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Grants & Fellowships in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Finding Opportunities Online

Guide accompanies the Olin Library workshop of the same title.

Professional Organizations

If you are a member of a professional organization, chances are that it produces a list of fellowships and awards. Usually, you need your member number to login.

One humanities example: the MLA offers a fellowships list through the MLA Commons or Resources section of its web site.

Social sciences example: the APA's list of scholarships, grants, and awards (does not require login)

Professional organizations also usually sponsor fellowships (especially for research) and awards (especially for travel, including travel to their conferences).

Grants Associated with Collections

Find an archival collection: Archive Finder

Find a government granting agency: Foundation Center's guide to government grants

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities


Essential Database of Information: Grant Forward

GrantForward, by Cazoodle in association with the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champagne, launched on July 1, 2012.

Foundation Directory Online Helpful for finding general information about fellowships offered by private foundations.
Also in print: AS 911.A2 F77 (current edition in Olin Library Reference) 

The Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database

Other online opportunities

Other Guides

Brandeis University: External Fellowships, Awards and Funding Databases

New York University Libraries: Grants and Proposals. Excellent electronic guide to finding information about grants and the grant application process

UC Berkeley: Selected list of post-doctoral fellowships in the humanities and in the social sciences

Other Funding Resources

American Philosophical Society.

American Association of University Women. (good source of information on opportunities for studying gender issues)

American Historical Association.

Federal Funding Agencies:

Scientific Grants & Funding: (

National Institutes of Health.

National Endowment for the Humanities.

Examples of International Resources

Research councils UK office

IREX - international research & exchanges board projects, including fellowships:

ResearchResearch - ResearchResearch (London, UK) requires a paid subscription, but it does provide a venue for researchers looking for international funding options.

Guide to funding from various U.S. government agencies, including

  • NEH
  • Institute of Peace
  • NASA
  • Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation

NSF -dissertation improvement grants

The National Science Foundation supports graduate students!

The National Science Foundation supports DDIGS (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants) in the following areas:
*note: all NSF dissertation proposals must go through Cornell's Office of Sponsored Funding

Cultural Anthropology : example of grant announcements


Geography & Spatial Sciences

Law & Social Science Program

Political Science

Science, Technology & Society



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