Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
for Graduate Students
Humanities and Social Sciences
Deadlines: November 1, 2013 – February 28, 2014
NOTE: Many deadlines are anticipated deadlines, based on prior application cycles. Please check deadlines with the funding sources.
American Academy in Rome
November 1, 2013
Eligibility: Applicants must be United States citizens and must have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements by the application deadline. All other factors being equal, preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive prior experience living, studying, and/or working in Rome.
Abstract: Predoctoral fellowships are meant to provide scholars with the necessary time to research and complete their doctoral dissertations. The academy invites proposals in archaeology, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, and musicology. Applicants should note that these disciplines are intended to be suggestive, not exclusive. Any humanistic approach, or combination of approaches to these areas will be given consideration. Comparative projects and projects that cut across conventional limits are welcome and will be examined by jurors whose areas are involved. Eleven-month awards are available in any of the fields listed above.
American Research Institute in Turkey
Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey
November 1, 2013
Eligibility: Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible. Student applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2014, and before beginning any ARIT-sponsored research. Non-U.S. applicants who reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada.
Abstract: The American Research Institute in Turkey will offer fellowships for research in Turkey for the academic year 2014-2015. Grants for periods of up to one academic year will be considered; some preference, however, is given to projects of shorter duration.
Awards for Study in Scandinavia
November 1, 2013 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia. Priority for fellowships is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research. The ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan.
Abstract: The ASF offers fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.
German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)
Leo Baeck Institute/DAAD Fellowship - Research in the Federal Republic of Germany
November 1, 2013
Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens, and Ph.D. candidates or recent Ph.D's who have received their degrees within the preceding two years.
Abstract: The fellowship is to provide financial assistance to doctoral students doing research for their dissertation and to academics in the preparation of a scholarly essay or book that requires a period of research in libraries, archives or research institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany. The research must be in the field of study served by the LBI, i.e. the social, communal and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry.
Japan Foundation, New York
Japanese Studies Doctoral Fellowship Program
November 1, 2013
Eligibility: Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Doctoral Candidates must have achieved ABD status by the time the fellowship begins. In principle, applicants must be able to stay continuously in Japan for the term of fellowship.
Abstract: In order to promote Japanese Studies, this program provides support to outstanding scholars in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. The program for Doctoral Candidates is for four to twelve months, and supports doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences.
Social Science Research Council
International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program
November 5, 2013
Eligibility: The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences - regardless of citizenship - enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2014, whichever comes first. Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country.
Abstract: The IDRF offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion). The IDRF competition promotes a range of approaches and research designs beyond single-site or single-country research, including comparative work at the national and regional levels and explicit comparison of cases across time frames. The program is open to proposals informed by a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and manuscript collections, fieldwork and surveys, or quantitative data collection. Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research (in combination with US-based research, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding). All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. The program will not support dissertation write-up.
American Council of Learned Societies
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies – Pre-dissertation Summer Grants
November 12, 2013
Eligibility: A working knowledge of Chinese is required.
Abstract: The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the USA through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. The program will offer pre-dissertation grants for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. The grants are for graduate students -- with a Ph.D. prospectus in hand or developing one -- to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for their own fieldwork or archival research. Pre-dissertation grants provide funding for doctoral candidates to explore venues and make preliminary research arrangements, and to gain advice from potential collaborators regarding subsequent research in China. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences, including interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies, are welcome. Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome.
International Research and Exchanges Board
Individual Advanced Research Opportunities
November 15, 2013 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and must be enrolled in a graduate degree program or currently hold a graduate degree at the time of application.
Abstract: IARO provides scholars and professionals with long-term support to perform policy-relevant research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Eligible countries of research are Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Center for Khmer Studies
Ph.D. and Senior Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars
November 17, 2013
Eligibility: This program is open to doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in the social sciences and humanities. All candidates must be U.S. citizens.
Abstract: Ph.D. Dissertation Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships are available. Ph.D. Dissertation Research Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates to wish to pursue their dissertation research in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Senior Fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities to pursue further research in Cambodia and Southeast Asia. Scholars can pursue research in other countries in mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Southern China) provided that part of their research is undertaken in Cambodia.
American Council of Learned Societies
Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies
December 1, 2013 –pending confirmation of funding
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation. Applicants may apply for one-year research and writing fellowships in sequence, but may not apply for a second year of funding in either category.
