Stanford Research Development Office

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
NEH Fellowships (20240410-FEL) 4/10/24 NEH Fellowships are granted to individual scholars and provide recipients with time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development. up to $60,000 ($5,000 per month)
William T. Grant Research Grants on Reducing Inequality 5/1/24 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 5/1/24 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 Humanities Initiatives (20240507-AA-AB-AC-AD-ED) 5/7/24 (optional draft due 3/26/24) This program supports the development of new or enhanced programs, educational resources, or courses that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices. Past recipients have launched a committee on manuscript, rare book, and archive studies; revised their curriculum through a week-long faculty study group examining place; and created an interactive map and database that highlights diverse regional histories and will be used in several courses. up to $150,000
NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies 6/7/24 (optional draft due 4/1/24)

This National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) program awards planning grants for the creation of digital editions to collaborative teams consisting of at least two scholar-editors, as well as one or more archivists, digital scholars, data curators, and/or other support and technical staff. Before beginning the process, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Deputy Executive Director and Director for Publishing, Darrell Meadows.

up to $120,000
William T. Grant Scholars Program

Limited Submission deadline: 4/15/24

Funder deadline: 7/3/24

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers' expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Proposed research should address one of the following focus areas: 1) reducing inequality, and 2) improving the use of research evidence.

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (20240111-HAA) 6/13/24 (optional draft due 4/15/24)

The DHAG program supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

Level I: up to $75,000; Level II: up to $150,000; Level III: up to $350,000 + $100K in matching funds
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)

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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