Funding Opportunities in Humanities
January 5, 2009 Update
ASU's Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) announces IHR Fellows Program for 2009-
IHR supports two annual fellowship programs to encourage transdisciplinary activity at ASU. One, the
ASU Fellows program, is intended for ASU tenured and tenure-track faculty in the humanities. The
other, the Visiting Fellows program, is for scholars from other institutions of higher education in the
US and abroad to come to ASU for the spring semester-in-residence. The combined Fellows Programs
bring together groups of scholars to pursue research and writing in an environment designed to be
stimulating and supportive. Fellows will be asked to contribute to the general enrichment of
humanities scholarship by giving seminars and public lectures on their research topics. ASU Fellows
also are expected to apply for external grants to continue their research projects beyond the
fellowship term. The 2009-2010 theme is “Utopias, Dystopias, and Social Transformation." Application
materials are posted at http://ihr.asu.edu/funding/grants/fellows.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Summer Seminars and Institutes
These grants support national faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers
and for college and university teachers. Seminars and institutes may be as short as two weeks or as
long as six weeks. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.
Deadline: March 3, 2009 for summer 2010 programs
National Film Preservation Foundation Offers Grants to Preserve Avant-Garde Films
The National Film Preservation Foundation is accepting applications for the Avant-Garde Masters
Grants. These cash preservation grants, made possible through the support of the Film Foundation,
support laboratory work to preserve significant examples of America's avant-garde film heritage.
The grant supports the preservation of a film or films by a single filmmaker or cinematic movement
significant to the development of avant-garde film in America. Grants are available to public and
nonprofit archives in the United States, including those that are part of federal, state, or local
government. The grants target avant-garde films made in the United States or by American citizens
abroad and not physically preserved by commercial interests. Works made within the last twenty
years are not eligible, nor are materials originally created for television or video.
The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of new film preservation
elements (which may include sound tracks) and two new public access copies, one of which must be a
film print. The program will fund several preservation projects ranging between $10,000 and $50,000
The registration deadline is January 23, 2009; the application deadline is February 20, 2009. Complete
program information is available at the National Film Preservation Foundation Web site.
Link to Complete RFP
Department of Education: Special Focus Competition: U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia
Program CFDA 84.116M
Deadline Extended to January 22, 2009
This program is to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary
education opportunities by focusing on problem areas in postsecondary education or approaches to
improve postsecondary education.
Department of Education: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
The European Union-United States Atlantis Program, jointly administered and funded by the
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's
Directorate General for Education and Culture, provides grants for up to four years to add a European
Community-United States dimension to international curriculum development and related student
The purpose of the program is to provide grants to or enter into cooperative agreements with eligible
applicants to improve postsecondary education. Under this competition, the department is particularly
interested in applications that address the following priority: support the formation of educational
consortia of American and European institutions to support cooperation in the coordination of
curricula, the exchange of students, and the opening of educational opportunities between the United
States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU). This priority relates to the purpose of the European Union-
United States Atlantis (Atlantis) Program to develop and implement undergraduate joint or dual
degree programs, or short term exchange programs. This invitational priority is established in
cooperation with the EU.
The program supports projects that develop organizational frameworks for transatlantic student
mobility, including work placements and internships that will provide adequate language preparation
and full academic credit. Also supported are innovative curricula; teaching materials, methods, and
modules; research internships; and teaching assignments.
Deadline: March 23, 2009
IMLS - Institute of Museum and Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant
Museum professionals need high levels of knowledge and expertise as they help create public value for
the communities they serve. The purpose of the 21st Century Museum Professionals program is to
increase the capacity of museums by improving the knowledge and skills of museum professionals.
21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to have an impact upon multiple institutions
by reaching broad groups of museum professionals throughout a city, county, state, region, or the
nation. Grants fund a broad range of activities, including the development and implementation of
classes, seminars, and workshops; resources to support leadership development; collection,
assessment, development and/or dissemination of information that leads to better museum
operations; activities that strengthen the use of contemporary technology tools to deliver programs
and services; support for the enhancement of pre-professional training programs; and organizational
support for the development of internship and fellowship programs.
