database of private foundations. Our license requires that searches be conducted in the Advancement Office. If you would like to search for funding opportunities from private foundations, contact Tom Sanders (tsanders@sewanee.edu). The Sponsored Research Officer will help you identify and evaluate funding opportunities. Please contact Pollyanne Frantz (psfrantz@sewanee.edu) for more information.

If you would like to explore funding opportunities on your own, create a new profile with SPINPlus database. SPINPlus is a one-stop shop for funding opportunities from federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations. Anyone on campus can access this database. We encourage you to set up a research profile so that specific funding opportunity announcements can be emailed to you.  The database is accessible via this link as well as through duPont Library's database listing by A-Z (InfoEd SPIN) or by subject (Grants). Contact Pollyanne for assistance. 

Here are three other useful and free tools:
 Duke University Database of Funding Opportunities
 The University of Kansas (Hall Center for the Humanities)
 Funding Opportunities for New Faculty (UC Berkeley Sponsored Projects Office)
Internal Funding 
 Faculty Travel
 Kennedy Fellowship (submitted with 2nd or 4th year review materials)
 The Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies (information available on this site may be useful in planning a new application)  
 Mellon Globalization Forum (information available on this site may be useful in planning a new application)
 University Lectures Committee (deadlines for proposals: September 30, February 1 and April 15 (for early proposals for the subsequent Advent semester))
 Barclay Ward Faculty Research Fund (deadline to be announced)
The Barclay Ward Faculty Research Fund will support faculty research and professional development projects in international and global studies.  Preference shall be given to proposals that have a curricular impact – such as the development of new courses, strengthening existing courses or facilitating student involvement with faculty in international and global studies.  Examples of projects might include field or archival research, attending seminars, or attending professional meetings abroad.  Preference will be given, first, to faculty who participate in the international and global studies program, and second, to faculty pursuing research in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. It is appropriate to apply to the Ward Research Fund for projects not fully funded by the University Faculty Development and Research Grants Fund.  For this year, requests should be limited to no more than $1000.
 Applications shall be submitted to Donna Murdock (as co-chair of the IGS program) and to Sandy Carr  and shall include the following elements:
    • a detailed outline of the proposed project
    • an explanation of how the project will be carried out
    • a detailed budget for the project
    • a statement explaining how the project will benefit courses, students and/or the faculty member’s professional development in international affairs

Organizations Offering Funding Opportunities

AAUW  American Association of University Women

ACLS The American Council of Learned Societies offers multiple opportunities, including those for collaborative research, humanities, digital innovation and Chinese culture

APA Resource page includes a list of non-APA grant resources

APS American Philosophical Society

Associated Colleges of the South (ACS)

Innovative Instruction, Collaborative Curriculum, and Diversity and Inclusion grant programs (view here).

2018 competition calendar:


July 25, 2018: Institutional Approval Form due

July 27, 2018 (Friday): Final date for ACS review of “pre-pre-proposals”

August 10, 2018 (Friday): Required pre-proposals due to the ACS

November 2 (Friday): Final proposals due to the ACS

December 3 (Monday): Awards announced

January 7, 2019 (Monday): Funds disbursed

Appalachian College Association (ACA)

The ACA Faculty Fellowship application is due in late October (view guidelines here). This program places restrictions on the number of awards made per campus.  Contact the Sponsored Research Officer for more information.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University)- This repository for literary papers, rare books, and early manuscripts offers short-term fellowships for research in its collections.

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units

Council on Undergraduate Research provides a variety of services, including grant writing workshops, for faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection- Fellowships offered for Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies

Environmental Protection Agency Grants (EPA)

Fulbright Program Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Abroad
Emphasizes language and cultural education

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (Mount Vernon)- Offers fellowships to support research focused on George Washington and his place in the development of American civic life and culture. 

