External Fellowships

Full Year Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships 2018-2019, Emory University - The James Weldon Johnson Institute

       Amount: $25,000 stipend
                    : $3,000 additional allotment for research and conference travel expenses
                    : Period of Residency - one academic year
       Deadline: January 28, 2019

The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Johnson Institute offers three Post-Doctoral fellowships per year. Two (2) fellowships are being offered for doctoral dissertation completion. Dissertation Fellows are not required to teach courses. The institute welcomes applications from scholars in the humanities. It is interested in research projects across the spectrum of the humanities that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. It also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory for the academic year 2018-2019. Visit the website at www.jwji.emory.edu for a complete program description.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Amount: $27,500
Deadline: October 3, 2019

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Especially good for qualitative research in the humanities/social sciences related to education in some way.

 Schallek Fellowship, Medieval Academy of America

Amount: $30,000
Deadline: October 15

The fellowship supports an advanced graduate student who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $30,000 fellowship helps defray research and living expenses for the equivalent of an academic year of study. The fellowship recipient must devote full time to the dissertation project and may not hold any job or teaching position or work on another project during the term of the fellowship. Applicants must be graduate students whose dissertation proposals have been approved by their dissertation committees.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Amount: $35,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
Deadline: October 23, 2019

ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2015.

Dumbarton Oaks Center Fellowships

Amount: $21,000-$35,000
Deadline: November 1

Dumbarton Oaks offers residential fellowships in three areas of study: Byzantine Studies (including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, Western medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern studies), Pre-Columbian Studies (of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America), and Garden and Landscape Studies. Fellowships (for scholars who hold the doctorate) and Junior Fellowships (for degree candidates) are normally awarded for the academic year.  During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Awards may also be made for a single term.

Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome

Amount: Up to $28,000 per year for two years
Deadline: November 1

Each year, the coveted Rome Prize is awarded to thirty emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer. Fellows are encouraged to work collegially within and across disciplines in pursuit of their individual artistic and scholarly goals.  The Academy gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Humanities for its support of the Rome Prize competition. Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

Amount: up to $23,000
Deadline: November 1

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.  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. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

Getty Predoctoral Fellowships

Amount: $25,000 for Predoctoral Fellowship and $30,000 for Postdoctoral Fellowship
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. There may also be oppor­tunities to work on collaborative research projects. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty Center.

 The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Amount: Up to $90,000 over two years.
Deadline: November 1

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. At the time of their selection, fellows must be college seniors or early in the graduate programs for which they request support. A Fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work, etc.) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Fine and Performing Arts are included. The Trustees strongly encourage applications from candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies, but full consideration will be given to candidates in the first or second years of graduate studies in their current program.

 AERA Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $19,000 for a year
Deadline: November 1

In 1991, the Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) established the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research to provide support for doctoral dissertation research. The purposes of the program are to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowships

Amount: Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000.
Deadline: November 5, 2019

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. The IDRF program is committed to empirical and site-specific research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

Amount: $25,000
Deadline: December 10, 2019

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships, Williams College

Amount: annual stipend of $50,000, plus insurance, housing assistance, and research allowance
Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships at Williams College are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching.  The Bolin Fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams, and three scholars or artists are appointed each year. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work—or in the case of MFA applicants, building their professional portfolios—while also teaching one course as a faculty member in one of the College’s academic departments or programs. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.

American Association of University Women

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: November 1, 2019

Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Amount: $25,000
Deadline: November 15

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship, Medieval Academy of America

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: November 15, 2019 (biannual award; must be a member of the Medieval Academy of America by September 15)

The Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. The fellowship helps defray research and living expenses for the equivalent of an academic year of study. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. Because of the renewable nature of the fellowship, applications are solicited on a biannual basis. The fellowship recipient must devote full time to the dissertation project and may not hold any job or teaching position or work on another project during the term of the fellowship. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy. The fellowship helps defray research and living expenses for the equivalent of an academic year of study. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. Because of the renewable nature of the fellowship, applications are solicited on a biannual basis. 

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

Amount: up to $25,000
Deadline: December 4, 2018

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources; enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available; encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

Center for Khmer Studies Ph.D.  and Senior Scholar Fellowships

Amount: varies
Deadline: November 15

The Center for Khmer Studies announces Fellowship opportunities for research in Cambodia and countries in Mainland Southeast Asia.  This program is open to U.S., Cambodian, and French doctoral candidates and to scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in the social sciences and humanities.  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. 

