Funding Sources for Humanities Research

Internal and External Funding Sources for Humanities Research

If you need help with funding searches or would like to develop a list of opportunities that is specific to your field, please reach out to Charlotte Bacon. Please note that this list will be updated frequently, with new opportunities added on a regular basis.

Funding Opportunities Available at Dartmouth

The following is a listing of some of the many opportunities available within Dartmouth for fellowships, residencies, and short-time funding. 

Dean of Faculty
The Dean of Faculty offers a number of competitive grants and awards each year to junior and senior faculty. These range from research support to released time.

The Dean of Faculty also provides funding support for conferences and symposia organized by Arts & Sciences faculty, up to $75,000.

John Sloan Dickey Center
The Dickey Center funds a number of graduate, undergraduate, and faculty opportunities. For faculty, the Dickey Center funds course development and enhancement (, travel and research (

Leslie Center for the Humanities
The Leslie Center for the Humanities provides funding for a number of Humanities-based faculty projects.  These opportunities range from Humanities Lab course development to research fellowships to co-sponsored events and faculty projects.

Neukom Institute for Computational Science
CompX Faculty Grants support computational research across the campus and professional schools. This program seeks to fund both the development of novel computational techniques as well as the application of computational methods to problems in the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.

Nelson A. Rockefeller Center
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center supports an annual competitive research grant program open to tenured and tenure-track Dartmouth faculty for research on public policy issues relevant to the social sciences. 

Hood Museum of Art
The Hood Museum of Art offers one-and two-week residencies for Dartmouth faculty. During these residencies, the faculty members study and research the collections for the purpose of teaching in the museum. Over thirty-five residencies have been awarded to Dartmouth faculty, and the museum has seen a marked increase in the use of its collections in the curriculum.

For a reference list of resources and websites for A&S faculty across Dartmouth College, see:

Funding Sources External to Dartmouth College

Abe Fellowship (SSRC)
The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.  Deadline to apply: September 1, 2019

American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. Past recipients have included anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. For 2020/21, the Academy will also award three specially designated fellowships: two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, for work that demonstrates an interest in the topics of migration and social integration, race in comparative perspective, or exile and return. In addition, in memory of its founder, the Academy will name a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow for a project that looks at diplomatic approaches to resolving major global issues, from armed conflicts to environmental challenges to the impact of new technologies.  Deadline to apply: September 23, 2019

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $4 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 259 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 academic year.  Various funding grants and awards (national and international).  Deadline to apply: ranges, November 1–December 1, 2019.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowships
ACLS is one of the leading private institutions supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose.  Deadline to apply: September 25, 2019

American Philosophical Society (APS) Grants and Fellowships

Resident Fellowships:
In 2017–2018 the Society awarded over $1.2 million to nearly 200 scholars, and expects to continue this level of support in 2018–2019. APS maintains nine grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. The Franklin, Lewis and Clark, Lewis and Clark Astrobiology, Library Digital Humanities Fellowship, Library Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000–$6,000) for modest research purposes. The Daland, Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($25,000–$45,000) in highly selective competitions.

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well being of humanity around the world.”  The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world.  Deadline to apply: November 2019

Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University Fellowship
“The Berkman Klein Center's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.  We are a research center, premised on the observation that what we seek to learn is not already recorded. Our method is to build out into cyberspace, record data as we go, self-study, and share. Our mode is entrepreneurial nonprofit.”  Deadline to apply: (currently closed; project January 2020)

Bogliasco Foundation
Twice a year, the Foundation welcomes applications from individuals doing creative or scholarly work in the following disciplines: archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film/video, history,
landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theater, and visual arts. The Foundation awards approximately 55 Fellowships each year in seven residency periods that run from September through May.  Deadline to apply: January 15, 2020

Camargo Core Program (Camargo Foundation)
The Core Program is the flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Since 1971, the Camargo Foundation has awarded residencies to over 800 Core Program Fellows as part of its mission to support groundbreaking research, experimentation, and interdisciplinary approaches in the Arts and Humanities. Each year, an esteemed panel of scholars and arts professionals selects 18 individuals or teams from over 1,000 submissions from around the world. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks.  Deadline to apply: October 1, 2019

Society for the Humanities Fellowship at Cornell
The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the 2020–2021 theme of fabrication. Embodying two strands of production – creation and concoction, making and faking, forming and falsifying – fabrications are both made up and made real.  Deadline to apply: October 1, 2019

Council for European Studies at Columbia University
Dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research on Europe and European affairs, the Council for European Studies (CES) offers a variety of fellowships, grants, and awards. In particular, CES is a major funder of dissertation research and early career development for academics and policy specialists working on Europe. CES awards prizes to scholars whose work has significantly advanced the field of European Studies in order to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarly work on Europe. Deadline to apply: ranges, September 1, 2019–January 1, 2020

