A new funding resource: HumDivGrants.uchicago.edu.

You may want to update your bookmarks! The Humanities Division now maintains a list of available grant and fellowship opportunities at HumDivGrants.uchicago.edu; it is updated frequently, but does not reflect the full breadth of funding sources available. This blog is now out-of-date and no longer maintained, but remains online as a historical archive.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation


Deadline: November 1 and May 1

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: None

Competition Level: A maximum of 8 fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Applicants must have received a PhD or equivalent within ten years of the application deadline; preference is given to untenured junior faculty; if a prior Hunt Fellowship was received, all requirements of that fellowship must be completed. There is no citizenship requirement.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships support the writing-up of completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers, when they frequently lack the time and resources to develop their research for publication. The fellowships support research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.  There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield.

A maximum of $40,000 is available. Applicants requesting shorter time periods would receive a pro-rated award as appropriate (e.g., a six-month project would be awarded $20,000).

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship


Deadline: ~ November 9

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Raul Coronado, English (09/10)

Competition Level: Approximately 20 fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship or U.S national; individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs are not supported: business, management, administration, occupational health, nursing, consumer science, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, public health, physical education, physical therapy, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, educational administration and leadership, fine arts, filmmaking, and performing arts; it helps to be a member of one of the following groups: Alaska Natives (Eskimo/Aleut), Black/African Americans, Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian), or Puerto Ricans; you must have received your PhD no earlier than November 30, 2002

The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Fellowships are awarded for full-time research at appropriate nonprofit institutions of higher education or research, normally in the United States, including universities, museums, libraries, government or national laboratories, privately sponsored nonprofit institutes, government chartered nonprofit research organizations, and centers for advanced study.

Applicants are encouraged to choose a host institution other than the institution with which they are affiliated at the time of application. Each applicant should designate a faculty member or other scholar who will serve as host at the proposed fellowship institution. If affiliating with another institution would create personal hardship, applicants may make special arrangements to travel several times to a research site for data collection or to confer with a chosen adviser.

A fellow affiliating with a foreign institution may be asked to designate a U.S. institution to act as a liaison between the National Research Council and the foreign institution, particularly for handling the disbursement of fellowship funds.

The tenure of a postdoctoral fellowship will be no less than 9 months and no more than 12 months, with tenure beginning no earlier than June 1, 2010 and no later than September 1, 2010.  Stipends are $40,000.

NEA Literature Fellowships


Deadline: ~ March 1 (The next deadline[2010] is for poets)

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows: Poetry; Prose

Recent Chicago Fellows: None in 2008 or 2009

Competition Level: 42 fellowships were awarded each year in 2008 and 2009; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. You are not eligible to apply if you have received two or more Creative Writing or Translation Fellowships from the NEA. You may not apply in Prose if you have received any Arts Endowment Creative Writing or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2000 (FY 2001). You may not apply in Poetry if you have received any Arts Endowment Creative Writing or Translation Fellowship on or after October 1, 2001 (FY 2002). You may not apply for a Creative Writing Fellowship and a Translation Project in the same year. News reporting and scholarly reporting are not supported.

This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose available in FY 2010 and fellowships in poetry available in FY 2011.

You are eligible to apply in Fiction if, between January 1, 2002, and March 5, 2009, you have had published:

  • At least five different short stories, works of short fiction, or excerpts from novels in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include fiction as a portion of their format; or
  • A volume of short fiction or a collection of short stories; or
  • A novel or novella.

You are eligible to apply in Creative Nonfiction if, between January 1, 2002, and March 5, 2009, you have had published:

  • At least five different creative essays (such as personal essays, memoirs, etc.) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications; or
  • A volume of creative nonfiction.

You are eligible to apply in Poetry if, between January 1, 2003, and March 4, 2010, you have had published:

  • A volume of 48 or more pages of poetry; or
  • Twenty or more different poems or pages of poetry in five or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications that regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. Up to 16 poems may be in a single volume of poetry of fewer than 48 pages. This volume, however, may count as only one of the required five places of publication.

