CLA Grants, Fellowships,
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Grants & Fellowships Database

This database, developed by the CLA grants team, lists over 400 funding opportunities in fields across the College of Liberal Arts. Please note that the Categories listed below are neither mutually exclusive nor comprehensive. Use a variety of subject matter and funding type keywords to search for opportunities in your area.

Warning: Deadline change. Be sure to check the deadlines of programs on the funders’ websites.

March 4, 2010

Wenner-Gren Foundation, The:
Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

  • http://www.wennergren.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=367834&attrib_id=13232
  • Fund Type: Dissertation. Residential: . Eligibility: PhD student
  • Award: 20,000
  • Deadline: May 1 Second Deadline: November 1
  • Details: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.
  • Keywords: Anthropology

February 1, 2010

Truman (Harry S.) Library Institute:
Dissertation Year Fellowships

  • http://www.trumanlibrary.org/grants/
  • Fund Type: Fellowship. Residential: No. Eligibility: PhD student; Applicants should have substantially completed their research and be prepared to devote full time to writing their dissertation.
  • Award: $16,000
  • Deadline: 2/1/2010
  • Details: Grants of $16,000 will be given to support graduate students working on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman or of the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. One or two dissertation year fellowships will normally be awarded each year.
  • Keywords: Public policy, foreign, Truman years, American history, dissertation

January 29, 2010

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS):
Fellowships and Grants

  • http://www.acls.org/grants/default.aspx?id=354
  • Fund Type: Fellowships and Grants. Residential: No. Eligibility: Unrestricted/Multiple Eligibility; *Residence requirements depend on program
  • Award: up to $75,000
  • Deadline:
  • Details: ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Please refer to the website for the details
  • Keywords: Humanities, social sciences, humanistic approaches

NB: Deadline: varies, deadlines in September 2009-January 2010.

January 14, 2010

National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (NSF SBE):
Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in Archeology

  • http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/arch/suppdiss.jsp
  • Fund Type: Dissertation. Residential: No. Eligibility: PhD student
  • Award: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: Any time
  • Details: Target Date: Proposals may be submitted at any time

    Project Budget: To meet expenses associated with doctoral dissertation research. Items normally requested include per diem for time spent away from the home institution, travel funds, supplies and equipment, costs associated with field research and analysis fees. Salary for research at one's home institution is not permitted.


  • Keywords: Archaeology, dissertation, travel

December 15, 2009

American Musicological Society:
Alvin H. Johnson AMS Dissertation Fellowship

  • http://www.ams-net.org
  • Fund Type: Fellowship. Residential: No. Eligibility: PhD student; 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.
  • Award: $19,000
  • Deadline: 12/15/2009
  • Details: AHJ AMS 50 Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of academic merit. Any submission for a doctoral degree in which the emphasis is on musical scholarship will be eligible. Fellows may elect to accept the award on an honorary or partly honorary basis (thus freeing scarce resources for others). The fellowships are intended for full-time study.
  • Keywords: Musicology, music, performing arts, dissertation

December 1, 2009

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:
Fellowship Programs

  • http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historians/fellowship1.html
  • Fund Type: Fellowship. Residential: Yes. Eligibility: Unrestricted/Multiple Eligibility; See details.
  • Award: $1,500-$4,000 stipend
  • Deadline: 5/1/2009 Second Deadline: 12/1/2009
  • Details: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The sponsor invites applications for short-term fellowships in several categories: Research Fellowships for post-doctoral scholars at every faculty rank, Dissertation Fellowships for doctoral candidates who have completed exams and begun dissertation reading and writing, and Research Fellowships for journalists and independent scholars.
  • Keywords: Social sciences, American history, Revolutionary, Antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction

NB: Fellowships range in duration from a week to two months.