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Current Funding Opportunities



The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP)
Ppromotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Grant Duration: Two- to six-weeks.

Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments. International travel costs and a per day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES: Focus is on the needs of higher education institutions and not personal research. Eligible activities include lecturing, training in pedagogy, participation in special coferences or workshops, collaboration on curriculum planning and institutional or faculty development.
PROGRAM BENEFITS: The enhanced global perspective that Fulbright Specialists gain from their experience contributes to their professional development. Fulbright Specialists grants also lay the foundation for development of institutional linkages.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal/professional degree (or recognized professional standing and accomplishments) plus at least five years of university teaching experience or professional experience. Deadline: Open

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs.  AWP AWARD SERIES - A nonprofit organization of writers, teachers, colleges, and universities which sponsors an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. Categories: novel, short fiction and creative nonfiction. Award: $2,500 and publication. All Deadlines: February 28.   
      • DONALD HALL PRIZE FOR POETRY - Open to published and unpublished poets alike for the best book-length manuscript of poetry. Award: $5,500 and publication.
      • GRACE PALEY PRIZE IN SHORT FICTION - Award: $5,500 and publication.

Financial Assistance to Host French Authors: The Cultural Services of the French Embassy offers financial aid to American institutions wishing to invite and host French authors for readings, signings, and symposia. Visit frenchculture.org for more information.

Historical Novel Society: Offers an award for an outstanding historical short story. Award: $3,000. Deadline: April 1.   

NEW! Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA).  WILLIAM H. HELFAND FELLOWSHIP FOR AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE - One-month fellowship promotes scholarship in visual culture through the study of textual and graphic sources from the 16th through early 20th centuries held in the collections of the library. Possible research topics include the production and consumerism of printed graphics; the histories of printing and photographic processes; popular iconography; ephemera; incunabula; the illustrated book trade; and historical depictions of gender, race, and class. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the Library Company’s public programs and events, participate in the vibrant scholarly community of Philadelphia, and present a lecture about their research. Award: $2,000. Deadline: March 1.

Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA).  SHORT-TERM FELLOWSHIPS - Support researchers’ use of the collections to complete a major project. Scholars, advanced graduate students, and college and university faculty in all disciplines are eligible. Some fellowships target specific topics such as African American studies, art history, documentary editing, and colonial New England. Of particular interest to art historians is the ANDREW OLIVER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, which supports research in the Society's collection of portraits, engravings, silhouettes, and other graphic materials. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $1,500 for four weeks of research, which must be conducted between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. All Deadlines: March 1.  

NEW! Smithsonian Institution. Baird Society Resident Scholar Program - Supports the study of several of the Smithsonian Libraries’ most unique and valuable holdings: the rare books and Special Collections. These collections are located in in Washington, DC and New York City, and include: Manufacturers' commercial trade catalogs in the National Museum of American History Library, used to study American industrialization, mass production, and consumerism; European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library, which span from the 18th to the 20th century; History of art and artists, exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials and dissertations concentrated in the area of American art, history, and biography. Award: $3,500 per month for up to six months. Deadline: March 15. 

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation. TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM - Enables students in graduate degree programs in the history of art, architecture and the decorative arts to travel to England to pursue research projects related to any aspect of the work of the Museum and its collections. Areas of interest include Egyptian antiquities, classical antiquities, casts, sculpture galleries, the history of museums, authentic restoration, architecture and architectural drawings c. 1650-1850. Award: $5,000. Deadline: March 1. 

Yale University Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (New Haven, CT). FELLOWSHIPS - To promote a better understanding of all aspects of the institution of slavery from the earliest times to the present. Fellowships provide access to the research facilities of Yale University, to a broad range of related regional research collections, and to the Gilder Lehrman Collection in New York City. One four-month fellowship with a stipend of $12,800 and three one-month fellowships with a stipend of $3,200 are available this year. Scholars currently holding the Ph.D. are invited to apply for either term of fellowship. Deadline: March 1. 

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