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Social Science Opportunities, by Funding Program

Please confirm all deadlines with the funder prior to beginning work on an application, as they are subject to change. Explore more Humanities opportunities in the Pivot database.

 
Funding Program Deadline
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Fellowships
Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany
Rolling
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
September
American Association of University Women
American Fellowships
Postdoctoral research leave and short-term publication grants to pre-tenure women scholars in all fields
November

American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS Fellowships

Fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences

Various
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
March
American Philosophical Society
Library Fellowships
Fellowships to support research at the APS Library & Museum; the collection's strengths include early American history, Native American and Indigenous Research, and history of science
Various
American Philosophical Society
Franklin Research Grants
Grants to support the travel costs of research in libraries and archives, leading to publication in all areas of knowledge
October & December
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Funds research and initiatives on topics including democracy, international peace and security, and education. Letter of Interest required.  
Rolling
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
January
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
August
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program
Short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals
Rolling
Department of Education
International Research and Studies Program
Grants to conduct research to improve instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields
On Hold
Five College Women's Studies Research Center
Research Associateships
Open to feminist scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists
February
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
November
George A. & Eliza Gardner 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.
November
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
August
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
November
Imagining America
Leading and Learning Initiatives
Swarthmore is an institutional member of this consortium for publicly engaged scholarship that offers periodic calls for fellowships and public scholarship funding
Various
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.
October
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.
Various
International Documentary Association
Grants Directory
Funding sources for documentary films on a broad range of topics
Various
IREX - International Research and Exchanges Board
Opportunities for fellowships, international exchanges, grants, mentorship and other projects related to Europe and Eurasia
Various
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships in all fields for "advanced professionals"
September
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.
October
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.
Various
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.
October
National Institutes of Health
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation. The main NIH funding page allows for searches by keyword or opportunity number, and includes a full list of Parent Announcements.
Various
National Institutes of Health
Small Grant Program (R03)
R03 awards support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time (two years or less) with limited resources.
Various
National Institutes of Health
Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award (R21)
R21 awards encourage exploratory or developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering offers a special Trailblazer R21 award for projects at the interface of the life sciences with engineering and the physical sciences.
Various
National Institutes of Health
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.
Various
National Institutes of Health
Individual Fellowships for Senior Fellows (F33)
F33 fellowships provide up to two years of support for experienced scientists (at least seven years of research experience beyond the doctorate) who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. In most cases, this award is used to support sabbatical experiences. Individuals must arrange for acceptance by an institution and sponsor who is an active investigator in the area of the proposed research. Please review the program announcement for the list of participating institutes.
Various
National Institutes of Health
Administrative Supplements
Awards that provide additional funding to a currently grant to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved project, but that were unforeseen when the new or competing renewal application was awarded; review the awarding institute and center's website before submitting request
Various
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).
Various
National Science Foundation
Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions 
Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) awards may support research projects (individual or collaborative) or shared research instrumentation. Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) may support a supplement to an existing award, rebudgeting of funds in an existing award, or submission of a new collaborative proposal. Proposals are funded in all disciplinary areas, including research on learning and education.
Various
National Science Foundation
Mid-Career Advancement
Offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank or equivalent to enhance and advance their research program through partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution (participating NSF directorates include Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and Education and Human Resources)
February
Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
Faculty Fellowships
Awards 10-15 residential fellowships annually to researchers whose work addresses the Institute’s yearly Research Theme.
October
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fellowships
Fellowships in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, in residence in Cambridge, MA
October
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.
Various
Smith Richardson Foundation
Domestic Public Policy Program
Supports projects that help stimulate and inform important public policy debates
June
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
June
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
Residential fellowships for independent research projects in association with Smithsonian staff
Various
Social Science Research Council
Grants to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern
Various
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 grants, large research grants, or Lyle Spencer Research Awards to Transform Education
Rolling
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
U. S. Department of Education
Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program 
Provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.
March
United States Institute of Peace
Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program: Senior Fellowships
10-month residential fellowships (up to $80,000) in Washington, D.C. for scholars working on projects concerning international conflict
On Hold
United States Institute of Peace
Grant and Fellowship Program
Supports innovative projects, involving academic and applied research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, and the development of practitioner resources, tools, and training programs related to conflict management, international peace and security and peacebuilding
Various
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.
January
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Programs for anthropological research and scholarship
Various
White House Fellowships
Executive Office and Cabinet staff assignments
January