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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Sponsored Research Officer will help you identify and evaluate funding opportunities. Please contact Pollyanne Frantz (email@example.com) 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.
Applications shall be submitted to Donna Murdock (as co-chair of the IGS program) and to Sandy Carr and shall include the following elements:
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
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
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.
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
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
IREX International Research and Exchanges Board
U.S. Scholars and Professionals Travel Grants
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
Sample application narratives: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Opportunities
Fellowships in American Arts
Woodrow Wilson Fellowships
Humanities & Social Sciences grants on national and international policy issues.
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.
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