Applicants may use online publications to establish up to fifty percent of their eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies.

You must apply in a specific literary form (i.e., fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry). You must establish your eligibility in the form in which you apply. You must meet the eligibility requirements by the deadline date. No exceptions will be made to the eligibility requirements.

The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

  • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader’s copies
  • Self-publication including work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff
  • Collaborative work
  • Scholarly writing
  • Instructional writing
  • Journalism
  • Book reviews
  • Editorials/letters to the editor
  • Interviews
  • Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution
  • Vanity press publication

Fellowships for Creative Writers are for $25,000.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships Program


Deadline: ~October 1

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Justin Steinberg, Romance (09/10); Donald Harper, East Asian (08/09); Jennifer Cole, Anthropology (07/08); Patchen Markell, Political Science (07/08); Josef Stern, Philosophy (07/08); Martha Feldman, Music (05/06); Kesha Fikes, Anthropology (05/06)

Competition Level: Approximately 20 fellowships will be available at the assistant and associate professor levels, and approximately 25 fellowships will be available at the full professor level. In the 2007/08 competition, the ACLS received 1,016 applications and made 65 awards (36 women and 29 men); the numbers for 2008/09 and 2009/10 are not available.

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status by application deadline; a lapse of 2 years since last supported research leave (i.e., an individual’s most recent supported research leave must have concluded prior to July 1, 2008); Ph.D. conferred at least two years before the application deadline (an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify)

The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.  The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. The ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

The fellowship is intended as salary replacement to help scholars devote six to twelve continuous months to full-time research and writing.  The fellowship stipend is up to $35,000 for Assistant Professor; up to $40,000 for Associate Professor; and up to $60,000 for full Professor.

In addition to this program, the ACLS offers a number of fellowship programs that are more specific in their focus. Please visit the Website to determine which is appropriate for you.

France Chicago Center


Request for Proposals from Dan Bertsche, Assistant Director, France Chicago Center:

Funding Opportunity for Faculty Members in the Humanities

The France Chicago Center invites faculty in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Harris School, and the Divinity School to submit proposals for 2008/09 projects (conferences, colloquia, exchanges, etc.) that foster stronger ties between the University of Chicago and France, while increasing awareness within the UofC community of French culture, art, and thought.

Up to $5000 may be requested for projects taking place in FY 2008/09. More modest sums may be available for projects taking place during the current academic year. The deadline for applications for 2008/09 projects is January 15, 2008.

For more information or to apply, please go to http://fcc.uchicago.edu/proposals/uchicago.html or contact Dan Bertsche at 702-3662 or at fcc@uchicago.edu.

The Huntington Library


Deadline: December 15 (postmark)

Submission Method: Mail

Current Fellows: Not available

Recent Chicago Fellows: Not available

Competition Level: Over 100 long- and short-term fellowships are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available


Short-term: PhD or equivalent, or doctoral candidate at dissertation stage

Long-term: PhD or equivalent; for Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowships only, candidate must be untenured

The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. The Library collections range chronologically from the eleventh century to the present and include a half-million rare books, nearly six million manuscripts, 600,000 photographs, and a large ephemera collection, supported by a half-million reference works. Within the general fields listed above there are many areas of special strength, including: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature, History of Science, British Drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California.

The Huntington will award to scholars over one hundred fellowships for the academic year 2010/11. These fellowships derive from a variety of funding sources and have different terms. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence and to participate in and make a contribution to its intellectual life.

Short-term Fellowships

Huntington Fellowships

Tenure: 1-5 months

Amount of award: $2,500 per month.

Within this category, The Huntington awards a number of specialized fellowships, including:

  • Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowships in Renaissance England
  • Haynes Foundation Fellowships in Los Angeles History
  • Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas
  • Trent R. Dames Civil Engineering History Fellowship
  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship

In addition, in cooperation with the British Academy the Huntington offers a limited number of exchange fellowships in any of the fields in which the Huntington collections are strong.

