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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). 

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

National Science Foundation (NSF) 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Department of Defense (DoD) 

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

New York State 


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 

Research Areas

Criminal JusticeEducationHealthPublic FinanceEvidence-Based Policy

Funding Type

Research grants

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Research Areas

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

Funding Type

Research grants

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Research Areas


Funding Type

Research grants

Russell Sage Foundation

Research Areas

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 

Funding Types

Research grants, Fellowships

Smith Richardson Foundation 

Research Areas

International Security, Domestic Public Policy

Funding Types

Research grants, Fellowships

Spencer Foundation

Research Area


Funding Types

Research grants, Fellowships, Conferences

Wenner-Grenn Foundation

Research Area


Funding Types

Research grants, Fellowships, Conference and workshop grants

William T. Grant Foundation

Research Areas

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

Funding Type

Research grants

External Fellowships


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

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 

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study 

The institute welcomes applications for its Faculty Fellowships program. 

Open Society Fellowship Program

No longer accepting applications 

Supports individuals pursuing projects related to human rights, government transparency, access to information and justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Fellows produce work outputs of their own choosing, such as a book, journalistic or academic articles, art projects, a series of convenings, etc.

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 

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 

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

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. 


American Council of Learned Societies 

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; the Latin America and Caribbean program is suspended for the year 2021. 

  • Applications due in September 
  • Funding varies by project 

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

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure 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. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent.

  • Applications due in December 

New America Fellows Program

The 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

Postdoctoral and Early-Career Faculty Grants and Fellowships 

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers

Deadline: Rolling 

A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows long-term research (6–24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines who have completed doctoral degrees within the past four years are eligible to apply.  

American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Visiting Scholars

Deadline: October 

The Academy’s Visiting Scholars Program provides residential fellowships to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Housed at the headquarters of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Visiting Scholars participate in Academy-sponsored conferences, seminars, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required; must have received doctoral degree no more than 4 years before the application deadline.  

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships

Deadline: November 

The American Postdoctoral Fellowship (U.S. citizenship required) supports women in higher education; International Fellowships (citizenship unrestricted) are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women in graduate and postgraduate studies.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowships


The ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship allows recent PhDs in the humanities or social sciences to take up two-year positions at select institutions in the ACLS’s Research University Consortium for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic year.

This residential fellowship opportunity is open to scholars who acquired or will acquire their PhD degree in the humanities or interpretative social sciences between June 1, 2018 and December 31, 2021. Students who anticipate receiving their PhD after December 31, 2021 are not eligible. Applicants must also be authorized to work legally in the United States for the 2022-2023 academic year.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Leading Edge Fellowships

Deadline: November 

The Leading Edge Fellowship program aims to demonstrate the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve problems outside the academy. 

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College’s Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

Deadline: January

The Steven H. Sandell Grant Program supports junior and non-tenured scholars (within seven years of receiving their PhD) from all disciplines who are researching retirement and disability issues.

Applicants are required to have their PhDs or comparable professional certification at the beginning of the program and must be employed full-time at an academic or research institution. The applicant must also be affiliated with an institution willing to enter a sub-agreement with Boston College.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Deadline: December

Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in the U.S., show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility is limited to (1) all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA; Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; political asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation; and (2) Individuals who have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, including successful defense of the dissertation, within a defined eligibility window (see program solicitation) in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. institution of higher education.

Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Grants

Deadline: Varies by program 

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees—typically within the five previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. U.S. citizenship required. 

Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Deadline: February

The IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program produces state-of-the-art research in disciplines relevant to the Intelligence Community while mentoring a new generation of American scientists. Postdocs who have completed their Ph.D. within the last 5 years are invited to identify a Research Advisor and collaborate in order to submit a research proposal that responds to the published research topics. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Deadline: Varies by program 

To promote international scientific cooperation, the JSPS encourages highly qualified researchers from around the world to come to and conduct joint research activities with colleagues at Japanese universities and research institutes. JSPS offers four postdoctoral fellowship programs—Summer, Short-Term, Standard, and Pathway to University Positions in Japan—each with different eligibility requirements. 

National Institutes of Health: Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)

Deadline: February, June, October 

This program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of outstanding postdoctoral researchers from mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions, and to provide independent NIH research support during the transition that will help these individuals launch competitive, independent research careers.

Individuals are not eligible if they have more than 4 years of related postdoctoral research at the time of initial or resubmission application. There is no citizenship requirement for K99 applicants.

National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)

Deadline: April, August, December 

The purpose of this award is to support promising applicants during their mentored postdoctoral training under the guidance of outstanding faculty sponsors. The integrated program of research and training should enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent researcher. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.  

National Science Foundation: SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Deadline: November 

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to encourage independence early in the Fellow's career through supporting his or her research and training goals. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.  

UNESCO Fellowships Programmes

Deadline: Varies by program 

Fellowships are specially tailored training which are designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO programme priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding. Eligibility varies by program. 

Wenner-Gren Foundation: Post-Ph.D. Research Grants

Deadline: May, November 

Grants 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. 

Mid-Career Faculty Grants and Fellowships

National Science Foundation: Mid-Career Advancement

Deadline: February 

The Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program supports Associate Professors who wish to further their research program by developing partnerships outside and within their academic institutions. Proposed projects should work to gain new insights on existing problems or identify new problems using innovative methodologies and theories.  


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