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Social Science Opportunities, by Date

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Funding Program Deadline
Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Fellowships for Advanced Multi-Country Research
Awards of $10,500 for research overseas in the Near and Middle East and South Asia, on issues of multinational significance in the social sciences, humanities, and related natural sciences
W. E. Upjohn Institute Employment Research
Early Career Research Awards
Grants support untenured, early career researchers (Ph.D. obtained in last six years) for research on policy-related labor market issues.
White House Fellowships
Executive Office and Cabinet staff assignments
Five College Women's Studies Research Center
Research Associateships
Open to feminist scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists
American Educational Research Association
Education Research Conferences Program
Awards for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research
Tinker Foundation
Supports conferences, workshops, and research projects that address the following themes: Democratic Governance, Education, and Sustainable Resource Management. The foundation encourages collaboration among organizations in the U.S., Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
March & September
Smith Richardson Foundation
Domestic Public Policy Fellowship Program
Supports projects that help stimulate and inform important public policy debates
Smith Richardson Foundation
Junior Faculty Research Grant Program
Supports junior faculty research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history
American Institute of Indian Studies
Assist scholars in their study of all aspects of Indian history, culture, and the contemporary life of India
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program
Grants for U.S. faculty and professionals to lecture and conduct research abroad in a wide variety of academic and professional fields
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
One- to two-year awards ($15,000 to $40,000) for research in the natural and social sciences and the humanities to increase understanding of violence and aggression
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships in all fields for "advanced professionals"
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Sloan Research Fellowships
Two-year research fellowships of $50,000 for early-career faculty (tenure-track, though untenured) in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field
American Philosophical Society
Franklin Research Grants
Small grants to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge
October & December
John Templeton Foundation
Supports bold ideas that engage the "big questions" and draw in multiple disciplines, including natural and human sciences, philosophy, and theology. The foundation’s core funding areas are: Science and the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Freedom and Free Enterprise; Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; and Genetics.
National Humanities Center
Residential Fellowships
The National Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities. 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. Fellowships are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fellowships in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, in residence in Cambridge, MA
Institute for Citizens & Scholars
Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty
Program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty and other junior faculty committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and sciences.
American Association of University Women
American Fellowships
Postdoctoral research leave and short-term publication grants for pre-tenure women scholars in all fields
George A. & Eliza Garner Howard Foundation
Howard Fellowships
For mid-career faculty for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Fields for 2021-2022 are: Creative Nonfiction and History.
Ford Foundation (via the National Research Council)
Ford Postdoctoral Fellowships
Fellowships to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties and to maximize the educational benefits of diversity
Huntington Library
Short-Term and Long-Term Awards
Fellowships for research on British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine
James McKeen Cattell Fund
Cattell Sabbatical Awards
Support for the science and the application of psychology
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program
Short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals
Spencer Foundation
Research Grants
Funds research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. Awards are classified by funding amount as small research grantslarge research grants, or Lyle Spencer Research Awards to Transform Education
American Council of Learned Societies
Fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences
Canadian Studies Grants
Faculty Grant Program
For research in the social sciences and humanities to better understand Canada, its relationship with the U.S., and its international affairs
Institute for Educational Studies
Opportunities for education research grants on various topics. Research projects that are not eligible for specific competitions may be submitted as an unsolicited grant opportunity.  
IREX - International Research and Exchanges Board
Opportunities for fellowships, international exchanges, grants and other projects related to Europe and Eurasia
Library of Congress
John W. Kluge Center Chairs & Fellowships
The Kluge Center welcomes scholars and practitioners at the height of their fields for residencies as chair holders or as distinguished visiting scholars. Fellowships are awarded to promising post-graduate scholars for research in an array of subjects that can be supported by the Library’s collections and digital resources.
National Council for Eurasian & East European Research
Fellowships for research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
National Institutes of Health
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation.
National Institutes of Health - AREA
Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)
AREA awards support biomedical and behavioral research projects proposed by faculty members at institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, but have not been major recipients of NIH support
National Science Foundation
The NSF funds research and education in some areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Most grants are funded through program solicitations or program announcements (unsolicited applications with no deadlines)
Russell Sage Foundation
Research Grants
Funds research projects in four principal programs—Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality—and in a number of special initiatives.
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
Residential fellowships for independent research projects in association with Smithsonian staff
Social Science Research Council
Grants to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Programs for anthropological research and scholarship
Department of Education
International Research and Studies Program
On Hold
United States Institute of Peace
Grants and fellowships for scholars working on projects concerning international conflict
On Hold