About Sabbaticals & Fellowships

There are many sources for sabbatical and fellowship funding. Below is a list of some resources to consider. By no means is this list complete. If there are other opportunities that may be of interest to your colleagues, please email orsp@lmu.edu so they can be added to the list.

This list was originally kindly provided by the University of Minnesota Morris.

AMS Subventions for Publications

The Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media. Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. They encourage the submission of proposals from younger scholars and scholars in the early stages of their careers and welcome proposals for projects that make use of newer technologies. Application deadlines are mid-February and mid-August each year.

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American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin provides a unique bridge between Germany and America - a bridge created through the scholarship and creativity of distinguished individuals involved in cultural, academic, and public affairs.

Academy Fellows are sought from the fine arts including painting, sculpture, music, film, and drama; scholarly disciplines such as art history, history, philosophy, sociology, political science, and public policy; as well as from professional fields including architecture, law, business, economics and journalism. Fellows are encouraged to take up an association with a Berlin institution such as a museum, library, archive, university, government agency, film studio or media organization.

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American Association of University Women

The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

Applications are open August 1-November 15.

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American Council of Learned Societies

The ACLS Fellowship Program invites research applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Appropriate fields of specialization include but are not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, geography, history, languages and literatures, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy). Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group. ACLS does not fund creative work (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translation, or pedagogical projects.

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American Institute of Indian Studies

Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships are available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.

Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions or strengthen their links with peers in India.

Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.

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American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society (APS) announces a fellowship in the humanities and social sciences to supplement an awarded sabbatical or research leave. The fellowship is open to mid-career faculty of universities and four-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical or research leave, but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only the first part of the year. The society encourages candidates to use the resources of the APS library, but this is not a requirement of the fellowship.

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American Society for Microbiology

ASM provides funds to students, postdoctoral fellows, and early and mid-career scientists to conduct research and participate in activities that encourage professional growth in a new area. Funds may be available for stipends, housing, travel, and membership in ASM. Check individual program for more information.

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Andrew Mellon Foundation

Makes grants to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.

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Archeological Institute of America

The AIA provides funds to professionals in the form of scholarship, travel, publication, fellowships and grants.  Check individual program for more information.

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Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television.

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Association for Asian Studies

Offer grants for short-term travel to Japan and Korea. The grant is intended for use by scholars already familiar with the country but who need time there in order to complete their work.

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Association for Institutional Research

Grants and scholarships supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are available to staff and faculty of post-secondary education institutions. The goals of the grant and scholarship program are to provide opportunities for professional development, to foster the use of federal databases in postsecondary education decision-making, and to foster the use of the federal databases to inform research on issues in postsecondary education.

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Australian National University (ANU); Humanities Research Centre

The Humanities Research Centre, with the Research School of Humanities & Arts (RSHA), administers a visiting fellowship program to enhance its national and international links with humanities scholars. Scholars working within any of the three large research themes/clusters of the RSHA (Crossing Cultures, Crossing Times; Art, Creativity and Performance; and Lives, Literatures, Languages) are welcome to apply. The HRC will fund a number of short-term visiting fellows (of up to 12 weeks) to take up residence at the HRC. The funding covers air travel and accommodation for the period of stay. Visiting fellows will be provided with office space and ANU library facilities.

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Cattell Fund, James McKeen

The James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowships is offering supplemental sabbatical awards in psychology. These awards are designed to supplement sabbatical allowances provided by colleges and universities, so that each awardee may be able to take enough time to complete the objectives of the sabbatical period. The objective of the awards is to encourage research and scholarly endeavor on the part of the psychologists at colleges and universities.

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Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF); American Region

Tenured faculty, including full professors and associate professors, may apply for a CCK Scholar Grant of up to $40,000 or $35,000, respectively, to help replace half of the salary of faculty on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing. If grants from other sources are also awarded to the applicant, the Foundation’s grant, when added to the others, should not exceed the recipient’s annual salary. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the chairman of the department, from the dean of the college or the provost of the university.

The Foundation provides grants for time off for research and writing to postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors without tenure who are affiliated with an accredited U.S. university and who have taught for no more than 6 years since receiving their Ph.D. degree. Applicants should include a letter of recommendation from the chairman of their department as part of their application package. These grants will be for one year. The maximum amount of each award is $30,000.

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Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes

Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of cross-disciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and the sharing of resources. It has a membership of over one hundred and thirty centers and institutes that are remarkably diverse in size and scope and are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

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Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science

The sponsor offers in-residence fellowships to scientists with research interests in the areas of: advanced observing and modeling systems; climate system variability; geodynamics; planetary metabolism and regional processes.

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Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

For over 50 years, the Fulbright Program has offered U.S. faculty, professionals, teachers, and students the opportunity to conduct research, teach, or study abroad and to make a major contribution to global understanding. The program also brings foreign nationals to the United States to study, teach, and pursue research. The Fulbright Scholar Program, the senior scholar component of the Fulbright Program, offers grants for college and university faculty, as well as for professionals and independent scholars. Approximately one-quarter are for research and three-quarters for lecturing, combined lecturing or research, or seminar participation. Multi-country research is offered in some regions.

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Department of Education (US)

The Department of Education and other federal agencies have programs that award funding to individual researchers and educators across multiple disciplines and topics. The source for the latest information about all federal funding opportunities is the website Grants.gov (select the "Search Grants" tab at the top of the webpage).  A searchable database is available that includes current deadlines and links to previous grant programs.

