Social Sciences Opportunities

Although not exhaustive, this list is intended to provide faculty in the social sciences with funding resources that may be available. Please work with your Authorized University Official when seeking support.


Funding Program


The 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 $60,000


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

January, March & September

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


James McKeen Cattell Fund

Cattell Sabbatical Awards

Support for the science and the application of psychology


Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Contemplative Practice Fellowships

Support development of courses and teaching materials that explore contemplative practice from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives

This program is suspended until further notice.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Fellowships for Advanced Multi-Country Research

Awards of $12,000 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


Description: 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


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"


George A. & Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation

Howard Fellowships

For mid-career faculty for independent projects in fields selected on a rotational basis. Fields for 2012-2013 are: Photography, Anthropology, and Archeology 


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany


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


National Council for Eurasian & East European Research

Fellowships for research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union


National Humanities Center

Residential Fellowships

For humanists, natural and social scientists, and artists, in Research Triangle Park, NC. For AY08-09, those studying the human attributes of autonomy, singularity, and creativity are encouraged to apply. Fellowships also available in: art history or visual culture, French history or culture, Asian Studies, theology, American art history, and environmental history; stipends of up to $50,000


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 Council for Eurasian & East European Research

Fellowships for research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union


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).


Oregon Council for the Humanities

OCH aims to connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities by the belief that the humanities help build healthy communities where citizens think, learn, and talk together about important ideas


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Fellowships in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, in residence in Cambridge, MA


Rotary Foundation

Educational Programs

Fellowships to promote international understanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Sloan Research Fellowships

Two-year research fellowships of $45,000 for early-career faculty in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field


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


John Templeton Foundation

Supports bold ideas that engage the "big questions" and draw in multiple disciplines, including natural and human sciences, philosophy, and theology


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 peace building 


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.