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English/Literature Funding Opportunities

The California Story Fund is our grant line supporting public humanities projects that bring to light new and compelling stories from California's diverse communities. The guidelines for the Feb 4, 2008 round funding will be posted on Nov. 1, 2007.

The California Documentary Project supports the work of experienced filmmakers, videomakers and radio producers who document contemporary California life and explore issues of significance to Californians. Guidelines for the next round of funding will be posted on May 1, 2008.


Abstract: Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. ELIGIBILITY: Faculty or staff members of colleges or universities, or of primary or secondary schools, or independent scholars or writers may apply for a Summer Stipend. FUNDING: Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.


Abstract: The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant that will take the form of a monograph or other equally substantial form of scholarship. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary.


ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowships   
Abstract: Scholars who are at least two years beyond their PhD may apply for 6-12 month fellowships to pursue research and writing on the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Near and Middle East, Latin America, East Europe and the former Soviet Union. This fellowship is administered by the American Council for Learned Societies.

The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.* The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant that will take the form of a monograph or other equally substantial form of scholarship. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects. 
The ACLS Fellowships are intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing. An ACLS Fellowship may be held concurrently with other fellowships and grants and any sabbatical pay, up to an amount equal to the candidate's current academic year salary. 
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in
East Asian Archaeology and Early History

Southeast European Studies Program:

  • Conference Grants
    February 1, 2008
  • Travel Grants
    February 1, 2008
  • Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study
    January 16, 2008
  • Language Grants to Institutions for Summer Courses
    January 16, 2008 

    China Studies Programs:

Chinese Fellowships for Scholarly Development

Fellowships For Creative And Performing Artists And Writers

E-MAIL:         PHONE: 508/471-2131
Abstract: The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, nonformulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society's goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the
American people. The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Abstract: The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2008-2009. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received the Ph.D. between 1 January 2004 and 1 July 2008. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as postdoctoral research fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year.

Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship 
Deadline: Mid-October annually. 
Synopsis: A $40,000 prize to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets.

FULBRIGHT: Scholar in Residence

Abstract: Under the Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program, interested institutions submit proposals to invite scholars to teach one or more courses and to be in residence for a semester or an academic year. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered.

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY – Sabbatical Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

Abstract:  Since 1998 the American Philosophical Society has conducted a program of fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which is designed to supplement an awarded sabbatical/research leave. ELIGIBILITY: The Sabbatical Fellowships program is open to mid-career faculty of universities and 4-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/research leave, but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the year. Candidates must not have had financially supported leave at any time subsequent to September 1, 2005. The total of institutional and external support should not exceed the academic year salary for the year in which the fellowship is held. FUNDING: The Sabbatical Fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 to $40,000. The precise amount of each fellowship will be determined by the committee. Tenure of the fellowship is for the academic year 2008-2009, or for the calendar year 2009. In 2006-2007 the Society awarded 18 sabbatical fellowships.


Abstract: The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September 2008 through May 2009. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must hold doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and recent Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research. These include environmental. FUNDING: Fellowships up to $60,000 are individually determined, the amount depending upon the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center provides travel expenses for Fellows and their dependents to and from North Carolina.

STANFORD HUMANITIES CENTER: External Faculty Fellowships

Abstract: The Center typically offers six to eight external fellowships each year. ELIGIBILITY: Applicants will normally be at least three years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship year (i.e., received the Ph.D. in or before September 2005 for the 2008-2009 fellowship). Junior fellowships are for scholars who will be at least three (and no more than ten) years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. by the start of their prospective fellowship year. Senior fellowships are for established scholars who are more than ten years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate and full professor). Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. Awards are made from an applicant pool of approximately 250. FUNDING: Fellows are awarded stipends of up to $60,000 and a housing and moving allowance of up to $15,000, dependent upon need. Applicants are expected to seek supplementary funding in the form of external grants or sabbatical or other contributions from home institutions.


Abstract: This year we are accepting proposals on subjects with strong public interest in any field of the humanities. We also encourage projects on violence and its intergenerational effects, the South Atlantic United States, Revolutionary War history, folklife, and African American and Virginia history.


Abstract: NEH invites proposals for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in all areas of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve: (a) research that brings new digital approaches to the study of the humanities or that examines the implications of the use of emerging technologies for humanities scholarship; (b) new digital modes of publication facilitating the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels; (c) exploration of digital methods or approaches to preserve, archive, and make accessible traditional (i.e., analogue) and "new media" resources in the humanities; (d) planning new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible humanities data; and (e) programs addressing the innovative use of emerging digital technologies in formal and informal educational settings, including public forums such as museums, libraries, historic sites, and broadcast media, and K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation. FUNDING: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants can comprise up to $30,000 in outright funds. The grant period may extend to eighteen months. Cost-sharing is not required for Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. However, applicants are welcome to use cost-sharing for start-up projects in which the total budget exceeds the NEH grant limit.



Abstract: Awards range from $100,000 to $240,000 (approximately £50,000 to £120,000) for a one-year period. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 45.149
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)of the United Kingdom acting through the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom are working together to offer support for digitization projects in the humanities. These grants provide funding for one year of development in any of the following areas: new digitization projects and pilot projects, the addition of important materials to existing digitization projects, or the development of infrastructure (either technical "middleware," tools, or knowledge-sharing) to support U.S.-England digitization work.