Long-term Fellowships

Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowships

Tenure: 9-12 months

Amount of award: $50,000

This is designed to support non-tenured faculty members who are revising a manuscript for publication. Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington’s collections and must have received the PhD between 2005 and 2007.

Mellon Fellowships

Tenure: 9-12 months

Amount of award: $50,000

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington’s collections and have received their PhD by June 2009.

Dana and David Dornsife Fellowship

Tenure: 9-12 months

Amount of award:  Up to $50,000

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to the Huntington’s collections and have received their PhD by June 2009.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

Tenure: 4-12 months

Amount of award:  Up to $40,000

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to the Huntington’s collections and have received their PhD by June 2009. Applicant must be a US citizen or foreign national with a minimum of three years U.S. residence.

American Association of University Women


Deadline: November 15

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Kelly Austin, Romance (07/08)

Competition Level: 10 fellowships were awarded in 2009/10 (down from 20 in 2008/09); the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships provide a stipend of $30,000 to support a year of sabbatical.  The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education.  This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.

University of Chicago Arts Council

Chicago Arts Council Grants


  • UChicagoArts Grants and Curriculum Innovation Grants: early November, early February, and late April; check Website for specific dates
  • Course Arts Resource Fund Grants: None

Submission Method (All): Electronic

Past Grantees:

Competition Level: Seven grants were awarded in the 2008/09 competition for UChicagoArts Grants; the number of applications submitted is not available. No grants were made through the Curriculum Innovation Grants program (four were made in 2007/08); the number of applications submitted is not available. No grants were awarded through the Course Arts Resource Fund (twelve were awarded in 2007/08); again, the number of applications submitted is not available.


  • UChicagoArts Grants: All faculty, departments or centers, registered student organizations, campus cultural institutions, and other organizations involved in campus life are eligible.
  • Curriculum Innovation Grants: All individual or groups of faculty and full-time lecturers who wish to develop new undergraduate or graduate courses in the arts and/or to revise and renew existing arts courses are eligible.
  • Course Arts Resource Fund: All instructors are eligible

To encourage arts activities on campus and the enrichment of the University community’s cultural life, the Arts Planning Council sponsors three grant programs for faculty:

  • UChicagoArts Grants, which range from $1,500 to $10,000 and support substantial, collaborative public projects;
  • Curricular Innovation Grants, which range from $2,000 to $5,000 and are intended for the development, enhancement, or renewal of arts courses; and
  • Course Arts Resource Fund Grants, which provide up to $500 for the integration of arts into courses.

Preference for UChicagoArts Grants is given to projects that demonstrate: innovation;  collaboration, whether with groups on or off campus; student participation; and partial support from other sources.

Curricular Innovation Grants seek to encourage: creation of cross–divisional and cross-departmental courses; intra-departmental courses that stretch the usual boundaries; and projects that combine rigorous scholarly and theoretical approaches with creative and performative practice and study. These grants can be used to support a variety of activities, such as:

  • hiring a research assistant to help prepare the course
  • funding a workshop to design a new course (or revise an old one)
  • creating a course web site
  • hiring performers/artists
  • purchasing materials related to the course (software, slides, recordings, videos, and other arts-related materials and equipment)

Course Arts Resource Fund Grants help to defray costs related to arts activities such as: inviting a visiting artist to class; organizing a class visit to a performance or exhibition; or providing arts materials for classroom use (recordings, videos, web page designs for arts materials, etc.). In an effort to extend the reach of the arts on campus, the Council particularly encourages requests from instructors who may not routinely integrate the arts into their courses.

Franke Institute for the Humanities


Deadline: Multiple

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Grantees: Not available

Competition Level: Not available

Eligibility: Humanities faculty

The Franke Institute entertains proposals for conferences, colloquia, visiting scholars, and similar kinds of events that focus on interdisciplinary topics and that therefore reach a range of audiences. Normally it funds proposals that involve multiple departments and programs. In addition to public events, the Institute can sometimes provide modest support for faculty groups working together on research topics or on curriculum planning or for faculty projects that involve collaboration with colleagues from other institutions. Grants range typically from $1,000 to $3,000.