Link to Full Announcement: 21st Century Museum Professionals
Deadline: March 16
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants - NSF 06-605
The NSF's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic
Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students
to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally
available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to
undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their
campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific
merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the
proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. In an effort to improve the
quality of dissertation research, many programs in BCS, SES, and the Research on Science and
Technology Surveys and Statistics Program within SRS accept doctoral dissertation improvement grant
The following NSF programs support dissertation research: BCS; Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology;
Geography and Regional Science; Linguistics; Physical Anthropology; SES; Decision, Risk, and
Management Science; Economics; Law and Social Science; Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics;
Political Science; Science, Technology, and Society; Sociology; SRS; and Research on Science and
Technology Surveys and Statistics Program.
The proposal must be submitted by the dissertation advisor on behalf of the graduate student who is
at the point of initiating or already conducting dissertation research. The student must be enrolled at
an U.S. academic institution, but need not be an U.S. citizen.
Ringing Rocks Foundation Offers Support to Conserve Cultural and Healing Practices of
Description: The Ringing Rocks Foundation, which works to conserve indigenous healing practices and
cultural traditions through education, publishing, and grassroots partnerships, is accepting grant
applications for grassroots organizations working to help indigenous people maintain their cultural
identity. Grants will fund projects intended to conserve indigenous healing practices and/or
indigenous cultural practices. To be eligible for funding, the project must have support from the
indigenous community it serves. Applicant organizations must be recognized as a charity by their
country's government, and must be a "grassroots" organization with a budget of no more than $1
Program grants will range from $500 to $5,000 each.
Application materials are available at the Ringing Rocks Foundation Web site: Link to RFP
Vodafone Americas Foundation Launches Wireless Innovation Challenge
The Vodafone Americas Foundation, part of the mobile telecommunications company's global family of
foundations, has launched the Wireless Innovation Challenge to promote innovation and increase
implementation of advanced wireless related technology for a better world. To that end, the Wireless
Innovation Challenge will provide up to $600,000 in total awards to support projects of exceptional
promise using wireless-related technology to address critical social issues around the world.
The challenge is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United
States. Projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-
related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas: access to
communication, education, economic development, environment, or health. The technology should
have the potential for replication and large scale impact. Teams should have a business plan or a basic
framework for financial sustainability and rollout.
Vodafone Americas Foundation will select up to eight finalists who will present their projects before a
panel of judges with expertise in the areas of wireless engineering, international development, and
social entrepreneurship. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000,
which will be paid in equal installments over three years. Visit the Wireless Innovation Challenge for
complete program information. Link to Complete RFP
Fellowship Awards and Grants for Individuals
Harry Ransom Center Seeks Applications for Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Description: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin is
accepting applications for its 2009-10 research fellowships in the humanities. bout fifty fellowships
are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the
humanities. Priority is given to proposals that concentrate on the center's collections and that require
substantial on-site use of them.
All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must be post-
doctorates or possess an equivalent terminal degree or a substantial record of scholarly achievement.
Independent scholars are encouraged to apply.
The fellowships range from one to four months and come with a stipend of $3,000 per month. Also
available are $1,200-$1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.
Complete information about the fellowships and the application process is available at the center's
Web site. Link to RFP
First Nations Composer Initiative Invites Applications for Common Ground Grant Program
The First Nations Composer Initiative, a program of American Composers Forum, is dedicated to
serving the needs of American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, and Indigenous makers of new
music throughout Indian Country.
The Common Ground initiative seeks applications from indigenous makers of new music (composers,
performers, groups, sound artists, songwriters, etc.) from the United States and Canada to support
creation, performance, and audience/community building activities involving native musical artists.
The goals of Common Ground are to support activities that boost traditional and contemporary
indigenous creative musicians through commissions, residencies, performance and production,
travel/study, and outreach.
