Grant Opportunities

  • 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:

  • 2014 Bush Fellowship Program

    September 13, 2013

    The Bush Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Bush Fellowship Program, which provides individuals with opportunities to demonstrate and improve their capacity for leadership as they learn by doing.

    The work of the Fellowship is to blend opportunities for personal development with efforts to effectively engage with others to create positive change within their communities. Bush seeks leaders who have already demonstrated exceptional gifts, who could benefit from intensive development through self-designed or academic programs, and who are committed to making the region a better place. Starting in 2014, the Foundation will:

    • Increase the maximum award from $80,000 to $100,000;
    • Allow Fellows to use fellowship funds to pursue a graduate degree, or design their own program to develop their leadership skills and;
    • Return to a single, annual selection process.

    Information about the application process can be found here:

    Completed applications are due by Monday, October 14, 2013.

    Awards will be announced in March 2014.

  • The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame has offered visiting fellowships to promote interdisciplinary international research in a supportive community of scholars.

    Fellows enjoy time to pursue scholarly inquiry, to advance  personal research, and collaborate with other scholars and practitioners from across the US and around the globe. Visiting Fellows' research must be related to the Kellogg Institute themes of democracy and human development. Fellows share their research with the Notre Dame scholarly community, and have the opportunity to publish in Kellogg’s peer-reviewed Working Paper Series.

    Applicants may come from any country and typically fall into three groups:

    • Promising junior and midcareer scholars (typically postdocs and assistant or associate professors)
    • Distinguished senior scholars with an established record of scholarly excellence
    • Accomplished policy makers, journalists, and other practioners whose knowledge and experience can link policy and scholarship

    Information on applications can be found on the program webpage.

    Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year (the entire year or either semester) are due by November 1, 2013.


  • The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University offers a residential postdoctoral fellowship program for scientists and scholars from this country and abroad. Since 1954, CASBS Fellowships have been awarded to scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines. These include the five core social and behavioral disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology as well as scholars from a wide range of humanistic disciplines, education, linguistics and the biological sciences. Applications will be accepted for the 2014-15 fellowship year from June 27 through October 3, 2013.

    Although not required, we are especially interested in hosting individuals and groups whose work would fit into one of several broad themes:

    • "The Motivated Mind" - research on incentives, education, learning, cognitive development, and related topics.
    • "The Future of Work" - research on the nature of work, unions, technological disruptions, the political context of work, and related topics.
    • "The Environment" - research to address the gap between society’s knowledge of the social and economic impacts of environmental degradation and the failure to act.
    • "Health Care System" - an opportunity to apply behavioral science to a national problem that they personally experience - underperformance of the US health system.

    Stipends for the academic year will be awarded to supplement faculty sabbatical support.

    Applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 3, 2013.

    More information:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is 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. Non-tenure track faculty can submit applications outside of this process.

    More information: Christopher Tassava at x5833 or ctassava

    College - Tuesday, September 3, 2013
    NEH - Thursday, September 26, 2013


  • The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question.

  • The ACLS invites applications for Collaborative Research Fellowships, which offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Proposals are due on Thursday, September 26, 2013.