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers offers Fellowships to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies.  Deadline to apply: September 27, 2019

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program
The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. At Dartmouth, please contact Charlotte.M/ for more information. Deadline to apply: September 16, 2019

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
  Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean (suspended for 2019).  About 175 fellowships are awarded each year.  Deadline to apply: September 16, 2019

The Huntington Library
Scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. These scholarly pursuits lead to best-selling books, Pulitzer Prizes, acclaimed documentary films, and many of the history and social studies textbooks that educate the nation’s school children. Deadline to apply: mid-November 2019

George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowships
Howard Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work. They are not intended for publication subsidies, for equipment purchase, for preparation of exhibits, or to support institutional programs. A total of eight fellowships will be awarded for 2020-2021 in the fields Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting and Theatre Studies.  Deadline to apply: November 1, 2019

IMéRA, Institut d’Études Avancées
IMéRA is the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study), NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study) and UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies).  Each year it hosts about thirty artists and scientists from all disciplines (residents), selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.  Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around four thematic programmes: Art, Science and Society; Crossing paths: explorations of interdisciplinarity; Mediterranean programme; Global Phenomena and Regulation.  Deadline to apply: September 26, 2019

Institute for Advanced Study
Located in Princeton, NJ, the Institute for Advanced Study is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Each year scholars from around the world apply to come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Those who are chosen are offered a membership for a set period.  Members receive access to the extensive resources of the Institute, including offices, access to libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services.  Deadline to apply: October 15, 2019

Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant
The Lisa Jardine Grant Scheme is designed to offer the opportunity for early career scholars to exploit history of science collections, including the Royal Society’s own, in support of their research in the field of intellectual history. The scheme encourages junior researchers in the humanities, arts and science to seek to expand their interests in history of science and related interdisciplinary studies by travelling in order to use archival resources and to build relationships with the Royal Society and other institutions.  Deadline to apply: August 29, 2019

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress
Each year, the Kluge Center welcomes a diverse community of scholars at various stages of their careers and from all over the world. Pre-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral researchers, university faculty members, and independent scholars contribute to an atmosphere of learning and interdisciplinary exchange. Since its founding in 2000, the Kluge Center has also developed an extensive network of alumni who remain engaged with the Library and its programs. Deadline to apply: varies throughout the year, fellowship dependent

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.  NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants:

  • strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges
  • facilitate research and original scholarship
  • provide opportunities for lifelong learning
  • preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources
  • strengthen the institutional base of the humanities

National Geographic Society
All proposed projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative and have a primary focus in conservation, education, research, storytelling, or technology. Projects should also align to one of three focus areas: wildlife, human journey, or changing planet.  Deadline to apply: October 9, 2019

National Humanities Center Fellowship
The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2020 through May 2021. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. The Center does not support the revision of doctoral dissertations. Deadline to apply: October 10, 2019

The Newberry Library
The Newberry’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry’s wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. We expect recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand our understandings of the past.  Deadline to apply: November 1, 2019 (long-term fellowship); December 15, 2019 (short-term fellowship)

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 27 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in 2019–2020. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. Grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies.  Deadline to apply: February 2020

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships
The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study offers research fellowships to scholars working on projects that engage with questions of ethics, value, meaning, or purpose. The NDIAS supports research in all disciplines, including the arts, engineering, humanities, law, and formal, natural, and social sciences. As a residential research community, NDIAS Fellows live and work at the University of Notre Dame and present their research in weekly discussion seminars, attend Institute-supported programming, and participate in the intellectual life of the university. The Institute seeks outstanding scholars who are working on projects that can benefit from the collaborative, interdisciplinary setting it provides.  Deadline to apply: September 16, 2019

The Radcliffe Institute
The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects.  Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia. Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history, each year some projects focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections. In 2020–2021, one fellow will be designated a Mellon-Schlesinger fellow, as part of the project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.  Deadline to apply: September 12, 2019

American Academy in Rome
For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers.  Deadline to apply: November 15, 2019

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.  The SSRC offers a variety of fellowships and prizes throughout the year.  Current areas of focus are Africa, China, Koren, and Japan, but these are not exclusive. Deadline to apply: varies

Stanford Humanities Center
The Humanities Center offers approximately twenty-five residential fellowships for the academic year to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages, giving them the opportunity to pursue their work in a supportive intellectual community.  Deadline to apple: October 1, 2019

Funding Databases and Resources (not Humanities-specific)

Dartmouth SPIN

The Foundation Directory Online

Wenner-Gren Foundation “Other Funding Sources”

Funding Support at Dartmouth

For Foundations:

Dartmouth Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)

For Fellowships, Residencies, and Federal Grants:

Grant Proposal Support Initiative (GrantGPS)