Grants and Competitions
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American Center of Oriental Research
Post Date October 28, 2016
The American Center of Oriental Research offers a variety of fellowships at undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels to support research on topics in the humanities, natural, and social sciences in Jordan. Specific requirements, eligibility, and award amount vary by fellowship. Fields of research include, for example, modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Research topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), and special endowments. Also note that we now offer a scholarship for former ACOR fellows to attend the MESA annual meeting (announcement posted separately on the MESA webpage). Fellowship applications are due February 1st, 2017. More information and application materials are available at: http://www.acorjordan.org/2017-18-acor-fellowships Contact: China Shelton at email@example.com
American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)
Post Date August 4, 2016
ACOR Fellow MESA Award
The ACOR Fellow MESA Award, established in 2016, serves to encourage former or current ACOR fellow participation in the MESA annual meeting. Proposed topics may be in any sub-discipline within the natural and social sciences or humanities, and may focus on antiquity, the medieval period, or the modern era. Research topics are broadly interpreted and should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies.
1) Graduate and Post-Doctoral students who have registered at MESA's annual meeting and whose abstract has been accepted by MESA are eligible.
2) Applicants must be current or former ACOR fellows. CAORC, NEH and fellows from our ‘named’ scholarships may apply.
Applicants must submit an abstract and a current CV through ACOR’s website or by email before the submission deadline (February 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time).
ACOR’s Fellowship Committee will conduct a review of the abstracts and curricula vitae of the eligible candidates. The committee will put them in ranked order. The top candidate will be funded. In order to receive the award, the recipient must register for the meeting and present their paper as scheduled. The awardee must mention the award and ACOR in the text of their paper, in addition to including ACOR’s logo on their “Thank You” slide. A check for $1000 will be mailed after the meeting has taken place.
Excellence of the abstract; quality and originality of the research; potential for subsequent research.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Post Date August 10, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the 2016-17 ACLS competitions are now open for many programs. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at www.acls.org/programs/comps.
Application deadlines vary by program:
January 25, 2017
ACLS Digital Extension Grants
March 2017 (date TBA)
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows
The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2015-16 competition year, ACLS awarded over $18 million to more than 300 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows' and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at www.acls.org/fellows/new.
American Meteorological Society
Post Date January 9, 2017
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is inviting the applications for the AMS Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science. Candidates must be an AMS member or student member pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution to be eligible for the fellowship. The goal of the graduate fellowship is to support dissertation topics in the history of the atmospheric, or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, and to foster close working relations between historians and scientists. The fellowship program will provide a $15,000 stipend for one year of dissertation research.
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) was founded in 1919 by Charles Franklin Brooks. It is the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization promoting and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic sciences.
- To apply, the candidate must be a graduate student in good standing proposing to complete a dissertation as described above.
- Candidates must be an AMS member or student member pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution.
How to Apply:
To apply, the AMS Graduate fellowship candidates must submit the following:
- A cover letter with vita
- Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
- A typewritten, detailed description of the dissertation topic and proposed research plan (10-page maximum)
- Three letters of recommendation (including one from your dissertation advisor)
An application packet and supporting materials should be sent to:
Attn: History Fellowship
45 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3693
Financial Aid and Award Money:
- The Fellowship carries a $15,000 stipend and will support one year of dissertation research.
- Fellowship can be used to support research at a location away from the student’s institution, provided the plan is approved by the student’s thesis advisor.
Scholarship applications are due February 3, 2017.
Link for More Information:
Contact Information: If you have any question, contact AMS Development and Student Program Manager Donna Fernandez (617-227-2426 ext. 3907). Or
Association for Israel Studies/Israel Institute
Post Date November 2, 2016
AIS-Israel Institute: Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute sponsor an academic prize to honor a lifetime of exceptional scholarship and academic achievement in the field of Israel Studies. The AIS-Israel Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior scholar whose lasting and path-breaking contributions have significantly shaped the field. This year, the award will be given in the fields of Social Science and Law. The $5000 prize will be awarded in person at the AIS annual conference at Brandeis University (June 12-14, 2017). A committee of prominent Israel Studies scholars will evaluate the nomination materials and determine the award winner.
Nomination letters that address the scholar’s outstanding contribution to Israel Studies in Social Science and Law are due by February 15, 2017. Self-nominations are not allowed. The committee reserves the right to consider additional candidates.
All nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
AIS-Israel Institute: Young Scholar Award
Each year, the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute sponsor an academic prize to honor a promising emerging scholar in the field of Israel Studies. The AIS-Israel Institute Young Scholar Award recognizes an exceptional scholar under the age of 45 who has made significant contributions to the field of Israel Studies, and whose record of publications and scholarship has demonstrated the potential to shape the field in the future. This year, the award will be given in the fields of Humanities and Arts. The $5000 prize will be awarded in person at the AIS annual conference at Brandeis University (June 12-14, 2017). A committee of prominent Israel Studies scholars will evaluate the nomination materials and determine the award winner.
Nomination letters that address the scholar’s outstanding contribution to Israel Studies in Humanities and Arts are due by February 15, 2017. Self-nominations are not allowed. The committee reserves the right to consider additional candidates.
All nominations should be sent to email@example.com
Brandeis University, Summer Institute for Israel Studies
Post Date January 10, 2017
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies is a competitive fellowship program that gives faculty the foundation to teach about Israel in any discipline. The Institute begins at Brandeis University with a two-week multidisciplinary seminar taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S., during which fellows create a syllabus to teach at their home institution. The program continues in Israel with a 10-day study tour of Israel, where fellows meet with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts. The Summer Institute provides a stipend of up to $2,500, travel, accommodations, and most meals. Summer Institute fellows enjoy a wealth of pedagogical resources, opportunities for ongoing professional development and an ever-expanding, international network of Institute alumni. Explore the complexity of Israeli society, politics and culture. Apply online by January 20, 2017. Learn more at www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/siis.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Post Date February 6, 2017
The Folger Library is proud to promote the Philip and Bess Rosenblum Fellowship, dedicated to supporting scholars from Israel and other parts of the Middle East. Scholars applying to the Rosenblum fund can work on any topic supported by the Folger’s collections. The Rosenblum Fellowship offers a stipend of $2,500 per month for up to $7,500.
The Folger supports research on all aspects of British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, theatrical, and social history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and on British and American performance and theatre studies from the fifteenth century through to the present day. In addition to its well-known Shakespeare collections, other highlights of the Folger’s holdings include: a nineteenth-century costume collection; seventeenth-century French political pamphlets; early modern works on political philosophy; rare books and manuscripts on the “new worlds” of the early Americas; eighteenth-century lampoons and satires; an early modern manuscript recipe collection; twentieth-century promptbooks and theatre ephemera; and rare books and manuscripts on the early modern histories of science, technology, and medicine.
Folger fellows join together to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of scholars, who come from different fields but who share cognate interests in literature and history, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics. We welcome applications from artists, archivists, curators, independent scholars, and librarians, as well as faculty of any status, as long as they hold the terminal degree in their field.
Apply now online. Deadline for Rosenblum fellowships is 1 March, 2017.
Georgetown University in Qatar
Post Date January 31, 2017
Research Scholar for Grant: Islamic Definition of the Nuclear Family in the Wake of Modern Biomedical Technology
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is the recipient of a research grant from Qatar National Research Fund in support of a project exploring the impact of modern genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic structure of the nuclear family.
The position will be based in Doha for 8 months on a full time basis. It is eligible for accommodation, airfare, medical insurance and other benefits. GU-Q will assist in immigration and visa-related process. The position is scheduled to begin by September 1, 2017. The position will be advertised until filled.
Research Grant Description:
This project aims to identify research lacunae in current scholarship on this important topic and suggest ways to fill these lacunae. It builds on several years of original research, which benefited from the research infrastructure that was established and funded by two three-year grants from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). This project consists of a bibliographic component and a research component. The bibliographic component will maintain and expand the existing physical collection and electronic database of resources, which includes records of more than 4000 bilingual (English-Arabic) scholarly resources. The research component will utilize these and similar resources in exploring the impact of new genetic and reproductive technologies on the Islamic conceptualization of the nuclear family in terms of both the (re)formulation of relevant rules as well as the administration of these rules. This requires thorough analysis of three main genres and perspectives: Islamic ethico-legal discussions both in the pre-modern and modern periods; modern positive legal structures and legislation; and the modern social scientific perspective.
This position will address the project’s research questions from the social scientific perspective. The position holder will collaborate with the project team on identifying, exploring, and implementing appropriate social scientific methods with the goal of answering the main questions centering around the (re)reformulation and administration of relevant normative rules and regulations in the wake of modern genetic and reproductive technologies. Associated tasks will involve two main components: survey of available scholarly literature and pursuing proper social scientific techniques or methods to fill gaps pertaining to the project’s main research questions.
The successful candidate will play an important role by concentrating on the social scientific component of the project. Specifically, the research scholar will work with the team members on:
• Exploring, identifying, and analyzing relevant scholarly literature
• Identifying possible gaps relevant to the main research question
• Pursuing appropriate techniques/methods to fill these gaps
• Other duties as assigned
Requirements and Qualifications:
• The successful candidate will possess sufficient knowledge and expertise in the social sciences (preferably sociology or anthropology) with a particular focus on the Muslim world or Muslim populations.
