Click on the image to enlarge. 


Pivot is a database containing active funding opportunities for all disciplines and project types. 

  • To access from an off-campus computer or to sign up for weekly alerts, select create an account or sign in, then “Use Institutional Login Credentials," then enter your SU NetID (email prefix) and  SU password.
  • After creating an account and while logged on to your account you can “Save Search” and then receive weekly updates.
  • General Tips: Start broad and then narrow your terms. Avoid jargon. Use a variety of filters and terms if you don’t see what you expect.

Developing a Targeted Funding Search with the Pivot Database (archived presentation)

Recording | Slides (4/14/21) 

Following is a non-exhaustive list of funding opportunities and programs of particular relevance to Maxwell's research and scholarly interests. Search this page using Ctrl+F for broad key terms (e.g., inequality, international, humanities). 


  • Grants.gov  is a searchable database of all grant opportunities offered by U.S. federal agencies. 


National Science Foundation (NSF) 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 

Department of Defense (DoD) 

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)



The SU Office of Foundation Relations will investigate funding opportunities for projects that have been identified as a priority by the University. To initiate a search to identify foundations that might be interested in funding your project, please complete and submit the Foundation Relations Funding Opportunities Intake Form

Arnold Ventures 

Criminal JusticeEducationHealthPublic FinanceEvidence-Based Policy

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Youth, Family, Media, Crime, Biology, War & Peace, Terrorism, Religion, Ethnicity, Nationalism

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 


Russell Sage Foundation

Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political and Inequality; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Social, Political, Economic, and Psychological Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Pipeline Grants Competition 

Smith Richardson Foundation 

International Security, Domestic Public Policy

Spencer Foundation


Wenner-Grenn Foundation


William T. Grant Foundation

Reducing Inequality in Youth Outcomes, Improving the Use of Research Evidence in Ways that Benefit Youth


Program details are subject to change. Refer to the official program websites, linked below. 


ACLS Fellowship Program 

Scholars pursuing research in any discipline of the humanities and related social science on topics grounded in any time period, world region, or humanistic methodology are eligible to apply. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources.

  • Applications due in September 

  • Flexible start date for a six- to twelve- month fellowship period

  • Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA recipients 

  • Stipend support 

Guggenheim Fellowships 

The foundation awards approximately 175 fellowships annually to professionals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creativity in the arts. Fellowships are awarded for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months, with the goal of providing recipients with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The fellowship is open to writers, scholars, or scientists with a significant record of publication, as well as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, and others with a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work. Fellowships are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada.

  • Applications due in September 

  • Funding varies by project 

AAUW American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

Seeks 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 them to spend a year pursuing independent research. Tenured professors are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math fields or those researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply

  • Applications due November 1

  • Open to women, including people who identify as women, in all fields of study at an accredited institution of higher education

  • Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

  • Previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants) are not eligible to apply. 

  • Award amount: $50,000

  • Fellowship year: July 1 - June 30

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

Supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive.

  • Applications due December 1 

  • Applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent. Eligible applicants are typically in the fourth or fifth year of the tenure-track appointment and are still working to complete key items for the tenure dossier, which should not be scheduled for submission prior to the end of the award year. 

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

  • $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year 

  • Awarded by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation)

New America Fellows Program

Invests in thinkers—journalists, scholars, filmmakers, and public policy analysts—who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day. The program aims to support National Fellows in three primary areas: provide funding to support talented individuals to pursue ambitious endeavors; build a community grounded in cohort gatherings that take place throughout the year; and provide access to platforms and partners that can support their work.

  • Applications due in February 

  • Fellowship year begins in September 

  • Open to citizens of any country

  • Stipend support 

  • Cohort gatherings with 100% attendance requirement

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing.  Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research.  Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. The program only supports individuals. It does not make grants to institutions or organizations.

