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Sabbatical Funding (non-residential and residential)

  Non-residential Fellowships

Year- or semester-long sabbatical research and writing support can be obtained by piecing together several smaller grant opportunities, or applying for larger grants for year-long support. Below are examples of the awards that humanities and social sciences faculty most commonly apply for, although there are thousands more to be found on Pivot (, a searchable grant and fellowship database to which all faculty have free access using their Vanderbilt e-mail address. Note that the grants listed below are also the most competitive due to the large number of applicants; the number of projects funded can be as low as 6–7 percent per funding cycle.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): (Includes Collaborative Research Fellowships, Digital Extension Grants, African Humanities Program, Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society, Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows, and others). Deadlines vary by program.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship  Characterized as mid-career awards for individuals who have already “demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Deadline: usually mid-September.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship: April deadline for projects beginning the following January.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication: Supports individual scholars pursuing research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. Deadline: late April for projects beginning the following January.

National Science Foundation: Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences NSF offers a wide variety of competitions with varying deadlines.

Residential Fellowships

Although many faculty members have family or other obligations that prevent them from being away from home for extensive periods of time, residential fellowships can offer extraordinary opportunities for research and writing. Some include minor teaching responsibilities, but others offer research assistants, meals, and plenty of time to undertake research and writing without teaching responsibilities. Because the applicant pool for residential fellowships can be significantly smaller than for the non-residential funding opportunities listed in the previous section, the likelihood of winning an award is sometimes higher. The below are just a few examples of the many potential opportunities that are available on Pivot (

American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Frederick Burkhardt Residential Scholarships for Recently Tenured Faculty: Deadline: usually September.

DePaul University Humanities Center, External Faculty Fellowships: Application information available in the fall.

The Getty Research Institute Fellowships:  Check to see if your research topic matches the Institute’s annual themes. Application information available in the fall.

Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) (Princeton): Deadline: usually December.

The National Humanities Center Deadline: usually in October

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: Deadline typically in the fall.

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships: Application access opens in August.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: Deadline: usually December.