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Graduate Fellowships, Funding, and Research Opportunities


Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships

The program will award approximately 70 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. The award will provide a stipend of $27,000 for three years. More information can be found here.


Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities

This is a list of  current fellowship opportunities at the Smithsonian, sorted by unit. Use this list to get a better sense about where you might like to pursue a fellowship at the Smithsonian and click the links to dig deeper. You can also view all of the Smithsonian’s Fellowships by their deadlines.


Latino Museum Studies Program

Created in 1994 as Smithsonian Institute for Interpreting and Representing Latino Cultures (SIIRLC), LMSP seeks to increase the representation, documentation, research, knowledge, and interpretation of Latino art, culture, and history. The program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino cultural studies and is offered in two components. The first component consists of a series of lectures, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Smithsonian. Curators, researchers, and other museum professionals as well as invited guest lecturers, will lead interactive tours and discussions providing participants a unique opportunity to see and hear first-hand the best practices in museums and cultural centers. The second component consists of a practicum project within a selected Smithsonian museum. Applicants are matched to a practicum based on their background and experience, and how well the project aligns to their future goals.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Special Programs for Graduate Students

These programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Active Funding Opportunities

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Deadline for Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning proposal submissions is October 22, 2020.


American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Funding ranges from $6,000-$30,000. Submissions open August 1 and close November 1.


CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Summer Research Fellowships

The Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin announces its 2019 competition for short-term summer research fellowships at the Benson Latin American Collection in the fields of Mexican American and Latinx Studies. Five (5) $1,000 fellowships will be awarded. Of the five, one is designated as the Gloria Anzaldúa fellowship, which will be awarded to the project that best makes use of the Gloria E. Anzaldúa papers. Another one is designated as the Américo Paredes fellowship, which will be awarded to the project that best makes uses of the Américo Paredes papers. The other three are designed for all other areas in Mexican American and Latinx studies.


PEO Scholar Awards (PSA) Program

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) program was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree, with support for various levels of degree statuses, including masters and Ph.D. programs.


ACLS List of Competitive Fellowships and Grants

List of grants and fellowships for Ph.D. students, post-docs, professors , and institutions.


Dissertation Fellowships


The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender. The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects. The 2020 Fellowship competition will select ten Fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.


The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.


Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

The program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships. These dissertation fellowships provide on e year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing a defense of the dissertation. Awards provide a one-year stipend of $28,000.


Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.


Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

ACLS invites applications for Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art, which are designated for graduate students at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing. Ten fellowships are available for a non-renewable, one-year term beginning between June and September 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant. Includes a $36,000 stipend plus up to $4,000 in travel and research allowance for one year beginning summer 2020.


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2021. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program. Includes a $35,000 stipend, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. Fellowships tenure is one year beginning summer 2020.


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies provide one-year stipends to PhD candidates for full time preparation of dissertations.  The fellowship period may be used for fieldwork, archival research, analysis of findings, or for writing after research is complete. Includes a stipend of $30,000 for 10 consecutive months, initiated by September 30, 2020, devoted full time to the dissertation. No other employment is permitted during the fellowship period.


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