Humanities Institute

Grant and Fellowship Opportunities

Kluge Center Fellowships for Residential Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

Sponsor: Library of Congress

Deadline: 07/15/2017

Amount: $4,200/mo.


The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for postdoctoral Fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available.

How to Apply

Apply directly to the sponsor by July 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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Public Humanities Projects (CFDA Number: 45.164)

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline: 07/19/2017

Amount: Varies


Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.  NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. his grant program supports a variety of forms of audience engagement. Applications should follow the parameters set out below for one of the following three formats: 1) Community Conversations; 2) Exhibitions; and 3) Historic Places.

How to Apply

Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Vanessa Lopez ( in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by July 19.

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Media Projects: Development Grants

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Deadline: 07/19/2017

Amount: $40,000–$75,000 | 6–12 months


Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script and may also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.

How to Apply: 

Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 19.

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Media Projects: Production Grants

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities

Deadline: 07/19/2017

Amount: $100,000–$650,000 | 1–3 years


Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience.

How to Apply:

Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Vanessa Lopez ( in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by July 19.

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Society of Fellows - Nominations for Junior Fellows

Sponsor: Harvard University

Deadline: 08/11/2017

Amount: $77,000


The purpose of the Society is to give men and women at an early stage of their scholarly careers an opportunity to pursue their studies in any department of the University, free from formal requirements. They must be persons of exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness, and should be of the highest calibre of intellectual achievement, comparable to successful candidates for junior faculty positions at leading universities. These Junior Fellows are selected by the Senior Fellows, who with the President of the University and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, ex officio, administer the Society. Those elected receive three year fellowships. Candidates are nominated for Junior Fellowships, generally by those under whom they have studied. Applications are not accepted from the candidates themselves.

How to Apply

Submit nominations directly to the sponsor by August 11. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities

Sponsor: The Wolf Humanities Center

Deadline: 10/15/2017

Amount: $54,590 plus single-coverage health insurance and $3,000 research fund


The Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) awards five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than eight years out of their doctorate and who are not yet tenured (may not be tenured during the fellowship year). Scholars are required to spend the year (late August–May) in residence at Penn.

For the 2018-19 academic year, our topic will be Stuff (see Call for Applications below). The Fellowship carries a stipend of $54,590 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents) and a $3000 research fund. Fellows teach one undergraduate course in either the fall or the spring semester in addition to conducting their research.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree, and applicants must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science. Ineligible categories include an MFA or any other doctorate such as EdD, social scientists, scholars in educational curriculum building, and performing artists (note: scholars of performance are eligible).

The fellowship is open to all scholars, national and international, who meet application terms.

Visa eligibility: International scholars outside of North America are appointed under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). Scholars seeking to hold an H-1B visa during the fellowship year at Penn are ineligible (no exceptions can be made). The Wolf Humanities Center reserves the right to cancel awards if the recipient is unable to meet this condition. Applicants should consult the international programs office at their current university to confirm eligibility before applying for this fellowship.

How to Apply

NOTE: Applications must be submitted online through the Center's secure webform only. Postal and email submissions will not be accepted. Decisions will be announced in late December 2017, when applicants will be notified by email.

The programs of the Wolf Humanities Center (formerly Penn Humanities Forum) are conceived through yearly topics that invite broad interdisciplinary collaboration. For the 2018–2019 academic year, we have set Stuff as the topic.

Scholars who received or will receive their PhD between December 2009 and December 2017 are eligible to apply. You must have your degree in hand or have passed your defense no later than December 2017 to be eligible. Your application will not be considered unless this condition is met (i.e., you are ineligible to apply if you will defend or otherwise submit your dissertation anytime in 2018).

During their year in residence, Fellows pursue their proposed research, are required to teach one undergraduate seminar during the year, and must also participate in the Forum's weekly Mellon Research Seminar (Tuesdays, 12:00–1:50), presenting their research at one of those seminars.

In selecting fellows, the Wolf Humanities Center aims for a balanced mix of recent Ph.D.s and more seasoned tenure-track faculty who do not yet have tenure. Preference will be given to candidates whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life.

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The Society for the Humanities 2018-2019 Fellowships

Sponsor: Cornell University - Society for the Humanities 

Deadline: 10/25/2017

Amount: Unknown


The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority.

From auctoritas to the author to authoritarianism, the question of authority – whether grounded in epistemological expertise, juridical power, rhetorical persuasiveness, creative innovation, divine decree, or political charisma – is inextricable from humanistic inquiry and critique. With authority, the power to decide, to authorize, to adjudicate, to rule, and to hold sway stands or falls – in science, law, art, oratory, religion, or politics. The Society invites scholarly projects that trace the consequences, crises, and possibilities of authority across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts. 

At stake in authority is who or what authorizes and bestows power, prestige, and influence. On what basis does authority claim to rule? Knowledge? Law? Charisma? Popular will? The sovereign word? Tradition? Moreover, each expression of authority calls forth its contestation and opposition. At times authority is contested within the same discursive sphere (e.g. different scientific paradigms or hermeneutic interpretations at loggerheads); at times, however, the opposition is based on another source of authority: religious law vs. secular law; scientific knowledge vs. political will; economic concerns vs. ethical concerns. At such junctures, the question then arises: who or what power adjudicates the conflict between appeals to different authoritative instances?

The Society invites scholars to explore the ‘ends of authority,’ understood as its purposes, goals, and ideals as well as its limitations, aporias, and paradoxes. Applicants could investigate the rise of authoritarianism across different historical and political or religious contexts, exploring its conditions, its appeal, its critiques. One could research the crisis of scientific authority, in which expertise itself is called into question on grounds that are impervious to scientific argumentation. Considering the death of the author, one could question what signs, strokes, words, tics, and idiosyncrasies determine a text’s or artwork’s ‘author’; what authorizes an original from its copy or fake; or the degree to which the authority of a few authors still determines research fields today. In the age of a superabundance of information, what differentiates ‘real’ (authoritative) information from ‘fake news,’ and how one can be interchanged with the other as an ‘equal’ source of authority?

The Society for the Humanities welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who are interested in investigating authority from the broadest variety of international and disciplinary perspectives.  

How to Apply

NOTE: Fellows should be working on topics related to the year’s theme. Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2017. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. 

Collaborative Research Grant

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities 

Deadline: 12/6/2017

Amount: $65,000-$100,000


Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel and archival research; field work; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.

Eligible projects include

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and
  • archaeological projects that emphasize interpretation, data reuse, and dissemination of results.

Information about Preliminary Draft Proposals

Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff review (submission of draft proposals is optional) no later than October 15.

What’s New for 2016

NEH will reject applications with narratives exceeding 25 pages.

NEH will reject applications with appendices exceeding 35 pages (except for applications for U.S. archaeology projects submitting information to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act).

Project directors and co-project directors are limited to one submission per application deadline, and may not hold more than one award at a time from the Division of Research Programs.

The project director must be the lead scholar and must devote a substantial percentage of time to the project, whether or not he or she is supported by NEH funds.

Projects that focus on tools, digital tools, databases, visualizations, and maps without proposing substantive interpretive scholarship are ineligible.

Archaeology projects that engage in data reuse are strongly encouraged.

No more than one conference may be proposed per application, and NEH funds will not support additional research activities by conference participants.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Collaborative Research program received an average of 127 applications per year. The program made an average of ten awards per year, for a funding ratio of 8 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from

How to Apply

All institutional applications must be submitted via

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