Abstract: The ACLS offers support for writing dissertations in East European studies in all disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences. Applications should be for work on Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo/a, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Applicants may propose comparative work considering more than one country of Eastern Europe or relating East European societies to those of other parts of the world. Funding is offered for two types of support: Research Fellowships for use in Eastern Europe to conduct fieldwork or archival investigations; and Writing Fellowships for use outside of Eastern Europe, after all research is complete, to write the dissertation. Projects must pertain to at least one of the East European countries listed above; be in the humanities or social sciences and must investigate aspects of East European societies, histories, and cultures with a special regard for how they illuminate contemporary issues or the necessary background for understanding such issues (this excludes projects in the natural sciences, mathematics, archaeology, music theory, pure linguistics, and philosophy; however, proposals in such disciplines as the history or sociology of science, music, etc. and sociolinguistics may be eligible, if they address the impact of a given topic on East European societies); -aim to produce a written scholarly product, to be written in English; and clearly state a plan of work that can be accomplished during the fellowship period.
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
Dissertation Planning Grant
December 1, 2013
Eligibility: There are no citizenship requirements, but some funds designated for this program can only be used for awards for U.S. citizens. Applicants should have completed most of their graduate coursework by the time they take up their grant. The grant is especially intended for students who are in the process of completing their dissertation proposals and preparing applications for funds to support their dissertation research, but other purposes may be proposed.
Abstract: AISLS dissertation planning grants are designed to enable graduate students intending to do dissertation research in Sri Lanka to make a pre-dissertation visit to Sri Lanka to investigate the feasibility of their topic, to sharpen their research design, or to make other practical arrangements for future research. Although language instruction is not the primary focus of these awards, successful applicants may simultaneously hold an AISLS language instruction grant. Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.
Freie Universitat Berlin
Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies
December 1, 2013
Eligibility: The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students, must have completed all coursework required for a Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins. Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years.
Abstract: The program offers research support at the Freie Universitat Berlin and is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. An integral part of the program is a biweekly interdisciplinary colloquium where fellows present their work. The Berlin Program is administered in partnership with the German Studies Association.
Venetian Research Program
Grants for Independent Research on Venetian History and Culture
December 15, 2013
Eligibility: Applicants must (1) be citizens or permanent residents of the United States; (2) have experience in advanced research at the graduate level or equivalent; and (2) if graduate students, have fulfilled all doctoral requirements except completion of the dissertation (but including acceptance of dissertation proposal) by the application deadline.
Abstract: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation announces its 2014-2015 program of grants (predoctoral and postdoctoral) for travel to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. Grants will be awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible areas of study, including (but not limited to) archaeology, architecture, art, bibliography, economics, history, history of science, law, literature, music, political science, religion, and theater.
French Embassy - USA
French Cultural Services
December 16, 2013
Eligibility: Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D. - Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. - French citizens are not eligible to apply
Abstract: The Chateaubriand fellowship targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.
Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies
Dissertation Grants for Graduate Students
December 20, 2013
Eligibility: Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Ph.D. program and have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. except the dissertation.
Abstract: The association invites applications from its members for grants to support doctoral dissertation research and write-up in any field of Baltic Studies. Proposals will be evaluated according to the scholarly potential of the applicant, and the quality and scholarly importance of the proposed work, especially to the development of Baltic Studies.
Graduate Study and Research in Poland
January 5, 2014 –anticipated deadline
Eligibility: Applicant must be a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident of the U.S. and be a graduate student or university faculty member, and possess the level of Polish language proficiency needed to carry out the proposed research project.
Abstract: The Graduate Studies and Research in Poland Program allows American graduate students and university faculty members to conduct research at universities in Poland with financial support from the Polish Ministry of Education and Sport and the Kosciuszko Foundation.
American Institute of Iranian Studies
Predoctoral Dissertation Research in Iranian Studies
January 10, 2014
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences and have an approved research topic.
Abstract: AIIrS offers fellowships for research travel to countries with resources essential to the dissertation. These fellowships enable students in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in relevant foreign countries.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
January 13, 2014
Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizens; must have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation; and must be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.
Abstract: This fellowship program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.
American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Competition for U.S. Scholars
January 15, 2014
NOTE: There is currently a ban on using State Department-funded fellowships for travel to Yemen. AIYS can only accept applications for research on Yemen in venues other than Yemen and cannot accept applications for intensive Arabic study.
Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are enrolled as full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs or who are postgraduate professionals.
American Institute of Pakistan Studies
January 15, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and/or enrolled/employed full-time in an institution of higher education in the USA. Pre-doctoral applicants should have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation.
Abstract: Applications are invited for research fellowships to be undertaken at the Junior (pre-doctoral) or Senior (post-doctoral) level for projects lasting two to nine months. Current federal travel regulations prohibit the use of US government-sponsored funding for travel to Pakistan.Junior Scholar research proposals for Pakistan will not be funded.
