Grant Opportunities: Social Science

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American Educational Research Association

AERA invites education-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other federal data bases. Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.


Council for American Overseas Research Centers

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $12,000 each will be given.


Smithsonian Institution

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution


Department of Education

The International Research and Studies Program supports surveys, studies, and development of instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.  In addition to surveys and studies, the program provides funds for the development of foreign language materials designed to improve and strengthen foreign language and area and related studies in the U.S. education system.


The White House

Engagement in the work of the federal government lies at the heart of a White House Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and challenges. This work often requires long hours and, at times, unglamorous duties that require as much perseverance as ability on the Fellows' part.


Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Each year, ten to twelve scholars, teachers, artists, writers, and activists from the United States and abroad are provided with offices in our spacious facility, library privileges, and participation in a faculty seminar with a diverse community of colleagues in gender studies.


Smith Richardson Foundation

The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States. An overarching goal of the Foundation's grant making is to support projects that help stimulate and inform important public policy debates. To that end, the Foundation supports research on and evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates.

The International Security and Foreign Policy Program supports the research and writing of a book by young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award at least three research grants of $60,000 each. Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing.

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American Institute of Indian Studies

For almost 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India. Research projects can range from anthropology, ethnomusicology, history, political science, religious studies, and urban planning.


Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.


Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Fellowships to assist research and artistic creation.


George A. & Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation

The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields (selected on a rotational basis). The Foundation targets its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. Fields for 2012-2013 are: Photography, Anthropology, and Archeology.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Provide fellowships that promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany.


Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO)

The Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO) provides scholars and professionals with long-term support to perform policy-relevant field research in the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. IARO fellowships provide scholars with the opportunity to impact the formation of U.S. foreign policy by conducting open-source research on curent regional issues of importance to the United States.


Huntington Library

Fellowships for research on British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine.


National Science Foundation

The NSF funds research and education in some areas of the social and behavioral sciences.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

The Radcliffe Institute has supported the work of 50 fellows annually in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.


Rotary International

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have identified six areas of focus for the new grant structure. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. Areas of focus include: 1. Peace and conflict prevent/resolution 2. Disease prevention and treatment 3. Water and sanitation 4. Maternal and child health 5. Basic education and literacy 6. Economic and community development.


Social Science Research Council

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.


Spencer Foundation

The Foundation's research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics we believe have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.


United States Institute of Peace

The Jennings Randolph Senior Fellows participate in a great number of activities during their time at the Institute- from publishing Op-eds and academic articles to speaking at conferences and providing testimony on the Hill. They provide an invaluable resource to the Institute during their 10-month stay as experts on their topics and resources for USIP and others in the Washington area.


The Wenner-Gren Foundation

Post-Ph.D. Research Grants for up to $20,000 are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. Applicants applying for this grant can also elect to apply for a supplemental $5,000 through the Osmundsen Initiative. Applicants must be engaged in research that contributes to anthropological knowledge. Applicants of any nationality or country of residence may apply.

The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. Supplemental funds are also available to provide essential training for academic research participants in ICRG-funded projects (co-applicants, students, as well as other professional colleagues). By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced.  The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project.

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges.


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