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies,  Freie Universität Berlin

Amount: varies
Deadline: December 1st

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary German and European affairs. The Program supports scholars in the social and political sciences, economics, modern and contemporary historians as well as Germanists interested in similar questions. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research leading to the completion of a monograph. The Berlin Program is a residential program which offers a stimulating academic environment that integrates research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. An essential part of the Program is the bi-weekly colloquium, which brings together the North American fellows and leading German scholars. Fellows have access to Berlin’s broader intellectual community and extensive libraries.

Pre-Doctoral Residential Research Fellowship, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Amount: $24,000
Deadline: December 1

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites scholars whose work focuses on Africa and/or the African Diaspora to apply for a two-year predoctoral research fellowship. The predoctoral fellow must be in residence at the University of Virginia for the duration of the award period. Fellows are expected to make periodic presentations of their work to the Woodson fellows and the larger academic community. Applicants for the pre-doctoral fellowship must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation prior to August 1, 2014. Please note: individuals may not apply for the Woodson pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships in the same year.

Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Scholarships

Amount: up to $25,000
Deadline: November 18, 2019

The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation funds scholars from U.S. universities for graduate research or study at universities in Iceland, and scholars from universities in Iceland to conduct research or study at universities in the United States.  Recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Up to $25,000 in project costs, including travel to and from the research or study site will be paid on the scholar’s behalf.

Alvin H. Johnson Dissertation Fellowships, American Musicological Society

Amount: $23,000
Deadline: November 16, 2019

The Society makes available three dissertation-year fellowships each year. Anyone is eligible to apply who is registered in good standing for a doctorate at a North American university and has completed all formal degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of full application. Any submission for a doctoral degree in which the emphasis is on musical scholarship will be eligible.

The Chateaubriand Fellowship

Amount: 1,500 € per month plus insurance and travel expenses
Deadline: January 8, 2019

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Education Office of the Embassy of France in the United States.   Every year, it allows 15 doctorate students enrolled in American universities- to conduct research in France for 9 months. This program has two main goals: 1) To allow American doctorate students to benefit from an experience in a French University, 2) To develop Franco-American academic partnerships. Chateaubriand recipients receive about 1300€/month, a round trip ticket to France, health insurance, and about 30 days per diem for travelling in France for research purposes. 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 and they cannot be a French citizen. Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisors in the US and a letter of invitation from a French professor employed in a French university or a research institution.

Humane Studies Fellowships, Institute for Humane Studies

Amount: up to $15,000 per year
Deadline: December 1, 2019

Scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Last year IHS awarded over 165 scholarships to outstanding undergraduate, graduate, law, and professional students who are exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work. Previous award winners have come from fields as diverse as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology and literature.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: February 1

These grants are made to Ph.D. candidates who are entering the dissertation stage of graduate school. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun. If analysis and writing are not far enough along for an applicant to be confident that he will complete the dissertation within the year, he should not apply, as the application will not be competitive with those that comply with this timetable. In some disciplines, particularly experimental fields, research and writing can reasonably be expected to be completed within the same year, and in those cases it is appropriate to apply. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

Amount: Travel expenses, Maintenance and dependents allowances based on the cost of living in country(ies) of research , Project allowance for research related expenses such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees.
Deadline: March 25, 2019

This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.  Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled.  Projects deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund  

      Amount: up to $18,000
      Deadline: January

This Fund is for fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training) and for independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.

Research Support

Fulbright Travel Grants

Amount: varies
Deadline: October 8, 2019

Travel grants are available only to Germany, Hungary and Italy and are designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research. Travel grants include: Round-trip international travel to the host country; Limited Health Benefits; Mid-term enrichment activities, if available in the host country; Language or orientation programs, if available in the host country.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

Amount: $5,000
Deadline: October 15

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women. The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects. Usually ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.