Applications should explain the need for the U.S.-England partnership and provide workable solutions to some of the issues of managing and developing transatlantic collections. Thus, activities supported may include:

  • proposing methods to rejoin via digitization "split" humanities collections that currently exist on either side of the Atlantic;
  • developing a detailed plan for the digitization of humanities collections that could benefit U.S.-England research and performing a limited pilot digitization program to test infrastructure and procedures;
  • connecting existing split digitized collections, detailing suitable transatlantic standards and communication strategies;
  • creating a virtual archive or resource that would serve as middleware to join complementary materials (analog or digital) in the U.S. and England;
  • articulating how collaboration between U.S. and English digitization efforts might function, including but not limited to developing selection criteria, identifying the physical nature of the collection and its effect on digitization workflow, undertaking test data capture, identifying suitable standards for international collections, and indicating how collections could be exploited in U.S.- England research; and
  • Comparing the needs of researchers in both the U.S. and England and their uses of digitized primary resources.


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:

  • Estimated Range of Fellowship Awards: $20,000–$100,000.
  • Estimated Average Size of Fellowship Awards: $60,000.
  • Estimated Number of Fellowship Awards: 25.

Abstract:The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program offers opportunities to faculty of Institutions of  higher education (IHE) to engage in research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The institutional project period is 18 months beginning June 1, 2008. Faculty may request funding for 3–12 months. 
For FY 2008, the absolute priority is for research projects that focuses on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). Please note that applications that propose projects focused on Western Europe are not eligible.


ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION- Transatlantic Research Cooperation Program

Abstract: Foundation supports transatlantic research cooperation among German, American and/or Canadian scholars (Ph.D. required) in the humanities, social sciences, economics, and law. Prerequisite is that the amount granted by TransCoop is matched by funds from US and/or Canadian sources.



Abstract: The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. ELIGIBILITY: 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. FUNDING: Fellowship awards are for up to $20,000. Grants are normally $4,000. The awards support project-related costs, including maintenance, trans-Atlantic round-trip travel, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable) and materials expenditures (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies).


Abstract:  Collaborative Research Grants support: original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars; or research coordinated by an individual scholar that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary. Eligible projects include: (a) research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities; (b) conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit ongoing research; (c) archaeology projects that interpret and communicate the results of archaeological fieldwork. Projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs; (d) translations into English of works that provide insight into the history, literature, philosophy, and artistic achievements of other cultures; and (e) research that uses the knowledge, methods, and perspectives of the humanities to enhance understanding of science, technology, and medicine. FUNDING: Awards are made for one to three years and normally range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. The use of federal matching funds is encouraged. Federal matching funds are released on a 1:1 basis when a grantee secures gift funds from eligible third parties.

SCHOOL OF AMERICAN RESEARCH - Resident Scholar Fellowships

Abstract: The School of American Research (SAR) awards six Resident Scholar Fellowships each year to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from anthropologically informed perspectives in such fields as history, sociology, art, law, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply. FUNDING: SAR provides Residents Scholars with an apartment and office, a stipend up to $40,000, library assistance, and other benefits during a nine-month tenure, from September 1 through May 31.


Due:  Germany Deadline: February 1, 2008, Japan and Korea: November 1
Abstract: The seminars are designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems of these countries through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education.


JAPAN FOUNDATION - Research Fellowship Program

Abstract: Research Fellowships are intended for scholars, researchers, and professionals who wish to conduct research in Japan for periods ranging from 2 to 12 months. All projects related substantially to Japan in the humanities and social sciences, including comparative research, are eligible. ELIGIBILITY: Scholars should hold an academic position in a research institution and have substantial experience in research, teaching, and writing in their respective fields of study. Three letters of reference and a list of all of the applicant's publications, including both those written in English and Japanese, must accompany all applications.


Abstract: The Japan Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowships give established scholars, researchers and professionals the opportunity to conduct intensive research in Japan, such as collecting data and materials, and interviewing for short-term periods, ranging from 21 to 60 days. This program is intended for projects substantially related to Japan in the fields of humanities and social sciences, including comparative research.

(Formerly the American Council of Learned Societies Contemplative Practice Fellowship)

FAX: (413) 582-1330     EMAIL: info(at)
Amount: up to $10,000
Tenure: Summer 2008 or one semester of the 2008-2009 academic year
Abstract: Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year are offered for the development of courses that employ contemplative practices to address issues of social conflict and injustice, the amelioration of suffering, and the promotion of peace. Approximately ten fellowships will be granted to support individual or collaborative research leading to the development of courses and teaching materials that include contemplative practices. The selection committee seeks proposals in which course content and contemplative practices are related to the consideration of social conflict and injustice, the amelioration of suffering, and the promotion of peace. 
We invite proposals from the full range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 
These fellowships are intended to support scholars for developing curricula during a summer or an academic-year semester. Individual scholars, partnerships, or groups of scholars may apply, but the maximum stipend will not exceed $10,000 for any one project.


