Office of Grant Support

Humanities Funding Sources

For more information, click on source name to go to the agency web site. 

If searching for a specific foundation, you may wish to do a page search (find-Ctrl F)

Any questions regarding searches and funding sources should be directed to the Office of Grant Support (718) 430-3642.

Source Funding Interest Phone Additional Info
Academy of American Poets  Poetry (212) 274-0343

See website for funding opportunities.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences  Telecommunications (818) 754-2800

Internships, awards for student-produced films and videos, and faculty stipends to attend Academy seminars.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation  Art (212) 226-0581

Supports the serious, fully-committed and mature artist (applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have been working on their art for at least 20 years).

Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation  Greek Studies 0030 210 3713 000

Research grants for faculty who teach Greek as a foreign language and/or Greek literature,  history or culture. Study is to be done in Greece.

Alexia Foundation for World Peace  Photography (315) 443-2304

Enables a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. 

Amateur Chamber Music Players Foundation  Chamber Music (212) 645-7424

Small grants for programs that encourage and create opportunities for chamber music activities.

American Antiquarian Society  History (508) 755-5221

Fellowships, from one to twelve months, on pre-20th century American history.

American Council of Learned Societies  Humanities (212) 697-1505

Sabbatical grants for  independent research in any humanities discipline.

American Educational Research Association  Education (202) 223-9485

Dissertation, postdoctoral fellowships and research grants.

American Historical Society  History (202) 544-2422

Small grants used for research expenses. 

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies  German Studies (202) 332-9312

Short-term, in-residence fellowships designed to encourage research and promote study of modern German affairs from an inter-and multidisciplinary perspective.

American Musicological Society  Music  

Dissertation grants.

American Philosophical Society  Humanities/Social Sciences (215) 440-3429

Sabbatical fellowships of up to $40,000 to supplement a sabbatical/research leave. 

American Printing History Association  Printing History  

Support for research in any area of the history of printing in all its forms, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms.

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Foundation  Music (212) 621-6219

To encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

American Society for 18th Century Studies  18th Century Studies (336) 727-4694

Small awards ranging from scholarship to curriculum development.

Annenberg Foundation  Various (610) 341-9066

Provides support in: education and youth, arts and culture, civic and community, and health.

A Room of Her Own  Art, Writing  

Grants for women who have a  commitment to their art and are making a substantial effort to be self-sufficient. 

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation  Education, Patient Care (904) 359-0670

Accepts proposals for a variety of categories and projects.

Association of Jewish Libraries  Judaica Librarianship (215) 576-0800

Scholarships and awards to encourage students to train for and enter the field of Judaica librarianship.

Axe-Houghton Foundation  English Language (212) 909-8304

Priority is given to projects for the improvement of speech and its uses in public affairs, education, theater, poetry, debate, and the oral interpretation of literature. 

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation  Architecture (212) 577-1200

Supports innovative projects that advance the study and expand the recognition of women in architecture and related professions.

Bibliographical Society of America  Publishing  

Short (1-2 mos) fellowship for research in publishing history and the history of the book trades. Research topics should focus on the the book as historical evidence.

Bradley Foundation  Citizenship  

Aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people and among peoples of other nations.

Carthage Foundation  Public Policy Research  (412) 392-2900

Supports public policy research on questions concerning national and international issues.

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society's Academic Program  Contemplative Practices in Academics (413) 582-0071

Supports the study of contemplation, not just as a category of religious and cultural practice, but as a method for developing concentration and deeper understanding - in particular, as a means of intellectual and pedagogic revitalization and change.

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design  Craft Research (828) 890-2050

Grants for research on American studio craft that address the sponsor's goals: monographs on individual craft artists org themes; historical research; or cross-disciplinary research involving craft.

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University  Documentary Studies (919) 660-3663

Two awards for documentary filmmaking and one publishing award for a book on photography.

Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation  Various (763) 576-1596

Grants that further the vision of balance between technology and nature in the following disciplines: agriculture; aviation/aerospace; conservation of natural resources; education; the arts; exploration; health; and waste minimization and management.

Children's Literature Association  Children's Literature (269) 965-8180

Grants for criticism or original scholarship that will make a significant contribution to the field.

Church and Synagogue Library Association  Congregational Librarianship (503) 244-6919

Several awards offered. See website.

Coordinating Council for Women in History  History (818) 240-1000

Award  given to a scholar who has not followed a traditional, uninterrupted path to a tenured faculty position. Work should be a study of women in history  (either women in the profession in the present, or in the study of women in the past).

Council of American Overseas Research Centers  Various (202) 633-1599

Fellowships (in humanities, social sciences or a related natural science) of regional or trans-regional significance that require study in at two countries (at least one of which has an American Overseas Research Center).

Earhart Foundation  Social Science, Humanities (734) 761-8592

Effort supported should lead to advancement of knowledge through teaching, lecturing and publication. 

Early American Industries Association 

Early American Industries


Grants for research projects for the study of early American industries in homes, shops, farms or at sea.