Henry Belin du Pont Research Grants

Amount: $400 per week for up to 8 weeks
Deadline: June 30, October 31, March 31

These grants are intended to support serious scholarly work that makes use of Hagley's research collections and expands on prior scholarship. Application materials should explain the research project's focus, methodology, engagement with existing scholarship, and the intended product, as well as Hagley collection(s) to be used during the proposed grant residency. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Hagley staff prior to submitting their application. Research grants are awarded for the length of time needed to make use of Hagley collections for a specific project. The stipends are for a maximum of eight weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week for recipients who reside more than 50 miles from Hagley, and $200/week for those within 50 miles.

Cosmos Scholars Grant Program

Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: November 1

Grant in support of Young Scholars (Graduate Students). Limited to students in a Washington DC area Consortium school. The purpose of the program is to provide small grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds. Examples of appropriate needs are small items of equipment (ordinarily expendable), special supplies, travel to research facilities or to attend relevant meetings, etc. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, living expenses (except in connection with supported travel), and expenses that should have been foreseen and provided for in planning the degree program. Funds for work already done, or scheduled to be done so soon that our support could not be directly applied to it, should not be requested.

Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants

Amount: varies
Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United States in the performing and visual arts, primarily by providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the United States. Some grants are also awarded to Americans engaged in similar activities in Asia and to arts organizations and educational institutions for specific projects of particular significance to Asian-American cultural exchange.  The ACC’s geographic purview covers an extensive area of Asia ranging from Afghanistan to Japan.  Please note that ACC cannot support individuals pursuing projects in their home countries. Grants are made in the following fields: archaeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, art and architectural conservation, crafts, dance, film, museology, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.

Rockefeller Archive Center, Grants-In-Aid For Research

Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: November 1

Rockefeller Archive Center's competitive grant-in-aid program provides awards for reimbursement of up to $4000 for certain receipted expenses related to research conducted at the RAC. The research grants are designed to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the records of the Rockefeller Family, The Rockefeller University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Eastern European Studies Short-Term Grant

Amount: varies
Deadlines: October 1

These Title VIII grants are available to American academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. EES offers residential research scholar grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Projects should focus on fields in the social sciences and humanities including, but not limited to: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Sociology.

Notre Dame Cushwa Center Research Travel Grants

Amount: up to $2,000
Deadline: December 31

Grants to help defray travel and lodging costs are made to scholars of any academic discipline who are engaged in projects which require substantial use of the collection of the library and/or the archives of the University of Notre Dame. The library collection is particularly rich in the following areas: Catholic newspapers, history of midwestern Catholicism, Catholic literature, and history of Catholicism in the United States. Manuscripts of historical personages, records of twentieth century Catholic organizations, reports of European missionary societies, and much more material related to the American Catholic community are held in the archives.


Summer Funding

Minority Awards Visiting Student Program

Amount: $600 per week for 10 weeks
Deadlines: October 1 for Spring; February 1 for Summer and Fall     

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships

Amount: $6,500
Deadline: November 15

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships are designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. We invite applications from Ph.D. candidates whose research on important historical questions would benefit from use of Hagley's research collections. Applications should demonstrate superior intellectual quality, present a persuasive methodology for the project, and show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation. Use of Hagley's collections may take place prior to application for the dissertation fellowship. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Hagley staff prior to submitting their dossier. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley's grounds, use of a computer, mail and internet access, and an office. (Recipients who use this housing are strongly encouraged to have a car available for transportation during their residency.) Dissertation fellows are expected to have no other obligations during the term of the fellowship, to maintain continuous residence at Hagley for its duration, and to participate in events organized by Hagley's Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society. At the end of residency the recipient will make a presentation at Hagley based on research conducted during the fellowship. A research report is due a month after the end of residency at Hagley. Hagley will also receive a copy of the dissertation, as well as any publications aided by the fellowship.

Kennan Institute Summer Research Scholarships

Amount: $7,000
Deadline: January 31

Scholars who conduct research in the social sciences or humanities focusing on the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic States), and who demonstrate a particular need to utilize the library, archival, and other specialized resources of the Washington, D.C. area can apply for the new Summer Research Scholarships. The summer grants must be used between May-September 2013, and grant applicants are required to hold an MA degree or higher. The Summer Research Scholarships will provide a stipend of $700. The Kennan Institute provides a work space and research assistant for each Summer Scholar. Travel and accommodation expenses are not directly covered by this grant. Awards are limited to scholars who are U.S. citizens.