Individual awards will range from $500 to $7,500. Grants are designed to give an immediate financial
boost to makers of new music at a time when this help would have a significant career-enhancing
Visit the FNCI Web site for complete program guidelines and examples of funded activities.
Link to Complete RFP
Open Society Institute Seeks Proposals for Documentary Photography Distribution Grants
Description: The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to
documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social
justice, to collaborate with a partner organization and propose new ways of using photography as a
tool for positive social change.
All applicant photographers must work with another entity (such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-
based organization) to design an innovative distribution strategy that targets specific communities and
advocates for social change. The program will award grants of $5,000 to $30,000 each.
For further information, see the Distribution Grant guidelines at the OSI Web site: Link to RFP
Black Metropolis Research Consortium Offers Research Funding for Scholars
Description: The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is an unincorporated Chicago-based
association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions whose mission is to make broadly
accessible members' holdings of materials that document African-American and African diasporic
culture, history, and politics, with a focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago
serves as the BMRC's host institution.
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is accepting applications for two fellowship programs:
1) The BMRC Short-Term Fellowship Program in African-American Studies supports scholars,
professional artists, and writers who wish to conduct research in BMRC member institutions'
collections relating to African-American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics. The
fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer of 2009. Fellows will receive a stipend
of $3,000 per month while conducting research in Chicago. Qualified scholars, composers, media
artists, musicians, visual artists, and writers are encouraged to apply.
2) The BMRC is also administering the Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowship in African-American
Studies. The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., is
providing short-term research fellowships related to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-
American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago
Public Library. The fellowship program supports scholars, writers, educators, and institutional
researchers who would benefit from research conducted at the Vivian G. Harsh Collection. The
fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer of 2009. Fellows will receive a stipend
of $2,000 per month while conducting research in Chicago.
For more information on how to apply, visit the BMRC Web site.: Link to RFP
None to report in this posting.
National Endowment for the Humanities Encourages Educators to Apply for Summer
Programs in the Humanities
Each summer, the NEH supports rigorous national, residential seminars, institutes, and workshops
located in the United States and abroad. Program participants receive stipends to help defray travel
and living expenses.
For the 2009 Summer Seminars and Institutes, interested teachers must apply for the respective
seminars and institutes, nineteen of which are available for college and university teachers; thirty-one
are suited to K-12 school teachers. School teachers can apply to no more than one program, and
college and university teachers can apply to no more than two programs. Seminars and Institutes are
two to six week programs that take place in the United States and abroad. Summer Seminars and
Institutes for School Teachers provide K-12 educators with a means to deepen their understanding of
important subjects in the humanities. Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University
Teachers allow faculty members to gain a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the
humanities and advance their own teaching and research. (Deadline: March 2, 2009.)
For the 2009 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops, interested teachers must apply
for the respective workshops, six for community college faculty and twenty for K-12 school teachers.
Educators may apply to and participate in no more than two workshops. The Landmarks workshops
are one-week workshops that take place at sites of historical or cultural significance across the nation
and provide educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important
topics in American history and culture. (Deadline: March 16, 2009.)
For more information, including eligibility and application information and details about each of the
seminars, institutes, and workshops offered, visit the NEH Web site: Link to Complete RFP
It would be impossible to include all potential funding opportunities for humanities scholars. If you
have a specific project in mind we’ll be happy to assist with identifying possible sources of funding.
PRIDE Creates New Page for Sponsor Notices
The PRIDE Team has added a page under Opportunity Development for Sponsor Notices. These timely
announcements include Presolicitations, Calls for White Papers, Requests for Information, and Industry
Day announcements. These types of notices are made before a solicitation is officially released, often
from mission agencies like Army, Navy and Air Force. Check this page often for information about
ORSPA notes: Don’t forget other resources such as http://pride.asu.edu/development/news.shtml.
For more information and to register, please visit our Training Opportunities Page. If you cannot
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