Grant Opportunities

  • The U.S. Department of State offers the Jefferson Science Fellowship to tenured, or similarly ranked, faculty from U.S. institutions of higher learning who are U.S. citizens. The application period opens each fall and closes in mid-January. Selected Jefferson Science Fellows spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as science advisors on foreign policy issues. Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the Fellows’ interests and areas of expertise. As part of their assignments, Jefferson Fellows also have the opportunity to travel to U.S. embassies and missions overseas. Following the fellowship year, the Jefferson Science Fellow will return to his/her academic career, but will remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects. More information is available in this brochure on the program. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program year is January 12, 2015.

  • The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities.

    The course is to be developed by one or more (up to four) faculty members at a single institution, but not team taught. Enduring Questions courses must be taught from a common syllabus and must be offered during the grant period at least twice by each faculty member involved in developing the course. The grant supports the work of faculty members in designing, preparing, and assessing the new course. It may also be used for ancillary activities that enhance faculty-student intellectual community, such as visits to museums and artistic or cultural events. An Enduring Questions course may be taught by faculty from any department or discipline in the humanities or by faculty outside the humanities (for example, astronomy, biology, economics, law, mathematics, medicine, or psychology), so long as humanities sources are central to the course.

    NEH Enduring Questions grants can provide up to $38,000 in outright funds for projects serving a single institution. The size of the maximum award depends on the number of faculty involved in developing the course. For a course developed by a single faculty member, the maximum award is $22,000; for a course developed by two faculty members, the maximum award is $33,000; for a course developed by three or four faculty members, the maximum
    award is $38,000.

    The grant period may run from 18 to 36 months, beginning as early as May 1, 2015 but no later than January 1, 2016. 

    Deadline: Thursday, September 11, 2014

    More information:

  • The Ucross Foundation's Residency Program offers residencies to competitively selected artists working in all disciplines. The Foundation provides a respectful, comfortable and productive environment at its facility in Sheridan, Wyoming, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life.

    Selected artists are not charged for their residencies, though awardees must provide their own working materials and pay for their own travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.

    As part of the residency, Ucross provides living accommodations, individual work space (usually separate from the living quarters), and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence - a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.

    Ucross hosts two residency sessions each year: a fall session from August through early December (for which applications are due by March 1) and a spring session from late-February through mid-June (for which applications are due by October 1).

    For more information, contact Christopher Tassava (ctassava or x5833), or see the Foundation's webpage.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients of the $6,000 grants spend two months of full-time work producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

    Since the College can only nominate two tenure-track or tenured faculty for Summer Stipends, all such faculty must  submit applications to the College's internal selection process by Friday, September 5, 2014. The College's two nominees will be notified by Friday, September 19.

    Non-tenure track faculty can submit applications outside of this process.


    • College: Friday, September 5, 2014 (for tenure-track or tenured applicants)
    • NEH: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (for the tenure-track or tenured faculty nominees and for any non-tenure-track applicants)

    Please contact Christopher Tassava at x5833 or ctassava for more information.

    Program webpage:

  • The National Humanities Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2014 through May 2015. Applicants must have doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication, and new Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

    Fellowship stipends are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center's ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and also covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

    The NHC requires applicants to complete an online form and to upload the following documents:

    • 1,000-word project proposal,
    • one-page tentative outline of chapters,
    • short bibliography,
    • curriculum vitae, and
    • names and contact information for three references. 

    All applications (including supporting materials) must be submitted by midnight, October 15, 2014.

    For more information, contact Christopher Tassava or check the program webpage.

  • The Fulbright Scholar Program is now accepting applications for the 2015 program. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of 2 to 12 months, as specified in the award description.  In addition, flexible options (for instance, repeated, shorter visits over the course of a year) may be available. More information on the core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is available online, but questions can also be directed to Christopher Tassava at ctassava or x5833. Applications are due by Friday, August 1, 2014.

    In addition to the Core Program, Fulbright also offers several other kinds of opportunities for Carleton faculty and staff. Of these, the Specialist Program is perhaps most appealing. The program awards grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide. 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. Applications to join the Specialist Program roster are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities on the southernmost continent. Proposals are due by May 1, 2014. Contact Christopher Tassava for more information, or see the the program webpage.

