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Learn more about the grant-seeking process, proposal writing, and related matters:

Rejected: Learning from 'Missed Shots'
An essay by Russell Olwell, from Inside Higher Ed

Faculty Grant Workshop Presentation:
Creating a competitive, compelling grant proposal in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies

The Foundation Center:
A Proposal-Writing Short Course

Social Science Research Council:
On the Art of Writing Proposals  

Perspectives on Undergraduate Research & Mentoring (PURM)
A blog hosted by Elon University

Introducing Blake Browser: William Blake & Computational Analysis
Burkett, A., Webb, N., Barr, V., Berger, B., Garson, S., 2013, "Introducing Blake Browser: William Blake & Computational Analysis," CUR Quarterly, 34(2), 33-37. 

Search for funding at these sites:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) serves as the managing partner for GRANTS.GOV, an online resource for finding funding opportunities and applying for federal grants.  If you are new to GRANTS.GOV, please refer to the Quick Reference Guide for faculty PIs for an overview of the online system.

American Council of Learned Societies:
ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 71 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to our work. Other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations.

ACLS Fellowship Opportunities include:

  • The Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships support advanced assistant professors and untenured associate professors in the humanities and related social sciences whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well-designed and carefully developed plans for new research.
  • Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. The fellowships are named for Frederick Burkhardt, President Emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise. These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.
  • ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships, thanks to the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works. ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form.
  • ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships for collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences. The program is funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The aim of this fellowship program is to offer small teams of two or more scholars the opportunity to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The fellowship supports projects that produce a tangible research product (such as joint print or web publications) for which two or more collaborators will take credit.
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies will support work that may be interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. International and multilingual projects are encouraged. Especially welcome are projects that relate different Buddhist traditions to each other or that relate scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.

National Endowment for the Humanities:
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. 

Stanford Humanities Center:
Founded in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute at Stanford dedicated to advancing knowledge about culture, philosophy, history, and the arts. The Center's fellowships, research workshops, and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the university, foster innovative scholarship and teaching, and enrich our understanding of the vast record of human achievement. 

Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement:
RCSA is a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, physics, and related fields) at U.S. colleges and universities. It supports research independently proposed by college and university faculty members, convenes conferences and actively advocates for science advancement. 

National Science Foundation:
NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

National Institutes of Health:
NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.

Department of Education:
ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Department of Energy:
DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research:
AFOSR continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force's basic research program.