American Research Center in Egypt
U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
January 15, 2014
Eligibility: Fellowships are available to predoctoral candidates in the all-but-dissertation stage at the beginning of their tenure, and to postdoctoral scholars. These fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens.
Abstract: ARCE administers research fellowships for students enrolled in doctoral programs at North American universities, and for postdoctoral scholars and professionals affiliated with North American universities and research institutions. Fellowships are awarded for periods ranging from 3-12 months, depending on the funding source. Eligible fields of study are Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Economics, Egyptology, History, Humanistic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Coptic Studies.
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
January 15, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are advanced graduate students in classical studies, ancient Mediterranean studies, post-classical Greek studies, or related fields who have a specific project that requires extended residence in Greece. Applicants must be regular members or student associate members who wish to stay another year. Applicants must submit an application for Associate Membership with the fellowship application.
Abstract: The ASCSA offers several fellowships to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member and plan to return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertation. Some fellowships are restricted as to field.
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Cotsen Traveling Fellowship for Research in Greece
January 15, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: Senior scholars and graduate students may apply. Applicants must be pursuing research topics that require the use of the Gennadius collections. School programs are generally open to qualified students and scholars at colleges or universities in the USA or Canada. Applicants must submit an Associate Member application with their fellowship application.
Abstract: The Gennadius Library offers this travel-to-collections award for senior scholars and graduate students for projects and research at the Gennadius Library. The recipient is expected to take part in the activities of the Library and of the School in addition to pursuing research.
Institut Francais d'Amerique
Gilbert Chinard Fellowship
January 15, 2014
Eligibility: Candidates must be in the final stage of the Ph.D. dissertation, or have held the Ph.D. no longer than three years prior to the application deadline.
Abstract: Awards for maintenance during research in France will be given. Appropriate fields of French study are art, economics, history, history of science, linguistics, literature, and social sciences.
American Institute for Maghrib Studies
Grants Program for U.S. Citizens
January 31, 2014
Eligibility: Graduate students currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program, independent scholars, and faculty in all disciplines are eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
Abstract: The program offers grants to US scholars interested in conducting research on North Africa in any Maghrib country, specifically Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, or Mauritania. Funds available include Short and Long Term Research Grants.
American Research Center in Sofia
January 31, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students enrolled at North American academic institutions are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Abstract: ARCS offers 9-month and 3-month fellowships each academic year to graduate and advanced undergraduate students engaged in research in any field of the humanities and social sciences with a focus on Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula. Fellows have the unique opportunity to conduct research in libraries and archives located in Bulgaria and neighboring countries and/or to engage in fieldwork. In addition to independent research, fellows will participate in the academic program of ARCS which includes a lecture series, seminars, and excursions designed to provide a broad thematic vision of Bulgarian and Balkan history and culture from prehistory to the present.
American Schools of Oriental Research
American Center of Oriental Research - Amman
February 1, 2014 –anticipated deadline
Eligibility: The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and an enrolled graduate student at the time of application.
Abstract: Fellowships are available for M.A. and predoctoral students conducting research in Jordan. These awards are made possible through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Proposed topics may be in any sub-discipline within the natural and social sciences or humanities, and may focus on antiquity, the medieval period, or the modern era. Research topics are broadly interpreted and should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research. The holders of the fellowships are expected to participate in the scholarly and cultural activity of the ACOR community while in residence.
West African Research Association
February 1, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: This competition is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. It is advisable that applicants be conversant in an African language spoken where they will be conducting research. Priority will be given to applicants who are at the predissertation stage, that is, who will be returning to their institution to complete course work, exams, etc. before beginning their fieldwork.
Abstract: Applications are invited from graduate students for WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowships, for research in West Africa during the summer of 2014. Awardees will conduct research for a two- to three-month period in order to (1) prepare a doctoral research proposal; or (2) carry out research related to the completion of another terminal degree.
American Center for Mongolian Studies
Research Fellowship Program
February 15, 2014 –ANTICIPATED DEADLINE
Eligibility: All applicants must be current members of the ACMS and must be citizens of the United States or Canada. All applicants for dissertation fellowships must be able to demonstrate that they have completed required coursework for their programs and will have an accepted dissertation proposal prior to the start of their fellowship program.
Abstract: The program annually supports fellows conducting doctoral dissertation or postdoctoral research in Mongolia on topics in the social sciences or humanities. Natural science research is not eligible, unless there are clear areas in which the research furthers social, cultural, political, or policy knowledge relevant to Mongolia or the region. The program seeks to promote research opportunities in Mongolia among scholars who have not included the country in their previous research, and to broaden the knowledge base of scholars already working in the country.