Abstract: Through a bequest from Witter Bynner in 1972, The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry perpetuates the art of poetry. The foundation promotes poetry in American culture and encourages grant proposals that expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society. ELIGIBILITY: Grant support is provided to non-profit, tax exempt organizations. FUNDING: Organizations may apply for grant support from $1,000 to $10,000 for a maximum of three years. The foundation does not support indirect costs for grant administration, endowment funds, capital improvements, or general operating expenses.


Huntington Library – Fellowships
Due: December 15
Abstract: The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. The Library collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present and include a half-million rare books, nearly six million manuscripts, 600,000 photographs, and a large ephemera collection, supported by a half-million reference works. Within the general fields listed above there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature, History of Science, British Drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. SHORT-TERM AWARDS: Eligibility - PhD or equivalent; or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage. Tenure - One to five months. Award - $2,500 per month. LONG-TERM AWARDS: Eligibility: Non-tenured faculty. Tenure - 9-12 months. Award - $40,000. Over 100 fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2008-2009.

IRISH-AMERICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE, Visiting Fellowship in Irish studies at the National University of Ireland
Deadline: December 31 annually. 
Abstract: The Fellowship is granted to an Irish studies scholar and provides a semester (4 months or more) at the National University of Ireland-Galway. The Fellowship includes a stipend of $13,000, transatlantic transportation, office accommodations, and visiting faculty status.

ALDEN B. DOW CREATIVITY CENTER Resident Summer Fellowships
Due: December 31
Abstract: The Center offers four fellowships each summer for individuals in any field or profession who wish to pursue an innovative project or creative idea. The ten-week residency is on the campus of Northwood University (Midland, Michigan) from mid-June to mid-August. Emphasis is placed on a totally creative learning experience independent of formal education. The residency provides each Fellow the freedom to pursue his/her own concepts through independent, non-scheduled study. ELIGIBILITY: Applications are welcomed from all disciplines and areas of interest including the arts, sciences, and humanities. The applicant's project idea should be new and innovative and have the potential for impact in its field. FUNDING: Awards include: travel to and from Midland; living quarters; board; and a $750 stipend.


Due : January15
Abstract: Junior and senior fellowships awarded to scholars to support work on contemporary Europe.

Deadline: February 1
Abstract: The Short-Term Travel Grants program provides fellowships for up to eight weeks to US postdoctoral scholars and holders of other graduate degrees for independent or collaborative research projects in Europe and Eurasia. Fellowships are available to applicants who demonstrate how their research will make a substantive contribution to knowledge of the contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments in the region and how such knowledge is relevant to US foreign policy. The US Department of State Title VIII Program, the primary source of support for the STG Program, supports research topics that strengthen the fields of Eurasian and East European studies, and that address US foreign policy interests in the region, broadly defined.  
Countries Eligible for Research

  • Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Due: February 5
Fellows are provided with:

  • A return economy airfare to Canberra from their homes
  • A grant-in-aid towards living expenses while in Canberra
  • A furnished office at the Library, including a personal computer with Internet access
  • Access to the Library outside opening hours of reading rooms
  • Access to book stacks
  • Free photocopying and interlibrary loans

Due: Anytime
Abstract:  The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments. Specialists roster candidates are limited to one Specialists grant per calendar year. Applications for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program are accepted on a rolling basis, and peer review of applications is conducted eight times per year.

Due: anytime       
Abstract: The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly qualified, early-stage researchers (under age 40) from abroad, who hold doctorates, to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany. Applications may be submitted for long-term research stays of at least 6 and at most 12 months; an extension of up to 24 months is possible. Researchers of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the AvH directly at any time. There are no quotas for individual countries and disciplines.

Newberry Library Fellowships
Due: (Long Term Fellowships) January 10, 2008;  (Short term)  March 1

  • Newberry Library/British Academy Fellowship for Study in Great Britain 
    Application deadline: January 10, 2008
  • Frances C. Allen Fellowships  

Application deadline: March 1, 2008
This fellowship is for women of Native American heritage.

  • German Marshall Fund - Fellowships

            Due: February 7- March 2, 2008 (Spring)
                    May 29 - June 22, 2008 (Summer)
                    October 2 - 26, 2008 (Fall)

HUMANITIES RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA - Australian National University

PHONE: Leena Messina +61 2 6249 4357; FAX 61 2 6248 0054; EMAIL:;
Abstract: The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, invites applications for the Visiting Fellowship Program. The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) aims to provide an interdisciplinary zone of humanities scholarship and debate that reaches across all Australian academic and cultural institutions. Citizenship: unrestricted. Deadline: For 2008 Closed.


PHONE: 212/758-3233;  EMAIL:;
Abstract: DAAD  invites applications for its wide variety of academic and research support programs that facilitate international relations through the exchange of scholars of all levels and
from almost every discipline. DAAD promotes cooperation and exchange between higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada with higher education institutions in Germany. Please consult the DAAD website for details of their programs.  Citizenship: unrestricted. Deadlines: various.


Abstract: Graduate study abroad at a university in Ireland.

TRAVEL GRANTS: By subject from U.C. Berkeley