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Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment - air, water, and land - upon which life depends. For 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. The agency offers multiple grants, fellowships, and research associateships in those areas.

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European University Institute

Jean Monnet Fellowships are awarded in order to allow the pursuit or continuance of post-doctoral research with no heavy teaching obligations. This research must lead to publication (articles or a monograph), either under the Institute's imprint (for instance in the form of a working paper), or in a journal or with a publisher with which the Fellow is already in contact. Work must fall within one of the following three major categories: (a) comparative research in a European perspective; (b) research on the European Communities or on a topic of interest for the development of Europe; (c) fundamental research, provided that it relates to an innovative subject of importance in one of the disciplines contributing to the development of Europe's cultural and academic heritage.

Fellows carry out their research in one of the Institute's four departments: History and Civilization, Economics, Law, Political and Social Sciences, or in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies which develops interdisciplinary activities bearing on important issues, principally the construction of Europe.

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Five College Women's Studies Research Center

The Five College Women's Studies Research Center, founded in 1991, supports scholarly and creative work in women's studies by providing visiting residencies for feminist scholars, teachers, artists, and activists from the United States and abroad; creating a structure for Five College faculty, local community activists, and teachers with research interests in women's studies to discuss, critique, and facilitate one another's work: sponsoring faculty seminars, community workshops, and networking events on topics of importance to women's studies; organizing national and international conferences on scholarship and teaching in women's studies encouraging the use of archival collections on women in the Five College area.

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Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a limited number of residential fellowships for periods of six to nine months. Successful candidates will be advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields and whose research projects are appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library.

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Fromm Music Foundation

The Fromm Music Foundation, housed at Harvard University, aims to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. The foundation’s commitment to music as a living art has taken them in several directions, all focused on bringing about meaningful interaction among composers, performers, and audiences. Specifically, the foundation has sought to influence the contemporary musical scene by: commissioning young and less known composers as well as established composers; sponsoring the annual Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Concert Series; co-sponsoring, together with new music ensembles, premiere performances of Fromm Foundation commissioned works.

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Faculty support ranges from funding for conferences to language programs in Germany.

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Getty Scholar Grants

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

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Guggenheim (John Simon) Memorial Foundation

The sponsor provides fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.

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Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

I Tatti offers Fellows the precious time they need to pursue their studies with a minimum of obligations and interruptions together with a maximum of scholarly resources—a combination that distinguishes the Harvard Center from similar institutions. In order to foster a collaborative spirit, Fellows are expected to live in the Florence area and to spend at least three days a week at the center. Lunch and tea are served each weekday, and the I Tatti community takes shape over these convivial occasions. Rather than present a traditional paper at the end of the year, Fellows give informal presentations in the late fall or winter. This provides an opportunity to explore problems and questions and receive valuable feedback from other members of the community during the extended discussion period. Each year, a limited number of activities organized at I Tatti are reserved for the Fellows, and they join the wider community at conferences, lectures, and concerts.

Howard (George & Eliza Gardner) Foundation

The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project.

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Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientist from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international.

Two types of Research Grants are available: Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants. Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration.

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Leo Baeck Institute

Leo Baeck Institute supports new research on German-Jewish culture and history through the following fellowships.  Ph.D. candidates and academics working on topics related to the German-Jewish community in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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Library of Congress

Library of Congress offers fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research through the Kluge Center, which especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome.


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Lilly Library Research Fellowships, Indiana University

The Lilly Library, the principal rare book and manuscript library of Indiana University, invites applications for visiting fellowships for research in residence in its collections. Its holdings support research in British, French, and American literature and history; the literature of voyages and exploration, specifically the European expansion in the Americas; early printing, and the Church, children's literature, music; film, radio and television; medicine, science, and architecture; and food and drink.

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MacArthur Fellows Program

This program provides unrestricted fellowships to exceptionally talented and promising individuals who have shown evidence of originality, dedication to creative pursuits, and capacity for self-direction. The MacArthur Fellows Program accepts nominations only from the more than 100 designated nominators across the country in a range of academic and professional fields.

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Maclellan Foundation

The purpose of the Maclellan Foundation is to serve strategic international and national organizations committed to furthering the Kingdom of Christ and select local organizations that foster the spiritual welfare of the community.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

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National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the country's only independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. A private, nonprofit institution, the Center exists to encourage excellent scholarship and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American society. Leaders from higher education, the corporate world, and public life founded the Center in 1976, convinced that we must study history, language and literature, philosophy, the arts, religion, law, and all other humanities fields if we want to understand the human experience. Most of the Center's fellowships are unrestricted.

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National Academies

The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce.

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Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Fellowships at the Newberry Library are of two types: short-term fellowships with terms of one week to two months and long-term fellowships of six to eleven months. Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to individuals from outside the metropolitan Chicago area and are primarily intended to assist researchers with a need to examine specific items in the Library's collection. Long-term fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the Library's strengths.

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

ORISE provides short- and long-term collaborations for faculty or faculty-student teams with ORISE’s world-class science and engineering partners.

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Office of Naval Research

The Summer Faculty Research Program provides science and engineering faculty members from institutions of higher education the opportunity to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories for a 10-week period. The Sabbatical Leave Program provides fellowship appointments to science and engineering faculty members from institutions of higher education to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories for a minimum of one semester to a maximum of one year. Program participants have an opportunity to establish continuing research relationships with the R&D personnel of the host laboratories which may result in sponsorship of the participant’s research at their home institutions.