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Political Science Funding Opportunities

Abstract: Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded research grants to more than 15,000 scholars. In 2006-2007 the Society awarded more than $1.4 million to 185 scholars, and we expect to continue this level of support in 2007-2008. We maintain seven grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. OurFranklinLewis and ClarkLibrary Fellowship, and Phillips programs award small grants ($1,000 to $6,000) for modest research purposes. Our DalandJohn Hope Franklin, and Sabbatical Fellowship programs award much larger amounts ($25,000 to $50,000) in highly selective competitions.   Awards are made for non-commercial research only. The Society makes no grants for academic study or classroom presentation, for travel to conferences, for non-scholarly projects, for assistance with translation, or for the preparation of materials for use by students. The Society does not pay overhead or indirect costs to any institution or costs of publication.

Deadline: October 3
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.

Deadline: Various, see current funding opportunities
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.

Deadline: See website
Abstract: The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that provides an opportunity for outstanding American professionals to work internationally, to acquire an in-depth understanding of Germany and the EU, and to network with key decision-makers throughout Europe. Over a period of nine months, Bosch Fellows complete a generously funded program consisting of two high-level work phases in major German institutions and three seminars across Europe. No German language skills are required at the time of application; language training is provided as needed prior to the beginning of the program year

FULBRIGHT: Scholar in Residence
Deadline: Competition will be announced March 2008
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.

Deadline: See website for announcement of new competition
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
Due: See website for announcement of new competition
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.

CHIANG CHING-KUO FOUNDATION - for International Scholarly Exchange
Deadline: see website for new competition announcement
Abstract: Support is provided for scholars at academic institutions to conduct research on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences. Studies focusing on the political, social, economic, and cultural development of Taiwan over the past few decades are especially encouraged. Grants may not exceed $100,000 for a two-year period.

NEH Digital Humanities Start Up Grants
Deadline October 16 and April 2
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.

FULBRIGHT - Program for US Students
Due: see website for new competition announcement


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program 
Deadline: October 30 (The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website) 
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.

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

ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION- Transatlantic Research Cooperation Program
Deadline:  October 31, April 30
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.

RICHARDSON FOUNDATION, INC. - Smith International Security and Foreign Policy Program and Junior Faculty Research Grant Program
Deadline: October 31, 2007 
Abstract: The Smith Richardson Foundation's International Security and Foreign Policy Program is pleased to announce its annual grant competition to support junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award research grants to support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community. Projects in military and diplomatic history are especially encouraged. Group or collaborative projects will not be considered.

Deadline: November 1
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).

NEH Division of Research and Education – Collaborative Research
Deadline: November 1 
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:

  • research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding in the humanities;
  • conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit ongoing research;
  • 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;
  • translations into English of works that provide insight into the history, literature, philosophy, and artistic achievements of other cultures; and
  • 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
Deadline: November 1 
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.

Deadline: November 2   
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Abstract: The fellowships are open to candidates from the US and abroad who hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or history (exceptions made), distinguished senior candidates who do not hold a PhD, and advanced graduate students who will complete their PhD before beginning the fellowship. Additionally, the Kellogg Institute offers a limited number of Guest Scholar appointments for externally-funded faculty members or researchers from other institutions.

FULBRIGHT International Education Administrators
Deadline, Germany: February 1, 2008; Deadline, 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.

NATO Advanced Study Institutes
Deadline: November 1, March 1, July 1
Abstract: Grants are offered to organize Advanced Study Institutes, which are high-level tutorial activities where a carefully defined subject is treated in depth by lecturers of international standing, and which include new advances in the subject not yet in university courses. Support is available for ASIs only in Priority Research Topics in the areas of Defense Against Terrorism or Countering Other Threats to Security and/or in a Partner-country priority. FUNDING: The NATO award is intended to cover direct organizational expenses, the travel and living expenses of a maximum of 15 lecturers, and to subsidize those ASI students from NATO countries, from eligible Partner countries and from Mediterranean Dialogue countries who are unable to obtain support from other sources. ASI lecturers from non-eligible Partner countries may be funded from the NATO grant. ASI students from non-eligible Partner countries cannot be funded from the NATO grant.

