Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

This page provides information on some fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in the humanities. To search for other postdoctoral funding, see the Pivot funding opportunities database (accessible from computers).

  • 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.
  • Other funding information is available from the Graduate Fellowships Office.
  • Agencies may change their programs, requirements, deadlines, location, and other information at any time. Please verify information from agency websites.


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, Fellowships and Grants varies AAUW provides 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 Council of Learned Societies, Fellowship and Grant programs varies ACLS offers fellowships and grants in programs for work in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
American Councils for International Education, Research Abroad varies American Councils administers several grants for independent, overseas policy relevant research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training.
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 Research Center in Egypt, Fellowships January ARCE offers funded fellowships and a research associate program for scholars looking to conduct research in Egypt.
Cambridge University, Early Career Research Fellowships November Churchill College, Fitzwilliam College, Murray Edwards College, Robinson College & Trinity Hall offer a number of Early Career Research Fellowships, normally tenable for three years.
Cambridge University, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Fellowships varies The Centre offers a number of programmes to bring scholars from all over the world to CRASSH.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Fellowships varies CAORC is a 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.
Dartmouth College, Leslie Center for the Humanities, 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.
Folger Shakespeare Library, Fellowships March 1, November 1 Each year, the Folger Institute awards approximately five long-term and forty-five short-term fellowships.
Getty Research Institute, Residential Grants and Fellowships varies Several postdoctoral fellowships are offered for scholars in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
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.
Harvard University, Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti), Fellowships varies Offers fellowships for research on the Italian Renaissance.
Haverford College, John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship January The fellowship is designed to nurture the professional potential of an emerging generation of young humanists. Fellowships are for two years.
George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowships November Fellowships are intended primarily to provide artists, scholars, and writers with time to complete their work. 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 varies Various fellowships fund research stays in Germany.
Huntington Library, Fellowships November The institution awards approximately 200 in-residence fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers History Center, Fellowship in Electrical History February 1 The fellowship supports one year of full-time graduate work or one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his or her Ph.D. within the past four years in the history of IEEE’s designated fields.
John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Chairs & Fellowships, Scholars in Residence varies Offers residential fellowships to scholars and practitioners from all fields and all levels to make use of the Library’s collections and digital resources..
National Academies, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships 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. U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents are eligible.
Newberry Library, Fellowships November, December 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.
Princeton University, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Fellowships August The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for in-residence postdoctoral fellowships.
Science History Institute, Fellowships varies The primary focus is chemistry, chemical engineering, and the modern life sciences from a historical and humanistic perspective.
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Research Fellowships December Residential research fellowships are offered for research focused on the life and leadership of George Washington, and his place in the development of American civic life and culture. The Library is located at Mount Vernon.
Smithsonian Institution, Fellowships and Internships varies Fellows have the opportunity to study and work intensively with Smithsonian collections and experts in their fields and beyond.
Society for the History of Technology, Hindle Fellowship April The fellowship offers $10,000 for research or writing in the history of technology for a period of not less than three months during the year following the award.
Stanford University, Center for East Asian Studies, Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship January This award is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences studying any historical period. Fellows are required to be in residence.
UC Humanities Research Institute, Grants varies UCHRI programs available for recent PhDs include Residential Research Group Fellowships and Workshops.
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program November The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
UCLA Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Postdoctoral Fellowships February 1 The Center administers a number of fellowship programs for senior and postdoctoral scholars.
University of Pennsylvania Wolf Humanities Center, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities October The Center awards five one-year in-residence fellowships each academic year to junior scholars in the humanities who are not yet tenured.
USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities November 27 The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities is an interdisciplinary community that supports advanced research by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members, promoting intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at USC.
Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program January Scholars in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences - broadly conceived - are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.

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