  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest invites faculty to submit a pre-proposal to lead the Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in 2015 in Amman, Jordan, on a topic of their choosing. ACM seeks a three-person, cross-disciplinary team of faculty to design, organize, and lead the seminar. Prior experience and expertise in Jordan or the Middle East, though desirable, is NOT required.

     In this pre-proposal phase, interested faculty should identify a seminar topic and briefly articulate:

    how the topic could be profitably explored from multiple perspectives through this particular site (Jordan/Middle East), and
    how the topic might generate interest across campuses and stimulate new thinking about integrative curricular innovations.

    For more information and to download the call for pre-proposals, visit the 2015 SAIL webpage.

    The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is April 4, 2014.

    Questions can be directed to Christopher Tassava at x5833 or

  • The Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program seeks applications from liberal-arts college faculty who are interested in an effort to redefine the role of the humanities in undergraduate education by broadening the footprint of Duke’s traditional humanities departments. Duke anticipates selecting 3 – 5 Fellows for 2014-15. Each Fellow will be provided with a stipend equal to the current pay of the Fellow (capped at $150,000 for salary and fringe benefits, paid to his/her home institution), office space, library privileges, and research funds. Proposals are due by January 6, 2014. Information on the program and the application can be found on the program webpage.

  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest seeks applicants for a site visit to Gaborone, Botswana from March 22–28, 2014. A team of four or five faculty will travel to ACM's program in Gaborone on March 22-28, 2014, to meet with students, the ACM Visiting Faculty Director, and University of Botswana faculty. The ACM faculty visitors are asked to make a formal substantive contribution to the program curriculum and to the partnership with the University of Botswana during the visit that is relevant to the site, such as a guest lecture, workshop, or master class.

    Applications should be submitted via e-mail (no paper copies, please) to Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs, at The application deadline is December 2, 2013. Further details - including application information - can be found at the program webpage:

  • The American Association of Colleges & Universities invites applications from faculty to join the "Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills (STIRS)" project, through which scholars across all sectors of higher education will develop educational resources, curricular designs, and assessment strategies that make evidence-based reasoning a more explicit outcome of liberal education.

    The project encourages campus leaders to imagine scientific thinking as a means through which to intentionally integrate knowledge, skills, and action across the undergraduate experience and through the widest array of disciplines.

    During their 2014-2015 term, STIRS Scholars will:

    • Develop the first generation of STIRS case studies.
    • Provide valuable faculty and campus perspectives on STIRS strategies for curricular change and for wider efforts to increase attention to evidence-based reasoning in the undergraduate experience.
    • Form a leadership cohort within an emerging community of practice comprising colleagues committed to improving evidence-based reasoning and decision making as an outcome of undergraduate liberal education.
    • Participate in STIRS project activities in conjunction with two AAC&U conferences.
    • Help select and mentor a second cohort of STIRS Scholars to begin in early 2015.

    More information:

    Deadline:  Monday, January 6, 2014

  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest seeks applications from three-person faculty teams to participate in the "Contested Spaces" seminar in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado on June 20-30, 2014, led by Howard Drossman and Jonathan Lee of Colorado College and Donna McMillan of St. Olaf College.

    Seminar participants will engage in multi-disciplinary exploration of environmental and land stewardship issues by exploring geographical and ideological "contested spaces," with a focus on contemplation and mindfulness.

    Applicants should be well-positioned to use the seminar to develop new curricular innovations for upper-level students in the ensuing academic year.

    • Applications should come from three-person faculty teams, with each of the main disciplinary divisions represented.
    • There is space for twelve participants in the seminar besides the leadership team. Participation from a single college is limited to three people, including the three members of the leadership team. As many faculty as are interested may apply.
    • We have encouraged faculty who may have difficulty forming a three-person team to contact the ACM Faculty Development Liaison on your campus for assistance identifying other interested applicants.

    Applications are due on Monday, October 28th and should include a CV for each individual applicant and a letter of support for the whole team from the academic dean (or associate dean).

    More information on the seminar and application process can be found here: