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Curated Funding Opportunities in the Humanities, Arts, and Interpretive Social Sciences

Selected Open Funding Opportunities

RDO curates this list of open funding opportunities in the Humanities, Arts, and Interpretive Social Sciences to highlight large, collaborative, and/or strategic funding opportunities that may be of particular interest to the Stanford community. Opportunity descriptions have been compiled from funder announcements, program solicitations, and CFR. This page will be updated regularly to spotlight new opportunities. See RDO's archive (SUNet ID required) for opportunities previously featured on this list. 

Title/Sponsor Deadline Description Amount/Notes
NEA Grants for Arts Projects 7/11/24 (Part I)
7/23/24 (Part II)
Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) provides project-based funding in several disciplines, including literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Eligible project types vary by discipline; you can find more information at NEA's website. $10,000 to $100,000 (requires 1:1 match)
NSF Linguistics Program Grants (PD 98-1311) 7/15/24 The Linguistics Program supports research on human language — encompassing investigations of the properties of individual human languages and natural language in general — and the intersections of linguistics with cognition, society and other areas of science. varies, depending on project type
NEH Graduate Education in the Humanities: A National Convening (20240806-CHC) 8/6/24 (optional draft due 6/26/24) The award will be a cooperative agreement to plan and host a national convening to evaluate the current state of graduate education in the humanities, to make recommendations for programs to prepare graduate students for a variety of humanities-related careers, and to develop a roadmap that articulates a strategic vision for graduate education in the humanities.  up to $500,000 (match required)
William T. Grant Research Grants on Reducing Inequality 8/7/24 Research grants on reducing inequality fund research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. $100,000 to $600,000
William T. Grant Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence 8/7//24 This program fund research studies that advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other decision-makers that shape youth-serving systems in the United States. $100,000 to $1,000,000
NEH Public Humanities Projects (20240814-BP-BR-GE-GG-GI) 8/14/24 (optional draft due 7/10/24) The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats. Public Humanities Projects supports projects in three categories (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), and at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Planning: up to $60,000
Implementation: up to $400,000 (+ $100,000 for Positions in the Public Humanities, if relevant) 
NEH Media Projects (20240814-TD-TR) 8/14/24 (optional draft due 7/10/24) The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts, documentary films, and documentary film series  that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.  Development: up to $75,000
Production: up to $700,000
Chair's Special Awards: up to $1,000,000
John Templeton Foundation Open Funding Inquiry 8/16/24 The Templeton Foundation funds research "that inspire people with awe and wonder." Funding areas include Human Sciences, Philosophy & Theology, Culture & Global Perspectives, Character & Virtue Development, and Public Engagement. Templeton invites funding inquiries on a rolling basis, but they are reviewed annually at this time. Varies
NEH Public Scholars (20241127-FZ) 8/28/24 The Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. The program encourages academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. $5,000 per month for six to twelve months
NEH Dangers and Opportunities of Technology: Perspectives from the Humanities (20231011-DOI-DOC) 9/12/24 This program supports research that examines technology and its relationship to society through the lens of the humanities, with a focus on the dangers and/or opportunities presented by technology. NEH is particularly interested in projects that examine the role of technology in shaping current social and cultural issues. Individual researchers: up to $75,000
Collaborative Teams: up to $150,000
VIA Art Artistic Production Grants 11/9/24 (Letter of Intent) $25,000 to $100,000  

Federal (and some non-federal) opportunities are subject to the university's Facilities & Administration (F&A) cost rates. For many foundation funders, the university has approved lower rates, which can be found in the Pre-Approved IDC Exception List.
For some foundations you must request clearance to apply. Be sure to check CFR's Clearance Restricted Foundations list before submitting a letter of inquiry or proposal.

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