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Social Science Opportunities, by Funding Program

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Sloan Research Fellowships
Two-year research fellowships of $50,000 for early-career faculty in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Visiting Scholars Program
One-year research fellowships in the areas of science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, for postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty; stipends of up to $65,000
American Association of University Women
American Fellowships
Postdoctoral research leave for women in all fields
American Council of Learned Societies
Fellowships in the humanities and related social sciences
American Educational Research Association
Research Grants Programs
One- to two-year awards ($20,000 to $35,000) for education policy- and practice-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other national databases to monitor education in the U.S. and other nations to promote and accelerate the improvement of American education. Proposals reviewed three times a year
American Institute of Indian Studies
Assist scholars in their study of all aspects of Indian history, culture, and the contemporary life of India
American Philosophical Society
Franklin Research Grants
Small grants to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge
October & December
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
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
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
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program
Short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals
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
Five College Women's Studies Research Center
Research Associateships
Open to feminist scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists
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
George A. & Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation
Howard Fellowships
For mid-career faculty for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Fields for 2015-2016 are: Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry, and Philosophy.
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
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
IREX - International Research and Exchanges Board
Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)
Fellowships for individual long-term policy-relevant research in Europe and Eurasia


James McKeen Cattell Fund
Cattell Sabbatical Awards
Support for the science and the application of psychology
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships in all fields for "advanced professionals"
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 Council for Eurasian & East European Research
Fellowships for research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
National Humanities Center
Residential Fellowships
The National Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015. 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.
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).
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fellowships in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, in residence in Cambridge, MA
Smith Richardson Foundation
Domestic Public Policy 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
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
Residential fellowships for independent research projects in association with Smithsonian staff
Social Science Research Council
Abe Fellowship Program
Grants to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern
Spencer Foundation
Research Grants
Funds research projects that study education in the United States and abroad
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
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
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Programs for anthropological research and scholarship
White House Fellowships
Executive Office and Cabinet staff assignments
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Residential fellowships in the humanities and social sciences, in Washington, D.C.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
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. Foundation website does not list this particular program. For more information, contact Swarthmore's SPIR office.