• PhD in hand or expected by the start date is required.
• Prior experience in similar projects and publication record is an added advantage.
• Proficiency in Arabic language is strongly desired.
Applications should be submitted to: https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Qatar_Careers/job/Qatar/Research-Scholar_JR00843
Harvard Kennedy School
Post Date January 3, 2017
2017-18 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowships
The Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School will be accepting applications beginning December 15, 2016 for the 2017-2018 Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.
The Middle East Initiative Research Fellowship Program offers one year fellowships for researchers at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and junior faculty level for research related to Middle Eastern governance and public policy. All fellowships carry a stipend. Eligible candidates include advanced doctoral candidates, recent recipients of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and untenured faculty members. Applicants for pre-doctoral fellowships must have passed general examinations and should be in or near the final year of their program. We welcome applications from political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists, and other social scientists. We also encourage applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.
Priority will be given to applications pursuing one of these four primary areas of focus:
• DEMOCRATIZING POLITICS | Establishing durable, accountable democracies not only by focusing on political institutions, but also by empowering the region’s citizens.
• BUILDING PEACE | Addressing the sources of domestic and interstate conflict and generating durable political settlements.
• REVITALIZING THE STATE | Reforming the Middle East’s social service delivery systems with a special emphasis on health, education and social protection.
• DEMOCRATIZING THE MARKET | Working to ensure that the financial and labor markets in the Middle East benefit the entire population, not merely the elite.
This program is made possible through funding from the Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School. All application materials must be submitted in PDF format through the official application portal, which will be made available on December 15, 2016. For more information regarding the program and application process, please visit: hks.harvard.edu/middleeast. Please submit inquiries to Julia Martin, MEI Research and Financial Coordinator, by e-mail at: Julia_Martin@hks.harvard.edu.
Hoover Library and Archives
Post Date January 3, 2017
The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to open applications for the Silas Palmer Research Fellowship and Scholar Research Support for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants will be eligible for support of up to $2,500 to support research based on our collections. All recipients will be expected to spend a minimum of ten days in the Library & Archives during the 2017-2018 academic year (Sept 1, 2017-July 31, 2018), excluding holidays. Recipients will be notified on or before June 2, 2017. Applicants can apply at: https://apply.interfolio.com/39832.
- Silas Palmer Research Fellowship
Available to US undergraduate and graduate students, this fellowship provides an award of up to $2,500 to support research based on our collections.
- Scholar Research Support
Available to US faculty, postdocs, independent scholars, and *international students studying at US institutions, this support provides an award of up to $2,500 to support research based on our collections.
All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:
- Contact information
- Resume or CV
- A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to consult and why they are necessary for your project
- The names and email addresses of two individuals who will complete confidential recommendation forms
Application deadline: April 14, 2017 at midnight ET.
*Applicant must be able to provide SSN or ITIN, and VISA documentation required for payment on request.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Post Date January 6, 2017
Public Scholar Program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2017 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.
The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.
Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program. The application deadline for this cycle is February 1, 2017. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2017 or as late as September 1, 2018. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 318 applications and made 30 awards.
A list of previously funded projects and several samples of successful applications are available in the sidebar at the right of the webpage linked above. For additional information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Post Date November 29, 2016
2017 U.S. Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine
May 17 - May 30, 2017 in Jerusalem and the West Bank
Applications due January 12, 2017
Awards announced March 14, 2017
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its eighth Faculty Development Seminar on Palestine. This 12-day seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine.
PARC will select 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in Jerusalem-based activities that will include roundtable discussions, tours of historic cities, and visits to local universities, research institutes, and cultural institutions in the West Bank. Through these activities, participants will learn about the region, deepen their knowledge of their particular fields of interest as they relate to Palestine, and build relationships with Palestinian academic colleagues.
•Be U.S. citizens.
•Be full-time faculty members at recognized U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants may come from any academic discipline, including the humanities, social sciences, law, health, and sciences.
•Have a demonstrated interest in Palestine.
•Have little previous travel experience to Palestine.
•Be willing to integrate their experiences from the seminar into their own teaching and/or pursue a joint research project or publication with a Palestinian colleague.
•Be a member of PARC. Visit the PARC membership page on our website for more information.
PARC will make all local arrangements for the seminar and will cover all group expenses in-country. Round trip international travel from the U.S. to Tel Aviv and personal and free day expenses will be the responsibility of each faculty member and/or his/her university. In cases of demonstrated need, there is limited funding available to cover partial costs for international travel.
Professors from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Community Colleges are encouraged to apply.
PARC will provide up to a $1,000 travel stipend for airfare for two professors from MSIs and one professor from a community college.