Elizabeth Foundation  Visual Arts (212) 956-6633

Grants open to working professional visual artists who demonstrate professional achievement and commitment to career; work primarily in painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking; and are 30 years or older.

Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation  Art (505) 898-5600

Funding available for: publications related to exhibitions, exhibitions and installations, visiting art programs and other special events.

Endangered Language Fund  Linguistics (203) 865-6163

Provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work.

Engineering Information Foundation  Engineering (212) 579-7596

Supports developmental, instructional and training programs in engineering and research.

Foundation for Endangered Languages  Linguistics  

Small grants for projects that support, enable or assist the documentation, protection and promotion of one or more endangered language.

Foundation for the Future  Future of Humanity (425) 451-1333

Conducts and funds a Research Grants Program to provide financial support to scholars undertaking research at a macro level that is directly related to better understanding the factors affecting the long-term future of humanity.

Friends of Princeton University Library  Hellenic Studies (609) 258-3184

Library Research Grants to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. Length of grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily one month.

Furthermore  Various (518) 828-8900

Publishing grants for nonfiction books about the city; natural and historic resources; art, architecture and design; cultural history, civil liberties and other public issues of the day. Grants are provided for writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, printing and binding.

General Semantics Foundation  Semantics (203) 226-1394

Support specifically in, or explicitly related, to the field of semantics.

George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation  Arts, Social Sciences
(2006-2007 focus: Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science)
(701) 863-2640

Sabbatical support awards offered yearly for mid-career individuals. Future awards are anticipated in different fields of study. 

George and Helen Segal Foundation  Art (732) 951-0950

Awards grants to young artists in order to enable them to pursue their artistic endeavors.

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation  Humanities, Performing Arts, Research Library (212) 687-0011


Golden Foundation for the Arts  Art (607) 847-8158

Offers support to individual artists working in paint and to non-profit cultural organizations which directly support visual artists working in paint.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts  Architecture (312) 787-4071

Provides support for activities focused on architecture and the built environment which lead to the public dissemination of ideas through publication, exhibition, or educational programs. Grants for new curricula, enrichment projects and special projects have also been funded.

Grammy Foundation  Music Research  

Supports original research projects related to music such as teaching methodology in early childhood; the impact of music study on human development; and the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals.   

Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation  Graphic Arts (703) 264-7200

Supports educational and research projects designed to enhance the future of the graphic communications industry. 

Greenwall Foundation  Arts & Humanities (212) 679-7266

Particularly interested in emerging artists and the development of new artistic work.

Hadassah Foundation  Various (800) 664-5646

Funds projects that serve women and girls from diverse cultural groups within Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. Promotes fundamental change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society.

Horace Goldsmith Foundation  Higher Education (212) 319-8700

Grants given for curriculum development, endowments, research and scholarship.

Institute for Humane Studies  Individual Liberty (703) 993-4880

Strategic awards to graduate students and untenured faculty for presentations, travel to interviews/archives/libraries, participation in career enhancing seminars, distribution of published articles, submission of unpublished manuscripts to publishers.

Institute of Museum and Library Services  Humanities (202) 606-8536

Supports all types of museums, libraries and archives.

Institute of Turkish Studies  Turkish Studies (202) 687-0295

Offers a variety of awards to individual scholars, colleges, and universities to support research in Turkish studies.

International Foundation for Music Research/NAMM Foundation  Music Research  

Seeks proposals in the fields of music, music education, neuroscience, psychology, education and/or health to explore the benefits of hands-on music making in various education, health-wellness or therapeutic settings.

International Reading Association  Reading Research (800) 336-7323

Various small grants from dissertation to "teacher as researcher" awards.

J. Paul Getty Trust  Art/Art History (310) 440-7374

Non-residential collaborative grants for teams of scholars to pursue interpretive research projects that offer new explanations of art and its history. 

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation  Historic Preservation (212) 252-6809

For mid-career professionals who have experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, environmental planning, archaeology, urban design, architectural history and the decorative arts.

Jerome Foundation  Art (800) 995-3766

Seeks to encourage the potential for innovation and excellence. Welcomes work that embodies a celebration of and respect for diverse cultural perspectives.

Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women  Education  

Various grant opportunities: dissertation awards, scholarships, teacher education.

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation  Various (617) 514-1600

See website for grant/fellowship opportunities.

Keats-Shelley Association of America  British Romanticism (212) 764-0655

Grants to support research by advanced graduate students, independent scholars and untenured faculty.

Koret Foundation  Writing (415) 882-7740

Annually awards one emerging writer (40 and younger) whose work contains Jewish themes a grant and the opportunity to spend three months as writer-in-residence at Stanford University.

Leo Baeck Institute  Jewish Studies (212) 744-6400

Fellowships for research on social, communal and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry using the extensive resources of the Institute.

Library Company of Philadelphia  Colonial and US History (215) 546-3181

One month, in-residence fellowships.

Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature-Washington University  German Literature (314) 935-4784

Short-term summer research grants to faculty members planning to work in the field of contemporary German literature. 

