Office of Grant Support

Social Sciences 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)

The list below represents a sampling of all possible sources of funding for scholarly activity. You are encouraged to use InfoEd's SPIN database for a more customized search.

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
Active Living Research  Physical Activity Policy (619) 260-5534

Dissertation and research grants.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  Health Care Policy Research see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research  Various see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

Albert Ellis Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy  Psychology (212) 535-0822

Summer fellowships open to faculty wishing to develop and refine theoretical , clinical, supervisory, and research skills in rational-emotive therapy.

American Dietetic Assn Foundation  Nutrition (800) 877-1600

Small scholarships  and research grants to further education in nutrition.

American Educational Research Association  Education (202) 223-9485

Dissertation, postdoctoral fellowships and research grants.

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

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

American Political Science Association  Political Science (202) 483-2512

Congressional fellowships and small grants supporting individual political scientists.

American Sociological Association 


(202) 383-9005

Small grants  to enhance the teaching of sociology in America.

Ann and Erlo Van Waveren Foundation  Psychology (Jungian)  

Grants  for projects that foster knowledge of Jungian and Jungian-related psychology or areas that  interested Carl Jung – psychology, myth, history, folklore, spirituality and other areas. 

Annie E. Casey Foundation  Children (410) 547-6600

Funds initiatives that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery, and community supports for children and families.

Archaeological Institute of America  Archaeology (617) 353-9361

Publication grants and fellowships.

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

Accepts proposals for a variety of categories and projects.

Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation  Developmental Language Disorders  

Funds projects that have broad implications for the learning and use of spoken language in children with developmental language disorders.

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.

Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics (Iowa State University)  Women and Politics (515) 294-3181

Encourage scholars embarking on significant research in the area of women and politics.

Carthage Foundation  Public Policy Research  (412) 392-2900

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Various see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

Century Foundation  Economic, Social and Political Issues (212) 535-4441

Designed to produce book-length manuscripts  containing public policy recommendations.

Commonwealth Fund  Health Care (Policy) (212) 606-3800

Supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs  Various (301) 619-7071

See website for grant opportunities.

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).

Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology  Various (514) 987-7177

In-residence grants intended to further artistic and scientific knowledge. Seeks to nurture a critical awareness of technology's implications for human beings and their natural and cultural environment.

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

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

Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation  Children  

Particularly interested in supporting programs which promote literacy, reading and writing; improve the health and physical fitness of children; introduce children to poetry, gardening, music and other arts; encourage feelings of self worth.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation  Children (212) 551-9100

Program grants to help organizations serve young people from low-income backgrounds (ages 9 to 24) with quality programs during out-of-school time.

Educational Society for Resource Management  Resource Management (703) 354-8851

Supports: research monographs, case studies, training materials, workshop development, educational games or software, journal articles, conference proceedings. 

Fetzer Institute  Various (269) 375-2000

Currently funds research on altruistic love, compassionate love, and forgiveness; recovering the “heart” of various professions, including teaching, philanthropy, law, and medicine; and exploring the nature of forgiveness, compassion, and love.

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies  Mesoamerican Studies  

Supports scholarly works with the potential for significant contributions to contemporary knowledge of ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Projects can be in  the disciplines of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, and sociology. The Foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects, especially those that combine disciplines in novel and potentially productive ways.

George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation 

Arts, Social Sciences
(2008-2009 Focus: Music: Composition and Musicology
Playwriting and Theatre Studies)

(701) 863-2640

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

Geriatric Social Work Initiative   Social Work  

Links to various funding opportunities.

Group Psychotherapy Foundation  Group Psychotherapy (212) 477-2677

Funds to support group psychotherapy research that focuses on one of five clinical populations: children, the elderly, the chronic mentally ill, substance abusers and significantly ill patients with marked functional impairment. 

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.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation  Violence (212) 644-4907

Welcomes proposals that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance.

Horace Goldsmith Foundation  Higher Education (212) 319-8700

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

Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research  Social Work see individual programs

Links to funding opportunities from various sources.

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.

International Research and Exchanges Board  Various (202) 628-8188

Focus areas include: education, independent media, internet development and civil society.

James McKeen Cattell Fund  Psychology  

Supplementary sabbatical awards to allow an extension of leave-time from one to two semesters.

Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women  Education  

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

Klingenstein Third Generation Fund  Childhood/Adolescent Depression/ Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder (212) 492-6179

Grants under the categories of Intervention and Referral, Prevention, Public Education/Training, and Infrastructure.

