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  • Deadlines refer to sponsor receipt deadlines. In most cases a portion of the application must be completed by the faculty sponsor, and the entire application must then be processed first by the administering unit and then by SPO. Please allow time for these activities.
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Program Deadline Program Synopsis
American Antiquarian Society, Fellowships varies AAS offers three broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to twelve months doing research in the AAS library.
American Association of University Women, Educational Funding and Awards varies AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.
American Cancer Society, Postdoctoral Fellowships April 1, October 15 Supports postdoctoral training in cancer research, including basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, epidemiology, health services and health policy research.
American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowships and Grants varies ACLS offers fellowships and grants in 12 programs for work in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
American Councils for International Education, Research Fellowships varies American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training.
American Diabetes Association, Postdoctoral Fellowships April Training Awards include Postdoctoral Fellowship and Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States or U.S. possessions.
American Educational Research Association, Fellowships and Grants varies AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
American Historical Association, J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History, Fellowships in Aerospace History varies Jameson Fellows spend 2-3 months at the Library of Congress for American history research. Aerospace History Fellows undertake a 6-12 month research project in aerospace history.
American Psychological Association, Fellowships and Scholar Positions, Foundation Grants varies The APA Congressional Fellowship Program offers members the opportunity to spend one year working on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The APA also offers a variety of grants for early career psychologists.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Fellowships January The Belfer Center offers research fellowships during the academic year to individuals who wish to devote their time to research and writing in the fields of science and international affairs.
Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, Fellowships January CISAC is an interdisciplinary community of scholars dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on international security topics. CISAC residential fellows are expected to produce a finished piece of writing.
Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, UCLA, Postdoctoral Fellowships February 1 The Center administers a number of fellowship programs for senior and postdoctoral scholars.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Fellowships varies CAORC is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC offers research fellowships to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars.
Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships October With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth offers an in-residence postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Earth Institute, Columbia University, Fellows Program November The program provides postdoctoral scholars with the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (i.e. social, earth, biological, engineering, and health sciences), while acquiring cross-disciplinary expertise needed to address critical issues related to sustainable development.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Fellowships May Short-term research fellowships support doctoral candidates, college and university faculty, and independent scholars working in the field of American history who intend to conduct research at archives in New York City.
George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowships November Supports independent projects in selected fields in the arts and social sciences (fields vary by year). The Foundation targets its support to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sponsorship Programmes for Postdoctoral Scientists and Scholars varies Various fellowships fund research stays in Germany.
John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, Mellon Post-Doctoral Program January Haverford College, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers an endowed fellowship program designed to nurture the professional potential of an emerging generation of young humanists. The fellowships is for two years.
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UCSD, Support varies Includes funding for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, for example, NSSC Nuclear Campus Programming and Educational Project Faculty Grants in 2013.
International Resources and Exchange Board, Grant Opportunities varies IREX enables local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. Program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth.
Leakey Foundation, Grants varies Specific priorities include: Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene; and Primates (Old and New World): Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology,endocrinology, genetics and isotope studies; and Modern hunter-gatherer groups.
John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Fellowships, Distinguished Chairs & Endowments varies The Kluge Center welcomes scholars worldwide to research in the Library’s collections and engage in dialogue with leaders in Washington, and the public. The Center accommodates post-doctoral Fellows pursuing resident research, usually for periods from six to twelve months..
National Academies, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching November Awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Only U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible to apply.
National Academy of Education, Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship November Supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.
National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) February 1, August 1 STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods.
Newberry Library, Fellowships November 15 for long-term, December 15 for short-term Fellowships provide assistance to researchers to use the collections in Chicago. Short-term fellowships for one to two months and long-term fellowships for four to twelve months are available.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, PVA Research Foundation Grants September 1 Funding includes fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research.
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Internships varies The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study. These appointments enable qualified persons to make use of Smithsonian resources in pursuing studies related to the programs and collections of the Institution and its staff. Appointments vary in duration, and many carry financial support.
Social Science Research Council, Fellowships & Grants varies The SSRC offers many postdoctoral programs in the social sciences.
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, UCOP, Funding Opportunities November for letter of intent, January for proposal Supports research on tobacco control and tobacco-related disease that is of highest priority and potential benefit to the State of California. Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards are for individuals to obtain postdoctoral research training under a designated mentor.
UC Humanities Research Institute, Residential Research Group Fellowships December The program allows scholars to participate in Residential Research Groups at UCHRI.
UC MEXUS, Funding Opportunities varies UC MEXUS - CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support postdoctoral researchers at the University of California or at Mexican institutions of higher education or research. UC MEXUS Small Grants for UC Postdocs support UC graduate student and postdoctoral researcher activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS.
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program November Encourages outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Grants for Post-Ph.D. Scholars varies The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.