  • Applications due in April 

  • Funding up to $60,000


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University

Awarding 50 fellowships each academic year, the Radcliffe Fellowship Program supports engaged scholarship and welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who connect research to law, policy, pressing social issues, and/or who seek to actively engage audiences beyond academia. Additionally, the program welcomes applications relevant to the Institute's focus areas of law, education, and justice; youth leadership and civic engagement; and legacies of slavery. 

  • Applications due in September 

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships 

The Humanities Center offers approximately 25 residential fellowships for the academic year to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages, giving them the opportunity to pursue their work in a supportive intellectual community. Fellowships are for one full academic year and require the fellow to be in residence during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters (mid-September to mid-June). 

Research projects must be in the humanities (view definition of the humanities in FAQ); creative arts projects are not eligible. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.  All applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree at the start of the fellowship year. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

  • Applications due October 1

  • Fellowship year begins in September 

  • Stipend, housing subsidy, relocation subsidy 

  • Residence in Stanford, California 

Wilson Center Fellowships 

The Wilson Center accepts policy-relevant, non-advocacy fellowship proposals that address key challenges confronting the United States and the world. Priority will be given to projects which align with the programmatic work of the Center and can result in work that reaches a broad audience. Within this framework, the Wilson Center supports projects that intersect with contemporary policy issues and provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy debates. 

  • Applications due October 1

  • Fellowship year begins in September 

  • Open to citizens of any country

  • Stipend support 

  • Residence in Washington, D.C. 

Kellogg Institute for International Studies Visiting Fellows Program

Invites applications from scholars and practitioners who conduct international research on Kellogg Institute research themes of democracy and/or human development and in particular, the linkages between the two. Fellowships are offered for the academic year (August to May) or the fall (August to December) or spring semesters (January to May). In exceptional cases, two-year postdoctoral visiting fellowships may be offered to one or two applicants per year.

Most successful applicants will hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or in history. Applicants may come from any country and typically fall into three groups: (1) promising junior and midcareer scholars (typically postdocs and assistant or associate professors); (2) distinguished senior scholars with an established record of scholarly excellence; (3) accomplished policy makers, journalists, and other practitioners whose knowledge and experience can link policy and scholarship. 

  • Applications due in October 

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University 

CASBS offers a residential fellowship program for scholars working in a diverse range of disciplines that contribute to advancing research and thinking in social science. Fellows represent the core social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, and sociology) but also the humanities, education, linguistics, communications, and the biological, natural, health, and computer sciences. Senior scholars and recently tenured scholars are eligible to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

  • Applications due in November 

  • Fellowship year begins in September 

  • Stipend, housing subsidy, relocation subsidy 

  • Residence in Stanford, California 

Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) School of Social Science at Princeton University 

Each year, the School invites approximately twenty-five visiting scholars with various perspectives, methods and topics, providing a space for intellectual debate and mutual enrichment. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields, notably political theory, economics, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literature. Junior and senior scholars across the social sciences are eligible to apply. Members pursue their own research, and participate in collective activities, including a weekly seminar at which on-going work is presented. 

To facilitate scientific engagement among the visiting scholars, the School defines a theme for each year. Approximately one half of Members selected pursue work related to it and contribute to a corresponding seminar, while the other half conduct their research on other topics. 

  • Applications due in November 

  • Fellowship year begins in September 

  • Stipend, housing subsidy, relocation subsidy 

  • Residence in Princeton, New Jersey

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Researchers 

On an occasional basis, the Foundation has one or two available office spaces and considers applications for short-term fellowships by scholars who are conducting research relevant to the Foundation’s priority areasThese positions do not come with any Foundation financial support and are available for visits up to five months, between September 1 and June 30, as space permits. In rare circumstances, visits up to ten months may be considered. However, researchers interested in a full-year fellowship to complete a book or other major project that would necessitate a longer stay should consider applying to the Foundation's Visiting Scholars Program.

  • Applications due in May

Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars 

Select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation's New York headquarters. RSF annually awards about 17 residential fellowships to social scientists who are at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. On rare occasions, scholars visit for only half this period, starting either in September or in February.

  • Applications due in June 

  • No labels