Laura B. Vogler Foundation  Children/Elderly (718) 423-3000

Modest sized grants to organizations concerned with the health, well being and education of children, the disadvantaged and the elderly.

Leaky Foundation  Human Origins (415) 561-4646

Recent priorities include research into the environments, archeology, and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; the behavior, morphology, and ecology of the great apes and other primates; and the behavioral ecology of contemporary hunter-gatherers.

Lucius N. Littauer Foundation  Medical Ethics/Jewish Studies (212) 697-2677  
Marijuana Policy Project  Marijuana Policy (202) 462-5747

Scientifically rigorous research that will measurably advance marijuana policy reform.

National Academies  Various see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities from National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

National Association of Social Workers  Social Work (404) 329-7558 Funding available for career development and training.
National Consortium on Violence Research  Violence (412) 268-8010

To help train the next generation of researchers in inter-disciplinary (social, behavioral and economic) theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding violence.

National Institutes of Health  Medical Research

Contact Charlie Hathaway at the Office of Grant Support 
(718) 430-3642.

National Institute of Justice  Criminal Justice see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

National Science Foundation  Scientific Research (703) 292-8210

See website for grant opportunities.

National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences  Social/Economic Sciences (703) 292-8700

See website for grant opportunities.

National Security Education Program (Boren Awards)  Foreign Relations see specific programs for contact info

Undergraduate scholarships requiring  a one-year commitment. Designed to develop national capacity to educate US citizens, understand foreign culture, strengthen US economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security.

National Women's Studies Association  Women's Studies (301) 403-0524

Various scholarships available. See website for details.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education  Various (865) 576-3424

In-residence grants for research on occupational hazards, environmental cleanup, radiation emergencies, national security, emergency preparedness, and scientific education.

Open Society Institute  Various (212) 548-0600

Offers grants, scholarships and fellowships in a variety of areas including: Children and Youth, Education, Health, Human Rights, Media, Arts and Culture and Women.

Patrina Foundation  Women and Girls (516) 627-0172

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

Positive Psychology Center  Psychology  (215) 898-7173  

Various grants  offered throughout the year--from short term summer fellowships to collaborations.

Presidential Libraries:

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum 

George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation 

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum 


Presidential Studies FDR: (845) 229-8114

GB: (979) 862-2253

JFK: (617) 514-1600

LBJ: (512) 721-0200

See websites for grant/fellowship opportunities.

Press Ganey Associates (Best Practices Research Program)  Health Care Delivery Research (800) 232-8032

Research projects (using existing surveys) that produce either a manuscript or  conference presentation (on one of a variety of health care delivery subjects). 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  Various  (888) 631-9989    

Funding interests include: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Prevention, Childhood Obesity, Health Insurance Coverage, Quality Health Care, Tobacco Use, Building Human Capital, End-of-Life Care, Nursing: Transforming Care at the Bedside, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Vulnerable Populations.

Rockefeller Foundation   Various (212) 869-8500

Grantmaking centered on four themes: food security, health equity, creativity and culture and working communities.

Russell Sage Foundation  Social Science (212) 750-6000 

Funds grants on specific research interests. Current interests are: the future of work, immigration, and cultural contact.

Ryka/Women's Sports Foundation  Women's Fitness/Health (800) 227-3988

Program or curriculum development grants that help increase women's participation in fitness activities.

Social Science Research Council  Varies (212) 377-2700

See website for current fellowship opportunities and research interests.

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion  Religion (607) 871-2215

Various grants and awards. See website for details.

Sociological Initiatives Foundation  Sociology (617) 426-7080

Encourages research that supports and promotes necessary social change. Areas of particular interest include: social and political inequalities; poverty and employment issues; social welfare issues; second language learning and use; literacy (first and second language); and topics related to language in its social contexts (attitudes, dialects, gender, law and medication, education, etc.).

Spencer Foundation  Education (312) 337-7000

Grants for educational research. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  Addiction Research see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

Tesol International Research Foundation  Education (205) 823-6106

Dissertation and priority research grants (see website for yearly topics) in the field of English language education.

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.

Upjohn Institute  Labor Force Research  

Policy-relevant research on issues related to employment/unemployment. 2005 focus: the effects of health care costs on labor demand.

US Army Research Office  Various see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

US Department of Education  Education see specific programs for contact info

See website for grant opportunities.

US Institute of Peace   International Conflict Resolution (202) 457-1700

Welcomes proposals of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary nature.

Viola W. Bernard Foundation  Community and Social Psychology  

Supports innovative programs that address the interplay between social conditions and the psychological health of children and families.

Wenner-Gren Foundation  Anthropology (212) 683-5000


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