JAPAN FOUNDATION - Research Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 1
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.

JAPAN FOUNDATION Short Term Fellowship
Due November 1, 2007
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.

Deadline: December 1, 2007
Abstract: The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research of political scientists who are not employed at PhD granting department in the field and to help further the careers of these scholars. Individual grants will not exceed $2,500 and are not renewable.  Funds may be used for such research activities as: travel to archives; travel to conduct interviews; administration and coding of instruments; research assistance; and purchase of data-sets.

East European Studies Research Grant Proposals 

Deadline: See website for current competition
Abstract: Founded in 1968, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars aim to unite the world of ideas to the world of policy by supporting pre-eminent scholarship and linking it to issues of concern to officials in Washington. With funding provided by Title VIII (The Act for Research and Training for Eastern Europe and Indpendent States of the Former Soviet Union), EES offers residential research scholar grants to scholars working on policy relevant projects on East Europe. Special consideration will be given to projects on Southeast Europe, or projects that can be credibly linked to issues in the Western Balkans. 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.

APSA Congressional Fellowships  (for Political Scientists) 
Deadline: December 1

Huntington Library – Fellowships
Deadline: 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.

NSF, Political Science Program
Apply to PD 98-1371 
Deadline: January 15, 2008  and August 15,  2008
Abstract: The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.

In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.

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.

Deadline: Applications for the 2009 Fellowships will open in February 2008
Abstract: 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

Deadline: 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.

FORD FOUNDATION – Peace and Social Justice Program
Due: Anytime
Abstract: Peace is a precondition for the full achievement of the foundation's mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. Armed conflict destroys not only human lives but also livelihoods, governments, civil institutions, trust- in short, everything in its wake. Social justice is the aspiration of all healthy societies and the only long-term guarantee for sustaining peace. Policy, civic participation and the law are the principal strategies used by the Peace and Social Justice program, a network of some 50 program staff members based in two New York program units and our offices overseas.

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS – Informing the Public
Deadline: Anytime
Abstract: A vibrant democracy depends on a citizenry that pays heed to the issues and policy makers who are in touch with constituent concerns. The Trusts' information projects have all been conceived in that spirit. They use public opinion surveys and other social science research tools to enlighten citizens, journalists and policy makers about contemporary issues and trends. These initiatives are rigorously nonpartisan and independent--meaning that they do not promote solutions, advance ideological agendas or engage in advocacy. Rather, they help policy makers better understand citizens' points of view and the public better understand its policy choices. At a time when our nation and world are divided by bitter partisanship and polarization, a thoughtful infusion of facts and trustworthy analysis make an invaluable contribution to political discourse, policy making and public discussion. FUNDING: In FY 2005, 8 grants were made, totaling $19,850,000.

Deadline: Anytime      email;
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.

THE CONTEMPLATIVE MIND IN SOCIETY - The Contemplative Practice Fellowships
Deadline: Information on the new competition will be available June 2008
Abstract: These fellowships seek to restore and renew the critical contribution that contemplative practices can make to the life of teaching, learning, and scholarship. At the heart of the program is the belief that pedagogical and intellectual benefits can be discovered by bringing contemplative practice into the academy, and that contemplative awareness can help to create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.

Deadline: various
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.

Deadline: August 1, for a decision in December.
Abstract: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs.

HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION (Alexander von) Sofja Kovalevskaja Award for Outstanding Young Scientists and Scholars 
Deadline: January 1
Abstract:  Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will grant the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, to young scientists and scholars from abroad with outstanding research records. The aim is to give award winners an opportunity to concentrate on high-level, innovative research work of their own choice in Germany, virtually without administrative constraints, and thus to promote the internationalisation of research in Germany. The award should allow the winners to finance their own working groups at their selected German university and non-university research institutions and to cover their living expenses.  Recipients of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award will be granted funding totalling up to 1.2 million EUR to conduct research of their own choice during a period of four years commencing immediately after the Award Ceremony.