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Funding Opportunities in the Social Sciences

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Offers research fellowships and research awards for PIs to work on a research project with a host and collaborative partner in Germany.

American Anthropological Association

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Association of University Women
American Fellowships include Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship ($30,000) and Summer/Short-Term Publication Grant ($6,000). Deadline is November 15, annually.

American Council of Learned Societies
Various fellowship programs, and grant programs in China and East European Studies. Deadlines vary; most fellowship deadlines September 30, annually.

American Philosophical Society
Multiple research grants and the APS/British Academy Fellowship for Research in London offered, including the Franklin Research Grant Program, designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of research materials, fieldwork costs, or laboratory expenses ($6,000), Deadlines October 1 and December 1

American Political Science Association

The APSA Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research and further the careers of political scientists who are not employed at PhD-granting departments in the field. Applications Due: December 1 through February 13. 

American Psychological Foundation
Grants for Early Career Funding and Seed Grants for Research and for Targeted Programs. Various deadlines.

American Sociological Association

Association for Psychological Science

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
  A range of fellowship programs bring together scholars from Cambridge and beyond for a period of  leave from their normal institutional commitments. Deadline for Visiting Fellowship applications is November 1.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Research fellowship for scholars addressing broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Deadline January 15.

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service
Various funding opportunities for faculty members to build ties with institutions in Germany and/or to complete your own research. Includes support to lead students to Germany for a short stay, conference funding, or bringing a German professor to the U.S. for a visiting professorship. Various deadlines.

Environmental Protection Agency

Fulbright Scholar Program (Council for the International Exchange of Scholars)
This core program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year; grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Deadline August 1, annually.

Hagley Museum and Library
Henry Belin du Pont Fellowships support access to, and use of, Hagley’s research collections. Hagley’s collections document the interaction between business and the cultural, social, and political dimensions of our society from the late 18th century to the present. Deadline December 1.

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
Supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences: specifically, the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, political science, and other disciplines. Deadline July 1.

Japan Foundation: Center for Global Partnership
CGP’s Grant Program supports Japan-U.S. collaborative policy-oriented projects in the following target areas: Traditional & non-traditional approaches to security and diplomacy, Global and regional economic issues, Role of civil society. Deadline December 1

Library of Congress, The John W. Kluge Center
Various fellowship programs for post-doctoral scholars pursuing resident research for periods of six to 12 months. Kluge Fellowship (deadline July 15) supports research in the humanities and social sciences, especially interdisciplinary, cross-cultural or multilingual. Various fellowship deadlines.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH funds research that supports the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems to meet the NIH mission of extending healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. Various grant programs available in support of the social and behavioral sciences, including the standard NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) and the NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA), which support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by students and faculty in academic components that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds. Deadlines February, June, October. Subscribe to NIH’s RSS Feed: news/rss.htm

National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF offers a wide range of grant opportunities and programs in support of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Multiple deadlines.
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Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University
William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellowship; The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities and social sciences and, when appropriate, the natural sciences. Deadline January 15.

School for Advanced Research The School for Advanced Research currently offers two residential fellowship programs for scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts: a six to nine month residential fellowship and a two month summer fellowship.

Social Science Research Council
The SSRC is an independent nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship. Various fellowships and grants.

U.S. Department of Education: Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program - please note competition cancelled for FY2012
This program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of modern foreign language and area studies in the U.S. by providing opportunities for scholars to conduct research abroad. Institutional application. Deadline December 1.

United States Institute of Peace

USIP grants increase the breadth and depth of the Institute’s work by supporting peacebuilding projects managed by non-profit organizations including educational institutions, research institutions, and civil society organizations. Various Deadlines. 

The Wenner-Gren Foundation Grants are available to scholars with a doctorate include individual research grants, writing fellowships, and awards to encourage collaborative research between international scholars. Deadlines generally May 1 and November 1.

Woodrow Wilson Center
Residential fellowships are awarded to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Deadline October 1.

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