The Getty Library (Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities)- Provides partial, short-term support for costs to use collections housed in the Getty Research Institute

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

IREX International Research and Exchanges Board
U.S. Scholars and Professionals Travel Grants

John Carter Brown Library (Brown University)

The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Lilly Library (University of Indiana–Bloomington)

The Massachusetts Historical Society

Modern Language Association (MLA)

National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

NEH Summer Stipends 2018 internal competition information:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has released the 2018 guidelines for its Summer Stipends program, which supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing.  Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who are teaching full-time at Sewanee must be nominated by the institution to apply for a Summer Stipend (Sewanee may nominate two faculty members). Projects may begin as early as May 1, 2019.

2018 competition calendar:

By 5 p.m. August 23: concept papers (2 pages maximum) due from faculty applicants to the Sponsored Research Office (psfrantz@sewanee.edu). Applicants should organize their concept papers according to the narrative instructions in the guidelines (research and contribution; methodology and work plan; competencies, skills, and access; and, final product and dissemination).

August 24 – August 31:  Concept paper review and scoring (using the evaluation criteria in the guidelines). It is anticipated that proposals will be reviewed internally by faculty, possibly by members of the University Research Grants Committee.  

By September 3: all applicants notified of internal competition outcome

By 5 p.m. September 4: two nominees confirm their intent to submit applications by completing the Institutional Approval Form

By 10:59 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, September 26: two nominees submit their applications to the NEH via Grants.gov.

Evaluation criteria:  Evaluators are asked to apply the following criteria in assessing applications: 1. the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both; 2. the quality or promise of quality of the applicant as an interpreter of the humanities; 3. the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression; 4. the feasibility of the proposed plan of work, including, when appropriate, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans; and 5. the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Complete Summer Stipends guidelines: https://www.neh.gov/files/grants/summer-stipends-sep-26-2018.pdf

FAQs: https://www.neh.gov/files/grants/summer-stipends-faqs_2018.pdf

Sample application narratives: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

Summer Stipend awardees 2016-2018


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Newberry Library

The New York Public Library

Open Society Institute

Schlesinger Library Fellowship Program

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Opportunities
Fellowships in American Arts

USIP United States Institute of Peace Fellowships and Grants

Woodrow Wilson Fellowships
Humanities & Social Sciences grants on national and international policy issues.


Additional Grant Resources 

Writing Proposals for ACLS Fellowship Competitions- Written by Christina M. Gillis is a resource to assist in writing grants for ACLS

What to Say-and Not Say-to Program Officers- An article written by Michael J. Spires, from the Chronicle of Higher Education in March 2012, that gives advice on how to contact program officers.

On the Art of Writing Proposals by Pzreworski, Adam and Salomon, Frank  and published by the Social Science Research Council that gives tips on writing proposals. 

Demystifying the NIH Grant Application Process- An article that gives advice about applying to the National Institutes of Health for grant funding.

National Science Foundation Active Funding Opportunities

Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin


Newton’s List

Altum proposalCENTRAL Application System

Sign up to receive alerts about funding opportunities:

Aldridge, Jacqueline & Andrew Derrington. The Research Funding Toolkit. Los Angeles: Sage Publications 

Dirksen, Julie. 2012. Design for How People Learn. Berkeley (CA): New Riders.

Geller, Anne & Michele Eodice. Working with Faculty Writers. Logan: Utah State University Press.

Kienholz,Michelle & Jeremy Berg. 2014. How the NIH can help you get funded. Oxford University Press.

Knowlton, Lisa Wyatt & Cynthia C. Phillips. 2013. The Logic Model Guidebook, Better Strategies for Great Results. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Lamont, Michèle. 2010. How Professors Think: Inside the Curious World of Academic Judgment. Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press. 

Li, Ping & Karen Marrongelle. 2013. Having Success with NSF. Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons.

Phillips, Jack & Ron D. Stone. 2000. How to Measure Training Results. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Shamoo, Adil & David Resnik. 2015. Responsible Conduct of Research (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Shore, Arnold & John M. Carfora. 2011. The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. 

Silvia, Paul J. 2007. How to Write a Lot. Washington (DC): APA Life Tools