In addition to the specific opportunities listed elsewhere on this website, a variety of federal, public, and private agencies support research, teaching, and scholarly and public communication in the humanities. The following links are suggestive not exhaustive, and their funding areas and priorities may change yearly.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is funded by the government of Germany to promote international co-operation between German institutes of higher education and leading academics from around the world. The foundation sponsors a number of competitive fellowships, ranging from postdoctoral to senior visiting professors.
Alfred P. Sloan
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic non-profit organization with interests in the areas of science and technology, standard of living, economic performance, and education and careers in science and technology.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a private foundation with five core areas of interest: Higher education, including the humanities, libraries, and scholarly communication; museums and art conservation; performing arts; conservation and the environment; and information technology.
The Ford Foundation is a private foundation which makes grants for projects that focused on strengthening democratic values, community and economic development, education, media, arts and culture, and human rights.
The Getty Foundation
is part of the J. Paul Getty Trust and awards grants for for "advancing
the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and
throughout the world."
Krieble Delmas Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by supporting the humanities, research libraries, and the performing arts.
The National Institute of Health offers grants and funding for a wide array of research and projects. Most offerings are oriented toward health professionals, but the NIH encourages interdisciplinary approaches and supports programs that potentially bridge health and the humanities. Potential areas of crossover include curricula development, public health programs, community applications of health sciences, archive and resource development, and knowledge management. See the comprehensive list of supported activities here.
The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated nonprofit institute for advanced study in the humanities. It offers dedicated programs in support of humanities scholarship and teaching as well as a regular schedule of public events, conferences, and interactive initiatives to engage the public in special topics and emerging issues.
A broad federal funding agency, the NSF supports many programs of interest to scholars in the humanities, including Archaeology and Archaeometry, Linguistics, Cultural Anthropology, Documenting Endangered Languages, Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, Science, Technology, and Society, Ethics Education in Science and Engineering, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering, Interdisciplinary Research across the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and IGERT (interdisciplinary graduate education and training programs). Funding opportunities range from dissertation completion grants, to NSF CAREER awards (for early-career scholars), to individual and collaborative research funding.
The Rockefeller Foundation is a philanthropic private foundation that sponsors a wide variety of projects. Their current areas of interest include global health, climate and the environment, urbanization, and social and economic security.
The Russell Sage Foundation is research center devoted exclusively to the social sciences. Areas of research funding include labor markets, immigration, culture and religion, education, and economic and social issues.
The Kress Foundation supports the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from antiquity to the dawn of the modern era. The foundation makes grants in defined program areas and offers professional development fellowships for historians of art and architecture, among others.
For the last decade, the SSRC has focused on conflict and peacebuilding, development and social change, the public sphere, knowledge and learning, and strengthening global social science. The SSRC is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. It works with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences.
The Spencer Foundation makes grants to support research for the study of ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. Beginning in February 2006, the Research Grants program began accepting applications that fit within one or more of four areas of inquiry: the relation between education and social opportunity; organizational learning in schools, school systems, and higher education institutions; teaching, learning, and instructional resources; and purposes and values of education.
The Watson-Brown Foundation awards grants to qualifying organizations that have an abiding interest in the history and culture of the South. Grants take many forms, including book subventions, museum and archive support, preservation awards, educational programming, and research support.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research aids basic research in all branches of anthropology and closely related disciplines through funding research projects, conferences, symposia, fellowships, and publication.
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is a private non-profit that administers programs supporting leadership development and build organizational capacity and quality in education.
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