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Post Date November 20, 2016
2017-18 Fellowship Competition for U.S. Scholars Conducting Field-Based Research on Palestine
Full proposals due January 9, 2017
Awards announced March 20, 2017
Fellowship awards from $6,000 - $9,000
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its 18th annual competition for doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships in Palestinian studies.
Important information about the fellowship competition:
•Applicants must be U.S. citizens. U.S. permanent residents are not eligible for this competition.
•Research must take place in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, or Lebanon.
•PARC funding is limited to one year of research.
•Individual and joint research projects are eligible for this competition.
•Former PARC fellows who received grants in the last three years are not eligible to apply.
•Minorities and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to apply.
•Research must contribute to Palestinian studies. Any area of Palestinian studies will be considered, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, health and applied sciences. Purely scientific research is not eligible for this fellowship competition.
•Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars, established researchers, or full-time doctoral students enrolled in a recognized degree program. Doctoral students must have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for the doctorate degree except the dissertation by the time the research commences. The fellowship will not cover tuition or fees. Senior researchers without doctorates but with a record of academic publication are eligible. Applicants with a master's degree may only apply jointly with a post-doctoral scholar.
•Applicants must be PARC members. Visit the PARC membership page on our website for more information.
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
Post Date November 20, 2016
2017-18 NEH/FPIRI Fellowship Competition for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine
The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces its fifth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral fellowships for humanities research in Palestine.
Full proposals due January 16, 2017
Awards announced March 16, 2017
Fellowship awards are a minimum of four and a maximum of eight consecutive months. Selected fellows are awarded $4,200 per month of the award.
Important information about the fellowship competition:
•Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered.
•Applicants must be post-doctoral scholars.
•Applicants must propose a minimum of four consecutive months of research and a maximum of eight consecutive months of research that takes place in the West Bank.
•Selected fellows must work on their research full-time during their period of funding.
•Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the United States for a minimum of three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships
Post Date September 30, 2016
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program is a highly competitive
national fellowship program that provides college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC. We select fewer than three percent of applicants and attract candidates from all over the U.S. to work at leading think tanks and advocacy groups focusing on international security issues. The program has awarded 168 fellowships since 1987 and confers fellowships twice yearly, in the spring and fall. The fellowship lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Peace Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money for graduate school or to individuals who are currently students.
Scoville Fellows contribute to their host organization’s goals through research, public education, advocacy, and by writing articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and/or reports. In addition, they organize talks and conferences and attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows are paired with mentors from the fellowship's board and
alumni, and also receive a small stipend to attend meetings and conferences, or take a language or policy course. Following their fellowships, many
Scoville Fellows work for U.S. and international NGOs, the Departments of Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury, members of Congress, academia, and
media, and attend graduate school.
Although the majority of Scoville Fellows have received college degrees in political science, government, international relations, global/regional studies, history, or peace studies, we do not require a specific major and particularly welcome applications from candidates with a background in science, engineering, or environmental studies. We list application requirements on our website (www.scoville.org), as well as links to the websites of each of the participating organizations and information on the work of current and former Scoville Fellows.
October 7, 2016 for Spring 2017
January 6, 2017 for Fall 2017
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Post Date December 6, 2016
International Field Research Grants in the UAE
The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is pleased to accept proposals from visiting scholars to conduct field research in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Doctoral and faculty scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields are invited to apply, and proposals should address issues related to the Foundation's research priority areas:
- Public Health (social dimensions)
- Urban & Community Development
- Arts & Culture
The next deadline for Doctoral, Faculty, and Seed Grant submissions is March 1, 2017. Eligibility criteria and grant inclusions vary based on the specific program. In addition, the Al Qasimi Foundation has a limited number of internships annually available for students in undergraduate and master's programs.
Please share these opportunities with interested faculty and students in your program or colleagues in your professional field. Specific inquiries can also be sent to email@example.com.
Doctoral Research Grants support PhD students in carrying out field research in Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates as part of their dissertation data collection. The award covers return economy airfares, furnished in-country accommodation (up to 12 months), and a modest cost of living stipend. Office space and research support are also provided.
Faculty Research Grants sponsor current faculty to conduct research in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE as part of sabbatical leave. The grant includes return economy airfares, in-country accommodation (up to 2 months), per diem, and research support. Depending on the project, additional funding may be allocated to cover actual research expenses.
Seed Grants provide modest funding to conduct applied research or pilot projects in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Although the call for proposals is broad, projects should address the Foundation's priority areas of education, public health, community development, or arts and culture. Anticipated outcomes should also provide tangible benefits to Ras Al Khaimah.
Documentary Film Grants provide modest start-up funding to create short documentaries on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and broader Gulf region. Films produced through the RAKFAF Film Grant are screened at the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival the following year. The next submission deadline is June 30, 2016.