Medieval Academy of America  Medieval Studies (617) 491-1622

Dissertation and small grants for studies of late-Medieval Britain.

Music Library Association  Music Library/Archiving (970) 351-2281 Grants to support research in archives or libraries on any aspect of American music.
National Art Education Foundation  Art Education (703) 860-8000

Various small grants for teaching, curriculum development, scholarship and research in art education.

National Council of Teachers of English  Teaching/ English (217) 328-3870

Meeting, scholarship and Teacher/Researcher grants are offered in an effort to increase the opportunities for professional development.

National Endowment for the Arts  The Arts (202) 682-5400

See website for grant opportunities.

National Endowment for the Humanities  Humanities (800) NEH-1121

See website for grant opportunities.

National Humanities Center  Humanities (919) 549-0661

In-residence fellowships. Most are unrestricted but for the upcoming year, designated fellowships have been offered in the following areas: religion, literary studies, art history, French history, Asian studies, theology, and American Art History.

Newberry Library  Humanities (312) 255-3506

Assistance to researchers who wish to use the collections. Fellowships for scholars outside of Chicago are generally long-term (6-11 months).

New York Council for the Humanities  Humanities (212) 233-1131

Grants offered for projects that bring the humanities to the general public (through lectures, walking tours, conferences, etc).

New York Foundation for the Arts  Arts (212) 366-6900

Cash awards in 16 artistic disciplines for use in career development.

New York Public Library/Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers  Humanities  

Fellowships for outstanding scholars whose projects require access to the collections at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

New York State Archives  Archiving (518) 474-6926

Grants and awards to support, promote and recognize sound archival and records management practices, as well as to encourage creative and valuable uses of archival records.

Open Meadows Foundation  Music (718) 768-2249

The Patsy Lu Music Fund will consider projects from women who are composers, music educators, musicologists, or performers. 

Patrina Foundation  Women and Girls (516) 627-0172

Promotes academic, artistic, athletic and/or life skills and leadership abilities of girls and women.

Poets and Writers  Poetry/Writing (212) 226-3586

Matching grants for writer's fee payments to present poetry or fiction readings, workshops, or performance pieces.

Puffin Foundation  The Arts (201) 836-8923

Makes grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being funded.

Reading Recovery Council of North America  Reading Research (614) 310-7323

Grants are given to support new research on the impact of Reading Recovery (one-on-one tutoring of children in early grades who fall behind their classmates), and well-designed pilot studies to assess impact on children's learning, teaching, implementation, cost-effectiveness, innovation and re-design, and professional development.

Romance Writers of America  Romance (832) 717-5200

Supports academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers. Appropriate fields of study include but are not limited to: anthropology, communications, cultural studies, education, English language and literature, gender studies, linguistics, literacy studies, psychology, rhetoric, and sociology.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation  Art History (212) 861-4993 

Fellowships and grants with an emphasis on European Art History.

Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation  Art (212) 780-2035

Primarily interested in supporting the inclusion of art from non-Western European cultures into the mainstream of scholarship and display, and study of the relationship between art, culture and humanity.

Six Points Fellowship  Art  

The Six Points Fellowship supports individual artists in the New York area who want to develop new projects with a Jewish focus, theme or element. We believe that creative expression is essential to Jewish community, identity, and meaning and the Six Points Fellowship was created to support the artists who contribute to that process

Speculative Literature Foundation  Speculative Literature  

Current awards are for travel to aid in research, and a grant for older writers (50 and up) starting in speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, myth).

Spencer Foundation  Education (312) 337-7000

Grants for educational research. 

Thomas Jefferson Foundation  American History (434) 984-9822

Various fellowships and travel grants. See website for details.

Tremaine Foundation  Art/Architecture (203) 639-5544

Funds strong, thematic exhibitions that put the work of contemporary art or architecture in a new or unconventional framework.

US Department of Education  Education see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

US National Archives and Records Administration  Historical Archiving (866) 272-6272

See website for grant opportunities.

University of Pennsylvania: McNeil Center for Early American Studies  American Studies (215) 898-9251

Offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850 and relying on research in Philadelphia-area archives and libraries.

University of Texas-Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center  Humanities  

Approximately 40 fellowships (dissertation, travel, short term fellowships)  are awarded annually to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Priority, however, will be given to those proposals that concentrate on the Center's collections. This year's special topic will be "The Post-War Cultures of Twentieth-Century America."

Wilbur Foundation  Humanities  

Concentrates its funding in the field of humanities, especially history, literature, religion and philosophy, for projects that are calculated to enhance or preserve the "permanent things" of society.

Winterthur  Early American Art/Crafts (800) 448-3883

Residential research fellowships for scholars pursuing independent work in their library or museum collections.

Wittner Bynner Foundation for Poetry  Poetry (505) 988-3251

Categories: individual poets, translation and the process of translation, developing the poetry audience and uses of poetry.

Women's Studio Workshop  Art (845) 658-9133

Grants of up to $1000 to artists working in their own studios with the publication of smaller scale literary projects.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship  Foundation  Humanities (609) 452-7007

See website for all fellowships offered.

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